Settlement talks are scheduled in a lawsuit filed by a former white university cabinet member against the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an agreement has been reached over discovery evidence as a precursor to the settlement discussions between the university and Ronald Nykiel.

The settlement discussions followed the judge’s denial of a motion by the university to dismiss the case.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees and the costs of the legal action.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine.

The Phi Kappa Psi chapter at the University of Virginia filed the complaint Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It also names the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as a defendant.

The lawsuit says the November 2014 article made the fraternity and its members "the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that more than 100 Maryland university alumni were unlawfully denied in-state tuition rates and will share in a $1.6 million recovery against the state.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware's storm water and erosion-control regulations.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves ruled Wednesday that the Department of National Resources and Environmental Control provided "illogical" justifications for failing to include many technical but critical details, including failing to hold any public hearings on the 2,000-page regulations.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing Delaware State Police of terrorizing a disabled veteran and his quadriplegic wife during a 2014 drug raid in Claymont.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that police used excessive force against 54-year-old Ruther Hayes of Rehoboth and his 45-year-old wife, Lisa, while executing a search warrant aimed at two of her nephews.

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Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

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A fight has broken out in Dewey Beach.

A former town commissioner Rich Hanewinckel is suing the town manager and the mayor claiming his criticism of them has resulted in malicious actions against his rental property business.

The lawsuit charges that the town officials have held up licenses needed for his vacation rentals and have been impugning his character.

Mayor Diane Hanson once his ally told the Wilmington News Journal that he was just trying to disrupt this Saturday’s city elections.

The lawsuit was filed on September 1st.


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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has largely rejected an NCAA bid for secrecy in a civil lawsuit stemming from the brain-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

The NCAA had sought to shield from public view 14 internal emails, memos and meeting minutes it considered confidential records of its decision-making process regarding concussions. The Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected that argument for 11 of the documents in an order filed Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former shareholders suing over the collapse of Wilmington Trust are renewing their demand for internal bank documents following last week's indictment of several former bank executives.

In a letter this week, attorneys for the shareholders told a federal judge that the indictment relies on and even quotes from documents that defendants in the lawsuit, with the support of state and federal banking regulators, have refused to provide. The documents are being withheld based on what regulators describe as the bank examination privilege.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The announcement is set for Thursday afternoon. A spokesman declined to comment ahead of the event about what the announcement will be.

Last month, the ACLU and Public Justice Center called on a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they described in court documents as so substandard that it brings "shame to his city."

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The lawsuit that sent Punkin Chunkin into a tailspin has quietly disappeared.

The legal action by Daniel Fair that began in 2013 claimed he suffered a painful spinal injury after flipping over in an ATV.

He was volunteering as a spotter to measure the distances reached by the pumpkins.

Wheatley Farms Inc. and the Punkin Chunkin Association were both defendants in the suit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a small notice on the court docket that indicated the case had been dismissed with prejudice.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The ACLU is suing the state prisons commissioner to get information about the death of an inmate hours after he arrived at a facility in Smyrna.

The group filed the suit this week in Chancery Court on behalf of Natalie Way, the inmate's mother.

Corrections officials say 26-year-old Jason Cunningham died April 16, 2014, at a hospital after he was in custody at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Cunningham was being held in default of bail on charges that included theft and menacing.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.

A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

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The Salisbury Police Officer who has been the object of a number of federal lawsuits has quit the force.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan says that Officer Justin Aita has quit to pursue other opportunities.

She emphasized that it was his decision and that the department wishes him well.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it received a list of all the Salisbury Police Department members through a Freedom of Information Act and his name was not on it.

The paper notes that the officer has been named as the defendant in five federal lawsuits.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Ride-sharing provider Uber faces a $2 million lawsuit after authorities say a driver assaulted a teenager in Virginia Beach.

WVEC-TV reports Uber and Isagini Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed June 3 by the mother of a 13-year-old girl.

Marin pleaded guilty in April to assault and battery of the teen. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail, with time suspended on the condition of one year of good behavior.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware jury has ordered a medical device manufacturer to pay $100 million to a Newark woman who, despite two surgeries, still has pieces of transvaginal mesh embedded inside her.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a measure prohibiting publicly traded corporations from enacting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they challenge the company in court and lose.

The measure passed on a 16-to-5 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House. The bill pits shareholder rights advocates against business groups who argue fee-hungry lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits challenging almost every major corporate merger and acquisition.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The owner of western Maryland's only casino is reporting its annual earnings and discussing its disputed plan to merge with another casino operator.

Lakes Entertainment Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, is releasing financial data Thursday. Executives will discuss the results in a conference call with reporters and analysts later in the day.

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It was a not guilty verdict for former Salisbury University student Travis Guthrie for from a change of not obeying a lawful order during an incident last October.

Two others Curtis Adams and Abdi Geleta, now SU graduates, were also arrested that night and also found not guilty.

All three of them have filed a civil case against the city the police department and Officer Justin Aita claiming they were unlawfully arrested.

They allege that the offier used excessive force.

The incident took place outside of Pat's Pizzeria around 2 a.m. on May 4th of last year.

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The University of Delaware is being sued over a failed $1.3 billion project to construct a data center and power plant on campus.

Data Centers LLC of Pennsylvania claims it suffered $200-million in damages because the university system deliberately sabotaged the project after opposition arose in the community.

The suit specifically claims that the university lied to the public to protect school officials who had signed the contracts after a backlash developed.

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The arrest of a 15 year old by a Salisbury Police Officer Justin Aita has been declared unlawful.  

That’s the conclusion of a Circuit Court judge who dropped 5 of the 8 charges against the teen.

The boy was taken into custody back in August when the officer stopped the teen for riding his bicycle without a head-light.

The boy eventually pulled away after allegedly giving a false name where upon chase ensued.

The police report says that the boy’s aunt approached the scene resulting in the boy and aunt fighting with the officer.

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A second lawsuit has been filed against the Smyrna Police Department.

This time it alleges that two people were wrongfully arrested by the police.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the incident occurred in December of 2013 involving a Smyrna High School student who was struck by another for speaking Spanish.

The suit claims that both students were arrested in retaliation for the mother of the student and the student expressing concerns to the department about bullying.

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A second lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police and Officer Justin Aita within a week.

The suit was filed by Alexandra Francois and Nathalie Francois whose son 15-year old Renaldo Mesadieu was involved in an altercation with Aita.

The suit was filed on  Friday and dates back to an incident that occurred on August 11th.

Mayor Jim Ireton declined to comment on the case.

The incident involved the officer pulling over the son who was riding a bicycle and was told to move back the sidewalk.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former state trooper is suing the Delaware State Police, arguing that she was forced to retired from the force because of her weight.

46-year-old Deborah Jester filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit Wednesday.

Jester, who had been on the force 16 years, says in the lawsuit that she was forced to retire after becoming non-compliant with the department's weight control program.

Jester's lawyer argues that her dismissal was discriminatory because "men are treated differently than women" in the department.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean City caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arms is suing resort.

Eighty-nine year old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece of rubber on the warning mat caused her wheelchair, which was being pushed by her daughter, to sop suddenly.

Her lawsuit, filed Aug. 20 in federal court in Baltimore, seeks $750,000 in damages. The suit says the incident occurred in June of 2012.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Two former Wicomico County public school employees have filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education, alleging gender discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed this week by former employees Stacy Messick and Stephanie Moses. They allege they were fired because the school system held them to different standards than men in similar positions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former Vice President Al Gore are challenging an effort by Al Jazeera America to keep details of a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit secret.

Gore and his Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt claim in the lawsuit filed last week that Al Jazeera is improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million last year.

A $1 million lawsuit has been filed against Trimper Rides and Amusements in the wake of an accident involving a 2-year old who was injured on the park’s kiddie ride.

The plaintiff, Raffinee McNeill from Accomack County, claims that a ride operator’s mistakes caused her young son Jadyn to suffer a skull fracture when he fell.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the lawsuit filed in federal court charges that the incident occurred two years ago in June on a ride where kiddie sized cars and trucks go around in a circle.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three men who worked as detectives in the Delaware attorney general's office have filed a lawsuit claiming that the justice agency and Attorney General Beau Biden have refused to pay them overtime.

Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions last year after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010. Payroll records show no overtime payments to the men in that period.