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Intel Accuses Digital Of Patent Violations

Intel Corp., turning up the heat in a legal dispute with Digital Equipment Corp., has filed a countersuit accusing Digital of infringing its patents. The allegations in the suit filed …


Wife-Killer Loses Suit To Children Mother Had Abandoned Them, Father Told Three Youngsters

The children of a man who killed his wife and then told them their mother had abandoned the family have won a $14 million judgment in a wrongful-death suit against …


Homeowners’ Suit Claims City Took Property Rights

Two lakefront homeowners are suing the city of Coeur d’Alene because the city interfered with their plans to build boat docks off the beach. Donald and Penny Dupont and neighbors …


Tobacco Deal Far From Settled Clinton Criticizes Restrictions On Regulating Nicotine As A Drug

President Clinton on Wednesday declared a key element of the $368.5 billion tobacco settlement plan “totally unreasonable,” as a major public health report presented to Congress and the White House …


Gypsy Settlement Right Move By City

Well, now we know how much it costs when bullheadedness and poor police work collide with a couple of questionable characters: $1.43 million. The city of Spokane will pay a …


Cda Men Sued In Boating Accident

The family of a woman struck by a runaway boat two years ago on the Fourth of July is suing three Coeur d’Alene men over the accident. Dawn Driscoll, her …


Groups Sue To Halt Slaughter Of Park Bison

A coalition of Indian tribes and environmental groups is suing to force a re-examination of the interim bison management plan for Yellowstone National Park. Attorney Jim Angell with the Sierra …


City Settles Gypsy Suit For $1.43 Million Deal Ends 11-Year Battle Over Police Raid Of Homes

1. Wielding a celebratory cigar, Jimmy Marks chats with City Hall receptionist Brenda Corbett on Tuesday as Mayor Jack Geraghty explained the settlement in his offices. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The …


City Fund Cut In Half With Deal

Spokane’s $1.43 million settlement with the Marks family cuts the city’s self-insurance fund in half. Slightly more than $2 million sits in the reserve fund now, and nearly $1 million …


Coroner Sued By Murdered Teen’s Mother County Also Named In Latest Suit Over Conduct

The mother of a Spokane teenager murdered two years ago is suing Spokane County and Coroner Dexter Amend. Mabel R. Grantham accuses Amend of asking “grossly insensitive” questions about her …


Woman Wins $11.7 Million Judgment Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson Punished Her For Charging Sexual Discrimination

A 17-year employee of Johnson & Johnson has been awarded $11.7 million in damages by a jury that found the company retaliated against her when she complained it discriminated against …


$2 Million Awarded In Death Of Tipster

A federal jury Friday awarded more than $2 million to the family of a paper mill worker killed by co-workers after police released a tape of him tipping off police …


Man Files Suit After False Arrest

A man arrested here in March on a charge that proved false has filed claims seeking $1 million in damages from Bellevue and two other jurisdictions. Jerry Omer, 47, is …


Hard Habit To Kick Despite Friday’s Mammoth Settlement And Broad Attacks, Tobacco Likely Will Remain One Of World’s Most Profitable Industries.

1. State attorneys general announce $368.5 billion settlement with tobacco industry. Photo by Associated Press 2. Tobacco advertising at sporting events, such as auto racing, may be banned.


Deadbeat Dad Sues Over Loss Of Licenses Real Estate Agent Says He Can’t Make Payments Without Sales

A real estate agent is suing the state of Idaho for suspending his business and driver’s licenses because he is more than $13,000 behind in child support payments. Rodney Hoskins, …


Dismissal Was Based On Sex, Ex-WSU Prof Says In Claim Admits Helping Student, But Says Male Colleagues Committed Worse Offenses

Valerie Jenness (shown in 1992) says she was unfairly dismissed from her position. File/The Spokesman-Review


Son Of Jail Suicide Victim Awarded $8,034

The son of a man who committed suicide in the municipal jail 4-1/2 years ago has been awarded $8,034 in damages by a King County Superior Court jury. The panel …


Tobacco Firms Lose Rulings Before Trial

On the first day of jury selection in the case of 60,000 nonsmoking flight attendants vs. Big Tobacco, Dade Circuit Judge Robert Kaye dashed the industry’s last hope of taming …


Court Limits Relief For Brutality Victims Ruling Holds Municipalities Usually Aren’t Liable For Actions Of Police Officers

The Supreme Court made it tougher Monday for victims of police brutality to sue local governments successfully, holding in a sharply divided ruling that a municipality cannot be held liable …


Lesbian Sues Cemetery Over Headstone Phrase

A lesbian whose partner died of cancer sued a suburban Philadelphia cemetery Tuesday for refusing to include the phrase “life partner” in her epitaph. The lawsuit alleges the Har Jehuda …


Judge Pushes Mediation In Gypsy-City Suit Both Sides In 11-Year Tussle Say They’re Willing, Despite Past Failures

There is new talk of using mediation to end a Gypsy family’s civil rights suit against the city of Spokane. U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald said he “strongly encourages” mediation …


School District Sued By Dismissed Worker

A former teacher’s aide is suing the Coeur d’Alene School District, hoping a judge will conclude that he was wrongly fired. Jerry Roth lost his job in February because, school …


Liggett Split Bonanza For Tobacco Foes Anti-Smoking Groups, State Attorneys Move To Get Look At Records Of Secret Meetings

Critics of the tobacco industry, along with lawyers representing both private citizens and states, have moved quickly to exploit the Liggett Group’s dramatic decision to split from the rest of …


Woman Files Suit Against Ex-Teacher Says Sexual Relationship With Former Kellogg High School Instructor Amounted To Rape

A young Pinehurst woman is suing former Kellogg High School teacher Mark Holzer, claiming his persistent sexual advances amounted to rape. Melissa Hei was 18 years old and a junior …


Iraqi President Sues Magazine For Libel

Saddam Hussein has sued a French magazine for defamation for calling the Iraqi president an “executioner” and a “monster,” among other things. The September article in Le Nouvel Observateur, “The …


Neighbors File $2 Million Suit Over Compost Odors

The Colbert compost plant “emits foul, offensive, noxious and otherwise unreasonable odors” that harm the property values and lifestyles of nearby residents, says a claim filed against the city and …


Smith Warranties Should Be Honored

A settlement agreement will give Washington customers of Smith’s Home Furnishings who bought warranties on purchases from the defunct chain most of their money back. General Electric Credit Corp., which …


Fired Workers Sue Commissioners Ex-Employees Of Defunct Building Department Say They Were Wrongfully Terminated

Another legal complaint, the third in two weeks, was leveled at Bonner County and its two new commissioners Wednesday. Eight employees of the now defunct building department say they were …


Settlement Reached In Bombing Bombing Of Move Headquarters Killed 11, Destroyed 61 Houses

The city has reached settlements with relatives of two members of the radical MOVE group who were killed when police bombed their fortified rowhouse. Under the agreements reached earlier this …


Hurt Pianist, 81, Awarded $620,000

An 81-year-old Grammy-nominated concert pianist was awarded nearly $620,000 because a shoulder injury from a car crash has limited his playing. “I’m very pleased they recognized my difficulty,” Earl Wild …