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$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 …


Ex-Student: Porn Videos Led To Rape ‘I Was Scared To Death Of Him,’ Woman Testifies

Heather Giles thought her high school guidance counselor wanted to help her launch a career in fashion modeling. Instead Charles Jungblom lured her into a secretive world of pornography, raped …


Homeowners Challenge Rezoning Decision By County Commissioners

Gleneden homeowners are going to court to challenge a decision by Spokane County commissioners to rezone a parcel of land north of Timberwood Circle, allowing 55 homes to be built …


Suits Accuse WSU Of Discrimination Four Women Say They Were Denied Promotions, Pay Raises

Three female education teachers and one former faculty member have sued Washington State University, alleging they were denied promotions and pay raises because of their gender and their opposition to …


Jungblom Denies Raping Student Ex-Counselor Testifies From Prison In Civil Case Against School District

A former Davenport High School teacher and coach says he didn’t have sex with a high school student who is suing the district for civil rights violations. Charles “CJ” Jungblom, …


Battle Over Ski Resort Seems Headed Downhill Disputed Logging Roads Across Silver Mountain Ski Runs Prompted Dispute Over Lease Transfer, And Legal Fight Is Heightening

A court ruling over Silver Mountain Ski Resort’s lease was put on hold Monday, but serious questions about the ski area’s change in ownership last year could develop into a …


Inmate Files Lawsuit Over Patrol Dog Convicted Burglar Claims He Was Mauled While Trying To Surrender

A 46-year-old convicted burglar filed suit against the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department this week, claiming a patrol dog mauled him as he tried to turn himself in to police. Although …


Hoover Sucks Up More Problems

Hoover just can’t seem to sweep up the mess from a sales promotion that became one of the bigger blunders in corporate history. On Thursday, some four years after Hoover …


Man Accused Of Taking $244,000 Aids Foundation Sues Former Employee For Embezzlement

The Northwest AIDS Foundation has sued a former employee, claiming he took $244,000 meant to provide health insurance for AIDS patients by funneling it into phony insurance accounts. The former …


Around The Nba

A federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday ordered Miami Heat Ltd. to pay $10,000 in damages, ruling in favor of a woman who said she was publicly …


Group Sues Over Utah Monument Clinton Violated Act In Creating Escalante Landmark, Suit Says

A federal judge has been asked by a conservative states’ rights advocacy group to overturn President Clinton’s Sept. 18 declaration of a 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah. The …


Families File $1.5 Million Claims In Mine Deaths Two Men Died Last Year Inside Abandoned North Idaho Mine On Forest Service Land

The families of two men who died in an abandoned North Idaho mine last year have filed separate $1.5 million claims against the U.S. Forest Service. Terry Novak, father of …