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Man’s Family Loses ‘Wrongful Life’ Suit Ohio Justices Say Hospital Not Liable For Expenses After Reviving Patient

A hospital that kept a man alive against his wishes does not have to reimburse his estate $100,000 in medical expenses, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Edward H. Winter told his doctor he did not want to be resuscitated when he was hospitalized with heart problems in 1988. His wife had deteriorated after such a procedure, and he did not want to suffer the same fate.

Krem Loses First Round In Sex-Ring Suit Trial Over Videos Must Be Held In Douglas County

A television station's bid to block release of its videotapes, notes and phone logs related to the Wenatchee sex ring case was dealt a setback Friday. A Spokane County judge ruled that he has no jurisdiction in the case against KREM-TV of Spokane, and cannot hear the station's arguments against releasing the subpoenaed information.

Woman Sues Over Videotape

A woman has sued over a homemade adult videotape - intended for the private use of herself and her male partner - that was shown to employees of an auto parts store. She said the tape also ended up on a video rental store's shelves under the title "Banana Man." When her partner bragged to co-workers at the auto parts store about the private tape, one of them took the tape from his car and showed it to other employees, the suit said. Later, the tape allegedly was shown to new store workers at an orientation session and offered for rent at the video store where it was copied. Joanna Norton is seeking $20 million in damages.

Last Family Settles With Jack-In-The-Box

The family of a toddler who fell ill in 1993 after his parents ate at a Jack-in-the-Box has reached a $4.375 million settlement with the restaurant chain's parent company. Tyler Peterson of Snohomish was among several hundred people who became ill in January 1993 from an outbreak of E. coli bacteria linked to contaminated and undercooked hamburgers at Jack-in-the-Box restaurants. Three children in Washington died in the outbreak.

Claim Alleges Pot Case Bungled Man Was Sent To Prison For Green, Leafy Cigarettes

Ronald S. Thiel spent 11 months in prison on probation violations stemming from his July 30, 1995, arrest for possession of marijuana and drunken driving. But the green leafy substance he had rolled into a bunch of cigarettes turned out not to be marijuana after all. And the drunken driving charge was dismissed 13 days after Thiel's arrest because his blood alcohol level was determined to have been within the legal limit.

Idaho Man Sues Church For Deaths

A Troy, Idaho, man is suing a Post Falls church for the death of his wife and unborn son. Christopher G. Fickel filed a wrongful death suit against Falls Full Gospel Assembly of God Church Wednesday because of a fatal car accident caused by the church's former pastor.

Suit Filed Against U.S. Oil Company Unocal Accused Of Using Forced Labor On Burma Pipeline Project

Accusing the Unocal oil company of profiting from widespread forced labor and other human rights abuses in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma, the self-declared Burmese government-in-exile Tuesday sued the company in federal court. The suit, filed in Los Angeles where Unocal is headquartered, asks for an injunction to stop the company from participating in a $1.2 billion joint venture gas pipeline project with Burma's stateowned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise.

Man Can’t Change Name To Ross Perot

He's "Ross Perot" no longer. A Kennewick man who legally changed his name to Ross Perot on July 30 must go back to being Bill Jesernig, a Benton County District judge ruled Tuesday.

State Sues Over Alaskan Fishing Quotas

Washington state is going to court to try to stop the granting of additional fishing quotas to Alaskan Native villages on the Bering Sea. The state contends the quotas unfairly reduce the possible catch of Washington fishermen, who rely heavily on the Bering Sea.

Settlement In Suit Overtainted Blood Hemophiliacs Who Contracted Aids May Get $100,000 Each

Hemophiliacs who claim they contracted the virus that causes AIDS from tainted blood-clotting products could get $100,000 each under a settlement offer approved by a federal judge Wednesday. The $640 million settlement offer from four major drug companies would also cover survivors of hemophiliacs who died of AIDS, as well as family members and others who have contracted HIV from a person with hemophilia.

Cigarette Additive Disclosure Fought

Just as Gov. William Weld was signing the nation's first state law requiring cigarette makers to disclose the additives they use in each brand, four tobacco companies sued Friday to block the effort. The companies say federal law preempts the new state law.

Rape Case Dismissed

In a decision that dismissed a rape case involving two Virginia Tech football players, a judge ruled that Congress exceeded its authority by enacting a law that lets women sue their attackers in federal court. Christy Brzonkala, the first woman to sue under the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, claimed the two players raped her in their dormitory suite in 1994.

Israel To Pay Infant’s Family

Israel has agreed to compensate a Palestinian family whose month-old baby died of pneumonia after soldiers held up an ambulance for 90 minutes at an army checkpoint. Doctors said the baby boy could have been saved if the ambulance hadn't been delayed. The parents of Shaker Shawahneh sued the defense ministry after their son died March 9.

Worker Awarded $1.8 Million From Union American-Born Hispanic Not Protected From Racial Attacks By Fellow Steelworkers At Kaiser

In 1992, the United Steelworkers of America made a critical choice - to protect one member from losing his job at Kaiser Aluminum Corp.'s Trentwood factory while dismissing another's complaint of racial harassment. On Friday, a U.S. District Court jury in Spokane ruled that the choice was a $1.8 million mistake. "It's been a long haul, and I feel vindicated," said Richard Conterez, who was awarded the money in a civil rights case that pitted the 51-year-old, American-born Hispanic electrician against the fiercely loyal labor union.

Women’s Suit Says Agency Put Vision At Risk Former Wsp Dispatcher Claims Her Work Area Was Too Dark

A former Washington State Patrol dispatcher with a bad eye is suing the agency, claiming it put her good eye at risk by keeping her work area too dark. Dianne Murray, who worked as a dispatcher in the WSP Spokane office until October 1993, filed the suit in Spokane County Superior Court earlier this week. Murray wants her job back in addition to lost pay and punitive damages for pain, suffering and humiliation.

Rosauers, U-City Mall In Dispute Over Sale Of Grocery Store Space

Rosauers Supermarkets, one of the original tenants of University City, is taking the shopping center to court. Mall owners are negotiating to sell property at U-City to another grocery store operator. Rosauers filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court alleging such a deal violates a 1988 lease agreement between Rosauers and U-City. Court documents show that U-City admits to negotiating a sale with an unnamed grocery store operator.