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Jury Awards Obese Ex-Auto Parts Manager $1 Million

An Alameda County jury has awarded a man more than $1 million after finding that he was fired as manager of a Berkeley, Calif., auto parts store because he weighed more than 400 pounds. "There's only one word I can use to describe my feelings: ecstatic," said 35-year-old John Rossi, who now lives and works in San Diego.

Man Sues Sheriff’s Office Over Force Used For Arrest

A man injured at the Shoshone County Public Safety Building two years ago is suing the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office for damages. Kenneth Svarrer, 49, then of Wallace, went to the public safety building on August 1993 at the request of Lt. Charles Angle, the complaint said.

Doctors File Suit Against Aetna Life

A group of hospital anesthesiologists sued Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Co. Monday alleging that Aetna threatened to get them fired if they didn't agree to give up final say on patient care. The federal court suit says that when the doctors attempted to negotiate changes in their agreements with Aetna's health maintenance organization, Aetna threatened to stop doing business with the hospitals where the anesthesiologists worked, thus putting their jobs in jeopardy.

Woman Awarded $130,000 After Her Cat Accused Of Scratching

A woman who was zapped by a stungun and arrested after her cat was accused of scratching a neighbor will receive a $130,000 settlement from the city and King County. After 11 hours of negotiations, the city on Thursday agreed to pay $80,000 and the county $50,000 to former Redmond resident Dianne Adler.

Cda Sued Over Lost Concession

A former Hayden city councilman is suing over a lost food concession contract on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Gordon Andrea contends the city of Coeur d'Alene cost him his bid to continue a food stand at Independence Point in 1994 by ignoring its own rules. He's lost more than $10,000 in profits, and suffered violations of civil rights and property rights, he said in a suit filed in Kootenai County District Court.

Hendrix’s Dad Obtains Son’s Music Rights To Legend’s Songs May Be Worth $75 Million

Jimi Hendrix's father will again have the undisputed rights to the guitar riffs and psychedelic songs that made his son a world-renowned rock star. As part of an agreement negotiated in U.S. District Court, Al Hendrix will pay an undisclosed fee to the corporations that have controlled the Seattle rock star's legacy for roughly 20 years, according to attorneys' accounts of the settlement.

Hormel Has Cow, Er Pig, Over New Muppet Movie Character Spa’am

Perhaps the makers of Spam, the much-maligned pork lunch meat, have been the target of too many jokes over the years, but executives of the Hormel Foods Corp. are certainly not laughing at the latest Muppet movie. The movie, "Muppet Treasure Island," features a wild-boar puppet named Spa'am who runs amok, and the makers of Spam, which has been around since 1937, have sued in federal court in Manhattan, claiming trademark infringement.

Parents Sue Over Block Of Teen-Aid Say State Schools Aren’t Giving Abstinencebased Sex-Ed Program A Fair Shake

The state superintendent's office is unfairly blocking an abstinence-based sex education program from public schools, according to parents who filed suit in Olympia. The 34 plaintiffs, mostly parents from Bellevue, Colville and Liberty school districts, want a new review of the sex ed program Teen-Aid. The parents tried in vain to get their school boards to adopt the program.

Black Homeowners Win Landmark Settlement Insurance Discrimination Focus Of Federal Action

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno announced Thursday a landmark settlement in a homeowners' insurance redlining case filed on behalf of this city's black homeowners against American Family Mutual Insurance Co. American Family was alleged to have offered inferior coverage to blacks compared to the policies available to whites and to have avoided prospective clients who are black.

E. Coli Survivor Offered $15 Million Settlement 9-Year-Old Redmond Girl Was In Coma 40 Days After Eating Bacteriatainted Burger

A $15 million settlement for a child who survived a 40-day coma from E. coli poisoning linked to a fast food hamburger is pending before a King County Superior Court judge. The family of Brianne Kiner of Redmond confirmed the deal with Foodmaker Inc. of San Diego, parent company of Jack in the Box, on Friday after The News Tribune of Tacoma obtained the terms from another source.

Misdiagnosed Woman Wins $1.4 Million

A Multnomah County jury has awarded a Portland woman $1.4 million after ruling that doctors mistook bleeding in her brain for a panic attack. Elizabeth Henderson, 33, had taken an ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in March 1991, complaining of severe sinus headaches.

Valley Fire Captain Sues Over Withdrawn Promotion

A Spokane Valley Fire District captain has sued the district, claiming that last year his supervisors conspired to deny him a promotion he deserved. John Frederick filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Dec. 21. Frederick claims his civil rights were purposely violated by former Chief Rod Tedrow, then assistant chief Karl Bold and paramedic coordinator Larry Herberholz early in 1994.