Ford Motors in $10M Harassment Settlement
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Ford Motors in $10M Harassment Settlement

October 29, 2017 To avoid an extended dispute, the Detroit-based Ford Motor Company has voluntarily agreed to pay up to $10.125 million in a sexual and racial harassment settlement, albeit without any admission of liability. Charges were filed on behalf of a group of workers at its Assembly Plant and its Stamping Plant, both in…

Alfred Angelo Bridal chain closes in bankruptcy
201708.31
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Alfred Angelo Bridal chain closes in bankruptcy

August 31, 2017 Alfred Angelo Bridal Chain closed more than 60 wedding dress stores before filing bankruptcy in July 2017. They claimed only $50,000 in assets contrasted with more than $50 million in liabilities in their filing, showing them completely upside down in debt. The bridal chain sold dresses at 1,400 retailers while operating its…

US Supreme Court hands major victory to churches
201708.20
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US Supreme Court hands major victory to churches

August 20, 2017 After a Missouri church was denied funds to resurface its playground, the Supreme Court ruled in June 2017 that separation of church and state goes too far when they withhold government grants from religious institutions. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO, was denied access to state program funds set aside for charitable…

Mary Kay Letourneau in divorce with ex-student
201708.10
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Mary Kay Letourneau in divorce with ex-student

July 20, 2017 In 1996, Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau relationship made headlines for weeks as the public followed the highly publicized sexual relationship between the teacher and her student. The couple has now announced their separation. At the time, Vili was a 12-year-old student while Mary Kay was a 34-year-old married teacher with…

17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration
201708.05
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17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration

July 31, 2017 In 1999, Richard Jones was sentenced to a 19-year prison term, convicted of aggravated robbery for purse snatching at a Walmart parking lot. Numerous appeals failed to secure his release though he maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. However, a new discovery cut two years off his sentence; someone else committed the…

Retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy
201707.31
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Retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy

July 10, 2017 Following in the steps of other troubled retailers, Gymboree filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to slash $1 billion of its $1.4 billion in debt. They will stay in business due to an agreement with their lenders as they restructure the organization even borrowing $35 million more to finance operations. Of…