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January 2020

Customer sues McDonald’s over alleged slip and fall

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A woman is suing McDonald’s after she allegedly slipped and fell on liquid left on the floor while dining at the restaurant. Manuela Stayton filed the lawsuit on Dec. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the McDonalds Corporation, Garjo Inc., Garjo Properties LLC and individual defendants Gary L. Peck and Joyce Peck for an alleged incident that took…

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Cook Medical wins new trial in product lawsuit after judge admits he erred

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A federal judge has vacated a $3 million jury award against Cook Medical, saying a Georgia woman who sued the Bloomington-based device maker “did not have overwhelming evidence” to show the company’s implanted blood-clot filter was defective or caused her injuries. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in Indianapolis handed down his decision Monday and ordered a new trial in…

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Legislation would increase comp benefits

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Legislation introduced Monday in Indiana proposes to increase benefits for injuries and disablements by 2% each year over a three-year period. S.B. 202, sponsored by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, would increase the benefits paid for each degree of permanent impairment and raise the average weekly wages for computing temporary total, partial and permanent disability maximum from $1,170 per week to…

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Lawmakers consider bill to enhance firefighter training

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Lawmakers in Indiana are considering a bill that would require the board of firefighting personnel standards and education to establish best practices to improve safety and health for firefighters. S.B. 258, slated for a Friday introduction in the state Senate, would also allow the workers compensation rating bureau of Indiana to provide a premium or rate discount toward workers compensation…

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Driver for Marathon Transport, Lartex Trucking sued following fatal I-55 accident

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The death of a girl following an accident involving an articulated truck is at the center of a lawsuit involving two of her grandparents. Melissa Ashley, the paternal grandparent and legal guardian of Emma Mae Wilson, filed a lawsuit Dec. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court for wrongful death against Janette Kirby, Marathon Transport, Inc. and Lartex Trucking, LLC…

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Biometric Suit Not Preempted by Workers’ Compensation Statute

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An Illinois employee of Power Solutions International Inc. (Power Solutions) filed suit against his employer alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when Power Solutions collected his fingerprints through a timekeeping system without providing consent to do so. Under BIPA, companies, including employers, are required to provide notice and consent to employees prior to the collection of…

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COA reverses for insurance company, against quadriplegic man

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An Indiana Court of Appeals panel has reversed the grant of a quadriplegic man’s motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment action after it found he was not entitled to bodily injury liability coverage under his insurance policy. In February 2016, co-workers Gregory Smith and Nolan Clayton were intoxicated after drinking at an Indianapolis Stacked Pickle bar, and the bar called…

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