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NYC Settles Jails Strip Search Lawsuit For $33 Million

NEW YORK – (AP) New York City has settled a class-action lawsuit over jail strip searches for $33 million. The suit was filed on behalf of people arrested on misdemeanor drug and weapons charges. They were strip-searched at Rikers Island and other city jails. Two plaintiffs said they were...

NYC Jury: Novartis Discriminated Against Women

NEW YORK - (AP) A jury has decided that the drug company Novartis AG engaged in a pattern of discrimination against women, paying them less than men and treating pregnant women unfavorably. The verdict was returned Monday in Manhattan federal court. The jury awarded several million dollars total...

Possible New Settlement For 9/11 Responders

NEW YORK - (AP) Lawyers are proposing a new settlement for thousands of ground zero workers suing New York City over their exposure to toxic dust from the World Trade Center. Lawyers representing about 10,000 workers are going before a federal judge Thursday. They are expected to present a possible deal...

Parents Sue NYC Over Handling Of Son's Brain

NEW YORK - (AP) A Staten Island couple are suing New York City after learning that their dead son's brain was on display at a city morgue. Jesse Shipley was 17 when he died in a car crash in 2005. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Agency In Deal To Settle Lawsuits By 9/11 Responders

NEW YORK - (AP) The government authority that owned the World Trade Center has tentatively agreed to pay $47.5 million to settle lawsuits by 9,055 people exposed to toxic dust during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to the deal. . . . Full version...

N.Y. Newspaper Wins Lawsuit Against Yonkers Mayor

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal jury has awarded a newspaper in the suburbs north of New York City $8 million in its lawsuit against the mayor of Yonkers, who the paper claims wrongly confiscated copies after it ran articles critical of him. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Critical Mass Cyclists Reach $1M Deal With New York City

NEW YORK - (AP) Bicyclists who were arrested or ticketed in Critical Mass rides in New York say they have settled with the city for nearly $1 million. The 83 plaintiffs were among hundreds cited in the rides between 2004 and 2006. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

NYC Jeweler Sues Courtney Love To Get Bling Back

NEW YORK - (AP) A celebrity jeweler says Courtney Love hasn't returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed baubles, and the gem dealer is suing to get them back. The rocker borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond...

Not A Drag: NYC Neighbors End Cigar Smoke Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) Where there's smoke, there are $2,000 fines in one New York City apartment building. A pact among neighbors on Manhattan's Upper East Side calls for one to stop puffing on cigars in his apartment or pay the others $2,000 per smoke. Cigar fancier Harry Lysons and next-door neighbors...

Second Rider Sues, Says Driver Caused N.Y. Bus Crash

NEW YORK - (AP) Passengers are challenging a bus driver's contention that he was well-rested and alert the morning his tour bus crashed into a pole in New York, killing 15 people on board. In a lawsuit, Erold Jean Marie alleges driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel when the bus crashed...

Girl's Mom Sues Over New York City Anti-Abortion Billboard

NEW YORK - (AP) A New Jersey mother is suing an anti-abortion organization that used her 6-year-old daughter's image on a massive billboard in New York City that some people denounced as racist and offensive. Tricia Fraser filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Texas-based Life Always over the billboard...

Rosie Perez Sues Producers Of 'Law & Order: SVU'

NEW YORK - (AP) Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez is suing the producers of television's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," alleging she was injured during the filming of a 2009 episode in New York City. Perez says in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that she was "recklessly...

New York City Kindergarten Teacher, 80, Sues Over Firing

NEW YORK - (AP) She was teaching kindergarten at 80, but Lillie Leon wasn't ready to close the classroom door on her career. But school administrators made her job unworkable by assigning her to a room that forced her to shepherd her entire kindergarten class to a distant bathroom on a bad knee....