Fracking Worker Injured in Colorado Explosion Wins $30 Million Lawsuit, But Only Receives Half Due to State Caps – Advocates Call for Removal of Limitations on Jury Awards

Greeley, Colorado – A man who suffered severe injuries while working at a fracking site in northern Colorado has been awarded $30 million in a federal court case. However, due to state laws that place limits on jury awards, the man will only receive about half of that amount. This case has brought attention to the issue of caps on damages in Colorado, with a group called Coloradans for Accountability advocating for the elimination of these limits through a measure on the ballot this November. Steve Straughen, the injured worker, is just one of many … Read more

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns $10 Million Punitive Damages Award in Landlord Negligence Case

PORTLAND, Ore. – In a groundbreaking premises liability case, a tenant at an apartment complex in Portland, Oregon alleged that he suffered a serious knee injury when a concrete walkway collapsed beneath him. The tenant, seeking damages for the physical and emotional harm he endured, sued the landlord for negligence. The case, known as Trebelhorn v. Prime Wimbledon SPE, LLC, reached the Oregon Supreme Court, resulting in a significant ruling that could impact similar cases in the future. The tenant, who underwent surgery for a meniscal tear caused by the incident, demanded $45,000 for economic … Read more

Four Universities, Including Dartmouth, Reach $166 Million Settlement in Class-Action Lawsuit Alleging Financial Aid Conspiracy

Hanover, New Hampshire – Dartmouth College has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that accused the school, along with 16 other universities, of colluding to reduce financial aid for students from working- and middle-class families. According to a memorandum filed on February 23, Dartmouth has agreed to pay $33.75 million as part of the settlement. This comes after three other co-defendants, Rice University, Northwestern University, and Vanderbilt University, also agreed to settlements, bringing the total to $166 million. The lawsuit, filed in 2022, alleged that these universities, all of which claimed to practice need-blind … Read more

$21.3 Million Decision Shakes Colorado: The Remarkable Verdict in a Contentious Custody Battle

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A Colorado custody case concluded with a jury awarding a verdict of $21.3 million. The dispute centered around the custody of a child, highlighting the complexities and challenges of custody battles. The case drew attention to the issue of child custody laws and raised questions about the impact on families involved. The trial involved conflicting claims from both parents seeking custody of their child. The jury deliberated and ultimately decided to grant primary custody to the mother. In addition to obtaining custody, the mother was also awarded a substantial financial settlement. … Read more