Philadelphia Reaches Settlement with Gun Parts Manufacturers to Halt Sales of ‘Ghost Guns’ in Effort to Curb Gun Violence

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — In a significant development, two gun parts manufacturers have agreed to temporarily halt sales of their products in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania. The announcement came as city officials settled their lawsuit against Polymer80 and JSD Supply. The companies were accused of perpetuating gun violence by manufacturing and selling untraceable weapons, commonly known as “ghost guns.” The lawsuit was part of a broader legal effort to restrict the marketing of assemble-at-home guns. According to city officials, Philadelphia filed the suit in July, citing the manufacturers’ reckless business practices that threatened public … Read more

Norfolk Southern Agrees to $600 Million Settlement for East Palestine Train Derailment

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio – Norfolk Southern, a railroad company, has agreed to a $600 million settlement to resolve a series of lawsuits resulting from a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio last year. The settlement will cover all class-action claims within a 20-mile radius of the derailment site, as well as personal injury claims within 10 miles. The agreement was reached after three days of mediation supervised by a former federal judge. The February 3, 2023, derailment had a significant impact on the small town and surrounding communities. A total of 38 rail cars, including … Read more

Governing Dispute Ends: Disney and Florida Governor Reach Settlement, Pausing Federal Lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney has been granted a two-month pause in a federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district. The decision follows a settlement reached by the two parties in separate state court litigation. Disney had filed a request to the federal appellate court last week, citing a settlement agreement between the company and the DeSantis-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. The lawsuit had emerged after a dispute over the future development of Disney World sparked disagreement between the company and the district. As part of … Read more

Off-Duty Durham Detention Officer’s Estate Awarded $2.25 Million Settlement After Fatal Crash

DURHAM, N.C. – The city of Durham has reached a settlement with the estate of Brooke Lyn Maynard, an off-duty Durham detention officer who was tragically killed more than five years ago. Maynard, a single mother at 24 years old, lost her life when a suspect attempting to evade the police collided with her car. The settlement award will support Maynard’s daughter, who was just four years old when her mother passed away. The settlement agreement, which was initially confidential and reached in August 2023, granted Maynard’s estate a total of $2.25 million. Out of … Read more