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Her Principal Gave Her a Poker Chip. Hours Later, She Was Dead

Mallory Grossman's parents sue, say school's failures led to bullied 12-year-old taking her life

(Newser) - "It changes your DNA," Dianne Grossman told reporters Tuesday. The New Jersey mother was speaking on the suicide of her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory, who died last June after what her parents say was a relentless bullying campaign by classmates at Copeland Middle School. Now, per the Star-Ledger , Grossman... More »

Tycoon's Brother Found Liable for Rebecca Zahau's Odd Death

Zahau's family awarded $5M in wrongful death suit over 'bizarre' 2011 hanging

(Newser) - Rebecca Zahau was found hanged naked with her hands and feet bound in a California mansion in July 2011, and investigators concluded it was suicide . The 32-year-old's family alleged it was murder , and on Wednesday a San Diego jury decided someone else was responsible for her death. The Arizona ... More »

'Negligence' Caused Glenn Frey's Death, Widow Says

Cindy Frey has filed wrongful death suit against Mount Sinai Hospital, gastroenterologist

(Newser) - The world was shocked to lose Glenn Frey at the relatively young age of 67 two years ago, and his widow is now saying his passing never should have happened. Rolling Stone reports Cindy Frey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NYC's Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Steven... More »

He Took Care of Swans for a Living. Then One Turned

Wife of Anthony Hensley, who drowned during 2012 swan attack, is suing

(Newser) - It was his job to take care of the swans, and it was a swan that ended up ending his life. Now the wife of a Des Plaines, Ill., man who died in 2012 after a swan attack in a condo complex's retention pond is suing the companies that... More »

Venus Williams Granted Emergency Order in Crash Suit

Judge temporarily blocked inspection of car involved in the crash

(Newser) - Venus Williams is set to take on Japan's Naomi Osaka at Wimbledon Friday, but she's already scored a tiny win in a different kind of court. A Palm Beach County judge on Wednesday granted an emergency request by Williams' attorney to temporarily block an inspection of a car... More »

Alleged U of Ala. Rape Victim 'Treated as Crime Suspect': Suit

University, cops to blame for Megan Rondini's suicide, complaint says

(Newser) - Former University of Alabama student Megan Rondini would still be alive if not for the "mishandling" of her alleged rape , her parents say. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Sunday, Rondini's parents accuse the university, school officials, sheriff's deputies, and Rondini's alleged rapist of enabling her... More »

Venus Williams Sued for Wrongful Death

Lawsuit accuses her of running red light, causing fatal car crash

(Newser) - Venus Williams is being sued for wrongful death over the fatal car crash she was involved in earlier this month. A police report states Williams was at fault when she entered a Florida intersection June 9 and was T-boned by another vehicle that had the right of way; the couple... More »

Michael Brown's Parents Reach Deal With Ferguson

Judge orders settlement to remain secret

(Newser) - Nearly three years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, a settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his parents. A federal judge signed off on the civil settlement Tuesday but ordered most of the details to be kept secret, reports... More »

Inmate Left to Die as Broken Neck Ignored for Days

The county and former sheriff involved just lost a wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - An Army veteran died a slow death in an Oklahoma jail in 2011 after breaking his neck and receiving no medical attention, despite his insistence for days that he could not move. On Monday, a federal jury ruled in favor of Elliot Williams' estate in a wrongful death lawsuit over... More »

Malfunctioning Robot Killed Woman at Work: Lawsuit

Wrongful death suit filed over accident that killed Wanda Holbrook

(Newser) - A malfunctioning robot fatally crushed a woman's head as she adjusted machinery at her job, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court by her husband. Wanda Holbrook, a maintenance technician for Michigan's Ventra Ionia, which does work related to trailer hitches, was inspecting machinery on... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

She Miscarried at 6 Weeks, Can Sue Her Doctor

Alabama court says wrongful death lawsuit can go forward

(Newser) - A pregnant Alabama woman who suffered a miscarriage at six weeks can sue her doctor for wrongful death, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled, with judges citing a 2009 state law making it a crime to kill or harm "an unborn child in utero at any stage of development.... More »

Parents Sue, Blame FaceTime for Death of Daughter

They've filed a wrongful death suit against Apple after crash

(Newser) - A Texas couple is suing Apple, claiming its FaceTime app is responsible for the death of their 5-year-old daughter. James and Bethany Modisette say Apple was granted a patent in 2014 for a FaceTime design that would've used GPS tracking to determine speed of travel to prevent people from... More »

Ikea to Pay $50M to Families of Kids Killed by Falling Dressers

Furniture giant settles wrongful death suits of 3 toddler boys

(Newser) - Ikea will pay $50 million to the families of three toddlers crushed by its dressers since 2014 in what might be the largest-ever settlement for a case involving the death of a child, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The families, who filed wrongful death suits, will split the money evenly after... More »

Grandpa Sues Grandson, 13, Over Crash That Killed Grandma

Grandmother had given grandson her keys

(Newser) - On the evening of March 26, Kuem Soon Cho, 79, gave her 13-year-old grandson her minivan keys so that he could help her put the minivan in gear in a parking lot on the block where she lived. (Multiple reports don't make it clear exactly what they were trying... More »

Husband of Jim Carrey's Ex Is Suing Over Her Suicide

He accuses actor of illegally obtaining drugs

(Newser) - Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend Cathriona White was married to somebody else when she killed herself last year —and he is now suing the actor. Oregon man Mark Burton accuses Carrey of illegally obtaining the prescription drugs that killed the 30-year-old Irishwoman, USA Today reports. Burton, who filed a... More »

Sandra Bland's Family Will Get $1.9M

Plus changes to jail procedures

(Newser) - The Texas jail where Sandra Bland died must adopt new procedures as part of a $1.9 million settlement of a wrongful death suit . Bland's family will accept $1.8 million from the Waller County Jail and $100,000 from the Texas Department of Public Safety, reports KTRK . The... More »

This Could Be First Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Recreational Pot

Man allegedly killed his wife after eating a marijuana edible

(Newser) - A Colorado family is suing the maker and seller of a marijuana edible for wrongful death after a man ate the candy before allegedly killing his wife. The Denver Post reports it's likely the first-ever such lawsuit against the recreational marijuana industry. Authorities say Richard Kirk ate a Karma... More »

Video: Bystanders Leave Man to Die in Chicago Street

Family of Marques Gaines suing 7-Eleven

(Newser) - Family members of a 32-year-old attacked by a man and then killed by a cab as he lay unconscious in the street outside a Chicago 7-Eleven on Feb. 7 returned to the scene of the crime Thursday. "The simple reason we're here is that a corporation that keeps... More »

Porsche Not Liable for Paul Walker Crash: Judge

But there are 2 more cases against the company still in the pipeline

(Newser) - The widow of the man driving the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker had hoped to prove that something wrong with the car itself, not the car going too fast, caused the 2013 accident. But a California federal judge on Monday dismissed Kristine Rodas' wrongful death... More »

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