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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 »

2013 Video of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen Finally Public

It shows carjacking suspect Cedrick Chatman shot in street

(Newser) - Video footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old black teen has just been released—three years after the actual event. As recently as Dec. 23, city attorneys were fighting to keep the Jan. 7, 2013, footage from being made public, but the city on Wednesday reversed course.... More »

Paul Walker's Dad Sues Porsche, Too

Actor's daughter, others have also sued over fatal crash

(Newser) - Paul Walker's father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the Fast & Furious star. Walker's father, who is the executor of his son's estate, filed the lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that his son was riding in... More »

HBO Documentary Spurs Missing Wife's Family to Act

Robert Durst 'did it, and we can prove it,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Until the night of March 15, Jim McCormack had held out hope that his sister, Kathie Durst, was somehow still alive, more than 30 years after she vanished following a fight with her husband. "I know it sounds sophomoric to think that, but she's my baby sister and... More »

Michael Brown's Parents Are Suing Ferguson

Wrongful-death lawsuit may also name Darren Wilson

(Newser) - Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., are planning to file a civil lawsuit against the city. Attorneys for the family said in a statement last night that the wrongful-death lawsuit will be filed... More »

Cleveland: Tamir Rice Death 'Directly Caused by Own Acts'

City has 20 answers for family's wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland has responded to Tamir Rice's family's wrongful death lawsuit, and in it the city contends that the 12-year-old's death and the family's suffering "were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant." It further faults Tamir, who... More »

Court Voids Wrongful Death Verdict in Va. Tech Case

Justices say state couldn't have predicted mass shooting

(Newser) - Virginia's Supreme Court today reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre, saying that the state had no duty to warn students of the potential acts of the case's lone gunman, who initially shot two in a dormitory.... More »

Michael Jackson Jury Clears Promoter in Death

Singer's mother sued over hiring of doctor

(Newser) - A jury has rejected a claim that the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the superstar with a drug overdose. The verdict was read today, roughly five months after opening statements in the case filed by Jackson's mother. Katherine Jackson... More »

Dead Hockey Enforcer's Family Sues NHL

Lawsuit blames league for Derek Boogaard's death

(Newser) - The NHL has been hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit from the family of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died two years ago this week from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. After his death, the 28-year-old was found to have suffered brain damage from a disease... More »

Parents of Trayvon Martin Settle With Homeowners

Likely more than $1M: Orlando Sentinel

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's parents have settled their wrongful-death claim with the Florida homeowners association where their son was shot to death last year, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Neither side is divulging the amount, but the newspaper thinks it's more than $1 million because the parents rejected an earlier offer... More »

Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL

Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide

(Newser) - Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also... More »

Sheriff-Imposed Pink Undies Blamed for Man's Death

Mentally ill man stripped by deputies feared underwear was rape prelude

(Newser) - Forcing inmates to wear pink underwear was one of the moves that led Joe Arpaio to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff"—but those undergarments may be his downfall. A federal court has ordered a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a... More »

Lawsuit: Airline Food Killed Passenger

American Airlines hit with litigation

(Newser) - Try not to think about this one next time you’re on a long flight: A Miami family is suing American Airlines and Sky Chefs for more than $1 million, claiming that a family member died after eating a contaminated in-flight meal on a trip home from Barcelona. Othon Cortes... More »

10 Years Later, Last 9/11 Wrongful Death Suit Settled

But Mark Bavis' family will still fight for safer air travel

(Newser) - At last year’s 9/11 anniversary, there was just one victim's family who still refused to settle their wrongful death lawsuit. But little more than one week after this year’s anniversary, the Bavis family has changed its mind. Family members of hockey scout Mark Bavis wanted to expose... More »

Stage Collapse Lawsuit to Test Gay Marriage Law

Beth Urschel suing Indiana over death of Tammy Van Dam

(Newser) - The tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse could have political implications: Beth Urschel is suing the state, as well as three companies, in the death of Tammy Van Dam, whom she married in Hawaii. But since gay marriage is illegal in Indiana, the $50 million lawsuit will test the state’... More »

Mom Sues Frat Over Son's Hazing Death

Suit says teen was tied up, forced to drink until he passed out

(Newser) - The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is facing a $25 million lawsuit over the alcohol-related hazing death of a Cornell University student, reports the AP . George Desdunes, 19 years old and already a full-fledged member of the frat, had his hands and feet bound in a mock kidnapping ritual and was... More »

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