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School board to pay $320K to teacher suit over dismissal

Dec 17, 2020
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The Opelika City Schools board is settling a lawsuit filed by a former teacher who claimed she was dismissed in retaliation for speaking out about the mistreatment of a special education student.

Board members agreed to end the suit filed by Meagan Norris, who taught at Jeter Primary School.

She reported in 2017 that she saw a physical education teacher use a barrier made of tape to separate special needs students from other children.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT-TV) — A lawsuit against the makers of the hit podcast “S-Town” has been dismissed after a settlement with the late protagonist's estate.

WIAT-TV reported Tuesday that the suit filed by the estate of John B. McLemore was dismissed March 12. Details of what the settlement entailed were not disclosed.

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Three states have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Alabama, Louisiana and South Dakota are suing in response to a renewed push to get the required 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

The ERA would ban discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The lawsuit notes that Congress set a 1982 deadline to get the required 38 states to agree. It seeks to prevent David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, from accepting a new ratification from a state.

An Alabama woman who accused police officers of severely beating her disabled son then withholding video of the alleged attack is suing five officers for excessive use of force.

News outlets report Angela Williams announced her federal lawsuit on Monday. She says her son, Ulysses Wilkerson, was 17 at the time he had one hand cuffed as Troy officers kicked him in the face. Williams says Wilkerson was walking behind businesses in December 2017 and ran from officers before being caught and beaten. Officers said they thought he had a weapon.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parents of a black man who was killed by police who mistook him for a shooting suspect at an Alabama shopping mall said they were filing a federal lawsuit Friday, the first anniversary of his death.

The parents of 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. joined lawyers at a news conference announcing the suit accusing police and officials in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, where the fatal shooting occurred, of violating his civil rights.

A statement from the city denied that police or municipal officials did anything wrong.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A recently fired Alabama charter school president is accusing the academy of breaching her contract, supporting a culture of nepotism and discriminating against students with special needs.

Former LEAD Academy principal Nicole Ivey is suing Montgomery's first charter, alleging that among a dozen complaints, the school tries to discourage special needs students' enrollment in order to boost revenue and academic achievement.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appeals court says Alabama's environmental regulators went too far in allowing landfill operators to cover waste with anything other than dirt.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday in a lawsuit filed by people who live near two central Alabama dumps, Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County and Stone's Throw Landfill in Tallapoosa County.

The decision says the law required that companies use at least 6 inches of soil to cover material that's dumped into landfills.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A man and his daughter have filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Auburn University is wrongly charging in-state students with more expensive out-of-state tuition.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports the suit was filed by Jeffrey Prosser and his daughter Brooke Prosser. They say they live in the east Alabama city of Valley but previously lived in Georgia.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is asking a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a 2018 television segment of "Who is America?"

Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in a court filing that Moore signed an agreement waiving all legal claims before appearing on the segment. They also said the segment was satire and is protected under the First Amendment.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A landmark beach bar on the Florida-Alabama state line is suing MTV's popular "Floribama Shore" show for trademark infringement.

Companies that run the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key filed suit this week in Pensacola, Florida, against Viacom Inc. and producers of the MTV show.

The federal lawsuit contends the show's name is so similar to the bar that it's confusing.

The suit says operators of the 55-year-old bar refused to let the show use its name, so producers adopted a show title that's just one letter and a hyphen mark off.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A teachers' organization is suing the creators of a planned charter school in south Alabama accusing them of fraud.

The lawsuit filed Friday by the Washington County Education Association seeks to block public funds from going to Woodland Preparatory school in Washington County.

The lawsuit claims the school backers have fraudulently represented that they have community support for the school, misrepresented it as a nonprofit and have improperly sought students from neighboring Mississippi.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by the estate of the Alabama man at the center of the popular "S-Town" podcast is moving forward against the creators of the show.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler refused to dismiss the civil lawsuit that claims podcast creators exploited John B. McLemore's life and image for financial gain.

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A woman who says failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore molested her when she was 14 has filed a defamation lawsuit against Moore and his campaign.

Leigh Corfman filed the lawsuit yesterday. She argues Moore and his campaign defamed her and made false statements as they denied various sexual misconduct accusations in the midst of the U.S. Senate race.

Corfman says Moore sexually abused her when she was 14 and then "called me a liar and immoral when I publicly disclosed his misconduct."

Members of a city board of education in Alabama are looking to dismiss a lawsuit against them that centers on their vote not to retain the school system’s superintendent.

The four members of the Gadsden City School system had voted against renewing Superintendent Ed Miller’s contract. The Gadsden Times reports they voted over the three other members of the board, who claim they weren’t consulted about the vote.

Alabama has agreed to make changes at state prisons to accommodate inmates with disabilities.

A federal judge gave a preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement agreement between inmates and the state prison system last month. The state will have 32 months from final approval to make sure disabled inmates can access education programs and other facilities.

The claims are part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care.

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The parents of a University of South Alabama freshman who was shot to death by campus police are suing over his death.

An attorney for relatives of Gil Collar says the 18-year-old freshman never touched the officer, and the shooting never should have happened.

Attorney Jere Beasley says the family is filing suit against the school and the officer. The university had no immediate comment.

Police and witnesses say Collar was nude and acting erratically outside the campus police station before he was shot to death on Oct. 6.

Former Senator's Suit Seeks To Block Ala. Budget

Aug 22, 2012
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A former State senator has filed a lawsuit in state court in Montgomery claiming that legislators violated the Alabama Constitution earlier this year by passing a 2013 budget that was not balanced. The 2013 General Fund budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1, relies on a transfer of approximately $467 million from the Alabama Trust Fund into state coffers over the next three years. Voters must approve the transfer in a constitutional amendment on the ballot Sept. 18. If the amendment is rejected, the state budget would have to be cut significantly.

Judge Clears Way For Suit Over APTV Firings

Aug 8, 2012
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A judge says a fired network executive can go ahead with his lawsuit claiming Alabama Public Television commissioners violated the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door session to discuss his firing. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker issued the ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Allan Pizzato over his dismissal as executive director of the state's public television network. Pizzato sued after commissioners fired him and another executive. The judge says lawyers can continue collecting evidence, and he scheduled another hearing for Sept. 4.