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August 2011 Archives

Suspect's Father Jack Aron Sued in $100M Leiby Kletzky lawsuit

The father of the Brooklyn boy, Lieby Kletzky, who was horrifically murdered last month has filed lawsuits against the killer, Levi Aron, and his father, Jack Aron. In each Leiby Kletzky lawsuit, Nachman Kletzky seeks $100 million for damages related to his son's death.

Last month, police found Leiby Kletzky's dismembered body in Levi Aron's freezer. Levi Aron confessed to killing the boy after a bizarre sequence of events following the boy getting lost on his way home. After picking up the boy on the street, Aron reportedly took the boy to a wedding, fed the boy, and gave him a place to stay. But when Aron realized that police were looking for the boy, he allegedly panicked and killed the boy -- packing his remains in a freezer and suitcase.

Sue for Emotional Distress: Price of a Stillbirth Suit?

In 2004, New York changed its law allowing mothers to sue for emotional distress following a stillbirth caused by a hospital's negligence. Now, the first stillbirth lawsuits are winding their way through New York courts that will gauge the price of a stillborn.

In one lawsuit, an eight-months pregnant Brooklyn woman went to a hospital complaining of abdominal pains. The hospital sent her home with painkillers. That night, she lost her baby when she went into labor at home. After a lengthy lawsuit, a court awarded the woman $1 million for her pain and suffering, reports The New York Times.

Eliot Spitzer Defamation Suit Filed

An Eliot Spitzer defamation suit has been filed by two insurance executives formerly targeted by the ex-governor. In the lawsuit against Spitzer and the online magazine Slate, William Gilman and Edward McNenney are claiming a combined $90 million in damages for defamation.

When Spitzer was the attorney general of New York, he was best known for targeting corporate corruption. One target for the financial watchdog was the insurance company Marsh and McLennan who Spitzer accused of price-fixing and rigging bids, writes The New York Times. The insurance company was ultimately not convicted of any crimes, instead settling the case for $850 million.

Until recently, Robert Schnakenberg operated the blog What's on Steve Buscemi's stoop? As you may have guessed from the title, the Steve Buscemi blog was devoted to things Schnakenberg saw on the actor's stoop while walking his dog through a Brooklyn neighborhood. But after receiving a cease and desist letter from the actor's son -- along with outrage by Buscemi's neighbors -- Schnakenberg decided to shut down the site.

The blogger started the site in 2009 after walking past the actor's home and seeing a disembodied doll's head on a fence post, reports The Brooklyn Paper. After taking a photo of the doll head and seeing other strange junk on the stoop, Schnakenberg created his website.

2 New York City Triathlon Deaths May Spark Changes

Two triathletes recently died at the New York City Triathlon. Both triathlon deaths occurred in the open water swimming portion of the event, the most dangerous leg of a triathlon, and the deaths may spark changes to how triathlons are run and organized.

A typical triathlon involves a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride, and 5 km run in succession. These endurance events had been the domain of elite athletes, but in recent years weekend warriors and other in-shape office workers have been tackling the triathlon -- leading to crowds, injuries, and even deaths -- reports The New York Times.

Lawsuit Against NYPD by Other Jose Delacruz

At least his parents didn't name him Osama Bin Laden or Pol Pot. But being Jose Delacruz has been pretty tough for Jose Delacruz who shares a namesake and birthday with notorious drug dealer "El Toro."

Sick of being arrested by the NYPD and wrongfully accused of crimes he had no part of, Delacruz has brought a lawsuit against NYPD claiming $1 million in damages for injuries relating to his mistaken identity.

The Law School Fraud: New York Law School Grads Sue

After graduating college, you may not know what you want to do with your life. Many of you may have flipped open a "top law school" ranking list and seen some pretty impressive numbers that will motivate you to return to school. For example, a lot of schools boast 90+ percent employment rates after graduation and median starting salaries well into the six-figures. Those are pretty impressive numbers in this stark economy.

But just how accurate are those numbers? To some New York Law School graduates, those numbers are not only inaccurate, but are purposefully misleading creating what they say is a law school fraud that tricks young people into spending $50,000 a year for near-worthless degrees.

New York City Safety: Take a Bus or Hail a Cab?

Not surprisingly, New York City residents recently said taxis were the least safe transportation method to get around the city. When the issue of New York City safety comes up, few people, if any, cited taxi safety.

According to the New York Daily News, 80% of New Yorkers found taxi drivers to be disrespectful and dangerous to share a road with. In contrast, only 30% of residents found bus drivers to be a menace on the road.

Korean Housekeeper Sues Family for Involuntary Servitude

A Korean housekeeper for a Buddhist monk and his family is suing her former employer for involuntary servitude claiming that the monk enslaved her and forced her to work without pay after smuggling her into the country.

The housekeeper, Oak-Jin Oh, says that Soo Bok Choi hired her in 1998 through a Korean employment agency to work at his home and at his Buddhist temple in Queens, reports Courthouse News Service. Oh claims that for 12 years, she worked for the Choi family every day of the week preparing meals, cleaning, and caring for children and elderly family members.

Southwest Airlines Employees Fighting at LaGuardia

At some point in your working life you've probably fantasized about telling your boss to "shove it!" A New York Post article on two Southwest Airlines employees fighting at LaGuardia Airport says that one employee not only told his supervisor off, but the employee then took it one giant, irrational step forward and beat his boss with a metal pipe.

According to the Post, 33-year old Calvin Williams, a ramp worker at the airline, allegedly got into it with his 49-year old boss, John Georgiou, in the employee break room. It's unclear what started the fight, but the younger worker reportedly went berserk grabbing a three-foot pipe and repeatedly bashed his boss in the head, nearly killing Georgiou.

Yankee Stadium Construction Shoddy? Safety Tests a Scam

Even if you can afford the high ticket prices, would you want to take your family to a Yankees game? The New York Daily News is reporting that American Standard Testing and Consulting Laboratories, the company hired to review the safety of the concrete during the Yankee Stadium construction, has faked its concrete-strength tests.

According to the Daily News, American Standard Testing allegedly faked the results of concrete tests for several big projects in New York in addition to Yankee Stadium; including, the Lincoln Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and a control tower at LaGuardia Airport.

New York Crosswalk Accidents: Car and Pedestrian Accidents

New York crosswalk accidents are quite common. This is especially so at the Delancy-Essex intersection on the Lower East Side. The crossing has been deemed the most dangerous crosswalk in New York and has been the scene of scores of car and pedestrian accidents.

According to the New York Daily News, from 1998 to 2010, there have been 523 car accidents at the intersection — 134 involving pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, 258 people have been injured at the crosswalk in this 12-year time period including three fatal accidents. Most recently, Patricia Crockett was killed in May, when she was run over by a truck.