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July 2011 Archives

High number of fatal bus crashes leads to federal crackdown on industry

Alarmed at the increasing number of fatal commercial bus and truck accidents, federal safety regulators have been cracking down on companies that they know to have poor safety records. The American Bus Association has approved of this move, because they say most bus companies follow the rules, but certain unscrupulous cut-rate companies in operation make the roads less safe for everyone.

Oracle suing Google for patent infringement

Oracle is currently suing Google for infringement of patents over Google's Android smartphone. Oracle claims in its lawsuit that the Android operating system was created by infringing on patents that Oracle owns from its purchase of Sun Microsystems. In the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle claims that it owns the Java programming tools that Google used in the Android.

Proposed federal law would prohibit discrimination against jobless

Two members of Congress have proposed a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against unemployed job applicants. The proposed federal law has come about after widespread reports in the media of job ad postings that list "must be currently employed" among the requirements for potential job candidates.

EEOC says Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated based on religion

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's religious discrimination lawsuit against the clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch. A jury will consider the case at a later date and decide what damages are owed by the employer. The EEOC claimed in its lawsuit that the corporation violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in its reasoning for not hiring a job applicant.

Woman injured in Nevada train accident says she was lucky

A woman who survived the recent collision in Nevada of a semi-truck and Amtrak train says that she almost was one of the victims. She awoke in the train car she was assigned to and spent the morning meditating and praying. Then she left the car to clean up and change and then headed toward a car at the back of the train. According to the Contra Costa Times, soon after walking away from her car, the woman watched the semi-truck slam into the train car she was supposed to be in.

Supreme Court rejects family's appeal of military injury lawsuit

The Supreme Court refused recently to hear the appeal of a family who had brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Air Force. The Supreme Court upheld the 61-year-old Feres Doctrine in doing so, which is a legal precedent that says that active duty military service members cannot sue the government for medical malpractice.

Verizon agrees to settle EEOC lawsuit that alleged ADA violations

Verizon Communications has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over claims that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Businesses that employ 15 or more employees must comply with the ADA, which says that companies must provide "reasonable accommodation" to disabled workers or job seekers in order so that they can apply for the job or do the job despite a disability.

Nevada truck company facing lawsuits from Amtrak crash victims

Lawsuits have been filed against the Battle Mountain, Nevada, trucking company by Amtrak and by victims of the recent fiery collision of a semi-trailer truck and a passenger train in Nevada. Amtrak has sued the trucking company for negligence. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Reno by the National Railroad Passenger Corp. against John Davis Trucking Co.

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