Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash

james mcnair Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash

Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash (Photo Credit: Twitter via Elaine Catloth)

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Wal-Mart has settled with the family of comedian James McNair for $10 million after he was killed when one of their trucks crashed into the luxury van he was riding in with Tracy Morgan.

Daryl Zaslow, the McNair family lawyer, said Wal-Mart made the hefty settlement in a bid to avoid potential losses from the lawsuit.

Under terms of the settlement, McNair’s two children, Denita, 19, and Jamel, 26, will split the settlement, with their attorney getting nearly $3 million, according to court records.

Wal-Mart was sued by James McNair’s kids after one of their trucks, driven by Kevin Roper, crashed into a limousine van carrying Tracy Morgan, McNair and others, on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7, 2014.

Kevin Roper was charged with death by automobile and four other vehicular assault charges. His case is still pending.

Byron Allen Says Al Sharpton Being Used by “White Masters at Comcast, AT&T”

Byron Allen Says Al Sharpton Being Used by "White Masters at Comcast, AT&T"

Byron Allen Says Al Sharpton Being Used by “White Masters at Comcast, AT&T” (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios, who filed a discrimination lawsuit along with other black media owners, against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, continued his attacks on Al Sharpton during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter.

Allen slammed Sharpton as the “least expensive negro.” He said Sharpton is nothing more than a “black pawn” in a “white chess game” and his being used by his “white masters at Comcast and AT&T.”

Allen said the mentality of Comcast and other companies is “don’t do business with real African-American-owned companies, just give him $50,000 and a bucket of chicken and we’re good. We won’t have any problems with real African-American-owned media.”

Allen said he was a “legitimate entrepreneur” and is the victim of Comcast’s “financial genocide.” He said Al Sharpton was the “shakedown.” He alleged AT&T spent more money on Sharpton’s birthday bash than they spent on Ebony Magazine.

Allen slammed MSNBC for giving Al Sharpton a primetime television show and paying him $750,000 yearly, despite having “notoriously low ratings.” He said this was done in exchange for his public support for Comcast on diversity issues. I have previously raised my suspicions about Sharpton’s show. There are so many other qualified black media personalities that could have brought more to the 6 p.m. timeslot than Sharpton.

Byron Allen said it was racist to think that Al Sharpton is the “go-to person” for blacks.  Um, I know that Sharpton doesn’t speak for me.

Watch Byron Allen ripping Rev. Al Sharpton:

Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case in the U.S., will file a lawsuit against the Dallas hospital on Monday, alleging negligence in preparedness of nurses. She claims the hospital made her a “symbol of corporate neglect.”

“I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham told The Dallas Morning News last week in an exclusive interview.

Pham says she will file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources alleging that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

She says that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She says Texas Health Resources did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Duncan. Source: Dallas Morning News

The hospital issued a statement: “Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.”

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue “Good Lie” Producers Over Non-Payment

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue "Good Lie" Producers Over Non-Payment

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue “Good Lie” Producers Over Non-Payment (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Foundation for Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan filed a lawsuit accusing the producers behind The Good Lie, which stars Reese Witherspoon, of using their “life stories but reneged on an agreement to pay them,” Variety reports.

The Foundation for Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and 54 refugees in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, contend that they gave interviews as the project was being developed and were promised that that the foundation would be the sole beneficiary of any fundraising efforts associated with the movie.

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The suit says that during a videotaped meeting on April 15, 2013 with Molly Smith of Black Label Media, one of the production companies behind the movie, she said, “The most important thing that was said here today was you asked a question, ‘Do you feel you should be compensated for your story?’ And the answer I can say, because it’s my company and my studio, is absolutely.”

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit with $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit with $20 Billion Discrimination Lawsuit

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit with $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Comcast and Al Sharpton have been hit with a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a black media association, as the FCC decision on the cable giant’s merger with Time Warner Cable looms.

Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter:

The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.

This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC — on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States — but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination.

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The lawsuit goes on to say that Comcast made large cash “donations” to obtain support for its acquisition. The money includes $3.8 million to Sharpton and his National Action Network. The money, it’s charged, was meant to pay Sharpton to endorse the NBCU deal and divert attention away from discrimination. As for Sharpton’s MSNBC gig, the complaint says, “Despite the notoriously low ratings that Sharpton’s show generates, Comcast has allowed Sharpton to maintain his hosting position for more than three years in exchange for Sharpton’s continued public support for Comcast on issues of diversity.”

Black Surgeon Christian Head Wins $4.5 Million Racial Discrimination Lawsuit from UCLA Medical School

Black Surgeon Christian Head Wins $4.5 Million Racial Discrimination Lawsuit from UCLA Medical School

Black Surgeon Christian Head Wins $4.5 Million Racial Discrimination Lawsuit from UCLA Medical School (YouTube)

Former UCLA surgeon Dr. Christian Head won a $4.5 million racial discrimination lawsuit from UCLA medical school which superimposed his face onto a gorilla which was being sodomized by a department chairman in a slide show presentation.

Dr. Head filed the lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents in April after claiming he was publicly humiliated by the portrayal. In the lawsuit, Head accused the university of failing to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation against him. The complaint alleges that during a resident graduation event in 2006, a slide show was created by the residents and reviewed by staff, including the photo of his face superimposed onto a gorilla.

Two UCLA professors were also named in the lawsuit.  Dr. Gerald Berke and Dr. Marilene Wang were accused of making ‘inappropriate racial comments and insinuations about blacks’ and Christian Head for years.

Ervin Mears Jr. Sues Sterling Regional HS for $40 Million After Son, Mawusimensah Mears, Cut from Track Team

SMH:  Ervin Mears Jr. filed a lawsuit against Sterling Regional High School in Camden County for $40 million because his son, Mawusimensah Mears, was kicked off the track team. Mears is also seeking varsity letters and championship jackets for the past two seasons, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer, “children have rights, just like any adult.”

Mears, a disabled veteran from Lawnside, filed the suit on his own, without a lawyer’s help.

He ran track in high school and the military and said his son “comes from a family of track winners.” The boy was the “undefeated champ” in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter runs as an eighth grader at a Catholic school in 2010, the suit says.

That promise, his father said, should have translated into a key spot on the team when, as a ninth grader, Mawusimensah entered Sterling Regional High School in Somerdale. Sterling draws about 950 students from Magnolia, Hi-Nella, Somerdale, Stratford, Laurel Springs, and other towns.

But things started to sour in his son’s freshman year, Mears said, when he and his son’s track coach disagreed over which races his son should run.

It’s unfair, Mears said, that his son wasn’t allowed to compete, even though he may have been faster than some seniors who raced. “If he doesn’t qualify, then the clock will say he’s not fast enough,” said Mears, who worries his son may be losing out on the possibility of a college athletic scholarship.

“Let him get some exposure,” Mears said.

Unexcused absences from practice were the official reason Mears said he was given for his son’s dismissal. That’s an excuse, Mears said. A family death and injured leg kept his son away.

“Participation in extracurricular activities is a right,” Mears said. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

As a parent of two athletes, I can’t tell you the countless times I have seen parents intervene and muck up the entire learning experience for their children. Good programs become mediocre and poor once decent parents realize a few parent-bullies are hijacking the sports for their kids. Mr. Mears feels that his sense of entitlement must be catered to at all costs. I didn’t think his son, Mawusimensah Mears, is another Usain Bolt and missing out on endorsement deals because he was kicked off the team.

Dabotubo Horsfall Sues Former Employer Morgan Stanley, Alleges Racial Discrimination

Dabotubo Horsfall, black former Morgan Stanley employee, accuses company of racial discrimination

Dabotubo Horsfall Sues Former Employer Morgan Stanley, Alleges Racial Discrimination (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dabotubo Horsfall has sued Morgan Stanley alleging that the investment bank engaged in blatant discrimination against him because he is black, paying him less than his peers and refusing to give him recognition for his work on prominent deals.

Dabotubo Horsfall, a vice-president in Morgan Stanley’s investment management infrastructure fund, sued the bank and seven of its senior managers, accusing them of subjecting him to “blatant discriminatory treatment on account of his race.” The lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court on February 11, but went unnoticed outside the bank for more than a month.

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Dabotubo Horsfall complaint [PDF] alleges that in November 2011, his boss left the division, and he was put under the supervision of two managers, John Watt and Thomas Gray, who proceeded to discriminate against him based on his race. Horsfall claims to have helped close a deal involving the sale of a Chilean electric distribution company that made Morgan Stanley more than $150 million in profit, but was “never properly acknowledged nor was he properly compensated for his work on this complex transaction” by Watt and Gray. Furthermore, Horsfall alleges he was not given a year-end written evaluation that year, and was not given any credit for his involvement in the Chilean deal during a face-to-face review with Watt. Source

Read Dabotubo Horsfall complaint against Morgan Stanley.

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R&B Singer Mary J. Blige Hit with $500K Lawsuit by Bank of America, Second Lawsuit in 3 Months

English: Mary J. Blige live in Charlotte, NC

R&B Singer Mary J. Blige Hit with $500K Lawsuit by Bank of America, Second Lawsuit in 3 Months (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Singer Mary J. Blige has been hit with yet another lawsuit for defaulting on a loan. Bank of America filed a lawsuit against the singer alleging she defaulted on a $500,000 loan. This is the second legal action against the singer, who recently played Malcolm X’s wife Betty Shabazz in a Lifetime movie, “Betty and Coretta,” co-starring with Angela Bassett.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court, Mary J. Blige took out the loan in 2005 and stopped making payments in June 2012. She owes a total of $511,324 in principal and interest on the loan.

This latest lawsuit follows one filed in November 2012 by Signature Bank over an alleged default on a $2.2 million bank loan by the singer and her husband, Reuters reports. You will recall the singer’s charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, was accused of mishandling funds and cheating scholarship students in 2012.

 

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Funkmeister George Clinton Loses Copyrights to Four Jams to Settle $1.5 Million Lawsuit

American funk musician George Clinton and his ...

Funkmeister George Clinton Loses Copyrights to Four Jams to Settle $1.5 Million Lawsuit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Funkmeister George Clinton just realized what the price of playing around with a judgment really means — a judge granted his ex-law firm Hendricks & Lewis the copyrights for his jams:  “Hardcore Jollies,””The Electric Spanking of War Babies,” “Uncle Jam Wants You” and “One Nation Under a Groove,” to settle a $1.5 million judgment the firm won against him in 2010.

TMZ reports that the ruling gives Hendricks & Lewis the right to sell or use the music any way it sees fit, with all the money going towards paying back the original judgment. Once the judgment is paid off, the copyrights go back to George Clinton. He has filed a motion to reverse the decision.

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