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May 19, 2011

A federal civil rights lawsuit that claimed two Cobb County, Georgia police officers broke a man's nose while arresting him has reportedly been settled, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed the suit on behalf of the man, said that it could not disclose the specific terms of the settlement.

"No amount of money can ever make up for the blatant violations of our client's constitutional and civil rights or the injuries he suffered," Mary Bauer, the legal director for the center, said in a stat

May 18, 2011

Two Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners in Massachusetts were fined and cited recently for allegedly violating the state's child labor regulations in stores in four towns across the state, the Boston Business Journal reports.

According to the news provider, James Carafotes of Sutton and business partner Dinart Serpa of Beverly own five franchises in the towns of Fiskdale, Sturbridge, Oxford and Southbridge.

The pair and the five locations were reportedly fined a total of $7,700 for multiple child labor law violations, according to the office of Attorney General Martha Coa

May 9, 2011

Former Ingentra HR Services CEO Albert Cipoletti was recently sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a scheme that allegedly defrauded Sacramento County, California, and two companies.

The Sacramento Business Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell also gave the former executive three years parole and ordered him to pay $19.1 million in restitution for his purported involvement in the scheme.

According to the news source, Cipoletti pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in diverting the money from the county, SanDisk Corp.

May 9, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said recently that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has settled a lawsuit with a man who was allegedly held in jail while his immigration status was investigated.

The Associated Press reports that the agency decided to settle the case with the man, who was represented by the ACLU, in order to avoid protracted litigation.

According to the ACLU, the government agreed to settle the case for $50,000, but the immigration agency still does not admit any wrongdoing in the case.

The case centered around Luis Quezada, wh

May 9, 2011

A former principal at New Jersey's Fort Lee High School recently filed a lawsuit claiming the board of education and superintendent violated his civil rights in the way they treated him during a 2009 grading scandal.

According to, Jay Berman was not accused of doing anything wrong and an investigation showed that he was not aware of the grade fixing, but he was allegedly suspended as principal and had a scheduled pay increase withheld.

The lawsuit claims that the board of education also petitioned the state to revoke Berman's tenure, which was reported