Oxford High School attorney asks judge to stall civil lawsuit until criminal cases are resolved
A federal judge may postpone proceedings in a $100 million-plus civil lawsuit filed against Oxford Community Schools, pending resolution of related criminal cases stemming from the mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County on Nov. 30. The lawsuit names Oxford Community Schools, Superintendent Timothy Throne, Oxford High School Principal Steven Wolf, Dean of Students Ryan Moore, two counselors, two teachers and a staff member. Attorneys for the school district claim the civil lawsuit is likely to interfere with criminal proceedings, since most of the information requested by Fieger in the civil lawsuit overlaps evidence expected to be presented during the prosecution of Crumbley and his parents. The defense filed a response to the lawsuit denying the school linked the incident to Crumbley. The information available to the school should have been enough to alert them to the “imminent attack,” the lawsuit said.mlive.com
Oxford School Superintendent Addresses Claims Related To High School Shooting
The superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, where four students were shot dead at Oxford High School, posted an open letter countering claims made in a lawsuit accusing the district of not doing enough to prevent the attack.detroit.cbslocal.com
K-12 Alliance of Michigan objects to Fieger’s civil lawsuit against Oxford schools, staff
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger was the first to file two $100 million lawsuits Thursday on behalf of one Oxford High School shooting survivor and her family -- but some educational leaders are taking issue with the litigation.
Attorney: Oxford school staff, administrators betrayed trust by failing to prevent shooting, protect children
An attorney representing two sisters present for and injured in the Oxford High School shooting believes that school staff and administrators could have prevented the fatal shooting, but failed to do so.
Fieger Files 2 $100 Million Lawsuits Against Oxford School District On Behalf Of Oxford High School Sisters Injured and Traumatized By Shooting
High Profile attorney Geoffrey Fieger files 2 $100 million lawsuit against Oxford School District/Officals on behave of sister’s who attend Oxford High, one was shot and the other barely missed by bullets.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan Senate Approves Business Incentive Bills
On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Michigan Senate approved bills that would boost job-creation and expansion incentives offered to businesses, amid efforts to land unspecified major projects in the auto industry as it shifts to greener technology.detroit.cbslocal.com
$100 million lawsuits filed against Oxford Community School District, school employees on behalf of shooting victim and her sister
Two $100 million lawsuits have been filed against the Oxford Community School District and several school employees on behalf of an Oxford High School student who was shot and her sister who witnessed the shooting.
Consumers says claims in $50M lawsuit over Flint house explosion are ‘without merit’
FLINT, MI -- A $50 million lawsuit has been filed against Consumers Energy on behalf of a victim in the November home explosion in Flint that left a woman and a child dead. The lawsuit claims negligence by Consumers Energy prior to the explosion, but police are saying the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. A Consumers Energy crew responded and assured her there was no leak. Consumers Energy provided the following statement in response to the lawsuit:“Consumers Energy is aware of a lawsuit filed following the November house explosion in Flint. Consumers Energy has no record of being notified of a gas leak in the home or any related issue prior to the incident.mlive.com
Family of student killed at Lakeside Academy reaches settlement in wrongful death lawsuit
KALAMAZOO, MI – The family of a student killed at the now-shuttered Lakeside Academy has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the school. Cornelius Fredricks, 16, died after he was restrained for 10 minutes at the school on April 29, 2020. Related: ‘He didn’t move,’ says student who witnessed restraint of 16-year-old killed at Kalamazoo facilityFredricks’ estate sued Lakeside Academy, school owner Sequel Youth & Family Services and employees who were involved. A settlement was reached Dec. 2, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan. More time is needed to finalize the settlement, according to documents filed by attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who is representing Fredricks’ estate in the case.mlive.com
McLaren’s contribution to Flint water settlement could be dropping
FLINT, MI -- Parties to a landmark $641-million settlement of pending lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis are discussing a modification that would allow McLaren Regional Medical Center to get a partial refund on the $20 million it’s contributed to the deal. In April, attorney Geoffrey Fieger said 25 clients with pending water crisis lawsuits wouldn’t be “strong-armed” into dropping their cases against McLaren and joining in the settlement, preferring to litigate the cases in court rather than taking a piece of the settlement pool. If there is a modification of the settlement agreement, Greenspan said, the Flint City Council would be required to vote on the change. In December, a divided council agreed for the city to join in the settlement with McLaren, the state of Michigan, and Rowe Professional Services. Read more on MLive:Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says 25 clients won’t be ‘strong-armed’ into joining Flint water settlementDivided Flint council agrees for city to join in settlement of residents water crisis claimsFlint water crisis lawsuit settlement grows to $641M after city, McLaren, Rowe agree to termsmlive.com
Lawsuit reveals details on teen’s death at Wolverine juvenile facility in Saginaw County
Two of the defendants were supervising Totzkay that night on the second shift, according to the suit. Records indicate she was “emotionally distraught,” but the third shift supervisor reported she didn’t have any conversations with second shift staff about concerns. That third shift supervisor reported she saw Totzkay lying on the floor and tried to get her attention, but did not get a response. The supervisor then called for someone to help out, but instead of going into Totzkay’s room, she sat down at a table and waited. The supervisor reported that Wolverine policy was not to open a door if only one staff member is present, according to the suit.mlive.com
Flint residents commemorate 7 years of water crisis with letter to officials, vow to continue ‘fighting for justice’
FLINT, MI - Flint residents gathered Sunday afternoon to commemorate seven years since the beginning of the Flint water crisis, reflecting over those lost, the city’s progress and what remains to be done. Jefferson emphasized that the event was a commemoration - not a celebration - of the water crisis, caused by a cost-cutting effort by state-appointed emergency managers. “This water crisis just didn’t happen, it was man-made. Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., expressing concerns about the state’s settlement with water crisis victims. So we recognize that today.”Read more on MLive:7 years after Flint water crisis started, pipe replacement nears end but other issues drag onAttorney Geoffrey Fieger says 25 clients won’t be ‘strong-armed’ into joining Flint water settlementFlint water service line manager gets contract extension, says work could be complete by early summermlive.com
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says 25 clients won’t be ‘strong-armed’ into joining Flint water settlement
FLINT, MI -- Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says 25 clients with pending Flint water crisis lawsuits won’t be “strong-armed” into dropping their cases against McLaren Regional Medical Center and joining in a $641-million settlement with the hospital, the state of Michigan and others. The judges closed a part of Wednesday’s hearing to the public and met privately with Fieger and some of his clients. McLaren has been accused but previously denied responsibility for outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred during the Flint water crisis. That lawsuit claimed the hospital’s water system was tainted by legionella bacteria, which led to multiple cases of Legionnaire’s disease outbreak. Read more on MLive:Attorney Geoffrey Fieger seeks $100 million in Flint Legionnaires’ lawsuitMcLaren asks Fieger to admit: Others were negligent in Legionnaires’ outbreak11 takeaways from judge’s preliminary OK of Flint water crisis settlementmlive.com
Pastor accused of peeing on sleeping woman during flight to Detroit
DETROIT – A pastor is being sued for millions of dollars on accusations he stood up in the middle of a flight to Detroit, walked over to a sleeping woman and peed on her, according to records. A complaint accuses Pastor Daniel Chalmers, a North Carolina resident, of drunkenly urinating on a woman during Delta flight 874 from Las Vegas to Detroit on Oct. 13 or Oct. 14. The flight was scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m. PT Oct. 13 and land in Detroit at 6:15 a.m. The woman, a Detroit resident, got on the plane with her sister, according to the complaint. She screamed, waking up the other passengers on the plane, according to the complaint.
$2M lawsuit filed against pastor, lawyer says he has ‘proclivity’ to urinate on people
DETROIT – A Michigan woman who was allegedly urinated on by a pastor during a Delta red-eye flight this month is seeking more than $2 million in damages. Nationally known personal injury attorney Geoffrey Fieger filed the civil lawsuit Thursday on behalf of victim/plaintiff Alicia Beverly, of Detroit. Fieger also suggests that Chalmers has a tendency, inclination or predisposition to urinate on people. “It is difficult to believe that a church would hire a pastor who boarded a plane drunk and has a proclivity to urinate on passengers,” Fieger said. The complaint accuses Chalmers of negligence, gross negligence, and wanton and willful misconduct; sexual assault and battery; and inflicting emotion distress.mlive.com
Detroit Woman Sues Peeing Pastor For $2 Million While On A Flight Home From Las Vegas
CBS Detroit – There is a lawsuit out by a Detroit woman who says a pastor at a North Carolina church urinated on her while on a flight earlier this month. According to The Detroit News, Alicia Beverly, 25 of Detroit has hired Geoffrey Fieger to represent her in the lawsuit. According to the Charlotte Observer and The Detroit News, Beverly was on a Delta flight with her sister from Las Vegas to Detroit. (She) stated that she then noticed that Mr. Chalmers urinated on her and she started screaming.”The incident occured at 2:44 am, while most passengers were asleep. The Charlotte Observer says while being carried off the plane, Chalmers said to the Captain of the plane he would sue Delta Airlines “for defamation of character for their treatment of him,”.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan woman dies at hospital, months after erroneously being declared dead
SOUTHFIELD, MI – A woman who was falsely declared dead by EMS paramedics in Southfield has died. Geoffrey Fieger, attorney for the family of Timesha Beauchamp, 20, said she died peacefully at Children’s Hospital in Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 18. Fieger said she died as a result of massive brain damage suffered when Southfield paramedics wrongly declared her dead and failed to provide her much needed oxygen. All the telemetry evidence shows that Timesha was alive when EMS declared her dead,” the nationally known trial attorney said on Oct. 8. RELATED: Chief describes ‘Lazarus syndrome’ of Michigan woman declared dead, found alive“As a result of being declared dead, she was left without oxygen for 4 hours, suffering severe hypoxic brain damage.mlive.com
'She isn’t coming back’: Southfield woman found alive at funeral home dies at hospital 8 weeks later
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A 20-year-old Southfield woman declared dead, then later found alive at a funeral home, has died from brain damage eight weeks after being found. After several attempts to revive her, Southfield paramedics declared her dead. READ: Family of woman declared dead, later found alive sues city of SouthfieldGeoffrey Fieger, a lawyer for the family, announced the death of Timesha Beauchamp. READ: How Southfield mother found out her daughter, declared dead hours before, was still aliveA $50 million lawsuit was filed against Southfield EMS Paramedics for declaring Beauchamp dead. Watch -- Report from Sept. 24, 2020: Police records: Paramedics performed CPR for 30 minutes on Southfield woman declared dead, later found alive
Family of woman declared dead, later found alive sues city of Southfield
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The family of a 20-year-old Southfield woman declared dead, then found alive, is asking for $50 million in a lawsuit against the city of Southfield. Southfield fire paramedics declared her dead -- but she was later found alive at a Detroit Funeral home. The Law Office of Geoffrey Fieger filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Southfield on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The attorney says that’s why his office filed the multi-million dollar lawsuit against the paramedics involved and the city of Southfield. Under federal law, the agency is probably not going to be as responsible as the individual paramedics,” Fieger said.
$50M federal lawsuit filed in case of woman declared dead but found alive
SOUTHFIELD, MI – The family of a 20-year-old woman who was declared dead and then found alive at a funeral home is seeking $50 million in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by nationally renowned trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger alleges civil rights violations by Southfield Emergency Medical Services paramedics when they falsely declared dead 20-year-old Timesha Beauchamp, according to a release from Fieger’s office. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan and assigned to Judge Arthur J. Tarnow for jury trial. Beauchamp, who has cerebral palsy, was declared dead by a doctor who the crew contacted by phone. After Beauchamp was declared dead, Storms was called back into the home twice because family members saw her breathing, felt a pulse or noticed other signs of life.mlive.com
$50m lawsuit filed against Southfield EMS after woman declared dead, later found alive
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Geoffrey Fieger announced Thursday he was filed a $50 million lawsuit against Southfield EMS Paramedics for declaring 20-year-old Timesha Beauchamp dead. Fieger said the incident left Beauchamp without oxygen for hours and that she was only discovered to still be alive when a funeral home worker opened the body bag to prepare her for embalming. All the telemetry evidence shows that Timesha was alive when EMS declared her dead. As a result of being declared dead, she was left without oxygen for four hours, suffering severe hypoxic brain damage," Fieger said. It is likely that a State complaint will also be filed in the near future.
‘She’s still breathing': Hear 911 call from moment workers realized Southfield woman declared dead was alive
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Local 4 has obtained the 911 call from the moment workers at a funeral home realized a Southfield girl who had been declared dead was still alive and breathing. READ: 4 first responders placed on leave after Southfield woman declared dead, later found alive“The person’s supposed to be deceased," he said. READ: How Southfield mother found out her daughter, declared dead hours before, was still aliveBeauchamp was officially declared dead by an emergency department physician who received medical information from the Southfield Fire Department at the scene, officials said. What do you mean she’s breathing?’ She said, ‘Ma’am, she’s in the hospital.’”Lattimore hired Attorney Geoffrey Fieger to push for answers. Fieger said Beauchamp’s Godmother, a nurse, alerted medics and police officers that she could see Beauchamp breathing.
Attorney: Family member told medics Southfield woman they pronounced dead was breathing
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – An attorney representing the family of a Southfield woman who was declared dead and sent to a funeral home where she was found to still be alive said a family member told medics she could still see the woman breathing. “Somebody pronounced my child dead and she’s not even dead,” Lattimore said. What do you mean she’s breathing?’ She said, ‘Ma’am, she’s in the hospital.’”Lattimore hired Attorney Geoffrey Fieger to push for answers. Fieger said Beauchamp’s Godmother, a nurse, alerted medics and police officers that she could see Beauchamp breathing. “She told the paramedics, and the paramedics told her that the movements were involuntary and were the results of the medication,” Fieger said.
Attorney: Woman was in body bag 2 hours before found alive
Geoffrey Fieger, who was hired by Timesha Beauchamp's family, said Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 the Southfield woman hospitalized in critical condition and is on a respirator. He said he believes that after she was declared dead, police put Timesha in a body bag at her familys home and she was inside it, breathing, for about 2 hours before she arrived at the funeral home. My recollection is that the embalmer was actually there and was the person who opened the body bag, he said. Timesha receives three breathing treatments every day that are needed due to her medical condition, Fieger said. Fieger said the medical responders were told of Timeshas medical history, the medications she receives and about her daily breathing treatments.
Watch Local 4 News at 11 -- Aug. 12, 2020
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 11:Trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger sued by former employeeA former attorney at Fieger Law is suing, claiming Geoffrey Fieger fired her when she tried to take paid time off to care for her sick child at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Polina Milman has hired well-known employment attorney Deborah Gordon, who has filed suit in federal court.
Geoffrey Fieger sued by employee who said she was fired after requesting time off to care for sick child
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. A former attorney at Fieger Law is suing, claiming Geoffrey Fieger fired her when she tried to take paid time off to care for her sick child at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Polina Milman has hired well-known employment attorney Deborah Gordon, who has filed suit in federal court. According to the lawsuit, Fieger refused Milmans request to work from home. According to the lawsuit, Fieger fired her even though Human Resources at Fieger Law had approved her request to use her paid time off. You cant go into federal court as a publicity stunt, Gordon said.
Partial video released in teenager’s Kalamazoo youth center death
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A partial video has been released in the death of a teenager who was restrained because he supposedly threw a sandwich at a youth center in Kalamazoo. Cornelius Frederick died last month after being restrained at the Lakeside For Children facility in Kalamazoo. The video shows staff members piling on the 16-year-old. It shows Cornelius’ body being left on the floor. A staff nurse was near the incident, and video shows she didn’t come to Cornelius’ aid.
Medical examiner rules Michigan teen’s death homicide, 3 charged
Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after he lost consciousness while being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy. The Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Fredericks’ manner and cause of death was a homicide. Getting, who called Fredericks’ death a “tragedy beyond description,” said the accused employees are expected to turn themselves in for arraignment but didn’t say when that would happen. Sequel said it fired the three workers involved in Fredericks' death and relieved the executive director of Lakeside Academy of his duties. Earlier Wednesday, attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who represents Fredericks’ family, called for charges to be filed in the teen’s death.
Southfield police chief defends officers accused of police brutality in pregnant womans lawsuit
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfields police chief is defending the officers accused of police brutality in a lawsuit filed by a pregnant woman who said three officers assaulted her and caused her to lose her unborn baby. Southfield police Chief Elvin Barren said this is not a case of police brutality. He said hes appalled by allegations that his officers would treat a Black resident differently than a White resident or knowingly use a Taser on a pregnant woman. When you look at the narrative that was suggested: that we knowingly would Tase a pregnant woman -- that is appalling to me, Barren said. It is also alarming to me that it was suggested that this police department would have treated her differently if she was a White woman from an affluent community.
Southfield police respond to lawsuit blaming officers for miscarriage
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfield police are responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who said that police brutality caused her to lose her unborn baby. Video shows the chaotic between the woman and the officers who were responding to a complaint about her. According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 9 Crystal White, 38, of Southfield, was involved in a verbal altercation with her mother, sister and brother-in-law at her mothers residence. According to the lawsuit, White was pregnant at the time of the arrest and lost her unborn child. I dont believe that if this was in Bloomfield Hills a pregnant White woman would be Tased on a welfare check, Fieger said.
Family of 75-year-old nursing home beating victim planning lawsuit
DETROIT Legal action is expected on behalf of the family of an assault victim against the nursing home he was a resident of. This case is just a terrific case youve seen the video youve seen my client to Norman Bledso being virtually tortured on, said attorney Geoffery Fieger. READ: Detroit police make arrest after nursing home assault video surfacesFieger represents the family of 75-year-old Norman Bledso. This is really a terrible, terrible development, Fieger said. Local 4 reached out to the nursing home to see if they had any statement regarding this lawsuit.
Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home
Jefferson's shooting Saturday in her home is the latest high-profile one in the era of the Black Lives Matter movement, which the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, helped fuel in 2014. The events that followed her shooting have unfolded in ways that are both typical and unique, leaving her family and activists to balance hope with caution. The officer who shot her, Aaron Dean, was taken into custody two days after the killing. Jefferson's family had been calling for an arrest. The officer, Amber Guyger, was fired soon after the shooting and charged with murder.chicagotribune.com