In 2008, a New Jersey man was injured during an arrest by New Jersey state troopers. He died a week later. Now, the man's father has filed a lawsuit against several New Jersey departments and individuals alleging that law enforcement officers caused his son's wrongful death and seeking damages to compensate for the death and for the alleged violation of his civil rights. However, following a criminal investigation, all officers involved with the 2008 arrest have been declared not responsible for the man's death, so the father may have a difficult road ahead as he pursues the lawsuit.
Adrianna Duffy was a healthy, active college freshman. When she decided to go on birth control, her doctor prescribed Ortho Evra, more commonly known as the birth control patch. On September 28, 2009, not long after she began using the patch, Duffy fell and died in her dorm room. "She just got up and collapsed in the doorway," said Leslie Niedner, Duffy's mother. "And she was gone instantly."
After 35 long years, peace was finally felt by one New Jersey family. A settlement was reached this week for $10 million in a civil lawsuit filed in December of 2008 for the wrongful death of Susan R. The family plans to donate the entire settlement to her alma mater, Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia for a scholarship they established in her name.