Settlement Reached Over Martha Stewart Chair

Due to the broad scope of individuals who had purchased the chairs, the three lawsuits that were settled were filed by a young Kentucky girl, an Illinois college student and a woman from New York. A settlement was reached in the lawsuits that were filed by three individuals who had parts of their fingers allegedly snipped off by Martha Stewart lounge chairs that were sold at Kmart stores, The Associated Press reported.

Due to the broad scope of individuals who had purchased the chairs, the three lawsuits that were settled were filed by a young Kentucky girl, an Illinois college student and a woman from New York. All of these people had claimed that the chair had taken of part of their finger by way of the defective legs which allegedly acted like “a guillotine”, according to the news source.

While the settlements were kept confidential, representation for the three individuals told the news source that the clients were satisfied with the amount of money that was received, along with the due process to which they were treated.

Spokespeople for Martha Stewart and the Kmart stores declined to comment after the alleged incidents had occurred, and they retained this right to silence following the agreement that was reached between the parties, according to the AP.

Another individual is seeking restitution for acts that were committed against them, as a Bridgeport, Connecticut man has sued the city for allegedly illegally passing over him during the hiring process for the local police department, the Hartford Courant reported.

John Rostkowski has contended that the city had hired 16 individuals who were less qualified for the job than the former police officer, and that Bridgeport had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to the news source.

Even though Rostkowski was certified for police work, the city wouldn’t hire him, something that the former officer alleges is due to his medical disability, reported the Courant.

“None of the individuals chosen from the list to be police officers had prior police experience. No more than one… spoke Polish. The majority were not New Britain residents,” the lawsuit alleges. “The plaintiff outscored almost every one of the candidates chosen to be officers.”

The lawsuit alleges that Rostkowski has been constantly passed over for hiring, as less qualified individuals have been put in his place since he was injured in a 2008 incident. He claims that this disability is the sole reason that he was not hired, according to the news source.