Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19; Wells Fargo faces new class action
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Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19
A prosecutor in Pennsylvania who filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19 has died from the virus. Assistant Allegheny County District Attorney Russ Broman died at age 65. Broman thought that he contracted the virus at the courthouse, according to a lawyer for his family. He had planned to retire in January. (WPXI, KDKA, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Suit claims Wells Fargo changed mortgage maturity dates
A proposed class action lawsuit claims that Wells Fargo secretly changed maturity dates on second mortgages that secured home equity lines of credit. The lawsuit says the dates were changed to cover up an error that would have left Wells Fargo holding hundreds of millions of dollars in unsecured debt. (Law.com, ClassAction.org, the July 28 lawsuit)
9th Circuit rules judge has no immunity for immigrant’s courthouse arrest
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco ruled Tuesday that a Montana justice of the peace and a sheriff deputy do not have qualified immunity for the courthouse arrest of an immigrant, which lacked probable cause. Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez of Yellowstone County allegedly stopped a hearing when a witness said two people at the courthouse were in the country illegally. One of them was set to testify in a hearing on an order of protection. Hernandez allegedly told his staff, “Call me a deputy. I have two illegals sitting outside. I want them picked up.” (Law360)