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RTA pays $45,000 to Lakewood woman assaulted by RTA police officer

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) has paid $45,000 to Jessica Ferrato, in settlement of her lawsuit for being unlawfully assaulted by now-former RTA police officer Jonathan Pacholke in March 2015 as she was exiting the Lakewood W 117th Street station. Ferrato sued the RTA and Pacholke in February 2016, alleging claims for U.S. constitutional violations, including for unlawful seizure and excessive force under the Fourth Amendment, and Ohio-law claims for battery and false arrest.

Cuyahoga County jury awards plaintiffs $392,750, plus attorneys’ fees, in nanny-school sex-abuse cover-up case

CLEVELAND, OH—On June 16, 2015, following a five-week jury trial in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, plaintiffs Christina Cruz and Heidi Kaiser were awarded a combined verdict of $392,750 plus attorneys’ fees against defendants the English Nanny & Governess School, a nanny-training school and placement agency in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and its owners Sheilagh Roth and Bradford Gaylord.