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News roundup: Alton Sterling wrongful death civil suit set for 2020 … IBM is being sued for age discrimination … SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges that they hid ‘Blackfish’ impact

Four years later: A trial date has been set in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the children of Alton Sterling. Attorneys for Sterling’s children announced today that the civil lawsuit will begin April 20, 2020. Sterling’s family sued the City of Baton Rouge, its police department, former police chief and the two officers involved in the deadly shooting. The lawsuit, which was filed 11 months after the July 2016 incident, says the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by police. Read the full story.

Kids only: A lawyer known for battling tech giants over the treatment of workers has set her sights on IBM, Bloomberg reports. Shannon Liss-Riordan has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of three former IBM employees who say the tech giant discriminated against them based on their age when it fired them. The former employees claim in the suit, that IBM has been systematically laying off employees. Read the full story.

Whale, then: SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary “Blackfish” on the company, Reuters reports. Released in July 2013, the documentary depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition of orcas, or killer whales, including by SeaWorld. The SEC on Tuesday said SeaWorld and Atchison downplayed the documentary’s impact from Dec. 2013 to Aug. 2014, even as bad publicity began hurting attendance and SeaWorld’s reputation. Read the full story.  

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