Court Round Up

Montana: Ex-employees sue owner of medical marijuana business
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three former employees of a Missoula medical marijuana business have sued the owner, alleging that he ordered hundreds of card applications be falsified.

The wrongful-discharge lawsuit filed in District Court in Missoula also accused Jason Christ of using Montana Caregivers Network funds for personal expenses and driving a company van while smoking marijuana. Tiffany Klang, John Phillips and Nicole Harrington quit their jobs on June 18. They are seeking back wages and punitive damages from Christ.

Christ told the Lee Newspapers State Bureau that he hadn’t had a chance to review the lawsuit and declined comment.

The network has held traveling screening clinics and arranges video conferences between physicians and patients seeking medical marijuana cards.

Kansas: Mother of boy who died on inflatable ride sues company
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old boy who died after falling off an inflatable ride is suing the Wichita company that operated the ride.

Sarah Ruggiero, the mother of Matthew Branham, filed the civil lawsuit against Moonwalks For Fun Inc.

The boy died at Pure Entertainment after he fell on March 22 and hit his head on a concrete floor. Moonwalks for Fun owns the equipment at Pure Entertainment.

Also named in the lawsuit are Jesse Zogleman, manager of Pure Entertainment, and Tyler Tucker, a Pure Entertainment employee.

Shortly after Matthew’s death, Duane Zogleman, owner of Moonwalks For Fun, said the child’s fall was the result of customers misusing the equipment.

Missouri: Family sues over death of kickboxer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The children of an eastern Missouri man who died after he was injured kickboxing has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gym and trainer who managed his match.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 27-year-old Payton Crowell of Villa Ridge in Franklin County died in 2006 after participating in a kickboxing exhibition with Fearless Fighters, which is is Robertson, Mo.

The suit filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court blames the gym and operator Frank Fischer for not recognizing that Crowell had been injured during a practice several days before.

The suit claims Crowell suffered repeated head trauma during the exhibition, aggravating the previous injury.