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2 of 4 women settle lawsuit against ex-MLB baseball player Curtis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two of four young women who alleged former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis inappropriately touched them have settled a federal civil lawsuit against him.

Terms of the settlements weren't included in court documents filed Thursday and damages are expected to be determined Oct. 12. Portions of the case against Curtis involving the other two young women are pending.

Earlier this year, all four women settled with Lakewood Public Schools and its board of education in western Michigan for $575,000.

The women allege Curtis inappropriately touched them when they attended Lakewood High in Barry County. He was a volunteer coach in the weight room. Curtis was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 and is in prison.

Curtis played for six teams, including the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.


ABA responds to  Hurricane Irma victims

Survivors of the Hurricane Irma disaster can get legal assistance from lawyer lawyers working on a volunteer basis through the American Bar Association, local legal aid providers and state bar associations in the affected areas.

Working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local legal aid offices, the Disaster Legal Services Program of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) is providing legal assistance to disaster survivors.
To access the help from volunteer lawyers, Florida flood victims should call 1-866-550-2929, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., (local time) Monday through Friday (messages can be left after hours). When connected, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance, give brief details of the assistance needed and the county where they are located. Individuals who qualify for assistance are then matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide legal assistance.

The ABA YLD is developing similar hotline networks for the individuals affected by the hurricane in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Disaster-related legal issues include landlord/ tenant problems, insurance claims, FEMA claims and consumer issues such as contractor fraud. 

“The ABA knows that in addition to the repairs necessary to rebuild after a major storm, legal issues also arise,” ABA President Hilarie Bass said. “That is why we have worked to create networks where lawyers stand ready to help people navigate past the bureaucratic roadblocks and get the aid that they need.”

Since September 2007, the ABA YLD has responded to more than 158 declared disasters in 43 states and two U.S. territories.

Bass said that lawyers throughout the country who want to help the effort in Florida can donate to legal services agencies providing free legal assistance to disaster survivors to one of the seven Legal Services Corporation grantee partners: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.; Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc; Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.; Legal Services of North Florida, Inc; Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.; Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.; and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc.

Find other disaster-related resources at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/disaster/disaster_relief.html.