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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials will not appeal federal-court rulings that prohibited implementation of regulations that would have required federally funded health clinics to notify the parents of minors who request prescription birth control.

The department had until Dec. 5 to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, but did not do so.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia ruled against hhs this year.

The controversial regulations, frequently referred to as the "squeal rule," would have required some 5,000 family-planning clinics to notify parents within 10 days when a girl under 18 received prescription contraceptives, such as a diaphragm, pills, or an intrauterine device.

A former Seattle School District football player paralyzed in a 1975 accident has settled a lawsuit with the district's insurance carrier for $3.8 million.

Chris Thompson, who became a quadriplegic when he lowered his head while being tackled in a football game, contended the district was negligent because it failed to warn him of the danger of such a move.

Mr. Thompson was awarded $6.4 million by a King County Superior Court jury last year. The district's insurance carrier, The Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, appealed the award. Arguments were scheduled this month before the Washington Supreme Court.

The size of the award raised concerns in school districts across the nation, prompting many to endorse a new insurance plan to free them from catastrophic-injury liability.

Under the settlement, Mr. Thompson will receive about $1 million in cash and $175,000 annually for the rest of his life from an annuity fund. Thompson's attorneys will receive about $1.5 million.

Vol. 03, Issue 14

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