Tag: Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Supreme Court to Decide How the First Amendment Applies to Social Media

The most important First Amendment cases of the internet era, to be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, may turn on a single question: Do platforms like Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and X most closely resemble newspapers or shopping centers or phone companies? The two cases arrive at the court garbed in politics, as they […]

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Abortion Laws, Accidents and Lax Rules Now Imperil Fertility Industry

To the fertility patients whose embryos were destroyed at an Alabama clinic, the circumstances must have been shocking. Somehow, a patient in the hospital housing the clinic had wandered into a storage room, pulled the embryos from a tank of liquid nitrogen, and then dropped them on the floor — probably because the tank was […]

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In New York, the Trump Brand Is Costing Some Condo Owners

In the world of real estate, Donald J. Trump’s name has long been synonymous with luxury. At one of his buildings in Manhattan, a five-story waterfall slides down a wall of Breccia Perniche marble. White-gloved doormen, cascading chandeliers and panoramic views of the city’s skyline are the hallmarks of another. It’s that image of luxury, […]

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At Rally in Michigan, Trump Lashes Out at Judge Who Fined Him $355 Million

Former President Donald J. Trump vented about his latest legal defeat to freezing supporters at a Michigan rally on Saturday night, a day after a New York judge fined him nearly $355 million plus interest in his civil fraud case. The Republican front-runner for his party’s presidential nomination, Mr. Trump denied that he had conspired […]

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A $450 Million Blow to Trump’s Finances, and His Identity

“We have a lot of cash,” Donald J. Trump boasted 10 months ago, under oath, claiming that the number was “going up very substantially every month.” But whatever cash he had may soon be gone. On Friday, the judge overseeing Mr. Trump’s civil fraud case issued a final ruling that inflicted a staggering financial penalty. […]

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Highlights From the Decision in Trump’s Fraud Case

The judge who cut a broad swath through Donald J. Trump’s personal and corporate coffers on Friday, ordering him to pay a penalty in his civil fraud trial that will exceed $450 million, was both cutting and colorful in his characterization of the former president’s conduct. The judge, Arthur F. Engoron, an unconventional jurist who […]

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Two of Epstein’s Closest Advisers Are Sued by His Victims

Lawyers representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein sued two of the disgraced financier’s closest advisers on Friday, accusing them of “aiding, abetting and facilitating” his sex trafficking of young women and teenage girls. The civil suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, seeks class action status on behalf of Mr. Epstein’s many victims. It comes just […]

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Next on Cuomo’s Rehabilitation Tour: Blowing Up a State Ethics Panel

In the two and a half years since he resigned as New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has spent countless hours and millions of dollars to restore his image and vanquish his critics. One of his primary targets is the state’s new ethics panel, which his lawyers argue was formed unconstitutionally and should be disbanded […]

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Trump Ordered to Pay Over $350 Million in NY Civil Fraud Trial Ruling

A New York judge on Friday handed Donald J. Trump a crushing defeat in his civil fraud case, finding the former president liable for conspiring to manipulate his net worth and ordering him to pay a penalty of $355 million that could wipe out his entire stockpile of cash. The decision by Justice Arthur F. […]

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Trial Will Test Trump’s Limits of Reaping Political Gain From Legal Woes

For all their bluster, nobody in Donald J. Trump’s political inner circle actually thinks a criminal conviction will help him with the independent voters and suburban women who lost him the presidency in 2020. But since Mr. Trump was first indicted, he and his team have looked toward securing the nomination as a vital imperative. […]

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Trump May Face Harsh Financial Penalties in Fraud Trial Under a New York Law

When a New York judge delivers a final ruling in Donald J. Trump’s civil fraud trial as soon as Friday, the former president could face hundreds of millions in penalties and new restrictions on his family business. That might seem steep in a case with no victim calling for redress and no star witness pointing […]

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CooperSurgical’s Botched IVF Liquid Destroyed Embryos, Lawsuits Claim

CooperSurgical, a major medical supply company, is facing a wave of lawsuits from patients who claim that one of its products destroyed embryos created with in vitro fertilization. Fertility clinics across the world used the product, a nutrient-rich liquid that helps fertilized eggs develop into embryos. This week federal regulators made public that the company […]

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Mayor Adams Is Sued Over Failure to Comply With New Housing Laws

The Legal Aid Society sued Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday for not complying with new laws meant to address rising homelessness and the influx of tens of thousands of migrants. In the coming days, the City Council is expected to join the society, after voting last week to authorize a lawsuit. The move comes as […]

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He Grew Up in the Shadow of the ‘Wolf of Wall Street.’ Then He Got Into Debt Settlement.

In the early 1980s, 19-year-old Jordan Belfort — who would go on to become known as the Wolf of Wall Street, a title he bestowed on himself in a tell-all memoir — had a fortuitous encounter on Jones Beach, on Long Island, with another teenager selling ice cream named Stephen Drescher. The two became friends. […]

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Prince Harry Gets Damages in Hacking Case and Calls Out Piers Morgan

Prince Harry has settled his privacy claims against a British tabloid publisher, his lawyer told a London court on Friday, two months after a judge found the publisher guilty of “widespread and habitual” hacking of the prince’s cellphone. The settlement with Mirror Group Newspapers — which his lawyer said would amount to at least 400,000 […]

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How Two Irish Businessmen Almost Took Nigeria for $11 Billion

Like a lot of explosive financial scandals, the story of Michael Quinn and Brendan Cahill could fairly be described as a simple proposition that spun completely out of control. Quinn was an Irish oil-and-gas man with warm eyes and a mustache; Cahill was his longtime partner, an accountant by training. The two had been working […]

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Who Created Butter Chicken? India’s Great Curry Clash.

In 1947, two men, both named Kundan, fled Peshawar during the bloody partition that carved Pakistan out of British India. They landed in Delhi and soon became partners in a restaurant called Moti Mahal serving food from the Punjab region. On this much their descendants agree. Where they diverge is on the question of which […]

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Elon Musk Backs Gina Carano’s Disney Suit Over ‘Mandalorian’ Exit

Elon Musk poked the Walt Disney Company anew on Tuesday by agreeing to fund a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by the “Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano. “Please let us know if you would like to join the lawsuit against Disney,” Mr. Musk, seemingly trawling for other plaintiffs, wrote in a post on X, which he bought in […]

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Climate Information on Trial: Michael Mann’s Defamation Trial Wraps Up

One July morning in 2012, climate scientist Michael Mann woke up to a terse email from a fellow scientist. “Holy crap,” read the message, from Phil Plait, an astronomer and science communicator. “This is truly the most awful thing I’ve ever seen said about a climate scientist. If someone wrote this about me, I’d be […]

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How Trump Uses the Power and Imagery of His Presidency

Only five days after Donald J. Trump left office, one of his aides emailed a lawyer to request approval of a formal-looking seal for use on statements from the office of the 45th president. Margo Martin, one of his closest personal aides, told the lawyer, Scott Gast, that consultants had designed a subtly-modified seal for […]

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Boeing, Still Recovering From Max 8 Crashes, Faces a New Crisis

After two deadly crashes involving its best-selling 737 Max 8 planes five years ago, Boeing spent billions of dollars to make its products safer and repair its reputation. Now, the company is again confronting a wave of uncertainty and costs following a harrowing incident involving a different 737 jet. Just four weeks ago, a hole […]

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Anxiety, Mood Swings and Sleepless Nights: Life Near a Bitcoin Mine

On a sweltering July evening, the din from thousands of computers mining for Bitcoins pierced the night. Nearby, Matt Brown, a member of the Arkansas legislature, monitored the noise alongside a local magistrate. As the two men investigated complaints about the operation, Mr. Brown said, a security guard for the mine loaded rounds into an […]

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California Aims $2 Billion to Help Students Catch Up From the Pandemic

In the fall of 2020, around the height of the debate over pandemic school closures, a lawsuit in California made a serious claim: The state had failed its constitutional obligation to provide an equal education to lower-income, Black and Hispanic students, who had less access to online learning. Now, in a settlement announced on Thursday, […]

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He’s Lost His Marriage, His Followers and His Lamborghini

With its streamlined curves and glow-in-the-dark sound system, the silver Lamborghini Huracán Performante was the stuff of teenage fantasy: $350,000 of aerodynamic metals and lightweight upholstery, packed into a taut and powerful body. Ben Armstrong loved it dearly. When he started shopping for a Lamborghini, Mr. Armstrong, a cryptocurrency evangelist with more than one million […]

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An Autistic School Board Member Sued for Discrimination. She Won $10.

When Sarah Hernandez joined the Enfield, Conn., Board of Education in 2017, she had a goal: making sure schools met the needs of students with disabilities. Among the first openly autistic candidates to be elected to public office in the country, she saw her win as a sign that her small town was open to […]

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Elon Musk’s $50 Billion Tesla Pay Was Struck Down. What Happens Next?

A Delaware judge’s decision to void the pay package that helped make Elon Musk the world’s richest person leaves Tesla’s board of directors with some difficult decisions to make. Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery on Tuesday ordered Tesla to cancel stock options awarded to Mr. Musk, the electric car […]

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Pay Package Is Voided by Judge

A Delaware judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of Tesla shareholders who sued to block the pay package that helped make Elon Musk, the carmaker’s chief executive, a billionaire many times over and the world’s wealthiest human being. “The process leading to the approval of Musk’s compensation plan was deeply flawed,” Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. […]

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Trump’s PACs Spent Roughly $50 Million on Legal Expenses in 2023

Donald J. Trump piled up legal expenses in 2023 as he was indicted four times, spending approximately $50 million in donor money on legal bills and investigation-related expenses last year, according to two people briefed on the figure. It is a staggering sum. His lone remaining rival in the 2024 Republican primary, Nikki Haley, raised […]

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A Rivington Street Tenant’s Secret Would Change His Neighbors Lives

The drag queens who once paraded through the hallways are long gone. The rundown walk-up on the Lower East Side’s Rivington Street was a refuge that offered freedom and acceptance, though it was rife with burglaries and drugs — and no shortage of mischief, when Pierson Tyler-Leonard moved in some 35 years ago. He fit […]

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NRA Questions Wayne LaPierre’s Spending During NYC Corruption Trial

In a head-spinning day of court action on Monday, a lawyer for the National Rifle Association grilled its longtime chief, Wayne LaPierre, about his lavish spending. Under rapid-fire questioning during his second day of testimony in a New York civil corruption trial, Mr. LaPierre admitted that much of his spending had not been authorized by […]

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On Donald Trump, E. Jean Carroll and the Limits of Libel Law

In the days since a New York jury ordered Donald Trump to pay $83.3 million in damages to the libel plaintiff E. Jean Carroll, the question has been whether the dollar amount was high enough to put a stop to his lies. That we must ask this question tells us something important about the moment […]

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