Tag: Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Why These 5 Accusers of Jeffrey Epstein Want More Than Money

By now, the contours of Teresa Helm’s account have become familiar. She was 22 when she met the man that she now knows was Jeffrey Epstein. She came to Mr. Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion for what she believed to be an interview with a wealthy client for a job as his traveling masseuse, she […]

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Whoops. Judge Reduces J&J Opioid Fine After Mistaking Thousands for Millions

In a mortifying mistake destined to be cited by gleeful math teachers everywhere, an Oklahoma judge acknowledged that he was three decimal places off — mistaking thousands for millions — when he originally calculated the amount Johnson & Johnson should pay for its role in the state’s opioids crisis. As a result, Judge Thad Balkman […]

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Family to Get $10 Million After Death of Man Left in Jail Cell With a Broken Neck

Elliott Williams tried to tell guards at an Oklahoma jail that he had broken his neck. But surveillance footage shows staff members at the Tulsa County Jail throwing trays of food toward him and placing water out of his reach as he struggled to move on the floor. They dragged him on a blanket from […]

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate May Set Up a Program to Pay Accusers

Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s estate are considering setting up a program to resolve claims filed by women who say they were abused by the financier, who killed himself in August while facing federal sex trafficking charges. The plan was disclosed in a court filing on Tuesday by a lawyer for one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers, […]

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Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not hear an appeal in a case seeking to pierce firearm manufacturers’ legal immunity in the aftermath of shootings, allowing relatives of victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sue Remington Arms Co., maker of the rifle used there, in Connecticut courts. The case, Remington […]

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Mulvaney Will Defy House Impeachment Subpoena

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, reversed gears on Tuesday and said he will follow President Trump’s order to defy a House subpoena and refuse to testify as part of its impeachment inquiry. “After further consideration, Mr. Mulvaney does not intend to pursue litigation regarding the deposition subpoena issued to […]

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McDonald’s Lawsuit Targets ‘Pervasive’ Culture of Sexual Harassment

A former McDonald’s employee who says she was assaulted by a manager at a Michigan store who grabbed her breasts and buttocks is suing the chain, blaming her mistreatment on what she called a culture of sexual harassment. The suit, filed on Tuesday, comes as hundreds of McDonald’s employees in Michigan are planning to go […]

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Woody Allen and Amazon Settle Breach of Contract Lawsuit

Woody Allen and Amazon settled a breach of contract lawsuit that the director had filed after the company backed out of a four-picture movie deal because #MeToo allegations from the 1990s had resurfaced against him. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a one-page filing on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. […]

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Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

MUMBAI, India — Bela Bhatia, a human rights lawyer in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is accustomed to surveillance. She works in a region prone to both guerrilla violence and government reprisals, and the authorities do not like many of her clients. Still, Ms. Bhatia said she was shocked to learn her phone had been […]

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What’s a ‘Hairbag?’ $7 Million May Hinge on the Answer

For as long as anyone can remember, younger officers in the New York Police Department have referred to their elders as “hairbags” — usually behind their backs. It’s an archaic bit of slang with obscure origins. In police parlance, “the bag” means “the uniform.” So some officers believe “hairbag” is a riff on a longtime […]

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Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Susan Guidry stepped up as a volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, helping clear debris from the streets as part of a group calling itself the Katrina Krewe. She saw firsthand the disaster’s toll, including the crippling of the power supply. When voters elected her to the City Council, she said, […]

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Can’t Pay the Medical Bill? Your Hospital Might Sue

WISE, Va. — When a judge hears civil cases at the courthouse in this southwest Virginia town two days a month, many of the lawsuits have a common plaintiff: the local hospital, Ballad Health, suing patients over unpaid medical bills. On a Thursday in August, 102 of the 160 cases on the docket were brought […]

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Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities

A state judge ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to a collection of nonprofit groups on Wednesday as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, of financial mismanagement. Once billed as the charitable arm of the president’s financial empire, the Trump Foundation closed […]

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Trump Is Fighting So Many Legal Battles, It’s Hard to Keep Track

WASHINGTON — Another day, another legal battle. Or two. Or three. In one court, a longtime political ally just went on trial. In another, judges ordered his accounting firm to turn over his tax returns. In still another, a writer who claims he raped her filed a defamation lawsuit against him. In a fourth, a […]

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Alphabet Board Investigates Sexual Misconduct Accusations

SEATTLE — Alphabet’s board of directors is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by current and former executives as part of its legal defense against shareholder lawsuits over its handling of the matters, according to documents viewed by The New York Times. The internet giant’s board formed a Special Litigation Committee of independent […]

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California Sues Facebook for Documents as State Reveals Privacy Investigation

WASHINGTON — California’s attorney general on Wednesday said he was conducting an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices and accused it of failing to cooperate with the inquiry, in the company’s latest fight over how it treats user information. In a lawsuit filed by the attorney general, Xavier Becerra, the state said that over an 18-month […]

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What Poses a Greater Privacy Threat Than Facebook? Spyware

Facebook is under fierce scrutiny for its decisions about political advertisements and consumer privacy, and its foray into developing a new cryptocurrency. So it makes sense that the company would try to drum up a little positive publicity and remind people that there are tech firms out there that pose much greater threats to privacy, […]

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Trump Called Woman Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault, Records Show

President Trump exchanged several calls with a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who has accused him of sexually assaulting her about a decade before he was elected, according to cellphone records made public on Tuesday as part of a lawsuit against him. Mr. Trump and the woman, Summer Zervos, were in touch six times during […]

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On Ukraine, Trump Is a Con Man, but He’s Also a Mark

Kenneth McCallion is a New York lawyer who once represented former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine. A few years ago, he brought a civil racketeering lawsuit on her behalf against some now familiar figures like Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. He knows a lot about corruption in Ukraine, and he said […]

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