Tag: Suits and Litigation (Civil)

New Filings Suggest Kobe Bryant Crash Photos Spread Widely Among Workers

A fire department officer flashed the disturbing photos to a group of people during cocktail hour before a gala. A sheriff’s deputy shared the images with a bartender, who grimaced and made a slashing gesture over his neck. Another deputy, who could not believe how gruesome the pictures were, forwarded them to a colleague while […]

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Defendant in Case Brought by Durham Says New Evidence Undercuts Charge

WASHINGTON — The defense team for a cybersecurity lawyer who was indicted in September by a Trump-era special counsel asked a judge on Monday to set a trial date sooner than the prosecutor wants — while disclosing evidence recently turned over to them that appears to contradict the charge. The materials could make it harder […]

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Warehouse Fire Was Source of ‘Putrid’ Odor in California

For a week after the blaze, residents of communities along the waterway had no information about the source of the odor, the lawsuit says. Local officials speculated about the cause of the fire. In early October, Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes of Carson said that the gas was from a “leaking pipeline.” Monique Alvarez, 40, a plaintiff […]

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Who Will Hold Prosecutors Accountable?

New York shelters its lawyers from disciplinary measures more than most states in the country, even as it ranks near the top in total number of exonerations — a majority of which are the result of misconduct by prosecutors. Meanwhile, the few attempts to increase oversight of New York prosecutors have been stymied. A 2018 […]

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Susan Rosenblatt, Who Took On Big Tobacco, Dies at 70

If Mr. Rosenblatt drew most of the attention, Ms. Rosenblatt was, as The Chicago Sun-Times described her in 2000, “the expert on the law balancing his expertise in front of the jury, the worrier compared with his slouching nonchalance, the detail person balancing his big-picture view.” In addition to her husband and their son David, […]

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Alec Baldwin Says He Is Not Responsible for Fatal Shooting on ‘Rust’

The actor Alec Baldwin fiercely insisted he was not to blame in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of a Western being filmed in New Mexico, claiming that another person had accidentally placed a live round in the gun that went off in his grasp as he was rehearsing a scene. “Someone […]

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More Sept. 11 Victims Who Sued the Taliban Want Frozen Afghan Funds

WASHINGTON — A fight is breaking out among lawyers for different groups of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks over who can try to seize $7 billion in Afghan central bank funds deposited at the New York Federal Reserve — money the Taliban now claims is theirs. The dispute stems from various lawsuits […]

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Woman Who Sued Walmart Over Shoplifting Arrest Is Awarded $2.1 Million

An Alabama woman who sued Walmart, contending that she was falsely arrested on a shoplifting charge and that the ordeal had damaged her reputation, was awarded $2.1 million in punitive damages by a jury this week. The verdict, reached on Monday by a jury in Mobile County circuit court, was confirmed by Chuck Lewis, a […]

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Appeals Court Questions Trump’s Bid for Secrecy on Jan. 6 Papers

One of the lawyers, Jesse R. Binnall, offered to do another round of written briefing to flesh out additional issues. Another lawyer for Mr. Trump, Justin R. Clark, argued that even if the court decided the subpoena met legal standards and that Mr. Biden’s waiver of executive privilege outweighed Mr. Trump’s invocation of it — […]

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Bob Blitz Held the NFL to Task Over the Rams’ Relocation

In a separate deposition in October 2020, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell was pressed repeatedly on the question at the heart of the lawsuit: Did the N.F.L.’s team owners ignore their own relocation guidelines when they voted to allow the Rams to move? Goodell gave elusive responses on whether the owners had considered each of 12 […]

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Lululemon Sues Peloton Over Patent Infringement

The athletic apparel retailer Lululemon filed a lawsuit against the fitness company Peloton on Monday, accusing it of patent infringement over the designs of a new line of leggings and sports bras. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Peloton of trade dress infringement, false designation of origin […]

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Farm Housing Mennonite Boys Engaged in Human Trafficking, Lawsuit Says

The other man arrived at the farm in 2019 and spent 10 months there, according to the lawsuit, which identified him by the initials J.D.M., and as a Missouri resident. The suit did not elaborate on why the two plaintiffs were placed at the farm. Many of the boys who lived at the 80-acre farm […]

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Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.

If the instructions are written with enough literary flourish, she said, they may be sufficiently creative to be copyrightable. When the nation’s copyright law was first codified in 1790, cooking was seen as a woman’s domestic responsibility rather than as a professional activity, Ms. Hawkins said. Written recipes are a relatively new invention; many cultures […]

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What Uber’s Spies Really Did

The relationship was tense, Mr. Gicinto recalled, and both men seemed uneasy about sharing leadership. Still, their work ramped up quickly. The group, which grew to include dozens of employees, wanted to keep track of Uber’s competitors overseas, whether they were taxi drivers or executives at the Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi. But they also needed […]

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A Public Flagpole, a Christian Flag and the First Amendment

“We don’t agree with Camp Constitution’s views,” he added, “but we defend its right to express them.” The Biden administration also filed a brief last week urging the Supreme Court to reverse the First Circuit’s decision in the case, Shurtleff v. City of Boston, No. 20-1800. “The city cannot generally open its flagpole to flags […]

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Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 years ago, about 150 family members of Sept. 11 victims sought a measure of justice for their losses by suing a list of targets like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. A decade later, a court found the defendants liable by default and ordered them to pay damages now worth about $7 […]

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Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir

On Nov. 8, Mr. Esper emailed his successor, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, about his concerns. When he submitted the manuscript for review in May, Mr. Esper wrote, he was confident it contained nothing that was classified or compromised national security, a view he still holds. But when the office returned the manuscript to […]

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After Meeting With Victim, Former Missouri Officer Is Cleared of Assault

Ms. Crews, 39, did not respond to an interview request. “Officer Crews has maintained she did not intend to shoot Ashley Hall,” her lawyer, Travis Noble, said in a statement. “It was an accident. The restorative justice approach taken by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was the best outcome for all involved.” Mr. […]

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Pinterest Pledges $50 Million on Reforms to Resolve Discrimination Allegations

Pinterest pledged $50 million to overhaul its corporate culture and promote diversity as part of an agreement to resolve allegations that it discriminated against women and people of color, according to court documents and statements from the plaintiffs and the company. The settlement was announced on Wednesday by Seth Magaziner, the general treasurer of Rhode […]

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NFL to Settle Lawsuit Over Rams’ Departure for $790 Million

The N.F.L. has agreed to pay the city and county of St. Louis $790 million to settle a four-year dispute over whether the league broke its own relocation guidelines to pave the way for the Rams to move to Los Angeles in 2016, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity. In a […]

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Australian Minister Wins Defamation Case Over Tweet

The case’s outcome was not unheard-of in a country with notoriously strict defamation laws, but it was unusual that the defendant was not another politician or a high-profile journalist, said Michael Douglas, a senior lecturer in private law at the University of Western Australia. “It’s consistent with the theme that this government is content in […]

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Man Held in Hawaii for More Than 2 Years Over Mistaken Identity Sues the State

The confusion over Mr. Spriestersbach’s identity began in October 2011 when he fell asleep in the stairwell of a middle school in Honolulu. A police officer woke him up and asked him his name. Mr. Spriestersbach gave his grandfather’s last name, Castleberry, according to the lawsuit. When the police entered the name into their database, […]

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

A federal jury in Cleveland on Tuesday found that three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains — CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens — had substantially contributed to the crisis of opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties, the first time the retail segment of the drug industry has been held accountable in the decades-long […]

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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group

An opening for Apple’s lawsuit emerged in March, after NSO’s Pegasus spyware was discovered on the iPhone of a Saudi activist. Citizen Lab discovered that the spyware had infected the iPhone without so much as a click. The spyware could invisibly infect iPhones, Mac computers and Apple Watches, then siphon their data back to government […]

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Perpetuated Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

In a closely watched test case, a federal jury in Cleveland on Tuesday found that three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens, substantially contributed to the crisis of opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties, the first time the retail segment of the drug industry has been held accountable […]

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I Live in Arkansas. Why is My State Telling Me Not to Boycott Israel?

At The Arkansas Times, a publication I founded 47 years ago, our pages focus on small-scale local issues, like protecting Medicaid expansion from the predations of our state legislature and other elements of Arkansas politics, history and culture. So I was surprised when in 2018 I received an ultimatum from the University of Arkansas’s Pulaski […]

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Elijah McClain’s Family to Receive $15 Million in Settlement

Officials in Aurora, Colo., finalized an agreement on Friday to pay $15 million to the family of Elijah McClain to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over the police confrontation in 2019 that ended his life, according to city officials and the family’s lawyer. Mr. McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, died after the police in […]

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A Socialite, a Gardener, a Message in Blood: The Murder That Still Grips France

PARIS — The wealthy socialite was found dead in the basement of her villa on the Côte d’Azur. The only door was locked from the outside but also barricaded from within. A message, scrawled in the victim’s own blood, seemed to accuse her gardener. The brutal killing, in 1991, of Ghislaine Marchal and the subsequent […]

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U.S. Rests Its Case in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the past 11 weeks, prosecutors revealed emails from desperate investors. They held up falsified documents side-by-side with the originals. They called dozens of witnesses who lobbed accusations of deceit and evasiveness. And on Friday, after questioning their 29th witness, prosecutors concluded their arguments against Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the […]

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‘Rust’ Script Supervisor Sues Alec Baldwin and Others

The shooting took place Oct. 21 on the set of the film on Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County, N.M., as Mr. Baldwin prepared to film a close-up of him drawing a .45 revolver from a shoulder holster. According to Ms. Mitchell’s lawsuit, Mr. Baldwin failed to check the gun himself to see if […]

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