Tag Archives: lawsuits

Musk To Testify In Own Defense In Defamation Suit

Reuters reports: Tesla Inc’s chief executive, Elon Musk, will testify in his own defense against a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave explorer, Musk’s lawyer said on Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Vernon Unsworth is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo guy.” Musk posted the tweet after Unsworth accused Musk in a CNN interview of …

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Jury Orders Big Tobacco To Pay $157M To Gay Man After Husband Dies From Smoking-Related Cancer [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A Florida jury has awarded a gay man more than $157 million in a wrongful death lawsuit after his husband died from lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes, in what an attorney said is the first such case involving a same-sex married couple. Edward Caprio was diagnosed in 1996 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It would be …

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Federal Judge Revives Student Suit Against WaPo

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge reinstated part of a lawsuit against The Washington Post filed by the family of a Kentucky teenager that alleged the newspaper libeled the teen in its coverage of his encounter with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial earlier this year. Judge William O. Bertelsman, who rejected the suit in July on …

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Court OK’s Class Suit Against “Prescription” Pet Food

Courthouse News reports: The Seventh Circuit reinstated pet owners’ class action fraud suit against Hill’s Pet Food, ruling that the FDA did not authorize the company’s “prescription” label on high-priced pet food found to be no different than regular pet food. Holly Vanzant and Dana Land sued Hill’s Pet Nutrition under the Consumer Fraud Act after allegedly discovering that Hill’s …

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Faye Dunaway Sued For Anti-Gay Abuse Of Assistant

The New York Post reports: Actress Faye Dunaway relentlessly berated her gay personal assistant on play “Tea at Five,” calling him “a little homosexual boy” before he was fired for complaining, a new lawsuit alleges. Michael Rocha says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that he began working for the Broadway-bound production — from which Dunaway was eventually fired — …

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Trio Of Drugmakers Offer $10 Billion Opioid Settlement

Bloomberg reports: McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic — the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations. The companies, which deliver the majority of prescription medications to U.S. pharmacies, made the verbal …

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Wells Fargo To Pay Customers $386M In Class Action Lawsuit Over Unneeded Charges For Auto Insurance

Reuters reports: Wells Fargo & Co will pay at least $386 million to settle class-action claims by customers who said the bank signed them up for auto insurance they did not want or need when they took out car loans. The settlement was disclosed in filings on Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, and requires a …

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Covington Student Files $275M Suit Against NBC

Yahoo News reports: An attorney representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann said Wednesday that he filed a $275 million defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal on Sandmann’s behalf. The complaint accuses NBC Universal of attacking Sandmann in its coverage by “relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances surrounding the January 18 …

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Harry Reid Loses Suit Against Exercise Band Maker

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: A Las Vegas jury rejected former U.S. Sen Harry Reid’s claims in a civil case against the makers of a resistance exercise band after about an hour of deliberations Friday. Reid was injured while using an exercise band and blamed the injuries for ending his political career. According to Reid’s lawsuit, with losing vision in …

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Man Quotes Trump In Civil Suit Against Alec Baldwin

Courthouse News reports: Calling his “life changed forever,” a Polish immigrant who says he was clobbered in broad daylight by Alec Baldwin has sued the actor for assault, battery and slander. “When you’re a star, they let you do it – hit ’em right in the face,” says the complaint filed Sunday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Represented by the law …

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Former Staffer Sues Trump For Nonconsensual Kissing

The Washington Post reports: A staffer on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign says he kissed her without her consent at a small gathering of supporters before a Florida rally, an interaction that she alleges in a new lawsuit still causes her anguish. In interviews with The Washington Post, and in the lawsuit, Alva Johnson said Trump grabbed her hand and …

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Lawsuit: Pharma Giant Considered Targeting “Attractive Market” Of People Addicted To Their Opioids [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: As the nation’s opioid crisis was deepening, the company that makes a powerful prescription painkiller considered marketing an anti-addiction drug to “an attractive market” of people with addictions, according to allegations in court documents made public Thursday. The attorney general’s office in Massachusetts is suing Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, along with some company executives and members of the …

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Sen. Rand Paul Awarded $583,000 In Assault Lawsuit

The Bowling Green Daily News reports: The jury in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s civil trial against neighbor Rene Boucher awarded Paul more than $500,000 in damages Wednesday evening. The jury unanimously decided to award the Bowling Green Republican $200,000 in compensatory damages and in a 9-3 vote decided to award $375,000 in punitive damages. Paul was also awarded $7,834.82 in …

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Elon Musk Seeks Dismissal Of “Pedo” Suit: I Was Joking And Nobody Believes Everything On Twitter Anyway

The Daily Beast reports: Elon Musk has filed a motion to dismiss the defamation claim brought by a British cave diver who the Tesla CEO called “pedo guy” and a “child rapist,” saying his “over-the-top insults” weren’t supposed to be taken seriously. Vern Unsworth is one of the cave divers who helped rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach …

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Man Sues Over Heart Attack After False Missile Alert

ABC News reports: A man who suffered a heart attack shortly after Hawaii mistakenly issued an alert about a ballistic missile has filed a lawsuit against the US state. The false missile alert and the state’s failure to cancel it in a timely manner was a substantial factor in causing James Sean Shields’s heart attack on January 13, the lawsuit …

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Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Trump From Texting Nation

Politico reports: Three New Yorkers are suing in federal court to try to halt a test scheduled for Wednesday of a system that allows President Donald Trump or any future president to send alert messages to the cellphones of all Americans. The activists filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, arguing that the system violates their …

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Paddlers Sue Trump Over Potomac River Closures

The Washingtonian reports: The Trump White House has yet another legal headache—and this time, the other side brought paddles. The Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington filed a lawsuit in Maryland Thursday against members of the administration, alleging defendants Karl L. Schultz, the commandant of the US Coast Guard, and Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, failed to …

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British Diver Sues Elon Musk Over “Pedo” Accusation

Reuters reports: Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, was sued on Monday for defamation for allegedly suggesting that one of the rescuers of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July was a pedophile. Vernon Unsworth, a British caver, filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, more than two months …

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American Airlines To Pay $45M In Price-Fixing Suit

Courthouse News reports: American Airlines agreed to pay $45 million to settle an antitrust class action accusing it of colluding with other domestic airlines to limit capacity and drive up fares, and will cooperate with the federal government as it pursues Delta and United. The Fort Worth-based airline settled under terms of a 20-page memorandum filed late Friday in District …

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Fox News Sued Over 2015 Ax Demo Incident [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: He’s not willing to bury the hatchet after getting whacked by an ax on “Fox & Friends.” Jeff Prosperie filed a negligence lawsuit in Manhattan Tuesday after he was injured during the blade tossing TV stunt back on June 14, 2015. The Orange County resident was performing as a West Point drummer for the …

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