Tag: Suits and Litigation (Civil)

JetBlue Faces Lawsuit Saying Pilots Drugged and Raped Flight Attendants

Two JetBlue flight attendants sued the airline and two of its pilots in federal court this week, alleging that the pilots drugged them both during a layover last year and that one of the pilots raped one of the women and another co-worker. The lawsuit also accuses the airline of failing to take disciplinary action […]

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West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese Over Sex Abuse, Citing Consumer Protection

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Roman Catholic diocese, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles,” the latest in a string of attempts by law enforcement to hold officials accountable for sexual abuse in the church. The civil suit is notable for its […]

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Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints

After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no […]

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Facebook Takes Steps to Prevent Bias in the Way It Shows Ads

After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no […]

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West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese, Saying They Knowingly Employed Pedophiles

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Catholic diocese on Tuesday, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles.” The civil suit also alleges that the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who was recently restricted from ministry, “failed to conduct adequate background checks” for […]

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Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for Allowing Accounts to Insult Him

Stung by obscene and pointed criticism, Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, has sued Twitter and three users for defamation, claiming the users smeared him and the platform allowed it to happen because of a political agenda. The complaint, which was filed in Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia on Tuesday, seeks $250 million […]

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Meet the Flintstone House, a Home So Odd It Was Declared a ‘Public Nuisance’

A small town in the San Francisco Bay Area is apparently unamused by improvements that one of its high-profile residents has made to a distinctive property known as the Flintstone House. The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of oversize dinosaur […]

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A Raised Middle Finger Is Protected Free Speech, Appeals Court Rules

A raised middle finger is a form of free speech, a court has ruled, allowing a lawsuit by a driver who made the vulgar gesture at a police officer. The decision came from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week, but it started with a spirited exchange in June 2017, […]

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‘The President … Is Not Above the Law’

The legal travails of President Bill Clinton may soon haunt President Trump. A New York appeals court on Thursday ruled that Mr. Trump, like Mr. Clinton before him, is not protected by the presidency from answering civil charges. The five-judge panel in Manhattan said that the Constitution’s supremacy clause does not bar state courts from […]

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Wall Street Has Been Unscathed by MeToo. Until Now.

On Dec. 14, 2017, Sara Tirschwell was called into an unscheduled meeting with the general counsel and chief compliance officer of her employer, the giant asset-management firm TCW. Ms. Tirschwell, 53, was an experienced investor who had been hired the previous year to raise and run a new distressed debt fund for TCW. Entering the […]

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Methadone Helped Her Quit Heroin. Now She’s Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow the Treatment.

A Massachusetts woman recovering from heroin addiction sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Friday over its policy prohibiting methadone treatment, which she wants to continue when she starts a yearlong sentence next month. Her suit comes four months after a federal judge ordered a county jail outside Boston to let an incoming inmate stay […]

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Sandy Hook Massacre: Gun Makers Lose Major Ruling Over Liability

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit to move forward against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman in the […]

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New Rule for Transgender Troops: Stick to Your Birth Sex, or Leave

The Defense Department, after months of litigation and controversy over the issue, is establishing a new policy for transgender troops: They can enlist and serve, but only if they stick to their biological sex. No transitioning allowed. The department issued a memorandum late Tuesday ordering the military to adopt the policy, which will take effect […]

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Google Approved $45 Million Exit Package for Executive Accused of Misconduct

SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet’s board of directors agreed to pay a former top Google executive as much as $45 million when he resigned from the company in 2016 after being accused of groping a subordinate. The previously unknown sum was part of the separation agreement for Amit Singhal, a senior […]

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Stormy Daniels’s Hush Money Suit Dismissed by Judge

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought against President Trump and his former lawyer by Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who was paid to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Mr. Trump before the 2016 election. The suit, brought a year ago in California, had sought […]

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Cohen Sues Trump Organization, Saying He Was Denied $1.9 Million After Cooperating With Prosecutors

Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and one-time fixer for President Trump, filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the Trump Organization of breaking a contract and refusing to pay about $1.9 million in legal fees after Mr. Cohen began cooperating with federal prosecutors. The lawsuit, filed in New York […]

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Huawei Sues U.S. as a ‘Last Resort’ Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban

HONG KONG — The Chinese electronics giant Huawei sued the United States government on Wednesday, arguing that it had been unfairly and incorrectly banned as a security threat. The lawsuit will force the government to make its case against the company more public, but it could also leave Huawei vulnerable […]

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Looking for Details on Rogue N.Y. Cops? This Database Might Help

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For decades, New York has gone further than most states in keeping police misconduct records confidential, even as high-profile incidents like Eric Garner’s death on Staten Island at the hands of police officers prompted […]

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HBO Film Revives Lurid Claims, Imperiling Thriving Michael Jackson Estate

Michael Jackson’s damaged reputation began to recover the day he died. The lurid accusations of child molestation that had dogged him for years fell to the background as fans around the world celebrated the entertainer who had gone from pop prodigy to global superstar over a four-decade career. Flash mobs […]

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Ed Buck, Political Activist, Is Accused of ‘Predatory Sexual Encounters’ in Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The mother of a man who was found dead inside the apartment of Ed Buck, a political activist and Democratic donor in Los Angeles, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against him, as the authorities continue to investigate how two men were found dead in his West Hollywood apartment in less […]

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Former Trump Campaign Staffer Alleges He Forcibly Kissed Her

A woman who worked on Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sued him in federal court on Monday, alleging that he forcibly kissed her at a campaign event in Florida months before the election. In the lawsuit, the woman, Alva Johnson, who is black, also accused the president’s campaign of […]

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Public Theater Sues Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel, Alleging Trademark Violation

A half-mile apart on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, two buildings claim to be putting on theater for the PUBLIC, using boldfaced font to advertise their mission. There is the Public Theater, the decades-old nonprofit known for its wide red building — a city landmark — and for putting […]

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