CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1991 |
Mayor Sal Sapien, facing a recall attempt by political opponents, filed a defamation of character lawsuit Tuesday against former Mayor Edward L. Allen, alleging that Allen falsely accused Sapien in a letter sent to the mayor's employer. Sapien alleges that Allen, who supports the recall effort, wrote a letter to the superintendent of the El Monte Elementary School District, where Sapien works as a truant officer, accusing the mayor of using school time for political functions.
August 1, 1988
A motion has been filed in federal court to have the case involving Kentucky assistant basketball coach Dwane Casey's $6.9 million lawsuit against Emery Air Freight Corp. moved to Los Angeles, lawyers for the defendants said. Attorneys representing Emery have also filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Lexington seeking additional time to prepare a defense.
September 3, 1988 |
A federal judge's dismissal of a case against the American Broadcasting Co. and television reporter Geraldo Rivera has been called a breakthrough for the use of secret recording devices by reporters. U.S. District Judge Alice Bachelder ruled Thursday that reporters may use secret recording devices to record events and conversations as long as the reporters use the recording equipment for the purpose of gathering news.
June 26, 1990 |
A federal judge on Monday ordered a conservative Mississippi religious group to cease publication and distribution of a brochure which used severely cropped pictures--which were represented as complete images--to support an attack on National Endowment for the Arts funding of sexually explicit works. The ruling, directed at the American Family Assn. and its director, the Rev. Donald Wildmon, came at the conclusion of a day-long trial of a lawsuit brought by multimedia artist David Wojnarowicz.
November 15, 1988 |
About eight weeks ago, John Fogerty walloped a chair and broke his right hand in two places, all over a song. "I thought I was restraining myself, but in moments of passion you don't always do that well," the former lead singer, guitarist and all-around mastermind of Creedence Clearwater Revival told The Times. Fogerty's knuckle-busting anger was aroused by yet another costly round in a decade-old legal feud with his former patron-turned-nemesis, Fantasy Records president Saul Zaentz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 |
A Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed against United Airlines by Rep. Robert K. Dornan, who alleges he was mistreated by crew members who kicked him off a jetliner.
November 3, 1988 |
The California Medical Assn. said Wednesday that the 20% insurance rate rollbacks from November, 1987, levels called for by Proposition 103 might bankrupt several nonprofit, doctor-owned insurance companies that provide most of the state's medical malpractice insurance. Contending that the failure of the companies would force California doctors to seek malpractice insurance from out-of-state companies at much higher rates, Dr.
February 11, 1992 |
Teen sensation New Kids on the Block sued their former music director Gregory McPherson for defamation of character on Monday in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. The defamation suit, which seeks unspecified damages, comes less than a week after the pop quintet interrupted its Australian tour to perform live on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in Los Angeles to counter charges by McPherson that the group is primarily a lip-sync act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 |
When a motorist filed a complaint against Richard Gibson 18 months ago after a routine traffic stop, the Newhall-area California Highway Patrol officer wasn't about to let it slide. Unknown to the driver, Gibson had recorded the entire encounter on audiotape. His adversary's claim that he had been "rude, yelled and screamed at him and pounded on his car," according to the officer's attorneys, would be easy to refute.
February 11, 1993 |
It was a General Motors pickup that exploded in flames. But it's the reputation of NBC News that's up in smoke. In a statement read by "Dateline NBC" co-anchors Jane Pauley and Stone Phillips Tuesday night, the network ate humble peacock, acknowledging that its unscientific crash testing of two GM pickups in a Nov. 16 segment of the weekly news program was "inappropriate and does not support the position that GMC trucks are defective."