September 26, 2013
Re "Fairness for the jury pool," Editorial, Sept. 20 I am a lawyer who respectfully disagrees with your support for abolishing peremptory challenges. These challenges remain necessary to assure that people who are likely biased can be excused as jurors. A recent example: In a personal injury case, five of the first 12 prospective jurors emphatically stated their belief that an injured plaintiff should recover little or no money for pain and suffering. In response to questions from the judge, all five said they could put these attitudes aside and award such damages if the facts and law supported recovery.
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September 9, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed the case against two ranking executives in the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit Monday but ruled that there was enough evidence to let jurors decide the lawsuit against their employer, concert promoter and producer AEG Live. When the months-long case finally goes to the jury, the stakes could be enormous. Attorneys for Jackson's mother and three children presented testimony that Jackson could have earned as much as $1.5 billion had he not died on the eve of his "This Is It" comeback tour.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to block the Internet giant from electronically scanning the content of emails on its Gmail service. The lawsuit filed in May accuses Google of illegally opening and reading emails in violation of California's privacy laws and federal wiretapping statutes. Google says it targets advertising based on words that appear in Gmail messages but that machines, not humans, scan emails. It said in court papers that email users must expect that kind of "automated processing" of their emails and that the lawsuit is seeking to "criminalize ordinary business practices that have been part of Google's free Gmail service since it was introduced nearly a decade ago. " Privacy watchdogs have complained about the practice from the start, and yet Gmail has continued to grow in popularity.
August 29, 2013 |
Lawyers representing the Southern Section have filed a court motion seeking dismissal of three federal lawsuits by four private high schools filed in the wake of the Southern Section's decision to move the schools into a different geographic group for sports competition last school year. St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian, Damien and St. Lucy's sued the Southern Section and are seeking an injunction to prevent the Southern Section from placing the schools into the parochial area for sports releaguing in 2014-15.
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August 27, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed Jewish students' contentions that anti-Israel protests at UC Berkeley created an illegally hostile and anti-Semitic atmosphere on that campus. The department's civil rights office has determined that the campus protests against Israel's treatment of Palestinians, which reportedly included mock military checkpoints, may be upsetting to Jews but “do not constitute actionable harassment,” according to a letter from the department released by UC Tuesday.
August 26, 2013 |
Paula Deen's Southern cooking empire may be in serious jeopardy, but her legal woes at least are behind her. On Monday, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. approved a deal to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by former employee Lisa Jackson accusing the celebrity chef and her brother, Bubba Hiers, of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. The settlement was reached "without any award of costs or fees to any party," according to a document filed in the U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga. It's the latest wrinkle in a saga that began in May, when Deen admitted under oath in a deposition to having used the N-word in the past.
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August 26, 2013 |
The criminal case against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran moved closer to trial Monday when a judge refused to dismiss four felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed a 23-year-old staff research assistant. Harran's trial could begin within 60 days of an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing - or roughly five years after Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered severe burns when a plastic syringe she was using to transfer t-butyl lithium from one sealed container to another came apart, spewing a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. Sangji was not wearing a protective lab coat when she was burned over nearly half her body Dec. 29, 2008.
August 21, 2013 |
Brian Lewis, the fired Fox News executive vice president, is declining to fire back at his former bosses who accused him of breach of contract and financial misconduct. In a brief interview, Lewis said he had a "great 20 years" working for Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and declined to get into the specifics of what led to his departure or the charges leveled at him. As for the nastiness surrounding the situation, Lewis said, "it comes with the territory. " The exit of Lewis took the insular world of television news by surprise, as did the harshness of the statement from Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, which said Lewis was guilty of "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.
August 16, 2013 |
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Servings: 6 Note: Silky stuffed eggplant is a wonderfully satisfying dish for casual late summer and early fall entertaining. It can be made in advance and reheated just before serving. 3 (about 1 pound each) round dark purple eggplants 2 medium onions 1/4cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 ( 1/2-pound) lamb shoulder chops, or 3/4 pound lamb stew meat 3 1/3cups crushed tomatoes 1/4cup toasted pine nuts 1/2cup chopped parsley 1 ounce Pecorino Romano cheese, grated 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.