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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
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.
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BUSINESS
September 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
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.
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
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 last year 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 the University of California on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
FOOD
August 16, 2013 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Singer Chris Brown is off the hook in his misdemeanor hit-and-run case, after a judge dismissed the charge, noting that a "civil compromise" had been reached. Brown came to an agreement with the woman whose car he struck in Toluca Lake last May, Superior Court Judge Christine Ewell said. Ewell dropped the charge over objections from a deputy city attorney who noted that Brown was on felony probation for a 2009 assault on singer Rihanna at the time and showed signs of aggression after the collision.
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