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October 9, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Two U.S. senators angered by the firing of whistle-blower Walter Tamosaitis from the contaminated Hanford, Wash., nuclear site sharply criticized the U.S. secretary of Energy on Wednesday.  Tamosaitis, an engineer, had raised safety concerns two years ago about the design of a plant that is intended to turn radioactive waste into glass. After that, San Francisco-based URS Corp. took away his staff and assigned him to a basement office without furniture or a telephone. Last week, Tamosaitis was laid off in what the company called a cost-cutting move.
October 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Barbara Sinatra has replied to the bombshell comment by Mia Farrow that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father of Ronan Farrow, heretofore known as Mia's one biological child with Woody Allen. Her take on the situation? "It's just a bunch of junk," Barbara Sinatra told the Desert Sun on Thursday. "There's always junk written - lies that aren't true. " Farrow, in a new interview with Vanity Fair , said she and Frank Sinatra "never really split up" after their two-year marriage, which ended in 1968.
September 27, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday threw out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case, but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy. Judge Kathleen Kennedy granted a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss 11 counts involving money that two rave concert promoters paid to the Coliseum's events manager at the time, Todd DeStefano. The attorneys had argued that the money could not have been embezzled because it did not belong to the publicly owned Coliseum before it went to DeStefano.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 | 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.
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