March 21, 2013 |
Lifetime won a major victory in a New York appeals court Thursday, which allows the network to televise its ripped-from-the-headlines movie "Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story" on Saturday night, as originally planned. Earlier this week, a New York state judge had issued an injunction that would have blocked the network from broadcasting its original production about a grisly killing in November 2004 in upstate New York. The convicted killer, Christopher Porco, filed suit to protest the network's project, claiming the story was a "fictionalized" account and that use of his name and likeness for such a commercial venture had not been authorized. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times On Thursday afternoon, an appeals court in New York lifted the injunction.
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December 27, 2012 |
Just as the holiday bills are about to come due, a federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that banks may post checking account withdrawals in a manner that allows them to garner higher overdraft fees. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a District Court injunction that prohibited Wells Fargo from charging Californians overdraft fees based on posting the most expensive debit-card transactions first. The 9th Circuit, ruling that a California consumer law was preempted by a federal banking law, also overturned an order that required Wells Fargo to pay its California customers $203 million in restitution.
November 8, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before wondering if I'll read old Morning Fix columns when I'm 80. The Skinny: This is not a spoiler. I saw "Flight" the other night and there are two scenes in it where characters just happen to have hundreds of dollars in their wallets. In an age when everyone uses a debit card or pays with an iPhone, how many people not named Tony Soprano still carry wads of cash around? Thursday's stories include the latest in the legal fight over the AutoHop, all you need to know about James Bond and how real is NBC's comeback?
November 7, 2012 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has denied Fox's request for a preliminary injunction to stop satellite broadcaster Dish Network from offering its new commercial-skipping feature known as the AutoHop. “Dish is gratified that the Court has sided with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox's efforts to deny our customers access to AutoHop," said R. Stanton Dodge, executive vice president and general counsel of Dish. While the injunction was not granted, Fox said it didn't come away empty-handed.
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October 1, 2012 |
Less than a month after approving restrictions on Halloween activities by registered sex offenders, the city of Simi Valley has been sued, accused of violating their 1st Amendment rights and those of their families. The city's new law bans Halloween displays and outside lighting every Oct. 31 at the homes of people convicted of sex crimes. For offenders listed on the Megan's Law website, the city also requires a sign on the front door in letters at least an inch tall: "No candy or treats at this residence.
September 29, 2012 |
A heated labor dispute between American Airlines and its pilots got uglier this week, possibly setting the stage for more flight delays and cancellations over the weekend. American, whose parent company AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection last year, got approval earlier this month from a Bankruptcy Court judge to throw out the pilots' previous contract. The airline said it wanted to cut labor costs up to 20% companywide. But contract negotiations with the pilots have not gone smoothly.
August 31, 2012 |
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking a court order against ticket scalpers, accepted $18,000 in contributions from executives of Live Nation Entertainment Inc., a Beverly Hills company that stands to benefit from the proposed injunction. Trutanich, whose unsuccessful run for district attorney in June left him $112,000 in debt, has filed a request for a civil injunction to prevent ticket resellers from hawking their wares within 100 yards of Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and other sports and music venues.
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August 27, 2012 |
A court-ordered injunction issued against a planned Wal-Mart in Burbank could sideline the project and force the city to prove the world's largest retailer won't cause significant harm to local roadways and businesses. Wal-Mart had been planning to renovate the former Great Indoors site next to the Empire Center in time to open in mid- to late 2013, but the Los Angeles County Superior Court injunction last week effectively stops all work until the claims raised in a lawsuit filed by three Burbank residents earlier this year are settled.
August 21, 2012
Re "Stomping on scalpers," Editorial, Aug. 12 In an editorial the day before the piece on scalpers appeared, The Times criticized the state for moving too slowly to reduce our prison population. I believe The Times was correct. However, in the face of prison and jail overcrowding, The Times suggests that illegal ticket scalping should be solved through harsher but no longer available criminal sanctions. This type of quality-of-life crime by repeat offenders no longer results in meaningful jail time.
August 12, 2012
Unable to stop ticket scalpers from repeatedly violating city laws, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has filed suit to bar 17 of them - and potentially many more - from setting foot anywhere near five of Los Angeles' most popular sports and concert venues. The injunction sought by Trutanich is the same forceful tool he has used repeatedly against a growing list of targets, including violent criminal gangs, graffiti "taggers" and drug dealers on skid row. And while critics complain about injunctions' effect on civil liberties, there are times when they're appropriate.