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November 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
October 1, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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 27, 2012 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
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 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.
August 9, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
For years, prosecutors have used court injunctions to prevent gang members, drug dealers and even graffiti vandals from congregating in certain areas. But now, the L.A. city attorney's office wants to use the powerful legal tool on a decidedly different target: ticket scalpers. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich filed court papers this week asking a judge to bar 17 prolific ticket scalpers from being anywhere near Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, the Nokia Theatre, the Coliseum and USC's Galen Center.
June 27, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc., which has been embroiled in a bitter patent fight with Samsung Electronics Co., won a court order Tuesday blocking the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the U.S. The preliminary injunction will be in effect while the two technology giants litigate Apple's patent infringement claims. "Although Samsung will necessarily be harmed by being forced to withdraw its product from the market before the merits can be determined after a full trial, the harm faced by Apple absent an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is greater," U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose said in the eight-page ruling.
June 21, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
After encountering criticism from environmental groups, Gov. Jerry Brown signaled Wednesday that he plans to withdraw his controversial proposal to protect the California bullet train project from injunctions sought by environmental lawsuits. Brown's staff told key environmental groups that he would no longer include modifications to the California Environmental Quality Act in a package of legislation this month asking for $6 billion to start construction of the high-speed rail project.
June 21, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Former members of the Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew will not have to pay the city of Los Angeles millions of dollars for graffiti cleanup, but a few could be subject to the same restrictions placed on gang members under an agreement reached with the city attorney. The settlements, announced Wednesday, resolve a landmark lawsuit filed by City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who sought to treat taggers as gang members by restricting their behavior through an injunction. The lawsuit against 11 alleged members of the crew was filed in June 2010 in response to a quarter-mile-long "graffiti bomb" of the taggers' acronym along the Los Angeles River.
June 10, 2012 | Kim Murphy
One day last week, guests from various engineering and shipping companies around Seattle were invited to a reception at the Space Needle, supposedly hosted by Royal Dutch Shell to celebrate the upcoming debut of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. But most of the guests, it turned out, were actors and activists merely posing as drilling enthusiasts. They looked on in mock horror as a giant ice sculpture emblazoned with Shell's corporate logo began spraying a stream of Diet Coke on an elderly woman who was the supposed guest of honor.
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