March 1, 2014 |
Seven women who alleged they were sexually abused as children by former Christian ministry tycoon Tony Alamo were awarded $525 million by an Arkansas judge this week after an Alamo church failed to respond to a lawsuit. Collecting the largest judgment in Arkansas history, according to one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, will likely require some help from a Los Angeles court, though. Texas attorney David Carter said he would "soon" file paperwork asking that a court here sell at least two Santa Clarita Valley properties connected to Alamo's operation.
July 17, 2013
Re "Asiana to sue over TV's pilot name flub," July 16 Asiana Airline's planned lawsuit over fake pilot names read during a TV news broadcast about the crash of Flight 214 really takes the cake. The airline says the mistake damaged its reputation. Asiana damaged its own reputation when its pilots apparently flew a perfectly good aircraft into a sea wall. Whether driven by home-office cultural insensitivity to an American sense of humor that thrives on disaster jokes or by a locally made decision to sue first and ask questions later, Asiana's decision to litigate is foolish.
August 16, 2012 |
The United States is recalling millions of faulty flushing mechanisms that have caused toilets to explode, creating “laceration risks” for toilet users. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning about the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System, which was sold at Home Depot and Lowe's stores and to toilet manufacturers American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas and Gerber. The recall applies to devices manufactured between 1997 and 2008 -- about 2.3 million in the United States and 9,000 in Canada.
July 9, 2013 |
Who would have predicted that, in her late 80s, Harper Lee would have to file suit to get the control of "To Kill a Mockingbird" returned to her? According to a lawsuit filed in May, Lee, in failing health, had been "duped" into assigning the copyright of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to her literary agent, a lawyer. That's no small thing: A half century after its publication, "To Kill a Mockingbird" still sells more than 750,000 copies a year. In one typical six-month period in 2009, its royalties amounted to more than $1.6 million.
May 22, 2012 |
Facebook has agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges the social network's so-called Sponsored Stories advertisements benefited from the "Likes" of users without giving them compensation or a chance to opt out. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement was disclosed in a court document filed Tuesday in federal court in San Jose. The lawsuit, filed last year by five Facebook users , could have resulted in billions of dollars in losses for Facebook, according to Reuters . Sponsored Stories appear on Facebook users' pages with information taken from their friends that can include their Likes, names and pictures.
March 27, 2012
The Arbitron ratings company agreed Monday to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of under-representing black and Latino listeners in its surveys of radio tastes in California's largest cities. Lawyers for the state, Los Angeles and San Francisco — which will receive the money — contended that Arbitron's Portable People Meters system "dramatically" under-recruited from those populations when it began in 2008. Arbitron found participants mainly by calling land-line telephones, a process that tends to under-represent minority populations.