November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against a San Diego-area police officer Monday, saying the Constitution does not make it clearly illegal for officers to pursue a potential suspect into a homeowner's private yard. The justices unanimously reversed a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the homeowner's lawsuit and said the officer had violated the 4th Amendment's ban on “unreasonable searches.” In the past, the justices had said officers in a “hot pursuit” of a fleeing suspect may enter a private home or yard.
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.
April 5, 2013 |
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego has signaled that he's prepared to dismiss a bizarre lawsuit filed by Prime Healthcare Services against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Service Employees International Union. In a tentative ruling handed down Thursday, Curiel said he found no merit in Prime's claim that Kaiser and the SEIU had conspired against the Ontario hospital company. Curiel's dismissal is subject to a hearing in his courtroom Friday and a final order to be handed down later.
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.
June 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- They're a staple of tens of thousands of offices during the summer time - the lowly intern, asked to make coffee and shuffle mail for little to no pay, all for a line to add to their resume. But the unpaid internship is under assault, at least in New York, where employment lawyers are filing lawsuit after lawsuit against media companies over unpaid internships - and winning. Days after a New York judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor laws after using unpaid interns to do menial tasks on the movie “Black Swan,” two interns have filed a lawsuit against publisher Conde Nast in the same court for violations of labor law. The lawsuit alleges that W Magazine and the New Yorker violated New York and federal labor laws by structuring unpaid internships like a job, rather than like a learning opportunity, and seeks to recover wages for the two interns named in the lawsuit.
October 23, 2013 |
Amid accusations that it violated minimum-wage and overtime laws, magazine publisher Conde Nast has canceled its internship program, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Two former interns sued Conde Nast, publisher of magazines that include the New Yorker and Vogue, in June accusing their former employer of failing to pay them minimum wage at their summer jobs. The lawsuit, filed in New York, follows recent legal action by other interns suing media companies for similar violations.
November 8, 2012 |
The makers of "The Hobbit" trilogy aren't too happy about a low-budget direct-to-DVD knockoff. Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and producer Saul Zaentz have filed a lawsuit against production studio the Asylum over its low budget direct-to-DVD "mockbuster" "Age of the Hobbits" that's designed to draft off consumer interest in the eagerly awaited "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. " Both are scheduled for release in December. Zaentz owns the trademark for author J.J.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" books for use in films and other media.
January 13, 2014 |
The feud between fashion doll giants MGA Entertainment Inc. and Mattel Inc. got another infusion of legal juice on Monday, when Bratz maker MGA sued Mattel over allegations that the Barbie maker filched trade secrets at toy industry conventions. Van Nuys-based MGA accuses Mattel of sending corporate spies armed with fake business cards and a “how to steal” manual into private MGA showrooms from 1992 through at least 2009. There, the agents pilfered MGA price lists, advertising plans and covert product attributes, giving El Segundo-based Mattel “an unfair and illegal advantage in the market” and costing MGA “tens of millions of dollars in damages,” according to MGA's complaint.
March 1, 2013 |
Greenlight Capital has withdrawn its lawsuit against Apple Inc., having successfully blocked a vote on a controversial stock proposal. The move was largely considered a formality. But it still marks the end of a brief but unusual public dust-up between Apple and a major shareholder. In a statement issued Friday, Greenlight said: "Apple removed the bundled proposal from the shareholder meeting therefore resolving the issue. " QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge In the end, the legal dispute proved to be a minor annoyance for Apple.
March 5, 2012 |
A Michigan man says the price of movie theater popcorn is ridiculously high. Same goes for the sodas and candies sold by movie concessionaires. So Joshua Thompson is taking the issue to a higher authority: He's filed a class-action lawsuit to end what he says is price gouging. Thompson, an avid moviegoer from Livonia, Mich., used to bypass the high prices charged for theater popcorn, soda and candy by bringing in his own treats, said his attorney, Kerry Morgan. But Thompson arrived at his local theater outside Detroit recently to find a new sign telling customers they were no longer allowed to bring in their own goodies.