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June 14, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
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 21, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Wedbush Securities Inc. sued two former employees and trading platform Liquidnet Holdings Inc., accusing them of taking customer lists, documents and disclosures from the firm. The suit accuses New York-based Liquidnet, used by institutional investors to buy and sell large blocks of shares, and the former employees, Louis Kerner and Michael Silverstein, of working together to take proprietary information from Wedbush to start the same business at Liquidnet. Liquidnet said Monday that it had hired Kerner to run a new group focused on private companies.
May 15, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bret Michaels and the Tony Awards have settled a dispute over injuries he suffered during the show's 2009 broadcast - including a blow to the head he claimed contributed to a life-threatening brain hemorrhage he suffered 10 months later. The lawsuit, filed by the rocker and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner in March 2011 against the Tony Awards, CBS and several other defendants, was settled last week via confidential mediation, Culture Monster reported Monday. Michaels had filed originally for unspecified damages.
January 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC and a lawsuit filed against the school and others by former defensive lineman Armond Armstead are part of a report on a painkilling drug and its use in college football that will air Thursday night on the ABC News program "Nightline. " In his lawsuit, filed last August, Armstead claims he received improperly administered painkilling injections of Toradol -- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug also known as Ketorolac - that caused him to suffer a heart attack and hurt his chances for an NFL career.
January 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Taco Bell diners (or would-be diners) -- and Taco Bell itself -- take taco filling seriously. News that a California woman was filing suit over the beef content of tacos was reported Tuesday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Readers responded with a mixture of disgust, irritation with the lawsuit itself and societal perspective. Wrote keithbcr on the paper’s website : "I don't go to Taco Bell for nutrition, I stop there because it's open at 3 a.m. and a burrito is fairly easy to shovel down while driving home.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
George Zimmerman's parents are picking a court fight with Roseanne Barr. The entertainer admitted in a court filing this week that she had posted the address of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman on Twitter during the heated controversy over whether their son should have shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin two years ago. The Zimmermans contend that her tweet forced them to flee because media and protesters descended on their neighborhood....
July 9, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lance Armstrong filed a federal lawsuit Monday in an attempt to block charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his record-setting cycling career. The seven-time Tour de France champion is asking the court to issue an injunction before his Saturday deadline for formally challenging the USADA's arbitration process or accepting sanctions that could include a lifetime ban from cycling and being stripped of his Tour victories. The lawsuit claims that the USADA rules violate the constitutional right to a fair trial, and that Chief Executive Travis Tygart, who was named a co-defendant in the lawsuit, is waging a personal vendetta against Armstrong, who has consistently claimed his innocence.
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.
November 19, 2010
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $100 million to Citigroup to settle all claims in a dispute related to its 2008 acquisition of Wachovia Corp. Wachovia nearly collapsed in October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, under the weight of losses from real estate loans that went bad. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank initially agreed to be bought by Citigroup Inc. with help from the U.S. government. However, Wells Fargo & Co. came in with a higher offer days later and managed to grab Wachovia away from Citi.
May 13, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A group of parents and students in the Compton Unified Schools filed a federal lawsuit against the district Monday, alleging a pattern of abuse and racial profiling of Latinos by school police. In one case, a family alleged that school police targeted a student's father for arrest and deliberately got him deported after he filed a complaint against an officer. In another incident, school officers allegedly beat, pepper-sprayed and used a chokehold on a bystander who was taking video of an arrest on his iPod, and erased cellphone videos taken by other students.
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