September 5, 2013 |
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.
February 15, 2013 |
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first lawsuit was filed Friday by one of thousands of passengers trapped aboard a Carnival cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for the past five days. After disembarking in Mobile early Friday, Cassie Terry, 25, of Lake Jackson, Texas, hired attorneys Wayne Collins and Brent Allison in the Houston area, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Miami. The suit charges Carnival with failing to provide a seaworthy ship and sanitary conditions, describing the ship as "a floating toilet, a floating petri dish, a floating hell.
August 24, 2012 |
Representatives for Martin Scorsese have dismissed a lawsuit filed against the director by Cecchi Gori Pictures as a "media stunt" whose claims are contradicted by an earlier agreement. In a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Cecchi Gori said Scorsese reneged on an agreement to direct a film called "Silence" for the production company as his next project. Cecchi Gori Pictures is the troubled film venture founded by Italian media mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori.
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May 13, 2013 |
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.
February 22, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong is now in trouble with the U.S. government. The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit filed two years ago by another disgraced cyclist, Floyd Landis, MSNBC.com was first to report on Friday. The government could claim that it was defrauded by Armstrong, who denied using performing enhancing drugs while riding for the U.S. Postal Service team in the Tour de France but has since admitted to cheating in such a manner. The government, which has a strict ban on illegal drugs, paid at least $30 million to sponsor Armstrong's racing teams.
August 17, 2012 |
CBS has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit againstABC's reality series "The Glass House," which the network had contended was a close copy of its"Big Brother" reality show. Executives maintained the low rating of "Glass House" made the suit unnecessary. "The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against 'The Glass House,' " said the statement from CBS. "As a result, we filed in federal court this morning a voluntary dismissal without prejudice of our claims against ABC. " However, CBS left open the door for further legal action: "We reserve the right to re-file this claim against ABC/"The Glass House" or any other entity, that goes to such shocking lengths to duplicate our copyright material.
October 29, 2012 |
Pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) has settled the civil lawsuit he filed against Florida radio host Bubba the Love Sponge (whose real name is, get this, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem after he legally changed it from Todd Alan Clem recently) in connection with the release of a sex tape starring Hogan and Clem's ex-wife. While terms of the settlement were confidential, apparently part of it included an apology from Clem, who said the following on his radio show Monday morning: "I am now convinced that Hulk Hogan was unaware of the presence of the recording device in my bedroom.
March 8, 2012 |
Mario Batali, the pony-tailed celebrity chef and Los Angeles restaurant owner, has agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle the class-action lawsuit in which he was accused of bilking servers out of part of their tips, according to a Bloomberg News report . Batali, who is frequently seen on television and touts a line of products including cookbooks and kitchenware, was sued in a New York federal court along with his business partner Joseph Bastianich,...
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.