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NATIONAL
March 5, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
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.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Global online ticketing service MovieTickets.com has joined a lawsuit filed against one of its founding shareholders, AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation's second-largest theater chain. MovieTickets.com, a Boca Raton, Fla., joint venture launched 12 years ago that serves 247 exhibitors, said Wednesday that it was adding its name to a suit recently filed in Florida by exhibitor National Amusements and Hollywood Media Corp. alleging that AMC breached its contract by not selling tickets exclusively through MovieTickets.com.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A three-year-old lawsuit between Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and City Controller Wendy Greuel ended with a fizzle this week, with an appeals court declining to say whether elected officials can be audited at City Hall. The lawsuit, inherited by Greuel and Trutanich when they took office in 2009, originated with a dispute between City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick. Delgadillo sued Chick in 2008, saying that she overstepped her authority when she attempted to audit his office's handling of workers' compensation programs.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the popular ride-sharing company, is facing a lawsuit for the death of a 6-year-old who was hit and killed by a company driver in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. Sofia Liu died after being hit by a driver while crossing a street with her brother and mother Dec. 31. The driver, Syed Muzaffar, worked for the company's UberX service. So far, Uber has distanced itself from the incident, claiming Muzaffar was not working for the company at the time of the accident because he was not giving a ride to a customer when it happened.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Citigroup Inc. will let customers challenge the suspension of home equity loans and provide $120 apiece to some ex-borrowers whose credit lines were cut, under the settlement of a lawsuit challenging its practices. The accord, disclosed Friday in documents filed in federal court in San Francisco, resolves a class-action lawsuit that accused the bank of improperly suspending or reducing home equity lines of credit for several hundred thousand customers. Citigroup's Citibank unit will improve its suspension notices and restore some customers' access to home equity accounts under the agreement, according to the filing.
NEWS
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.
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