December 6, 2013 |
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
November 13, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" producers continue to stay mum in the face of "cheating scandal" headlines. But one person who is talking -- kind of -- says the return of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is the real deal. Viewers were shocked when this week's weigh-in began with news that trainer Jillian Michaels broke rules by giving her teammates caffeine supplements. As a result, the earlier week's weigh-in was overturned, paving the way for the return of Studdard, the highest profile player ever to take part in NBC's weight-loss reality show.
November 7, 2013 |
Sharon Osbourne says she's sorry she told the women on "The View" that they could go [bleep] themselves. But we're guessing she's probably not sorry for all the PR her comments and subsequent apology have generated. And that's why lately "The Talk" has been coming out ahead of its archrival in the daytime talk wars. The controversy started when Osbourne told Arsenio Hall this week that while Barbara Walters is "divine," the rest of "The View" panelists -- that would be Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd -- could go do something unnatural to themselves (expressed in more salty language)
September 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - People who do business at California's Capitol witness a lot of odd events outside the building's main entrances. Even so, some were jarred to see a handful of stained, lumpy mattresses covering the north steps. The bedding was a backdrop for a pep rally last week promoting a bill to create a state recycling program for mattresses and box springs. Supporters of SB 254 - including politicians, mattress manufacturers, retailers and environmentalists - said the proposal would combat urban blight.
August 30, 2013 |
In a new legal challenge, financial industry opponents of the city of Richmond's plan to seize underwater home loans call the gambit a disguised attempt to profit at the expense of everyday investors. Richmond is threatening to use eminent domain to remove troubled loans from mortgage bonds in order to write down the principal for homeowners. The novel plan, promoted by San Francisco investment firm Mortgage Resolution Partners, seeks to stop another wave of foreclosures in the working-class Northern California city.
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July 26, 2013 |
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's announcement that he will seek therapy -- but not resign -- amid sexual harassment charges was denounced by critics on Friday. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing one of Filner's alleged victims, said she was suspicious about his motives for getting therapy. "I view his decision to seek therapy as a ploy to stay in power and to try to gain sympathy," she said in a statement. "If he feels that he needs therapy, he should resign first and then seek it. It is ridiculous to think that he needs therapy in order to understand that women deserve respect and should not be treated like pieces of meat.