July 22, 2009 |
Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon was named Tuesday as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging former college football and basketball players are illegally denied a share of profits made by the NCAA through the sale of television and online reruns, video games, jerseys and other paraphernalia. "I've always been one to wonder why former student athletes weren't compensated for their games on television," said O'Bannon, who helped lead UCLA to an NCAA championship in 1995.
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.
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January 13, 2014 |
Some Venice activists have ended their years-long legal battle to restrict overnight parking in the coastal community, which has struggled over how to deal with the divisive issue of people living in campers and cars. After Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin's office declined to offer any support for the effort, an attorney representing the Venice Stakeholders Assn. said the group dropped a suit seeking “overnight parking districts” in areas near the beach. The case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2009, when the California Coastal Commission first denied the city's application for restricted parking on the grounds that it would impede public access to Venice Beach between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The Venice Stakeholders Assn.
January 18, 2013 |
A breach-of-contract suit filed against comedian Adam Carolla by three former business associates suggests that the new media world may not be all that different from old Hollywood. Producer Donny Misraje -- who claims to have persuaded the radio and television personality and longtime friend to use podcasts to reach his listeners -- filed suit against Carolla on Thursday in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Misraje is joined in the suit by his wife, Kathee Schneider-Misraje, a creative director, and Sandy Ganz, who helped rebuild and maintain websites for the company's podcasts and co-hosted a show, "CarCast," with Carolla. The trio allege Carolla failed to distribute their share of the profits in the podcasting business -- or even provide an accurate accounting of the books -- in violation of an oral partnership agreement.
June 15, 2011 |
Antiwar Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed suit in federal court Wednesday seeking to halt the U.S. military action in Libya, saying it is unconstitutional. Kucinich and Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, another longtime war critic, led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the latest challenge to the White House's authority to conduct the campaign without seeking congressional approval under the War Powers Act. Photos: U.S., allies strike targets in Libya "With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated," Kucinich said.
May 17, 2012 |
The NFL punched, and now one of the New Orleans Saints has counterpunched. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation, claiming the executive lied about him when making statements about the Saints' alleged bounty program. The suit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Vilma, a team captain, is accused of being one of the leaders of the program, and twice offering teammates $10,000 to knock quarterbacks out of playoff games - first Arizona's Kurt Warner, then Minnesota's Brett Favre.