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January 24, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn >>>
On the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," Neil Patrick Harris plays perhaps the most style-obsessed male sitcom character since Alex P. Keaton. Hardly ever seen sans suit since the show debuted in 2005, Barney Stinson uses his wardrobe as a weapon for womanizing. It's a suit of armor and a security blanket rolled into one. It's become such a trademark of Harris' character that when the show's 100th episode, "Girls vs. Suits," found him confronted with the choice of a beautiful bartender or his signature suits, the result was a full-blown, street-filling, suit-sporting song-and-dance number -- favoring the suit.
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April 27, 2014 | By Victoria Kim, Adolfo Flores and Cindy Chang
V. Stiviano's Instagram feed is full of bling - designer handbags, the interior of a Bentley, glamour shots of herself. But on Sunday morning, she was uncharacteristically shy, hiding behind the door of her $1.8-million Spanish-style duplex near the Beverly Center. She told a reporter she was on her way to church. A photo Stiviano posted on Instagram of herself with Lakers legend Magic Johnson was the main topic of a taped conversation in which a man said to be Clippers owner Donald Sterling asks her not to publicly associate with African Americans.
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March 23, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
The Trinity Broadcasting Network, which bills itself as the world's largest Christian network, is embroiled in a legal battle involving allegations of massive financial fraud and lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs. Brittany Koper, a former high-ranking TBN official and the granddaughter of its co-founder, Paul Crouch Sr., was fired by the network in September after discovering "illegal financial schemes" amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A major manufacturer of anti-fungal products has filed suit in Los Angeles against a competitor, contending that hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes coming into U.S. ports each day could contain a chemical used in rat repellent. The chemical, known as allyl isothiocyanate, is one of the main active ingredients in packing material made by YCM Co., of Taiwan, according to a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by competitor Micro-Pak, of Hong Kong. The two companies both make items to thwart the growth of fungus or mold, which can ruin shoes during shipment by sea. Because most shoes sold in the U.S. come from Asia aboard cargo container ships that take multi-day ocean voyages, footwear manufacturers commonly put some kind of anti-moisture packing material in shoe boxes, usually silica gel packets or anti-fungal stickers or sheets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Martha Groves
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
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.
SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A lawsuit alleging that City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer manipulated ethics laws to financially benefit his campaign has been thrown out of court. The action had been filed by a supporter of Feuer's rival, Carmen Trutanich. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Rico found meritless the claims by plaintiff Laura Lake that Feuer intentionally delayed paying campaign consultant John Shallman in order to qualify for taxpayer-provided matching funds. The suit, filed in the midst of the campaign , named both Feuer and Shallman as defendants.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Justin Timberlake rolls through Los Angeles in his new video for "Suit & Tie," the first single off of his forthcoming studio album. It's been a while since Timberlake, who earlier this month released the track as his first new solo material since 2006, made a video, and much has changed in the interim. Budgets have been slashed and camera technology has transformed the intimacy of shoots. Perhaps most interesting, the new trend of so-called "lyric videos" -- simple clips that scroll through a song's lyrics as the music plays -- has transformed the business.
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March 24, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against Los Angeles County, claiming the county's decision to allow the development of a massive residential project along the Santa Clara River would harm the waterway, destroy wildlife habitat and despoil cultural sites. According to the suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the county would allow irreversible damage by approving the first phase of the Newhall Ranch development. Construction would also involve unearthing and desecrating American Indian burial sites and would threaten the California condor and the rare San Fernando Valley spineflower, the suit alleges.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit, which was brought by two California chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, claims the government violated the law and needlessly spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on detention.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finally, someone has designed a luxury hotel suite with wheels. Long-stay AKA Beverly Hills hotel has created a suite inside an Airstream trailer with leather interiors, full kitchen and bathroom, a bed with comfy linens, and even its trademark Bulgari bath amenities. Price-tag for a five-day trip to Santa Barbara: $6,000. Starting May 1, AKA guests can reserve the modified Airstream 2 Go and drive up the coast to spend two nights at Sunstone Vineyards in the wine-growing Santa Ynez Valley and two nights at Ocean Mesa Campground north of Santa Barbara.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart. " This aria is among the most sublime gifts given in all of music, a vision far better suited for the soul than the stage. Yet Peter Brook tailors it meticulously to "The Suit.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Families of children with disabilities have sued Walt Disney Co. theme parks and resorts in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., over a new policy allowing guests with disabilities quick access to rides and attractions. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the policy put in place in October is intended to discourage guests with disabilities from visiting the parks. Disney dismissed those claims. Before October, visitors with disabilities and their family members were given a card that allowed them to go directly onto rides, skipping long lines.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Through nearly 70 years of acclaim as a theater, film and television director - most particularly as a theater director - Peter Brook has been called a magician many times. In 1962, the British critic Kenneth Tynan extolled him not for pulling a rabbit out of his hat but for an unprecedented approach to "King Lear" that for the first time made the character a palpably human, "edgy, capricious old man" instead of "the booming, righteously indignant titan of old. " Brook, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday, clearly absorbed a fundamental lesson of "King Lear": considering its pitfalls, perhaps retirement is best put off as long as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014
Anthony Wardlaw was fresh out of foster care three years ago when he went on general relief, Los Angeles County's $221-a-month welfare program for the destitute. When he tried to use the money to buy his mother a hamburger, his government debit card didn't work. And he had no idea why. According to a $7.9-million settlement agreement announced Tuesday, Wardlaw was one of thousands of people who were knocked off the welfare rolls without proper notice when applications swelled during the Great Recession.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - When the speedskating competition resumes Saturday, the U.S. team will be on the ice with a familiar but new look. US Speedskating received approval to drop Under Armour's much-hyped Mach 39 suit and revert back to the suits made by the apparel maker and worn during the speedskaters' successful World Cup competition this season. Pressure for the change built this week in the wake of a disastrous performance through six events by a team with high expectations. No U.S. speedskater has won a medal, including the world's top-ranked skaters, Shani Davis and Heather Richardson.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint, This post has been updated. Please see details below
The fight over Aereo is moving to Utah. On Monday afternoon, Fox Broadcasting Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group and Local TV filed suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo, the start-up company that streams broadcast TV signals to consumers via the Internet. Broadcasters have already challenged Aereo on copyright violation in New York and Boston. This suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, where Aereo recently launched its service, makes similar allegations. Aereo, whose financial backers include media mogul Barry Diller, provides access to broadcast TV signals via smartphones, tablets and Internet-friendly TVs. For a fee, Aereo subscribers get a tiny antenna that can pick up the signals of broadcasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials and the teachers union have settled a landmark lawsuit over schools that were disproportionately affected by layoffs. Under the agreement, 37 schools will receive more counselors, more administrators and more training for teachers. Principals and mentor teachers also will receive financial incentives to remain at these campuses in predominantly low-income and minority areas. “The youth in greatest peril at these schools will benefit tremendously from the additional administrative and teacher support provided under this program,” said L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy in a statement.  But what will not change are the rules for laying off teachers when budget cuts or other factors cause a reduction in staff.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The major Hollywood studios' lawsuit against Megaupload, a now-defunct online storage site, is not just an attempt to punish a company that made millions by building a platform beloved by online pirates. It's also a bid to force online companies to bear more responsibility for enforcing copyrights, something the entertainment industry has long sought from the courts, with limited success. A federal grand jury indicted Megaupload in early 2012, accusing the company and/or its top executives of criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering.
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