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    Universal Orlando has settled a race discrimination lawsuit over claims a character from Despicable Me made a white power 'OK' symbol on two occasions, while stood behind six year-old black girl and five year-old Hispanic girl.   The lawsuits were brought by Tiffiney and Richard Zinger and Geisy Moreno and Joel Rodriguez over encounters with the character Gru, who was played by a different Universal worker during each of the two controversial encounters.  The two sets of parents said their children were victims of the discrimination in two separate incidents in February and March 2019. The first incident took place inside a Universal theme park, the second was during breakfast at a resort hotel. The terms of the settlement reached by the parties has not been made public, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The case was closed on September 12.  The families original sued Universal Orlando for $30,000, that later increased to $150,000. The suit was filed in Orange County, Fla. The lawsuit accused the company of violating the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.  The families also alleged the performers touched their...
    (CNN)Following a notice of dismissal filed by the plaintiffs for a lawsuit involving allegations of molestation against comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears, Haddish says the suit has cost her work.The "Girls Trip" star talked to TMZ about the aftermath of her and Spears being accused of having "groomed and molested" two then-minor siblings years ago in a lawsuit originally filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court."I lost everything," she told a TMZ photographer when she was questioned at LAX airport on Wednesday. "All my gigs are gone." The complainants were referred to as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" in the suit, which stated their names are being withheld to protect their privacy.According to the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" were 14 and 7, respectively, when Haddish and Spears allegedly had them participate in sexually suggestive videos in separate incidents in 2013 and 2014.Read MoreThe pair are siblings and Haddish was a "longtime family friend" of their mother. The incidents allegedly occurred while Haddish was supposedly trying to help...
    Memphis woman Alicia Franklin says she was raped by Cleotha Abston, who authorities believe abducted and killed billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher on September 2 A woman in Memphis who was allegedly raped last year by Eliza Fletcher's alleged killer has filed a lawsuit against the city's police department accusing them of negligence for not sufficiently investigating her case.  The suit, filed by Alicia Franklin on September 20, says Memphis police may have been able to prevent Fletcher's kidnapping and death if they had adequately investigated Franklin's assault in September 21 more seriously. Franklin, 22, says she was raped by Cleotha Abston, who authorities believe abducted and killed billionaire heiress Fletcher on September 2 as she was running early in the morning.  'Cleotha Abston should and could have been arrested and indicted for the aggravated rape of Alicia Franklin many months earlier, most likely in the year 2021,' says the suit filed in Shelby County Circuit Court. The suit contends that if authorities had acted when Franklin reported her assault, 'the abduction and murder of Eliza Fletcher would not have occurred.'...
    Boston's Mission Hill K-8 school is facing a federal lawsuit from two parents accusing school officials and the city of failing to report and address instances of bullying, NBC10 reports. The Jamaica Plain school closed in June after a scathing report released the findings of a six-month investigation: The program failed to protect students from abuse and sexual misconduct and bullying for years.  The newly-filed lawsuit accuses the former principal of discouraging students from reporting abuse — physical and sexual — and failing to follow civil and disability laws, NBC10 says. The suit also alleges teachers protected aggressors, according to NBC10. Mission Hill attorneys declined comment to the outlet. Click here for more from NBC10.
    The second young woman to accuse ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of sexual harassment filed a federal discrimination suit against him, accusing the former politician of sexual harassment and attempting to smear her name when she went public with her original accusations. Charlotte Bennett, 26, filed her suit Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The suit targets not only disgraced Cuomo, but his righthand-woman Melissa DeRosa along with two other aids (Jill DesRosiers and Judith Mogul) who allegedly 'aided  and abetted' the former governor's lewd and discriminatory behavior. Bennett is seeking unspecified damages, according to the 60-page suit, and has asked for a jury trial. Ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) with then-aide Charlotte Bennett who would go on to accuse him of workplace sexual harassment In a statement, Bennett said, 'My career as a public servant was abruptly cut short because of Governor Cuomo’s and his top aides’ sexual harassment and retaliation against me after I complained about Governor Cuomo’s misconduct. 'They must all be held accountable for their actions.' In February 2021, Bennett detailed the sexual harassment she endured while...
    A Trenton attorney has filed a lawsuit of her father's behalf accusing a funeral home of messing up her mother's services and burial, The Trentonian reports. Janet Kay was dressed in another woman's clothing, and wearing someone else's wedding ring and jewelry, when she was buried in a different cemetery days before her funeral service, says the complaint filed by Robin Kay Lord. Meanwhile, nearly 60 attendees were waiting for her funeral service to begin when the funeral home apparently announced the mixup, The Trentonian reports. Kay's body was reportedly exhumed the day after the service. "Janet Kay’s final corporal moments in the eyes of the jewish faith were not presented to her full family and friends, Lord and Clifford Bidlingmaier III wrote. “Janet Kay was not buried with respect and dignity.” A representative answering phones at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels told Daily Voice they would leave a message with funeral home officials. Click here for more from The Trentonian.
    Bonner claims that by their actions — and in many cases, their inactions — these individuals, businesses, and law enforcement agencies violated the victims' constitutional rights. "People have a right to life under the 14th Amendment, and what we’ve seen here is that the law enforcement agencies have shown a deliberate, conscious disregard of the life," said Bonner, who is also representing victims of the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The civil rights lawsuit will be "one-of-a-kind in the whole world," Bonner continued. The lawsuit is expected to be filed soon. "Now it's time for all of us to stand up and demand change and protection," a statement on the Bonner & Bonner website says. Other attorneys from a separate California law firm are preparing to file a federal lawsuit regarding the shooting on behalf of three individual families. Though it will not be a class-action suit, it will likely include many or all of the same defendants as the class-action suit filed by Bonner.
    Angelina Jolie has been identified as the 'Jane Doe' who sued the FBI after an investigation into her ex-husband Brad Pitt was closed, following 2016 allegations of physical and verbal assault. After initial speculation about the unnamed plaintiff in the suit it has now been confirmed that the The Maleficent actress, 47, was the one who filed in April, according to Puck News' Eriq Gardner.  The suit asked for the bureau to hand over documents related to the investigation into the actor, 58, after Jolie claimed that he 'physically and verbally assaulted' her and their children while flying on a private plane.  Angelina Jolie, 47, has been identified as the 'Jane Doe' who sued the FBI after an investigation into her ex-husband Brad Pitt, 58, was closed, following 2016 allegations of physical and verbal assault; Pictured 2008 The FBI cleared Pitt of any wrongdoing in the incident, which happened during a private jet flight, falling under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Days after, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt and asked for full custody of their kids. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A defamation lawsuit filed by the former chair of the Virginia Parole Board against a Richmond TV station and one of its reporters has been thrown out by a judge. Tonya Chapman filed a $7 million lawsuit against WTVR-TV and reporter Jon Burkett in March 2021, alleging that two stories Burkett published about an investigation of the parole board by the state’s government watchdog agency included several defamatory statements. The lawsuit claimed Chapman suffered “great humiliation” and injury to her personal and business reputations. The stories focused on a 13-page draft report produced by the Office of the State Inspector General about the board’s controversial 2020 decision to release Vincent Martin, an inmate who had served about 40 years in prison for killing a Richmond police officer in 1979. WTVR was the first news organization to report on the document, which contained significant differences from the final report made public last year, including a critical finding about Chapman. Chapman did not participate in the decision to grant Martin parole. She said in her lawsuit that nothing...
    DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man sued Thursday to try to disqualify Republican Ryan Kelley from the Michigan governor’s race, saying he should be declared an insurrectionist whose votes won’t count. Kelley faces misdemeanor charges for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The lawsuit says the western Michigan man’s participation makes him ineligible for office under the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment states that anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S. and has taken an oath to support the Constitution cannot hold a state office. Kelley took an oath in 2019 when he was a planning commissioner in Allendale Township, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Lee Estes. “Whether it’s Ryan Kelley or anyone else that was illegally at the Capitol trying to overturn the will of the people, there needs to be accountability,” said Lonnie Scott of Progress Michigan, a Democratic group supporting the lawsuit. The Michigan Republican Party noted that the lawsuit was filed by attorney Mark Brewer, former head of the state Democratic...
    Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on Thursday defeated a $95 million defamation lawsuit filed by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who said he was tricked into a television appearance that lampooned sexual misconduct accusations against him. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, upholding a lower court’s ruling in favor of Baron Cohen, said Moore signed a disclosure agreement that prohibited any legal claims over the appearance. The three judges also found it was “clearly comedy” when Baron Cohen demonstrated a so-called pedophile detector that beeped when it got near Moore and no viewer would think the comedian was making factual allegations against Moore. The lawsuit centered on Moore’s unwitting appearance on the comic’s “Who is America?” show. The segment ran after Moore faced misconduct accusations during Alabama’s 2017 U.S. Senate race that he had pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teens when he was a man in his 30s. He denied the allegations. Moore, a Republican known for his hardline stances opposing same-sex marriage and supporting the public display of Ten Commandments, had been...
    "Ken Paxton seeks to dismiss state bar’s lawsuit against him over his attempt to overturn the 2020 election" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to dismiss a professional misconduct lawsuit filed by the state bar against him related to his legal challenge of the 2020 presidential election, court documents show. In a court filing June 27, Paxton asked a district court in Collin County to dismiss the Texas State Bar’s lawsuit. The state’s top lawyer, a Republican who is seeking a third term in office, said state bar investigators are biased and politically motivated against him. After the 2020 election, Paxton filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn elections in battleground states where former President Donald Trump, a Paxton ally, had lost. The...
    Brian Laundrie's father was seen hiking solo in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near the site where his son's skeletal remains were found, days after a judge ordered a civil suit against him by Gabby Petito's parents to be heard by a jury.  On Friday morning Christopher Laundrie, 62, wearing sunglasses, shorts, a gray t-shirt, and green hat, appeared pensive as he walked along the rugged Florida trail holding a walking stick in the rare public sighting.  After the walk at the Big Slough Preserve, the elder Laundrie climbed into his red Dodge pick-up truck before driving off.    Gabby Petito's mother Nichole Schmidt, 41 and father Joseph Petito, 42, won the right to sue  Brian Laundrie's parents, Christopher and Roberta. They claim the couple secretly knew their son had murdered their daughter and helped him escape, while publicly expressing hope that Petito would be found safe. On Friday morning Christopher Laundrie, 62, wearing sunglasses, shorts, a gray t-shirt, and green hat, appeared pensive as he walked along the rugged trail holding a walking stick in the rare public sighting. After the...
    Amtrak and BNSF Railway Company have filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the dump truck that caused a train to derail, killing four people, according to a report. The federal lawsuit filed against MS Contracting claims the truck driver, Billy Barton II, was "unsafe, careless and reckless" when he crossed the railroad tracks and that proper training had not been given to drivers, according to the Kansas City Star. DEATH TOLL RISES TO FOUR IN MISSOURI AMTRAK DERAILMENT The lawsuit filed against the contracting company comes shortly after Barton's widow filed a lawsuit against Chariton County, Missouri, and Mariano Rodriguez, a roadmaster who works for BNSF Railway, alleging wrongful death over the signage and upkeep of the railroad crossing, according to a report. The Amtrak train Southwest Chief, traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, carried about 243 passengers when it collided with a dump truck near Mendon, Missouri, on Monday. (Dax McDonald via AP) (Dax McDonald/AP) The derailment Monday caused by a dump truck colliding with the train resulted in four deaths,...
    Amtrak and BNSF Railway Company have reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the dump truck that caused a train to derail, killing four people. The federal lawsuit filed against MS Contracting claims the truck driver, Billy Barton II, was "unsafe, careless and reckless" when he crossed the railroad tracks and that proper training had not been given to drivers, according to the Kansas City Star. DEATH TOLL RISES TO FOUR IN MISSOURI AMTRAK DERAILMENT The lawsuit filed against the contracting company comes shortly after Barton's widow filed a lawsuit against Chariton County, Missouri, and Mariano Rodriguez, a roadmaster who works for BNSF Railway, alleging wrongful death over the signage and upkeep of the railroad crossing, according to a report. The Amtrak train Southwest Chief, traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, carried about 243 passengers when it collided with a dump truck near Mendon, Missouri, on Monday. (Dax McDonald via AP) (Dax McDonald/AP) The derailment Monday caused by a dump truck colliding with the train resulted in four deaths, including three train...
    ABC "Dancing With the Stars" Mirrorball NeNe Leakes is being sued, but the reality TV star and “Dancing With the Stars” alum is hitting back at the lawsuit. According to TMZ, Leakes is being sued by her boyfriend’s wife. The lawsuit, according to the site, is “for allegedly sleeping with her man, causing her marriage to collapse.” The lawsuit was filed by Malomine Tehmeh-Sioh against Leakes. Leakes is dating Nyonisela Sioh, and TMZ reports that Tehmeh-Sioh claims emotional distress, mental anguish and “a loss of affection” in the suit due to pictures of Leakes and Sioh being posted. The suit was filed in North Carolina, and, according to Montgomery Family Law, people can be sued for alienation of affection there. “Alienation of affection allows a spouse to sue a third party for wrongful acts that deprived them of the love and affection of their spouse,” the firm states.Leakes Denies the Allegations View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nene Leakes (@neneleakes) Leakes took to Instagram to deny the allegations of being a “husband stealer.” “[There’s]...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit against one of the largest manufacturers of “ghost gun” kits in the United States on Wednesday, the same day Maryland’s ban on the untraceable weapons went into effect, news outlets reported. Mayor Brandon Scott said the suit was filed in Baltimore Circuit Court against Nevada-based Polymer80, which sells kits for customers to assemble themselves, and Hanover Armory, an Anne Arundel County gun store. The suit alleges that Polymer80 intentionally undermines federal and state firearms laws by designing, manufacturing, and providing kits and parts without serial numbers to buyers who do not undergo background checks. “Takedowns are not enough. Legislation is not enough,” Scott said during a news conference. “We have to crack down on the companies that are profiting off of destruction and death in our communities.” The new state law expands the definition of a firearm to include “an unfinished frame or receiver.” Anyone who sells or transfers a ghost gun faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. When a second phase...
    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing a 23rd and potentially 24th civil suit, per attorney Tony Buzbee.  Note: This story contains graphic accounts of domestic violence, threats and sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. The 23rd case was filed against Watson on Tuesday by a woman who was allegedly assaulted by the quarterback over the course of three sessions. The following are the allegations against Watson from the 23rd plaintiff: – repeatedly made increasingly aggressive sexual advances over 3 sessions– exposed his genitals– attempted to grab Plaintiffs genitals– attempted to have Plaintiff touch him inappropriately But, the biggest bombshell that was dropped? 11/ — Drew Davenport (@DrewDavenportFF) June 1, 2022 While this suit was filed late in the process, this alleged victim has been involved since the very beginning. She has been very public about her allegations against Watson, even speaking out on a television program. However, only recently did she opt to join the...
    The families of four people — including three teens — who died in a February plane crash off the North Carolina coast are suing the companies that owned the plane and employed the pilot, who also died. The suit claims the pilot failed to properly fly the single-engine plane in weather conditions with limited visibility, making the firms liable. All eight people aboard the Pilatus PC-12/47 died when it descended into the Atlantic Ocean off the Outer Banks. Four teenagers and two adults on the plane were returning from a hunting trip. The two others were the pilot and his adult son, who was a student pilot, the suit said. The wrongful death suit was filed Tuesday in Carteret County against EDP Management Group LLC and Green Assets, both of Wilmington, and Dillon’s Aviation of Greenville. The plane took off Feb. 13 in the early afternoon from Hyde County Airport, which is on the mainland near the Pamlico Sound. The plane’s destination was southwest across the sound to Beaufort, which is along the southern edge of the...
    A U.S. district judge blocked the auction of Dorothy's iconic dress from The Wizard of Oz on Monday. The blue and white gingham dress that Judy Garland wore in the 1939 film was slated to be featured in an auction of Hollywood memorabilia in Los Angeles on Tuesday after it had been missing for decades, according to a report. It had been found in a shoebox at the Catholic University of America and put up for sale by the university, with pre-sale estimates ranging from $800,000 to $1.2 million, the report noted. ELON MUSK SAYS AMERICANS 'NEED TO CELEBRATE' HAVING CHILDREN However, the sale of the dress was halted after U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan granted a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit regarding the dress. A suit was filed by Barbara Ann Hartke, the niece of Gilbert Hartke. Hartke was a former employee of the Catholic University of America who was supposedly given Dorothy's dress in 1973. Hartke filed the suit against the university and Bonhams, the auctioneer, in...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a man who alleged that he was sexually abused when he was 12 years old by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man’s attorney announced on Tuesday. The settlement of the case before a lawsuit was filed was announced in a news release by attorney Lyndsay Markley and marks the latest chapter in the story of Daniel McCormack, one of the most notorious pedophiles in the history of Chicago’s archdiocese. McCormack, who pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five children while he was a priest at St. Agatha’s parish in Chicago, was released from prison last fall and has registered as a sex offender with the Illinois State Police. According to published reports, he was listed at that time as living in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood. The settlement follows other similar settlements in which the archdiocese has agreed to pay men who alleged they were abused by McCormack when they were children. In all, the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Colorado judge on Friday denied motions to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by an election systems worker against former President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of its lawyers and a handful of conservative media figures and outlets. District Court Judge Marie Avery Moses, in a 136-page decision, rejected various arguments to throw out the lawsuit filed by Eric Coomer, who was security director at the Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems. Coomer said he faced death threats after he was baselessly accused of trying to rig the 2020 presidential election in favor of President Joe Biden. Moses wrote that “there is overwhelming evidence that an injunction would serve the public interest because the public is harmed by the spread of defamatory information.” Coomer’s lawsuit, filed prior to Biden’s inauguration in Denver County, Colorado, accused the Trump campaign and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading false stories about him. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the website Gateway Pundit, Colorado conservative activist Joseph Oltmann and One America News Network were among the others sued. The conservative news outlet Newsmax...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has dismissed conservative cable news channel One America News Network from a defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia election workers after the two sides reached a settlement. Fulton County election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss in December sued OAN, its owners and its chief White House correspondent over debunked claims that the mother-and-daughter pair introduced suitcases of illegal ballots while working as ballot counters at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta in November 2020 and committed other acts of fraud to try to alter the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia. The terms of the settlement agreement were not disclosed, but both sides described it as fair. Freeman and Moss on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss OAN from the lawsuit, and U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell signed off on the dismissal Thursday. The two women had also sued former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, saying he amplified the lies about them during frequent appearances on OAN. Their claims against Giuliani continue: They...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Minor league players and Major League Baseball have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging teams violated minimum wage laws. The settlement has not yet been filed with the court and details were not released Tuesday. The suit, filed in 2014, had been scheduled for a trial starting June 1 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. A letter filed with the court on Tuesday by lawyers for both sides asked Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero to postpone a conference scheduled for Tuesday and the trial. “The parties are pleased to inform the court that they have reached a settlement of the matter in principle,” the letter said. “The parties have agreed upon a confidential memorandum of understanding. The settlement is subject to ratification by the respective parties, and we are in the process of preparing the settlement documents.” The letter was signed by Elise M. Bloom of Proskauer Rose on behalf of MLB and by Clifford H. Pearson of Pearson, Simon & Warshaw and Stephen M. Tillery of Korein Tillery on behalf...
    Gabby Petito's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Brian Laundrie's estate, seeking more than $30,000 in damages, according to a new report from WFLA. Nichole Schmidt filed the lawsuit against Laundrie's parents for the expenses such as funeral costs and due to the loss of care and comfort that the family has experienced, the news station reported. WFLA said the lawsuit says Laundrie committed "intentional acts" that resulted in Petito's death. Laundrie, age 23, was found dead in a Florida nature reserve in October. It was later announced he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was the sole person of interest police named in the disappearance of his fiancée, Petito, a 22-year-old from Long Island who disappeared in late August while traveling across the country in her van with Laundrie.  Petito's remains were found in a Wyoming national park on Sunday, Sept. 19. The FBI previously announced that Laundrie, who also grew up on Long Island, claimed responsibility for Petito's death in a notebook found near his remains. Read the full report from WFLA here.
    The accusations span four decades. Some women claim the gynecologist groped them as he moaned. Others claim he performed invasive examinations without wearing gloves, inflicted unnecessary pain, and made sexually degrading comments while seemingly providing medical services. In total, 83 “Jane Does” have come forward against Dr. David H. Broadbent, an OB-GYN at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, a town about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The women claim he not only abused and battered them in the examination room, but systematically preyed upon women and girls for his own sexual gratification, leaving them “ashamed,” “disgusted,” and “vulnerable,” according to court documents filed as part of a civil suit. Many plaintiffs’ experience of being treated by Broadbent—and their subsequent decision to come forward—mirror that of “Jane Doe H.P.,” according to a civil complaint filed in Utah’s Fourth District Court. H.P., a reference to her initials, claims she began seeing Broadbent in July 2020. During her first appointment, she claims he pulled her by the legs, without warning, down the examination table...
    More than 60,000 homeowners may be eligible to sue a Central Jersey water company over high levels of "forever chemicals" found in their water, NJ Advance Media reported. Middlesex Water customers in Woodbridge, Clark, Metuchen, South Plainfield, Carteret, and Edison can join a class action lawsuit after high levels of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOAs) were detected at a South Plainfield treatment plant, the outlet said. While the company advised customers to use bottled water, the lawsuit, which seeks reimbursement costs, says it neglected to adequately warn all residents, specifically tenants who didn't get water bills carrying the notifications, according to the report. High levels of PFOA contamination was associated with ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and several types of cancer, according to numerous large-scale studies from the NJDEP. Michael Galpern, who is among the lawyers handling the suit, did not immediately return DailyVoice.com's request for comment. Click here for the complete story by NJ Advance Media.
    Dunkin' Donuts is again being sued by a New Jersey resident purportedly burned by hot coffee. This time, though, the alleged victim is blaming a faulty cupholder, NJ Advance Media reports. Samantha Picklo suffered second- and third-degree burns when the coffees that a worker placed in the cardboard drink holder spilled through her car window and into her lap at the Route 130 location in Delran in August 2021, the outlet says citing the suit. The company did not respond to NJ.com's request for comment. Picklo's lawyer stressed that the tray design was the center core issue, not the hot coffee. Picklo's suit was filed in Burlington County Superior Court. A Passaic County couple recently filed a similar lawsuit against Dunkin' Donuts, suing after one partner was allegedly burned by hot coffee in the drive-thru lane. Click here for more from NJ.com.
    Virginia is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that favored the families of 12 immunocompromised students, who filed a lawsuit claiming the commonwealth’s mask-optional law violates their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Attorney General Jason Miyares, Superintendent Jillian Balow, and acting health commissioner Colin Greene on Friday filed a notice of appeal that they would challenge Judge Norman Moon’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District, in Richmond. More Coronavirus News More Virginia News Moon’s ruling stated that although SB739 — based on Youngkin’s Executive Order 2 — is law in Virginia, the conditions of the law preclude the 12 students who filed suit from the ability to seek masking under the ADA. Moon’s March ruling for injunctive relief said Virginia could not enforce the mask law against the 12 families involved in the suit filed by the ACLU. However, Moon’s ruling made clear the state’s mask law continues to apply to all other students. “This is not a class action, and the twelve plaintiffs in this case have no...
    (CNN)A coalition of civil rights groups has filed the first lawsuit in Florida against the recently passed congressional map put forward by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis that eliminates two districts represented by Black Democrats while giving Republicans the advantage in as many as 20 of 28 seats. The suit, filed in state court in Leon County, claims the map is a Republican gerrymander and violates the Fair Districts amendment of the Florida Constitution by diminishing the power of Black voters. The suit is asking the court to rule that the map or individual districts violate the Fair Districts amendment and order the adoption of a new congressional map. The challenge was filed by several Florida voters, as well as the League of Women Voters Florida, Black Voters Matter, Florida Rising and Equal Ground Florida.The legal action comes roughly 24 hours after state Republicans voted in a special session to adopt the boundaries, which -- in an unprecedented move -- were submitted by DeSantis' office last week after he vetoed previous maps approved by the GOP-controlled legislature. DeSantis has not yet...
    Hillary Clinton's lawyers asked a federal court to toss Donald Trump's "Russiagate" lawsuit against her. Attorneys for the failed presidential candidate say the suit, which alleges Clinton engaged in "racketeering" and a "conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood" about the former president's 2016 campaign's ties to Russia, lacks legal merit in a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday. SUSSMANN DOESN’T WANT CLINTON TWEET TOUTING COLLUSION CLAIMS TO BE ADMISSIBLE "Whatever the utility of Plaintiff's Complaint as a fundraising tool, a press release, or a list of political grievances, it has no merit as a lawsuit, and should be dismissed with prejudice," the filing says. "By the complaint's own telling, these alleged events occurred long ago, and Plaintiff has been aware of his purported injuries for years." Clinton's lawyers contend that she disputes the allegations in the lawsuit but emphasize that even if they were true, Trump's suit fails to identify a "cognizable legal causes of action." Clinton's lawyers maintain that "the statute of limitations on his claims expired long ago" and that the First Amendment protects her campaign's...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) opened up his press conference in The Villages on Tuesday by celebrating U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump appointee, nixing the Biden administration’s “unscientific mask mandate on airplanes.” “We are very happy that finally we have judicial relief for that unscientific mask mandate on airplanes,” DeSantis said. “They’ve treated these flight attendants horribly for so long — the passengers, horribly.” “It’s caused huge problems with just behavior because it, it really messes with people and when they announced on those flights yesterday that the judge had ruled. I mean, you saw some of these flight attendants were crying,” he said, referencing the countless videos surfacing on social media showing airline employees embracing each other with joy over the announcement. “They were so happy. People were so relieved. And so, you know, we filed a suit against this right before it was supposed to expire, and I think because Florida filed the suit, Biden extended it just because he doesn’t want to give us a win,” DeSantis mused. “But by him extending it, it...
    Happiness in a cup? More like headache in a cup, at least for Dunkin' Donuts officials being sued by a New Jersey couple over a spill. Evan Arlington and Stephanie Macias-Arlington were picked up two iced and one hot coffee from a Dunkin' Donuts in Totowa, when Evan spilled the hot coffee in his lap in the drive-thru lane on Aug. 25, 2021, according to a newly-filed suit. Arlington suffered second- and third-degree burns and has been, leaving him with mounting medical bills and his wife at “a loss of her husband’s aid, comfort, conjugal fellowship and consortium,” according to the suit filed April 4 in Passaic County Superior Court. Arlington and Arlington-Macias are seeking judgment for damages, along with interest and costs of the suit, Fox Business reports. Dunkin' Donuts did not return the New York Post's request for comment. Photo courtesy of Paul Downey on Flickr.
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- As the Dodgers get ready for Thursday's home opener, three lawsuits were filed against the organization Wednesday in connection with 2021 alleged beatings of fans by the team's security force.The Los Angeles Superior Court complaints allege assault, battery, false imprisonment, violation of civil rights and emotional distress. All the suits seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages."The answer is not more security, but smarter security, including transparency with fans and the public, and discipline of security personnel when necessary to maintain confidence in the system,'' plaintiffs' attorney Peter diDonato said in a prepared statement.In one suit, plaintiffs Salvador and Priscilla Mota said they attended the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Aug. 17. The couple was about to drive out of one of the Dodger Stadium parking lots when security team members told Salvador Mota to get out of his car, the suit states."Priscilla watched in horror as sworn and non-sworn security attacked her husband without reason or provocation,'' their suit states.RELATED: Group challenges plan to build gondola line from Union Station to Dodger StadiumEMBED More News...
    An Ohio realtor filed a writ of mandamus petition with the state’s Supreme Court Monday, asking the high court to order the Ohio Elections Commission to hold an expedited hearing on her two complaints filed April 7 against gubernatorial candidate Joe Blystone and his campaign committee. “It was filed on behalf of Mary Capella, who’s a voter in Butler County, and it’s a challenge to the inaction and the avoidance responsibility by the Ohio Elections Commission to enforce the campaign finance laws of the state of Ohio,” said Curt C. Hartman, the Cincinnati elections attorney. The suit names as defendants: Phillip C. Richter, executive director of the Ohio Elections Commission; and members of the commission, Otto Beatty II, Natasha Kaufman, D. Michael Crites, Christina M. Hagan, Ernest C. Knight and John A. Lyall, the graduate of Vanderbilt Law School said. Hartman said the writ of mandamus, which is the Latin for “We command,” is an order from the judge compelling an official to either obey the law or otherwise perform his required duties, is necessary because of the cavalier attitude...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Alex Jones is facing a new lawsuit in Texas over accusations that the Infowars host hid millions of dollars in assets after families of Sandy Hook victims began taking him to court.Relatives of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, massacre have already won defamation lawsuits against Jones after he said the shootings never happened. The new lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, comes as trials are set for this year over how much he should pay."After Alex Jones was sued for claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax, the infamous conspiracy theorist conspired to divert his assets to shell companies owned by insiders like his parents, his children, and himself," reads the lawsuit, which was filed in Austin, Texas, by some of the Sandy Hook families.According to the lawsuit, Jones is accused of drawing about $18 million from his Infowars company over three years, starting in 2018 when the defamation lawsuits were filed. Jones is also accused of claiming a "dubious" $54 million debt around that time...
    A newly filed lawsuit claims Uber broke federal law by providing “as little information as possible” to police and courts in response to subpoenas, search warrants and court orders. Soha Malik of San Francisco alleged in her suit that she was fired for raising concerns about the Bay Area ride-sharing giant’s responses to official orders to produce information. Malik was hired in 2020 by a contractor and Uber to help respond to a backlog of hundreds of official demands related to incidents including claims of sexual harassment and homicide, according to her suit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court. Malik worked directly for Uber managers, who “consistently advised her to focus on being efficient rather than thorough, to give out as little information as possible since their job was ‘to protect the client’ (i.e. Uber drivers), and to not provide information that was ‘too much trouble’ to obtain,” the suit claimed. She was also told not to help any law enforcement agencies because that would “hinder her ability to reduce the backlog,” the suit alleged. Uber did not immediately...
    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already paid nearly $3 million to the woman who filed a paternity suit against him on March 3, including a $70,000 Range Rover for her $33,000 'Sweet 16' party nine years ago, according to an Arkansas attorney who says he facilitated the transactions. Jones's alleged payments to the plaintiff, 25-year-old Alexandra Davis, also included full tuition at Southern Methodist University, Little Rock attorney Don Jack told ESPN on Thursday. 'On numerous occasions I have made payments on behalf of Mr. Jones to Cindy and Alex Davis,' Jack said in a statement, referencing the plaintiff and her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer. Jones, a 79-year-old married father of three, has not confirmed or denied that he is Davis's father. However, Davis's 16th birthday party was featured on the reality TV show 'Big Rich Texas,' which included footage of her receiving a new, white Range Rover. Jones's attorneys accused Davis of extortion while moving to have her lawsuit dismissed in a filing earlier this week. Davis alleged in her lawsuit that when she was 1, Jones agreed...
    NEW YORK (AP) — When a Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic panned Donald Trump’s plans for a new Manhattan skyscraper, Trump responded by suing. When the tenants of a building he was trying to clear sued to halt their evictions, Trump slapped back by filing suit against the law firm representing the tenants. And when an author said the former president was worth far less than he’d claimed, Trump again took legal action. So when Trump last week filed a sprawling suit accusing his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party of conspiring to sink his winning presidential campaign by alleging ties to Russia — renewing one of his longest-standing perceived affronts — it wasn’t a surprise. Trump has spent decades repurposing political and personal grievances into causes of legal action. Throughout his business and political career, he has used the courts as a venue to air his complaints and as a tool to intimidate adversaries, sully their reputations and try to garner media attention. “It’s part of his pattern of using the law to punish his enemies, as a...
    Some citizens in Georgia filed a lawsuit Thursday to try and prevent Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, from seeking reelection to Congress, citing Greene's support for those who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The group of Georgia voters argues Greene is unfit for office, according to the suit filed with the Georgia secretary of state. The congresswoman has violated the Constitution's "Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause," the lawsuit reads. CAITLYN JENNER ARGUES LIA THOMAS IS NO CHAMPION The provision, which was birthed following the Civil War, bars politicians from pursuing office if they have participated in "insurrection or rebellion" against the nation or "given aid or comfort" to enemies of the state, according to a report. "After taking the oath to defend and protect the Constitution, before, on, and after Jan. 6, 2021, Greene voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power," according to the suit. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican, faced a similar charge that was dismissed on March...
    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a federal courthouse in a South Dakota city Wednesday to cheer the filing of a federal lawsuit over a hotel owner’s pledge to ban Native Americans from the property. The protesters held a rally and prayer meeting in a Rapid City park then walked the streets in response to a social media post by a Grand Gateway Hotel owner who said she would not allow Native Americans on the property. Demonstrators marched to sounds of drums and carried tribal flags and signs. One banner that read, “We will not tolerate racist policies and practices” stood as a backdrop for tribal leaders and others to talk about the civil rights suit that cites “a policy, pattern, or practice of international racial discrimination against Native Americans.” The suit seeks class action status. Brendan Johnson, a former U.S. attorney for South Dakota and lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the “rest of the world” needs to know what’s going on in Rapid City. The suit seeks unnamed general and punitive damages. “We need to...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — A former Google employee sued the tech giant for racial discrimination, saying it engages in a “pattern and practice” of unfair treatment for its Black workers. The suit claims the company steered them into lower-level and lower-paid jobs and subjected them to a hostile work environment if they speak out. April Curley was hired in 2014 to recruit Black candidates for the company. Her lawsuit, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, claims she was unlawfully fired in 2020 after she began speaking out and “called for reform of the barriers and double standards Google imposed on Black employees and applicants,” according to the lawsuit. READ MORE: UPDATE: Apple Resolves Outage Impacting Services Including App Store, iCloud“Pursuant to its strong, racially biased corporate culture, Google is engaged in a pattern and practice of race discrimination against its African American and Black employees,” the complaint states. “Google’s centralized leadership, which is nearly devoid of Black representation, holds biased and stereotypical views about the abilities and potential of Black...
    More On: celebrity lawsuits Wendy Williams on Wells Fargo battle: ‘I want to see all my money’ Evan Rachel Wood on Marilyn Manson’s lawsuit: ‘I have the truth on my side’ Tanya Zuckerbrot sues Emily Gellis for $250,000 in new defamation suit Tristan Thompson allegedly told Maralee Nichols he was ‘engaged’ to Khloé Dr. Leonard Hochstein is at the center of yet another medical malpractice lawsuit. The Miami-based plastic surgeon known as the “Boob God” is being sued again for allegedly taking such poor care of a patient that she was left with “necrosis” and “sepsis,” according to the lawsuit filed in August 2021 and exclusively obtained by Page Six. Patient Maylen Ortega underwent a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty with Hochstein, who is married to “Real Housewives of Miami” star Lisa Hochstein, in April 2019 and claims in the suit that the famed surgeon and his team at Med Spa South Florida “failed to follow the prevailing standard of medical care required of medical professionals,” leaving her botched. Two days after her surgery, Ortega’s incisions allegedly “began turning...
    A Central Jersey police officer who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his department's chief had been suspended less than two months earlier on sexual harassment allegations, NJ Advance Media reported, citing court documents. Officer Alan Barboiu was suspended without pay for 45 days, after a surveillance video showed him inappropriately touching a dispatcher, the outlet says citing Piscataway's township spokesman Gene Wilk. In a suit filed a suit last January, Barbou accuses Chief Thomas Mosier of mocking his accent, and creating a fake paper trail to have him fired. It was one of two discrimination lawsuits recently filed against the police chief.  Click here for the complete story by NJ Advance Media. 
    Shawn O’Connell claims he only left his lucrative job at Bay Area software titan Salesforce because multi-billion-dollar software firm Celonis offered him a valuable stock grant. That offer, he alleged in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed this week, was vaporware: It came from an employee stock program that did not exist. “Celonis’ conduct,” the suit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court claimed, “was deceptive, fraudulent, and intentionally designed to lure Mr. O’Connell away from Salesforce with a promise of equity that Celonis had no intention of honoring.” Germany-headquartered Celonis, which makes business software and has a San Francisco office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The job offer Celonis presented to O’Connell in 2018 contained a promised salary of $200,000, which was nothing close to what he was making in sales at Salesforce, according to the suit. But Celonis, a private company valued in June at $11 billion, also offered him restricted stock units redeemable for shares in company stock once certain conditions were met, the offer letter filed as an exhibit in the case shows....
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of Missouri voters by Democratic attorneys is asking a court to intervene in the state’s stalled redistricting process and draw new U.S. House maps that can be used in this year’s elections. As of Monday, Missouri was one of only a few states that had yet to enact new congressional districts following the 2020 census. The lawsuit contends it’s unconstitutional to use the maps enacted a decade ago, because some districts now have tens of thousands more residents than others due to population shifts. When districts don’t have equal populations, votes cast from districts with fewer people carry more weight than those from heavily populated districts, according to the lawsuit filed late Friday in Cole County Circuit Court by five voters from overpopulated districts. The suit was filed by attorneys who also represent Democrats in redistricting battles in other states. Democrats and Republicans have been jostling nationally to redraw congressional voting districts to their advantage, as Democrats try to defend their slim majority against Republican attempts to...
    By Andrew DeMillo | Associated Press The parents of a transgender teenager in Texas said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the state is investigating them after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered officials to look into reports of gender-confirming care for kids as abuse. The parents of the 16-year-old girl are asking a judge to block the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from investigating them and the parents of other transgender youth under a directive Abbott issued last month. “Their actions caused terror and anxiety among transgender youth and their families across the Lone Star State and singled out transgender youth and their families,” the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, said. The lawsuit marks the first report of parents being investigated following Abbott’s order and an earlier nonbinding legal opinion by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton labeling certain gender-confirming treatments as “child abuse.” DFPS, which last week said it did not have any open cases, said Tuesday it had received three reports since Abbott’s directive and Paxton’s opinion but would not say...
    Simon Leviev, better known by his off-putting pseudonym The Tinder Swindler, is being sued by the wealthy, diamond-rich family he claimed to be a part of when he scammed women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars using the dating app. The 'malice defamation' suit was filed Monday in Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court in Israel on behalf of the true Leviev family, whose patriarch, Israeli businessman Lev Leviev, 65, is a billionaire diamond magnate known as 'The King of Diamonds.'    The lawsuit lists Simon Leviev - whose real name is Shimon Heyada Hayut - as a defendant after he allegedly pretended to be the mogul's son on the app to dupe multiple women in locales across the globe out of nearly $10million. Simon Leviev, better known by his off-putting pseudonym 'The Tinder Swindler,' is being sued by the wealthy, diamond-rich family he claimed to be a part of when he scammed women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars using the dating app The 'malice defamation' suit was filed Monday in Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court in Israel on behalf of Israeli mogul Lev...
    An Ohio woman who escaped her family’s home after years of what she described as horrific, religiously-motivated abuse has filed a lawsuit accusing her mother, father, uncle, brothers, and a local cop of not only causing the abuse, but allowing it to continue, then covering it up once authorities became suspicious. In the 22-page civil suit, filed Feb. 21 in Cincinnati federal court, Serah Bellar says her parents “mandated” that all of their 18 biological children and one adopted child attend their uncle’s Dove Outreach Church in Waverly, Ohio. “This cult-like ‘church’ is owned, operated, and ministered by Defendant James Bellar, the brother of Defendant Robert Bellar,” the suit states. “Defendant James Bellar preaches that siblings are meant to procreate with one another.” James Bellar’s ministry “is here according to the call of God to serve you in Jesus' name,” his website tells visitors. “If you have a need that I am able to help you with just ask. This Homepage will provide you with useful tools and information to help any along in their spiritual walk; who will turn...
    Alec Baldwin stepped out in New York City with a few of his children and wife Hilaria following a wrongful death suit filed by the family of Halyna Hutchins who was killed on the Rust set in October. Baldwin was reportedly holding the gun that discharged a bullet which fatally struck Hutchins in the chest before hitting director Joel Souza in the shoulder, who was standing behind her at the time. The suit against Alec and Rust producers, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles, claimed 'reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures led to the death of Halyna Hutchins,' noting Hutchins 'would be alive and well, hugging her husband and 9-year-old son' had proper protocols been followed on set. Out and about: Alec Baldwin stepped out in New York City with a few of his children and wife Hilaria following a wrongful death suit filed by the family of Halyna Hutchins who was killed on the Rust set in October The Hutchins' family attorney, Brian Panish claimed Alec is in 'complete denial' of his role in her death and is 'blaming others'...