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    Pinterest's former chief operation officer Françoise Brougher has accused the company of firing her for 'speaking out about the rampant discrimination, hostile work environment, and misogyny' in the business.  Brougher, who was the top female executive at the firm, left Pinterest suddenly in April this year with little explanation provided.  But in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Brougher accused the $21billion virtual pinboard business of sacking her after she complained about sexist treatment.  Brougher claims in a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court that she was excluded from important meetings, paid less than male coworkers, and was given gender-specific feedback.  Pinterest is is understood to be defending the claim.  Brougher has accused the $21billion virtual pinboard business of sacking her after she complained about sexist treatment She alleges that ultimately she was fired from the position she had held since 2018 by CEO Ben Silbermann after raising concerns over her treatment. 'When men speak out, they get rewarded. When women speak out, they get fired,' she told the New York Times. Brougher was responsible for the company's revenue...
    A Yale University student from Ohio has launched a federal lawsuit against the Ivy League university, demanding the school return tuition payments after deciding to keep classes online in response to the pandemic.  Jonathan Michel, a soon-to-be third year student from Wooley, Ohio, said the prestigious university 'effectively breached or terminated the contract' it had with students 'who paid for the opportunity to participate fully in the academic life on the Yale campus.' 'While the effects of the COVID-19 crisis are shared by all individuals and institutions across the country, Defendant has failed to apportion the burden in an equitable manner or consistent with its obligations as an educational institution. Defendant has retained all tuition, fees, and related payments for the Spring 2020 semester, however, all or substantially all classes have been exclusively held online since on or about March 23, 2020,' the lawsuit, filed in the District Court of New Haven, Connecticut, reads.  A lawsuit has been filed against Yale University, with the plaintiff claiming that the school breached its contract by offering classes online but not offering...
    Several organizations that defend the rights of immigrants in the United States filed a lawsuit to curb the intention of the government of President Donald Trump to exclude the undocumented from the 2020 Census. On Monday, the Lawyers for Civil Rights group filed the lawsuit on behalf of various organizations, such as Haitian-American United, the Brazilian Worker Center and the Chelsea Collaborative, among others. Trump signed the controversial decree on July 21 by which he leaves undocumented immigrants from the Census that is being carried out in the United States, and whose results will affect the number of representatives per state in Congress. The Census also allows determining the destination of millions of dollars in federal assistance. “We have spent countless hours and dollars encouraging our communities to complete the Census form,” said Pastor Dieufort J. Fleurissaint, chairman of the Haitian-Americans United board, as reported by Lawyers for Civil Rights. “With a decree, the administration has thrown all our efforts to the ground in a racist attempt that prevents our communities from receiving the representation and benefits they need,”...
    (CNN)The singer Lady A is pushing back against a suit from the band Lady A.The country trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum, filed suit on Wednesday against Anita White, a singer/songwriter who also performs as Lady A.White recently told HLN she had been willing to work with the band but is unwilling to share the name with them. "You're saying that you are an ally, but you are not," White said. "You basically want to bully me and take the name and think that that's ok. That's not an ally."A rep for the band told CNN on Friday they had no additional comment.Read MoreIn June, Lady Antebellum, made up of Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley, announced it would be dropping the "Antebellum" portion of its name because of the association with slavery and go by "Lady A" instead."When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern 'antebellum' style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us...
    The band Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, has filed a lawsuit against blues singer Anita White, who also goes by the name Lady A. According to the suit filed in a Nashville court Wednesday, the case stems from White’s “attempt to enforce purported trademarks rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade,” according to Billboard. The suit also claims that the solo singer’s counsel “delivered a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary demand” after conversations with the band and their respective attorneys. The exact amount is not mentioned in the suit, but a statement from the band says it’s $10 million. “Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group — consisting of members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood — said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right...
    From the day they introduced it to the day it passed the Minnesota Legislature, backers of a bill to provide insulin to diabetics who can’t afford the hormone said it wouldn’t draw a lawsuit from drug makers. Citing assurances from unnamed industry executives, those proponents of the bill, which relies on the companies’ existing patient assistance program charities instead of substantial fees on drug companies, was less of a lawsuit magnet. In April, the DFL-controlled Minnesota House approved the bill by 111-22. The Senate responded with a vote of 67-0. They were wrong. On Tuesday night, just hours before the Alex Smith Insulin Affordability Act was to take effect, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America — the industry trade group better known as PhRMA — filed suit to get the new law declared unconstitutional.  “A state cannot simply commandeer private property to achieve its public policy goals,” states the suit, which names the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and MNsure as defendants. “Because the Act takes private property for public use without paying just compensation, it is unconstitutional and should be...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has filed a class-action lawsuit against Portland Police and the city on behalf of journalists and legal observers who they say were targeted and attacked by the police while documenting protests. The suit in Federal District Court in Portland says police have used tear gas, pepper spray, shot rubber bullets and thrown flash bangs directly at both journalists and legal observers. The filings also say police have arrested journalists and legal observers. The complaint lists six primary plaintiffs—two ACLU observers and four journalists—and includes others similarly situated. Matt Borden, an attorney and partner at Braunhagey & Borden serving as co-counsel with the ACLU, said the lawsuit is intended to try to stop the police from attacking and assaulting legal observers and reporters in the future. “The whole idea of the First Amendment is it’s a check on government power,” said Borden. Borden said they are asking for damages for those injured by the conduct. He said they also plan to file for a temporary restraining order to prevent police...
    An attorney for the whistleblower who sparked President Trump’s impeachment now says he has two clients prepared to sue if the Trump administration follows through with sanctions against the International Criminal Court. Mark Zaid told The Post he represents a pair of US law professors who intend to file a lawsuit if sanctions prohibit or criminalize their pro bono advisory work. Trump signed an executive order this month that allows sanctions against anyone involved in an ICC investigation of Americans or US allies. The order was issued in response to the court’s appeals chamber’s March decision that authorized an investigation of possible Afghanistan war crimes, rebuffing previous US warnings. US officials told reporters that they believe the ICC is corrupt and that Russia may be involved in pushing for the Afghanistan investigation. “We are concerned that Russia may be manipulating the ICC by encouraging these allegations against US personnel,” a senior administration official said at the time. The investigation of the war in Afghanistan is one of 13 currently being pursued by the Netherlands-based court. It was requested by ICC prosecutor Fatou...
    Relatives of South Koreans abducted 70 years ago have filed a $28 million lawsuit against the North Korean regime — on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. The suit, filed by lawyers for civil group Human Rights and Unification of Korea, accuses North Korea of not taking responsibility for the 1950-’53 war or providing information on the whereabouts of the abductees, the newspaper Korea JoonAng Daily reported. According to South Korean figures, North Korea kidnapped at least 3,835 South Koreans between the 1950s and ’70s when the North trained abductees for propaganda and spying. But the lawyers claimed the number of abductees is much higher. “On that day 70 years ago, [North Korea’s founder] Kim Il Sung launched a surprise invasion of the South and in order to gain human resources kidnapped around 100,000 civilians from the South, including members of South Korea’s early leadership and top professionals from many fields,” the group said in a press release. Most who were kidnapped were either released or escaped back to the South but as of 2015, 516 never returned, Seoul’s...
    BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Wichita police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in 2017 while responding to a hoax emergency call stemming from a dispute between two online gamers. The death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch drew national attention to “swatting,” a form of retaliation in which someone reports a false emergency to get authorities to descend on an address. The address the gamers used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the dispute or video game. U.S. District Judge John W. Broomes in a 57-page decision refused to grant Officer Justin Rapp’s request for summary judgment in the federal lawsuit filed by Finch’s family. Rapp’s attorneys argued that the officer’s actions did not violate Finch’s constitutional rights against unreasonable force, and that Rapp was entitled to qualified immunity. “A reasonable officer would have known that using deadly force when Finch displayed no weapon and made no overtly threatening movement was unlawful,” Broomes wrote in the ruling. The decision leaves it...
    Elon Musk has denied an allegation he had a 'three-way affair' with his ex wife Amber Heard, 34, and model Cara Delevingne, 27. It had been claimed in explosive new testimony that Musk and Delevingne had been involved in a secret three-way relationship in 2016. The court documents also allege Heard's affair with Musk began before she had officially split with Johnny Depp. In a statement to Page Six, Musk said that there was no truth to the fresh allegations that the A-list trio hooked up at Depp's downtown LA penthouse in late 2016 after Heard split from the Pirates of the Caribbean star. The claims were made in a new deposition from Josh Drew, a friend and former neighbor of Heard and Depp. The A-list trio are alleged to have hooked up at Depp's downtown LA penthouse in late 2016 after Heard split from the Pirates of the Caribbean star, according to a new deposition from a friend and former neighbor. But Elon Musk now denies such a threesome occurred  'Cara and I are friends, but we've never been...
    Supermodel Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity name to be dragged into Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation suit over claims she had a 'three-way affair' with Amber Heard and Elon Musk, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The A-list trio hooked up at Depp's downtown LA penthouse in late 2016 after Heard split from the Pirates of the Caribbean star, according to a new deposition from a friend and former neighbor. Sources close to Depp say he 'hasn't ruled out' serving Delevingne, 27, with a subpoena to find out if she has any information that could prove useful to his case against ex-wife Heard, 34. The Oscar nominee, 57, has already filed papers demanding that Musk and actor James Franco turn over any messages, emails or conversations they had with Heard around the time of their May 2016 split. 'Cara could also be compelled to give evidence - by either party,' an insider confirmed. 'It's definitely a possibility. Almost anything can happen in this case.' Supermodel Cara Delevingne is the latest household name to be dragged into Johnny Depp's $50 million...
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A lawsuit alleging that a northeastern Indiana sheriff violated a teenage boy’s constitutional rights during an altercation last year at a festival has been transferred to federal court. The lawsuit against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux was filed by the parents of a 15-year-old boy in a county court, but it was moved to U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne after Gladieux’s attorneys filed a notice of removal. The suit claims that Gladieux injured the teen and violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment during a July 2019 altercation. Removal to federal court is common when constitutional questions are raised, The Journal Gazette reported. TOP STORIES Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial defaced by vandals in rioting Obama administration was corrupt, more and more evidence reveals daily Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Brad and Erin Bullerman’s son was a volunteer during Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival in July 2019. The couple’s suit alleges that Gladieux “smelled of alcohol” and pushed their son to the ground,...
    Attorney Harmeet Dhillon of the Center for American Liberty told "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday that she had filed the first-ever lawsuit against the far-left group Antifa to protect journalists and other Americans "who are threatened by these criminals." Dhillon filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalist Andy Ngo after he was repeatedly attacked in 2019 while covering the violence incited by the group in Portland, Ore. On one occasion, the lawsuit claims, Ngo was beaten by a mob that continued to harass him as he attempted to walk away. Dhillon told host Laura Ingraham that Ngo "continues to be stalked" and claimed the Portland authorities "continue to do nothing" to protect his safety. JOURNALIST ATTACKED BY ANTIFA SPEAKS OUT ON GROUP'S EXTREMISM  "By the way, that includes the United States attorney who I spoke to at the beginning of the process," she said. "We waited several months and this is a job for law enforcement because ... law enforcement has the tools to go surveil and get warrants and all of that. "It should have been law enforcement doing this action, not me," Dhillon said, "but because they refuse to do that, we cannot let Andy continue to live under these threats." Dhillon...
    Michelle Ochs — who exited her hip fashion brand Cushnie et Ochs in 2018 — filed suit Tuesday in federal court in New York’s Southern District against the renamed Cushnie brand. She claimed the company failed to pay her part of a settlement she’s owed, and breached a “non-disclosure and settlement agreement and a promissory note” that would give her installments of $180,000. According to the suit, first reported by the Fashion Law, Ochs’ second-to-last payment should’ve been paid by March 12, but she never received it. When an arbitration scheduled for April didn’t happen, Ochs claims she was “left with no choice but to commence this action seeking monetary damages … believed to be in excess of $360,000.” Ochs helped found the brand in 2008 with Carly Cushnie. The company did not get back to us.
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The state of Virginia has paid $60,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a former administrator at Radford University. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that the suit was filed in 2019 by Ebenezer Kolajo. The 67-year-old is a former assistant provost for academic assessment at the public university. His federal suit alleged that the school eliminated his job in 2018 because he is black and of Nigerian descent. The university denied the allegations. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio defends ongoing lockdown: Protesting and going to church not the same EXCLUSIVE: Antifa planned anti-government insurgency for months, law enforcement official says Gov. Ralph Northam to announce removal plans for Richmonds iconic Robert E. Lee statue The Virginia Department of Treasury released the settlement figure following a request by The Roanoke Times. Ashley Schumaker, Radford’s chief of staff, declined to comment to the newspaper. So did Kolajo’s attorney. The suit claimed that Kolajo had positive job performance reviews before a new superior criticized his department, said she couldn’t understand...
    NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, ruling the outfielder’s reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more. Dykstra claimed he was defamed when Darling alleged he had made racist remarks toward Boston pitcher Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series. Justice Robert D. Kalish in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan did not evaluate whether the remarks occurred. “It is only to say that Dykstra’s reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured by the reference,” Kalish said in a decision issued Friday. TOP STORIES Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy Dykstra filed the suit in April 2019 against Darling, St, Martin’s Press and Macmillan Publishing Group, then added Daniel Paisner as a defendant last September. Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches:...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, ruling the outfielder’s reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more. Dykstra claimed he was defamed when Darling alleged he had made racist remarks toward Boston pitcher Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series. Justice Robert D. Kalish in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan did not evaluate whether the remarks occurred. “It is only to say that Dykstra’s reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured by the reference,” Kalish said in a decision issued Friday. Dykstra filed the suit in April 2019 against Darling, St, Martin’s Press and Macmillan Publishing Group, then added Daniel Paisner as a defendant last September. Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game” by St. Martin’s Press, which is part of Macmillan. Dykstra alleged defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Darling wrote Dykstra...
    Distraught public housing residents plan to sue the New York City Housing Authority after 1241 tenants died of COVID-19 and thousands more were sickened because the buildings were not properly sanitized, their lawyer said Friday. “These are the people who need to be protected the most and when you talk about the government’s function to protect the most vulnerable, obviously here that wasn’t done,” said attorney Robert Vilensky, who is currently representing 20 claimants who hope to file a class action suit against the city and the New York Housing Authority. The tenants are seeking $5 billion in compensation, including for medical conditions and complications, medical expenses, loss of earnings and funeral expenses for those who died. “The number is just to send a message to the city,” said Vilensky, after filing a notice of claim this week. “Why is it that NYCHA buildings have a significantly higher percentage of people who develop COVID and die than the rest of the city.” The health department said over 6000 NYCHA tenants have been infected with the virus. NYCHA employees allowed the...
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