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11 Jul 2011 14:22


World: News Corp. hacking scandal spreads to second paper

  • worse Shareholders owning stock in News Corp have sued the company in the wake of the shutdown of News of the World. The shareholders own less than 1 percent of the company combined. They’re also suing because News Corp took over Shine Group, Ltd., a company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s daughter.
  • worser Another News Corp. paper, The Sunday Times, has been accused of using identity theft (“blagging”) to steal personal information from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, including information on Brown’s son — possibly leading to their early reporting on his cystic fibrosis. That means TWO papers are now implicated. source

15 Jun 2011 15:26


U.S.: Obama faces lawsuit over American role in Libya conflict

  • With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies.
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich • Expressing anger over the current military presence in Libya. He and a bipartisan group of representatives have brought a lawsuit against President Obama for foregoing Congress on Libya and, in the process, violating the War Powers Resolution, a law meant to stop the President from sending troops overseas without Congressional approval. Kucinich has backing from unlikely allies such as John Boehner and Ron Paul on this matter. Meanwhile, the White House disputes the lawsuit: “The president has acted in a manner that is consistent with the War Powers Resolution,” said Press Secretary Jay Carney. Definitely one to watch. source

14 Feb 2011 13:18


Politics: Shirley Sherrod makes good on her promise to Andrew Breitbart

  • YES Shirley Sherrod has filed suit against Andrew Breitbart source
  • » Bad day for scurillous-ness: The former USDA official was famously the target of a heavily cut video clip that seemed to present her as a racist who withheld help to a white farmer. The aftermath saw a gross and shocking leap to conclusion by the USDA under Tom Vilsack, which forced her resignation, before some helpful skeptics examined the full video which showed she was making a point AGAINST racism. I’ll admit, this case does have relevant, personal importance for bloggers, as the man charged is in that sense “one of our own,” even ones that wouldn’t be caught dead at a Breitbart event. But notwithstanding, whether the charge of defamation is well-earned or not, some of Mr. Breitbart’s antics have been grossly deceptive and unscrupulous.

02 Feb 2011 13:07


Politics: Taco Bell responds to ground beef lawsuit, insists it’s mostly beef

  • 88% ground beef in our tacos, says Taco Bell source
  • » So now we have a number on record: You may remember when we commented on Taco Bell’s impending lawsuit over the “proprietary blend” that they sell in their beef tacos. The company has since begun mounting their defense, claiming their meatish mixture is in fact 88% ground beef, 12% secret recipe. This is a big distance from the lawsuit’s allegation, which places the real beef figure at 35%. We’re waiting with baited breath on this one.

26 Jan 2011 15:39


Culture: Anaheim Ducks sued over allegedly anti-semitic comments

  • Hockey player Jason Bailey claims his minor league coaches made anti-semitic remarks. Bailey alleges that head coach Mark Raymond and assistant coach Mark Pedersen, of the Bakersfield Condors (the Ducks minor league affiliate to which he was assigned), made anti-semitic remarks around him. The suit claims that Raymond said Jews “only care about money and who’s who,” and that he didn’t want his son to be Jewish or ever wear a yarmulke. Pedersen is alleged to have said, “I just got a friend request from a dirty Jew.” Bailey, who is Jewish, is seeking unspecified damages for the team creating a “hostile work environment.” No kidding. source

05 Sep 2010 11:48


Offbeat: Company tries to fire dude for charging Segway, fails

  • 2¢ the amount he stole by charging his Segway for 1 & 1/2 hours source
  • » And he gets his job back: While his German employer didn’t want to reinstate him, going so far as to appeal his claim, the court decided that their grounds were unfair, partly due to the fact that people regularly charged their cell phones or digital photo frames using the company’s power. Oh, and he had been with the company for 19 years. Problem is, they didn’t look like douches for riding around on a Segway, which we’re guessing was the real grounds for dismissal.

02 Sep 2010 10:25


Offbeat: Wrong kind of “dirty”: Libel lawsuit nails the wrong site

  • the dirty Posted racy pictures of a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and school teacher. Also had Ben Quayle as a writer.
  • the dirtGot sued for The Dirty’s actions, ignored it. Lost the $11 million suit. In ironic twist, considering suing back for libel. source

26 Aug 2010 12:56


Tech: Facebook thinks you shouldn’t use “-book” in your company’s name

  • We’ve been sitting here scratching our heads for the last couple of days. We’re trying to understand how Facebook, a multibillion-dollar company, feels this small enterprise in Chicago is any type of threat.
  • Teachbook managing director Greg Shrader • In disbelief that Facebook would bother to sue its company. Facebook, which is 84 percent owned by some guy who sells wood pellets, is suing the teaching management resource company because that’s what Facebook does. Any sympathy about the 84 percent lawsuit or the coke-stained movie just went out the window, kids. source

29 Jul 2010 20:09


Politics: I won’t back down, part 2: Arizona’s immigration lawsuit appeal

  • America is not going to sit back and allow the ongoing federal failures to continue. We are a nation of laws and we believe they need to be enforced. … I will not back down.
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer • Regarding her office’s decision to appeal yesterday’s decision temporarily blocking the implementation of the key parts of the state’s new immigration law. If that doesn’t sound like something that usually happens, it’s not. Usually, court cases get appealed after a trial which Judge Susan Bolton would’ve presided over. But noooooooooo … Brewer decided to jump straight to the appeal. She claims that the issue is too important to simply wait in a court for a while. source

24 Jul 2010 02:10


Offbeat: Jury decides “Girls Gone Wild” doesn’t need hot coed consent

  • Through her actions, she gave implied consent. She was really playing to the camera. She knew what she was doing.
  • Jury foreman Patrick O’Brien • Describing the circumstances that made his jury side against an anonymous St. Louis woman who did not consent to being shown in a Girls Gone Wild video originally shot in 2004. The woman danced for a camera, but was unwilling to remove her top for the cameraman, only to have someone else pull it off instead. Even though she didn’t sign anything, they put her in the video anyway. “I was having fun until my top was pulled off. And now this thing is out there for the world to see forever,” said the plaintiff, when told of the jury’s reasoning. Despite all this, she was nominated for “Ass Clown of the Week” by the city’s alt-weekly, The River Front Times. Because she was asking for that, too. (They later apologized.) source