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5 Years Later, SeaWorld Still Paying for Blackfish

$5M settlement resolves fraud claims brought by SEC

(Newser) - SeaWorld will pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the theme park misled investors by downplaying the impact that the 2013 documentary Blackfish had on its reputation and business. Per the Wall Street Journal , former CEO James Atchison will also pay more than $1 million as part of a... More »

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to Pay $145K Over Vaginal Eggs

The eggs themselves are OK, just not the way they were advertised

(Newser) - If you don't buy the idea that inserting an egg-shaped stone into your vagina can do wonders for your health and hormones, well, neither did 10 California counties. They're part of the state's Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force, and they banded together to sue the... More »

'Flesh-Eating Bug' Left Man With 1.5-Inch Penis

'The little that's left just doesn't function anymore'

(Newser) - A UK cancer patient who lost all but an inch and a half of his penis to a flesh-eating infection, leaving him unable to have sex, is being compensated to the tune of six figures. The undisclosed sum was awarded to Andrew Lane, 63, who contracted necrotising fasciitis after his... More »

White Cop Who Claimed Racial Bias Gets Payout

The $65K is much less than Michigan's Cleon Brown wanted

(Newser) - A white Michigan police officer who accused fellow cops of "straight-up racism" will receive a $65,000 settlement, though he's not exactly pleased. Sgt. Cleon Brown, a 19-year veteran with the Hastings Police Department, initially demanded $500,000 from the city in a lawsuit claiming he was subject... More »

Lance Armstrong Settles $100M Lawsuit for Far Less

He also has to pay legal costs of Floyd Landis

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has put his last legal action behind him, settling the federal government's $100 million lawsuit for $5 million. The government had been seeking damages under the False Claims Act because the disgraced cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs while his team was sponsored by the US Postal Service, CNN... More »

Hidden Amount Bill Cosby Paid Andrea Constand Is Revealed

Both sides intend to use the figure in the retrial

(Newser) - Day one of Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges was markedly different than his first go-round, beginning with a topless protester who barreled toward him outside a Pennsylvania courthouse and evident in the prosecution's revelation of what he paid accuser Andrea Constand to settle her 2005 lawsuit.... More »

Ex-Trump U Students Will Finally Get Paid

President avoids trial as $25M settlement is approved

(Newser) - A lengthy legal battle between Donald Trump and Trump University students, who say they paid thousands of dollars for real estate "secrets" they never received, is finally over. On Tuesday, an appeals court in San Francisco approved a $25 million settlement reached last year while rejecting an appeal from... More »

WSJ: Steve Wynn Paid Woman $7.5M Using 'Entity Y'

Paper says the LLC was created in 2005 to handle settlement funds

(Newser) - In its bombshell report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn, the Wall Street Journal alleged that a manicurist who said she was forced to have sex with Wynn walked away with a $7.5 million settlement. In a new report, the Journal details just how that... More »

Report: $100K in Taxpayer Funds Settled Misconduct Claim

Congress paid it out quietly in Eric Massa case

(Newser) - People who argue that Congress needs to be a lot more transparent about sexual harassment cases may have a new Exhibit A—the Eric Massa case. Sources tell ABC News that the Congressional Office of Compliance quietly paid around $100,000 in taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims against... More »

Philando Castile's Girlfriend to Get $800K

Some of the money will be put in trust for her daughter, who also witnessed Castile's death

(Newser) - The girlfriend of a black Minnesota man shot and killed by a police officer last year is set to receive $800,000 in settlements over his death, the New York Daily News reports. Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car with 32-year-old Philando Castile on July 6,... More »

Rep. Conyers: Yes, I Settled, but I'm Innocent

Congressman confirms payment to woman who accused him of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Michigan Rep. John Conyers confirms that he did indeed pay a settlement to a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, though he continues to deny the allegations. "My office resolved the allegations—with an express denial of liability—in order to save all involved from the rigors of... More »

Report: Rep Paid $27K to Keep Sex Misconduct Claim Quiet

Woman says she was fired for rejecting John Conyers' advances

(Newser) - The latest allegation of sleazy behavior on Capitol Hill involves Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House. According to BuzzFeed , the Michigan Democrat's office paid $27,000 in 2015 to settle a sexual misconduct complaint from a woman who said she was fired for rejecting his advances.... More »

He Ate a Krispy Kreme in His Car. Now He's $37K Richer

Fla. man wrongly arrested for meth possession now has a hefty settlement for his troubles

(Newser) - Good Samaritan takes a friend to chemo: check. Good Samaritan drives a fellow churchgoer home: check. Good Samaritan arrested and jailed for having crystal meth in his car that turned out to be flakes from a doughnut: Wait, what? This all happened in one day to Daniel Rushing in Orlando... More »

6 Most Extreme Claims From New R. Kelly Accuser

Jim DeRogatis is back, with an interview with Jerhonda Pace

(Newser) - As far as journalists go, Jim DeRogatis has long been a thorn in R. Kelly's side , and he pricked him again in July with a bombshell report for BuzzFeed that alleged the 50-year-old singer is keeping young women in an abusive "cult" at his various properties (at least... More »

Child Who Had Gender Forced Upon Him Will Get $440K

Settlement in 'landmark' lawsuit reached

(Newser) - A child who as an infant underwent surgery aimed at assigning his gender as female but who now identifies as male will get a hefty payout in what BuzzFeed calls a "landmark" settlement. Under the deal , the Medical University of South Carolina and the state's social services department... More »

They Say Manus Island Was 'Hell.' Now Australia Will Pay

Country will pay $52M if deal is approved

(Newser) - Australia has agreed to pay $52 million to 1,900 refugees and asylum seekers kept in one of its heavily criticized offshore detention centers, which could lead to more settlements with detainees from other camps , reports CNN . If approved by a court, the settlement will cover $20 million in legal... More »

Melania Trump Wanted $150M From Tabloid, Got $3M

Settlement with 'Daily Mail' paper and site did get her retractions and an apology, though

(Newser) - Melania Trump just made the Daily Mail and Mail Online pay up on her libel claims. Per the Guardian , the newspaper and website have apologized and fully retracted and withdrawn "false and defamatory" allegations about the first lady made in an article originally published last August, a statement noted... More »

Ex-Trump U Students Have Reason to Celebrate

Judge just OKed a $25M settlement, ending 7 years in court

(Newser) - A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate. US District Judge Gonzalo... More »

Family of Teen Who Drank Liquid Meth at Border Gets $1M

It was 'the most inhuman kind of cruelty,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection has paid $1 million to the family of a Mexican teen who died three years ago after sipping liquid meth at the US-Mexico border. Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo, 16, was traveling through the pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Nov. 18,... More »

'Smart Vibrator' Maker Settles Suit From Outraged Users

Users complained it was sending data back to company

(Newser) - The makers of an internet-connected sex toy that harvested data about its users' intimate moments have settled a lawsuit from outraged customers. Standard Innovation Corp., the company behind the "We-Vibe" smart vibrator, has agreed to pay up to $10,000 to customers who used a smartphone app that allowed... More »

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