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Prince Sues Over 'Grotesque' Versailles Art

Takashi Murakami says his works highlight palace's fanciful style

(Newser) - Off with their heads! A descendant of King Louis XIV is suing the managers of Versailles for a "vile" modern art exhibit in the hallowed halls of the famous abode of French royalty. Prince Sixte-Henri de Bourbon-Parme has taken the action to jettison Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami's cartoon... More »

Toyota Recall Spirals Into Lawsuit Frenzy

Car owners are suing over accidents and even lost value

(Newser) - The legal circus surrounding Toyota’s admitted safety issues has just begun, and could end up tacking billions more onto the final cost of the recall. Lawsuits are rolling in, and mainly fall into two camps: those seeking damages for accidents that may have been preventable, and those seeking compensation... More »

Developer Takes Down Mussolini iPhone App

It generated legal questions, protests —but might return

(Newser) - The developer of an iPhone application featuring Benito Mussolini—which became the most popular app in Italy—is withdrawing it over legal questions about the fair use of video and audio clips. Luigi Marino’s iMussolini also sparked not only protests from Jewish groups and others, but also hand-wringing from... More »

Grady Sizemore Wants Nudie Pics Off Web ... Now

Suddenly modest Indians outfielder sent risqué photos to girlfriend

(Newser) - Clearly unfamiliar with the saying about closing the barn door after the naked pictures are out, Cleveland Indian Grady Sizemore wants his racy cellphone photos back. The All-Star outfielder shared the steamy self-portraits with his girlfriend; how they wound up all over the Web is now a matter for investigators... More »

Hofstra Gang Rape Wasn't Rape—but It Wasn't OK

Drunken sexual encounters trivialize the problem of real rape

(Newser) - It’s clear now that the alleged Hofstra gang rape in a campus bathroom—in which a young woman said 5 guys tied her to a stall and attacked her—was not rape, by any legal definition. Confronted with a cell phone video, the woman recanted within 72 hours, admitting... More »

JD Salinger Moves to Block 'Sequel' to Catcher In Rye

Novel by 'JD California' may be a hoax

(Newser) - Lawyers for the famously reclusive author JD Salinger are considering legal action to block an unauthorized sequel to his classic The Catcher in the Rye, reports the Telegraph. The new novel, by a Swedish-American named John David California, is titled 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. It... More »

Spanish Judge to Investigate Torture at Gitmo

Declassified memos show there were abuses, Garzon says

(Newser) - A Spanish judge has launched a probe into allegations of torture at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, AFP reports. Baltasar Garzon initiated the investigation after reading statements by Spanish citizen Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed and three other prisoners about their treatment there. Garzon also said that the memos recently declassified... More »

Downturn's Latest Victim: the Billable Hour

Long a legal standard, clients are saying no to lengthy litigation

(Newser) - Might the billable hour—long the standard of measure for legal services—be on its way out? Law firms are rethinking their business models as the economic crisis makes clients more demanding, the New York Times reports. Firms are experimenting with alternative payment methods such as flat fees and percentages... More »

Emma Thompson, Others Try to Foil Heathrow Plans

Group opposed to plan aims to drag project into legal quicksand

(Newser) - A high-profile coalition led by Greenpeace has purchased a soccer field-sized piece of land intended to become part of a new runway for London’s Heathrow airport, the Times reports. The group intends to parcel out the land to thousands of individual owners, dragging out any attempt to buy it... More »

Official's Knock Irks Amputee Sprinter

Lawyers threaten after IAAF rep urges Olympic exclusion over safety

(Newser) - Lawyers for double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius responded aggressively after a track and field official recommended South Africa exclude him from its Olympic relay squad "for reasons of safety," the New York Times reports. Pistorius, 23, “reserves all rights and remedies” if track's governing body doesn't retract, noting... More »

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