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Fixer Upper Star Sued for More Than $1M

Chip Gaines' former business partners say he kept TV deal a secret

(Newser) - The star of HGTV's Fixer Upper is being sued for more than $1 million by his former business partners, E! News reports. John Lewis and Richard Clark claim Chip Gaines pressured and threatened them into selling their shares in Magnolia Real Estate to him for $2,500 each two... More »

Married Mom Accused of Raping Teen at School

School janitor Jessica Galyon allegedly harassed boy while students, faculty teased

(Newser) - The family of a 16-year-old Tennessee boy has filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against Roane County Schools and contractor Compass One Services of Tennessee for negligence after they say a female janitor at the teen's former high school raped him during school hours, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.... More »

Guy Sues R. Kelly for Having Affair With His Wife

The wife has filed for divorce, husband blames Kelly

(Newser) - R. Kelly is being sued as an alleged homewrecker: Kenny Bryant of Mississippi filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming that Bryant's wife, Asia Childress, was romantically involved with Kelly before marrying Bryant. Bryant says that she claimed her relationship with the singer was over, but then she went... More »

Duo Punked Morning TV Show. Now They're Being Sued

TV station owner not laughing after 'strongman' duo's act on Wisconsin show

(Newser) - To a pair of pranksters who showed up on a Wisconsin morning-television program, they were just having a bit of harmless fun. To Gray Television, which owns the station they appeared on, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are guilty of fraud, copyright infringement, and conspiracy to commit a wrongful act,... More »

Cherokees Sue: CVS, Walmart 'Flooded' Them With Opioids

Cherokee Nation files complaint against 6 companies in tribal court over Okla. 'epidemic'

(Newser) - Native American communities experience some of the highest substance-abuse rates in the US: Babies are born addicted to prescription drugs due to exposure in utero, while Native American high school students take OxyContin at much higher rates than other teens, per NPR . Now the Cherokee Nation is fighting back in... More »

13 Now Accuse Fox of Racial Bias

Network 'vehemently' denies the claims

(Newser) - Eleven current or former Fox News employees are alleging "abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination" at the network already laden with sexual harassment complaints. Most have joined a lawsuit filed last month by two payroll staffers accusing comptroller Judith Slater of "top-down racial harassment." The latest... More »

Lawsuit Accuses Bose Headphones of Spying on Us

Or, of spying on those users who downloaded the Bose Connect app

(Newser) - Sometimes apps enhance products, but sometimes they also unlock access to a user's private activity. (Remember those vibrators ?) A lawsuit filed in Chicago Tuesday alleges that headphone maker Bose is doing just that with its Bose Connect app—spying on its consumers' listening habits and gathering data it... More »

Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions

He says he hasn't been able to work for over a year

(Newser) - An NHL linesman who hasn't been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during... More »

Man Believed to Be First DACA Deportee Sues US

Juan Manuel Montes says he was 'scared and confused' when stopped by US officials

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man sued the federal government over his deportation to Mexico, saying he was entitled to remain in the US under a program shielding people who came to the country as young children. Juan Manuel Montes' attorneys say their client is believed to be the first known person who... More »

She Survived 3.5K-Foot Fall, Just Won $760K Over It

Texas teen Makenzie Wethington says parachute malfunctioned

(Newser) - A Texas girl whose 16th birthday present almost killed her has been awarded $760,000—more than $200 for each of the approximately 3,500 feet she plunged after her parachute malfunctioned. Makenzie Wethington, now 19, suffered internal injuries as well as a broken pelvis, lumbar spine, and shoulder blade... More »

Suit: Snapchat CEO Said App Was 'Only for Rich People'

Evan Spiegel didn't want to expand in 'poor countries like India and Spain': complaint

(Newser) - Snapchat's "elusive" CEO may want to stay under the radar until the latest hubbub surrounding something he supposedly said clears up. Business Insider reports that Snap chief Evan Spiegel is being sued by Anthony Pompliano, who worked for the company for just a few weeks in 2015, with... More »

Sylvia Plath Letters Make Dark Allegation About Ted Hughes

Poet wrote that she miscarried two days after he beat her

(Newser) - It's long been known that American poet Sylvia Plath, who was married to the English poet Ted Hughes, suffered a miscarriage with their second child in 1961, a year before the poets separated. But now, unpublished letters Plath wrote to her former therapist and friend Dr. Ruth Barnhouse between... More »

Stallone Sues Warner Bros. Over Demolition Man

Actor is suing 'greedy studio' for missing profits

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone might've found a new punching bag. The actor is suing Warner Bros. for fraud, claiming the "greedy" studio failed to pay him profits owed for the 1993 film Demolition Man. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Stallone was to receive at least 15% of the film'... 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 »

Seattle Mayor Hit by Sex-Abuse Allegations

Suit says Ed Murray molested crack-addicted teen in '80s; 2 more accusers come forward

(Newser) - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually molesting a teenage high-school dropout in the 1980s, the AP reports. Two other men tell the Seattle Times that Murray abused them in the 1980s, when they lived in an Oregon center for troubled children. The allegations were... More »

Employee's Yelp Review on Competitor Costs Him $34.5K

'Incensed' rival did his own detective work to find out who posted phony review

(Newser) - "No one should have to go through this, not children, adults, elderly," Stephen Blumberg tells CBS Boston , and a jury apparently agreed with him. The cause of Blumberg's emotional turmoil: a fake, "inflammatory" Yelp review of his Massachusetts jewelry store posted by the son of a... More »

School District to Pay $100K Over 'Drunk Goggles' Injury

Teen broke her ankle while wearing goggles to simulate drunkenness

(Newser) - A Utah school district agreed to pay $100,000 to the family of a teenage girl who was injured while wearing goggles to simulate drunkenness in a 2014 health class experiment, the AP reports. The Davis School District will put more than $61,000 into a trust account for Kylie... More »

Riot Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Green Light

Judge says it's 'plausible' he incited violence

(Newser) - The Russia investigations aren't the only fallout from his successful campaign that President Trump is still dealing with. A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit from three protesters who accuse Trump of inciting a riot during a campaign rally in Kentucky last year can go ahead with their... More »

Man Documents 8K-Mile 'Ride From Hell' in Prison Van

David Hastings suing company for cruel and unusual punishment

(Newser) - A man accused of violating a protective order for his ex-wife and kids (he admits he and his teen daughter exchanged Facebook messages) was extradited from California to Florida to face those charges—but David Hastings says his 15-day, 8,000-mile ride across 31 states was the "ride from... More »

Guy Sues After Asking for Butter, Getting Fake Butter

He won a settlement against Dunkin' Donuts owners

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man who sued a pair of Dunkin' Donuts owners because he said he was given a butter substitute when he asked for real butter on his bagel has won a settlement, the AP reports. The Boston Globe reports that Jan Polanik's suits name two companies that together... More »

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