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Jim Gaffigan Sued After Daughter's Soccer Ball Hits Guy

They were filming a commercial at the time

(Newser) - A Queens man working on a TV commercial shoot with Jim Gaffigan in 2016 says he was left unable to work after the comedian's daughter hit him in the head with a soccer ball. James Kent is now suing Gaffigan and others involved in the shoot for unspecified damages,... More »

Suit: MSU Knew About Video of Nassar Raping Teen in 1992

Former athletic director George Perles accused in cover-up

(Newser) - Michigan State University had knowledge of a videotape showing Larry Nassar raping a 17-year-old field hockey player some 25 years before his downfall, according to a new lawsuit. The federal suit filed Monday on behalf of several plaintiffs specifically describes Erika Davis visiting the MSU sports doctor for help with... More »

Son 'Horrified' When Cryogenic Firm Cuts Off Dad's Head

Kurt Pilgeram is suing Alcor, says company was supposed to preserve father's entire body

(Newser) - If medical science someday gains the ability to bring frozen dead people back to life, scientist Laurence Pilgeram is in for a nasty surprise. According to a lawsuit filed by his son, Kurt Pilgeram, cryogenics company Alcor froze only the elder Pilgeram's head after his death, when he had... More »

Brad Pitt Just Got Sued Over His Effort to Help New Orleans

Homes built by the actor's foundation after Hurricane Katrina are falling apart, says lawsuit

(Newser) - Brad Pitt earned a lot of admiration in New Orleans when his Make It Right Foundation began building affordable homes for residents in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. The goodwill might be gone. Two residents sued the foundation Friday, and the proposed class-action suit makes a simple claim:... 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 »

Suit: I Tried to Help My Unconscious Customer, Got Arrested

Eatery owner sues NYPD, says he was arrested for being 'business owner while black'

(Newser) - The NYPD has been accused of "testilying" in the past, and now a Harlem restaurant owner and two of his workers are suing over an incident last year. Clyde Pemberton, who owns the high-end MIST Harlem, says in his lawsuit that he was arrested June 1, 2017, for being... More »

Surgeon Leaves Needle in Patient; He Later Dies: Suit

Family is now suing the hospital

(Newser) - The family of a Tennessee man who died shortly after a surgeon left a needle inside his chest cavity has sued the hospital, the AP reports. The Tennessean reports 73-year-old John Burns Johnson had open heart surgery at TriStar Centennial Hospital on May 2017. After about nine hours of surgery,... More »

They Gave a Homeless Man a Place to Live. Now He's Suing

Johnny Bobbitt says couple is using donated funds as 'piggy bank'

(Newser) - The Philadelphia couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless veteran are using the fund as their "personal piggy bank," lawyers for Johnny Bobbitt Jr. write in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Though lawyers say Bobbitt is staying at a hotel during a third stint in rehab,... More »

Calif. Fire Chief: Verizon Slowed Our Data as We Fought Blaze

Led to 'significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,' lawsuit declaration says

(Newser) - Anxiety over how the absence of net neutrality rules could affect things has manifested itself in California. Ars Technica reports on a new lawsuit that includes a statement from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden alleging Verizon throttled the fire department's data services (specifically tied to its vehicle... More »

Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder: Botched Surgery Killed Career

Marty Balin sues operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital

(Newser) - A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016. A lawsuit filed by Marty Balin against the operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital alleges the singer and guitarist lost part of his... More »

Tinder Co-Founders, Execs Sue App's Owners for $2B

They say parent company undervalued app

(Newser) - The co-founders of the dating app Tinder, along with eight other current and former executives, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against IAC/InterActiveCorp and its Match Group subsidiary for allegedly bilking them by manipulating financial information to create a lowball estimate of Tinder's value, the AP reports. They are seeking at... More »

Ex-Groundskeeper Wins $289M From Monsanto: Case 'Bigger Than Me'

Dewayne Johnson wins suit against company in San Francisco

(Newser) - A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to an ex-school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson's suit was the first of thousands of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging... More »

NRA: We're in Deep Trouble

The non-profit blames New York state for its losses

(Newser) - The NRA is crying foul in its legal battle with New York state and says it may have to close up shop, Rolling Stone reports. Battling New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulators since May, the NRA blames a state-championed "blacklisting campaign" for draining the... More »

Tesla's Alleged Saboteur Says Batteries Were Glued

Martin Tripp denies writing hacking software in countersuit

(Newser) - The technician accused of stealing data from Tesla's battery factory in Nevada is countersuing his former employer and CEO Elon Musk for defamation. "Tesla has made several false and defamatory statements about [Martin] Tripp in an effort to discredit him," a lawyer says. The Guardian specifically mentions... More »

Duck Boat Operators Ignored Weather Alerts: $100M Suit

Faulty canopies, pumps also cited in complaint against owners, operators of Missouri vessel

(Newser) - A lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages has been filed against the owners and operators of a duck boat that sank July 19 on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The federal lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of two members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when... More »

Insurance Companies to Weinstein: Forget About It

Accused rapist is locked in a legal battle with his insurers

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein is locked in a messy battle with insurance companies over his steadily mounting legal bills, the AP reports. The insurance giant Chubb and other carriers that wrote liability policies for Weinstein and his film company are arguing in court that they shouldn't have to pay for his... More »

'Climate Kids' Lawsuit Beats the Government, Again

But NYC loses a climate case and Baltimore jumps into the legal fray

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change is still alive, the AP reports. In San Francisco on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government's second request for an order directing a lower court to... More »

Weinstein Asks Judge to Toss Ashley Judd Lawsuit

His lawyers say alleged harassment wasn't 'pervasive'

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit against him , saying allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless and were filed far too late, the AP reports. In the federal court filing in Los Angeles, the... More »

Women Awarded $4.7B in Talc Powder Lawsuit

They said asbestos in product contributed to cancer

(Newser) - A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. This was the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder,... More »

Judge Delivers Bad News to Makers of Roundup

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging a link to cancer move forward

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of lawsuits by people attributing their cancer to the weed-killer Roundup can proceed to trial, reports Reuters . Despite referring to expert opinions that active ingredient glyphosate causes cancer as "shaky," US District Judge Vince Chhabria concluded that a jury might find... More »

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