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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 »

Trump's Longtime Personal Driver Sues Over 'Callous' Treatment

He says he was denied raises, stiffed for overtime pay

(Newser) - President Trump's longtime personal driver says the billionaire exploited him in an "utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement." Noel Cintron is suing the Trump Organization, claiming he was stiffed for around 3,300 hours in overtime over six years and didn't receive a "... More »

Crew Member: Johnny Depp Punched Me Twice on Film Set

Former 'City of Lies' location manager files lawsuit against actor

(Newser) - A film crew member is alleging in a lawsuit that Johnny Depp twice punched him on the Los Angeles set of a movie about the killing of the Notorious BIG, the AP reports. The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by location manager Gregg "Rocky" Brooks... More »

Statue of Liberty Goof Costs the USPS $3.5M

It used an image of a Las Vegas version in its 2011 stamp

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service's money woes just got $3.5 million worse, and the Statue of Liberty is to blame. A judge ruled last week that the agency did commit copyright infringement when it used an image of Robert S. Davidson's Statue of Liberty on a stamp... More »

Lawsuit: 22 Girls Were Strip-Searched in Choir Class

A Fifth Circuit court of appeals sends the case to court

(Newser) - The mothers of two girls who were allegedly strip-searched in a Houston middle school will get their day in court after all, KTRK reports. The two moms say their girls' civil rights were violated when nurses at Lanier Middle School looked under the clothing of 22 female students for $50... More »

Suit: Sheeran's Grammy-Winning Song Isn't His

Company alleging copyright infringement wants $100M

(Newser) - Ed Sheeran has another copyright infringement lawsuit to add to the pile. In the latest case, the singer is accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye's " Let's Get It On ," which Gaye wrote with Edward Townsend in 1973 , per TMZ. Structured Asset Sales, which claims to have... More »

Model 'Massacred' by Bedbugs Sues Hilton

Sabrina Jales St. Pierre claims 'psychological trauma' from infestation

(Newser) - A woman who's modeled for Valentino, Versace, and Victoria's Secret is suing a Hilton hotel in California, claiming she was "massacred" by bedbugs. Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre says she had a severe reaction to bedbug bites that required medical attention and affected her ability to... More »

17 States Sue Trump Over Family Separations

'The administration's practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple'

(Newser) - Seventeen states, including Washington, New York, and California, sued President Trump's administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the US-Mexico border. The states, all of which are led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, DC, in filing the lawsuit... More »

Her Principal Gave Her a Poker Chip. Hours Later, She Was Dead

Mallory Grossman's parents sue, say school's failures led to bullied 12-year-old taking her life

(Newser) - "It changes your DNA," Dianne Grossman told reporters Tuesday. The New Jersey mother was speaking on the suicide of her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory, who died last June after what her parents say was a relentless bullying campaign by classmates at Copeland Middle School. Now, per the Star-Ledger , Grossman... More »

Surprising Tweet Follows Lawsuit From Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut sues family, foundation, but they say they think someone may be manipulating him

(Newser) - The first sign something was amiss in Buzz Aldrin's world came Monday, when a tweet was sent out via the Twitter account the famed Apollo 11 astronaut hasn't used much in recent weeks. "Hey Twittersphere, pls RT @buzzs_xtina was terminated and does NOT represent Buzz Aldrin in... More »

Child Immigrant: I Was Strapped to Chair for 60 Hours

Federal lawsuit alleges abuse at Virginia detention center

(Newser) - Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and left nude and shivering for long periods in solitary confinement. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton are detailed in a federal lawsuit that includes... More »

USDA Cyanide Trap Injures Teen, Kills Pet

Idaho teen still has headaches from cyanide poisoning, lawsuit states

(Newser) - An Idaho teenager is still experiencing headaches more than a year after he was poisoned by a cyanide trap government workers placed just 300 yards from his home, his family says in a lawsuit. Canyon Mansfield, 15, experienced cyanide poisoning symptoms including vomiting for weeks after he accidentally set off... More »

After Waking to Find Unwanted Breast Implants, She Sued

Donna Finegan-White opted to have a mastectomy in October 2014

(Newser) - A UK woman went into the hospital in October 2014 to have a double mastectomy and woke to find she had breasts—and sued over it. Donna Finegan-White alleged that upon emerging from the elective surgery, which she opted to have due to a family history of breast cancer, she... More »

Suit: Harvard Has Skewed View of Asian-American Applicants

School is accused of unfair admission policies

(Newser) - Harvard evaluates prospective students based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, outside activities, and personality characteristics, such as likeability and kindness. But according to an affirmative action lawsuit filed by a group representing Asian-American students, the school consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than other groups on personal qualities,... More »

Court: Woman Carried Out 'Despicable' Sabotage of Boyfriend's Music Career

She faked rejection letter after he was awarded scholarship

(Newser) - In 2014, an extremely promising young clarinetist in Canada beat dozens of other applicants to become one of two people awarded a full scholarship to complete a degree at Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles under highly esteemed teacher Yehuda Gilad. But Eric Abramovitz never saw the acceptance email... More »

He Got a Text and She Read It. Now She's Suing Him

Woman sues Delta Sigma Phi and members, including her ex, over sharing of sex tapes

(Newser) - One of "many" women to have her sexual photos and videos shared among members of the University of Central Florida's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in a private Facebook group called the "Dog Pound" is fighting back, says lawyer Michael Avenatti. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Kathryn Novak... More »

New York Attorney General: Trump Foundation Is a Sham

Barbara Underwood sues to shut it down, prevent Trumps from leading other charities

(Newser) - New York's new attorney general came down hard on President Trump, the foundation that bears his name, and his three eldest children on Thursday. Barbara Underwood sued all of the above, alleging that the Donald J. Trump Foundation hasn't functioned as the charity it was set up to... More »

Late Comedian's Family Sues Over Trek's 'Farley' Fat Tires

Complaint says Trek Bicycles is capitalizing on late actor's 'fat guy' brand

(Newser) - The family of late comedian and film star Chris Farley has filed a federal lawsuit against Trek Bicycle for naming its fat-tired bikes "Farley," saying the Wisconsin-based bike company misappropriated Farley's name and traded on his "fat guy" brand of comedy, the AP reports. Farley, who... More »

McDonald's Sued for $5M Over 2 Slices of Cheese

Lawyer says up to 25M customers may have been subject to unfair charge

(Newser) - They didn't want cheese on their Quarter Pounders. They claim they had to pay for it anyway—a cost of up to $1—and now want $5 million for the trouble. That's according to a new lawsuit filed by two Florida residents against McDonald's, which should be... More »

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