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Girl, 5, Wins $500K Settlement in Latest Hot-Coffee Suit

She'll need lifelong medical care, parents say

(Newser) - The hot-coffee (and cider ) lawsuits keep rolling in. In the latest case, parents sued a Denny's location in Angola, New York, after their one-year-old daughter was burned by coffee. The now-5-year-old girl's case has been settled for at least $500,000. Parents Jose Adames and Sally Irizarry... More »

Goodfellas Actor: Simpsons Owes Me $250M

Frank Sivero sues Fox over Springfield Mafia character

(Newser) - The actor best known for playing mobster Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas says The Simpsons modeled a minor character on him—but Fox can settle accounts for a mere $250 million. A lawsuit from Frank Sivero alleges that Simpsons writers were living next door to him in 1989, when he was... More »

You May Be Liable for Kids' Facebook Posts

Court finds Georgia couple can be held liable for defamation of son's classmate

(Newser) - Parents who don't already pay close attention to their kids' Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia's Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children's online activity after a couple didn't force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street ... More »

Deacons Sue Pastor Who Had Affairs, Keeping AIDS Secret

Juan McFarland refuses to leave church

(Newser) - Despite a vote to oust him, pastor Juan McFarland has refused to leave his church in Montgomery, Ala.; now, deacons are suing to fire him. McFarland admitted he'd had affairs with parishioners on church property—without telling them he has AIDS, the AP reports. At that point, "we... More »

Suit Reveals Jimmy John's Insane Noncompete Clause

Basically bans ex-employees from working at any other restaurant for 2 years

(Newser) - As part of a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against sandwich chain Jimmy John's this summer, the employment agreement workers are made to sign has been revealed—and its noncompete clause is pretty crazy. Even low-wage sandwich makers and delivery drivers aren't exempt from the agreement, which the Huffington... More »

How to Get Your Share of a $13M Red Bull Payout

Company offers $10 or free products after false advertising lawsuit

(Newser) - If you purchased even a single can of Red Bull in the last 12 years, you could get $10 in cash or two free products. But it's not exactly because the energy drink giant is feeling generous: The offer is part of a $13 million settlement over false advertising... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

At Heart of Unusual Lawsuit: The Word 'How'

Chobani yogurt in trademark feud with business-ethics guru

(Newser) - A business-ethics expert is at war with a yogurt company, and the word "how" is at stake. Dov Seidman, a bestselling author who pushes for companies with a conscience, focuses his campaigns on "how" business is done; he's got a trademark on the word. Chobani yogurt is... More »

We Saw Terrorists Spying at Airport Way Before 9/11: Witnesses

Reports of al-Qaeda operatives surveying Logan were allegedly ignored

(Newser) - Three American Airlines employees reported spotting 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and at least one other man snooping around and videotaping security checkpoints at Boston's Logan Airport in May 2001—but no one did anything about it, according to newly released court papers cited in the New York Post . The... More »

How Louisiana Crippled a Vast Environmental Lawsuit

Historian John Barry is still fighting to restore state wetlands

(Newser) - A Louisiana historian wants oil and gas companies to help restore state wetlands that are vanishing by the day—but politicians are fighting him tooth and nail, the New York Times Magazine reports. John Barry, a gritty ex-weightlifter who writes US history books, watches in horror as Louisiana wetlands recede... More »

White Woman Given Sperm From Black Donor Sues

Mix-up making life hard in 'intolerant' town, she says

(Newser) - A lawsuit from a white woman in Ohio says that while she and her white partner love their "beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl," they definitely didn't order sperm from a black donor and the mix-up is making life tough in their "racially intolerant" all-white town. Jennifer... More »

Tracy Morgan: Walmart Is Blaming Me?

Statement from comedian hits back at chain's allegation in lawsuit

(Newser) - Walmart's new strategy of blaming Tracy Morgan for the injuries he suffered when a company truck plowed into his limo has caught the attention of Morgan himself. "After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out," reads a statement from the... More »

Megachurch Pastor May Sue Rappers

TD Jakes taking Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar to court

(Newser) - Megachurch pastor TD Jakes says rappers Young Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar violated God's law—and US law, too. The rappers' remix of "Holy Ghost" opens with a sample of a Jakes speech from last year, the New York Daily News reports, and Jakes says in a Facebook post... More »

Exec: Mets Fired Me for Having Baby Out of Wedlock

Woman says COO Jeff Wilpon humiliated her

(Newser) - An executive who says her former job handling ticket sales for the New York Mets was like "selling deck chairs on the Titanic" filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that the team's co-owner and COO got rid of her because she had a baby without being married, the New ... More »

Microsoft Dumps Widget Sued for 'Massive Infringement'

Company yanks Bing photo-collecting tool

(Newser) - A photo widget on Microsoft's Bing service has led to a lawsuit claiming "massive infringement" on copyright. Microsoft has removed the offending tool, which allowed users to post photos and slideshows onto their websites, Sky News reports. The images, collected via Bing, came from all over the Internet—... More »

Damage Unknown as Joan Rivers Brought Out of Coma

Family threatening to sue NYC clinic Yorkville Endoscopy

(Newser) - As doctors bring Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, there's some concern the comedian could end up "either a vegetable or in a wheelchair," the New York Daily News reports. That news has her family considering a lawsuit. Whether or not Rivers, 81, has suffered... More »

'Wage Theft' Lawsuits Are on the Rise

Workers say they're not getting their wages

(Newser) - More US workers are joining wage-theft lawsuits that accuse their bosses of failing to pay their proper hours or wages, the New York Times reports. "Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row," said a Mexican immigrant who joined a lawsuit against the Schneider trucking... More »

Site Will Fine You for Even Threatening a Bad Review

OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com sued over 'unenforceable' terms of sale

(Newser) - You think fining people $500 for a crummy hotel review is bad? OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com will take $250 from your pocket if you even threaten to leave a less-than-stellar review. Customers "agree not to file any complaint, chargeback, claim, dispute, or make ... any public statement regarding the order," or... More »

$40M Suit Claims Brutality by Cops in Ferguson

Lawsuit alleges 'wanton and excessive force' used against plaintiffs

(Newser) - A Missouri man who says he was just trying to get to his mom's house and a woman who says she was waiting for a ride and a sundae at McDonald's with her teenage son are among the five plaintiffs who have filed a $40 million lawsuit against... More »

Bobby Jindal Sues White House Over Common Core

Says education standards amount to nationalizing education

(Newser) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suing the Obama administration over Common Core education standards, arguing that they represent a federal effort to wrest control over education from the states, the AP reports. According to the suit filed today, the White House has "effectively force[d] states down a path toward... More »

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