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Fox Anchor Sues Hasbro for Naming Rodent After Her

Harris Faulkner says toy hamster was 'demeaning and insulting'

(Newser) - If Harris Faulkner were a 9-year-old girl, she might have been tickled to have a Hasbro toy named after her. But the 49-year-old Fox Report Weekend anchor is suing the toy company for bestowing her moniker on its Harris Faulkner hamster, part of its "Pet Pawsabilities" line for the... More »

Bought Tuna Recently? StarKist May Owe You Money

If you purchased one of 4 varieties between 2009 and 2014

(Newser) - Sorry, Charlie, time to pay up. StarKist is offering $25 in cash or $50 in free tuna to eligible consumers as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement worth a total of $12 million, the New York Times reports. Those who meet the qualifications—namely, that they're US residents who... More »

Group to Calif. Water Bottling Plant: See You in Court

Nonprofit wants an environmental impact report from Crystal Geyser

(Newser) - Complaints about a planned bottled water plant in Mount Shasta, Calif., have been cemented in a lawsuit. Nonprofit group We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (WATER) claims Crystal Geyser doesn't have the proper permits and is violating land-use provisions in getting the plant up and running in a drought, reports... More »

Michael Jordan's Latest Big Win: $9M Lawsuit

Chicago jury gives Bulls icon hefty payday over use of his name

(Newser) - Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan's identity handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission. The amount was close to the $10 million his... More »

Parents Sue After Doctors Decide Their Child Is a Girl

Pam and Mark Crawford say intersex surgeries raise important issue of consent

(Newser) - Pam and Mark Crawford of Greenville, SC, adopted MC when he was just 20 months old and then considered female. Born with "true hermaphroditism" or both male and female anatomy—including a penis, vagina, testicle, and ovarian tissue—doctors had performed surgery to remove MC's male anatomy two... More »

Neighbors Sue Family Who Gained Fame Feeding Crows

Say they're now plagued by constant cawing, feces, rats

(Newser) - A sweet BBC story in February documented the relationship between 8-year-old Gabi Mann of Seattle and her close bond with the crows in her neighborhood: Since 2013, she'd been feeding them daily, sometimes even offering them her own lunch, then collecting the "gifts" they'd bring back for... More »

Restaurant Whose Thing Is 'Flying Rolls' Is Sued Over Them

'The Home of Throwed Rolls' lives up to its name

(Newser) - How much liability does an establishment known as the "Home of Throwed Rolls" have when the bread starts flying and things allegedly go wrong? That may be for a jury to decide after a woman filed suit against Missouri-based restaurant chain Lambert's Cafe on Tuesday, claiming one of... More »

Man Sues After Ex Uses His Sperm to Get Pregnant

Layne Hardin says contract stated his sperm would go to another

(Newser) - Layne Hardin says his frozen sperm was always to go to Kathy LeBlanc. The pair had one child together, and in case they wanted a second, Hardin stored his sperm at a Houston fertility clinic in 2002, when the couple were domestic partners, before getting a vasectomy, reports ABC News... More »

40 Interns Sue Olsen Twins, Claim Long Hours, No Pay

Complaint accuses twins' company of wage theft, demanding work conditions

(Newser) - Performing menial tasks around the clock for no pay is the main complaint in a class-action lawsuit brought by 40 current and past interns at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's company, USA Today reports—a working environment in which interns were forced to, as Gothamist frames it, "suffer numerous... More »

College Demands Sexual History of Alleged Rape Victim

Virginia Wesleyan College wants names of anyone she's ever had relationship with

(Newser) - A woman is suing Virginia Wesleyan College for $10 million after she says she was drugged and raped during freshman orientation in 2012, but the school is digging in. The college's lawyers have been battling with a lawyer for the student, "Jane Doe," for her complete sexual... More »

Sterling Sues TMZ, Galpal Over Infamous Audiotape

Says it violated his right to privacy, was edited

(Newser) - Donald Sterling has filed another lawsuit, this one against TMZ and ex-galpal V. Stiviano, claiming the release of that infamous audiotape violated his right to privacy and caused damage on a "scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude," per the AP . Sterling argues the audio was "illicitly" recorded... More »

Teen Detained for Nearly 40 Days in Snowball Incident

Dominique Rondeau, 18, was held for tossing an icy one

(Newser) - A teenager who spent nearly 40 days in custody before a judge cleared him of throwing a dangerous snowball is suing the Detroit school district, saying his rights were violated by a malicious prosecution. Dominique Rondeau, now 18, was accused of throwing an icy snowball that shattered the windshield of... More »

$8M Lawsuit Filed Over Blackbeard's Pirate Ship

And that $8M could go up, Florida-based company says

(Newser) - The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's sunken ship off the North Carolina coast has sued the state for more than $8 million, saying officials violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck and recovery. Florida-based Intersal Inc. also says in the lawsuit filed today that the amount... More »

Lawsuit: Almond Milk Has Almost No Almonds in It

Filing against leading brand Almond Breeze alleges only 2%

(Newser) - The label on Almond Breeze milk says "made with real almonds," which is true. It just doesn't say how many almonds, and a class-action lawsuit filed in New York on July 14 alleges that they account for only 2% per carton, reports Food Navigator . The rest is... More »

Odd Suit Involves e-Cigarettes, Fruit Stripe Gum

TrinitySun using gum brand's trademarks to sell e-liquid: lawsuit

(Newser) - A candy company is downright bitter over an online e-cigarette company it says ripped off its trademarks. Ferrara Candy is suing TrinitySun, which operates www.evape.us , claiming the company sold an e-liquid mimicking its well-known Fruit Stripe gum, reports the Chicago Tribune . Ferrara says it contacted TrinitySun several times... More »

Zuckerberg Private Eye Was Out to Intimidate: Developer

Mircea Voskerician makes claim in recent court filing

(Newser) - An ongoing battle between Mark Zuckerberg and a real estate developer is getting nastier—and a little weird. Developer Mircea Voskerician, who is suing the Facebook founder , says a Zuckerberg-hired private detective tried to intimidate a friend of Voskerician's and witness in the suit, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit hinges... More »

Suit: $12K Sapphire Ring Worn for 15 Years a $30 Dud

NC woman beside herself over 1999 birthday present that turned out to be fake

(Newser) - For more than 15 years, Mary Ellen Frabizzio showed off her 4-carat pink sapphire ring, a glittering beauty with diamond baguettes and a gold mounting that her husband had presented to her for her birthday in 1999. "I went nuts," she tells the News Journal . "I was... More »

Schools, Parents Lawyer Up Over After-School Clubs

In New Zealand, some parents are ready to sue

(Newser) - Parents and school officials in New Zealand have turned to lawyers over the question of which students will be allowed into school musicals and sports clubs, the New Zealand Herald reports. The news that school principals, government officials, and government lawyers are huddling to plan legal strategy follows a few... More »

Arizona, Families of 19 Dead 'Hotshots' Reach Deal

State also promises more training after tragic 2013 deaths of elite firefighters

(Newser) - Today marks the two-year anniversary of the deaths of 19 elite firefighters in an out-of-control Arizona wildfire, and it also brings a measure of closure as the state of Arizona announced today it has settled two lawsuits against the state's Forestry Division for more than $600,000 to the... More »

Woman Wins $18M From Wall Street Boss in Sex Case

Hanna Bouveng said Benjamin Wey coerced her into 4 sexual encounters

(Newser) - A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal, and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury yesterday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York... More »

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