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RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6B in Smoking Lawsuit

Lawyer: Jury message is 'tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people'

(Newser) - RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a... More »

Actor, Macy's Settle Racial Profiling Lawsuit

Robert Brown settles, but no terms disclosed

(Newser) - One of the people who says he experienced racial profiling at Macy's just so happens to be an actor—and his lawsuit against the company, which made headlines last summer, has now been settled. Robert Brown, who appeared on HBO's Treme, said he bought a $1,300 watch... More »

Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google

Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble

(Newser) - Apparently in France, writing a negative review can land you in deep merde—at least if that review gets too popular. A French judge has fined a blogger more than $3,000 because her bad review of a restaurant ranked too highly in that restaurant's Google search results, the... More »

San Diego Strippers: Cops Made Us Pose for Photos

30 dancers sue city, police chief

(Newser) - In San Diego, strip clubs must submit to "regular inspections" by police—but 30 strippers are suing the city and the police chief over "raids" that, they say, went way too far. In three visits over the course of this year and last, the lawsuit filed yesterday alleges,... More »

Lawsuit: Mental Hospital Held Sane Man for 20 Years

John Montin was misdiagnosed as delusional, doctor says

(Newser) - A man who says he was never mentally ill is suing doctors who kept him in a Nebraska psychiatric ward for nearly 20 years, the AP reports. John Montin, 52, is seeking roughly $33 million in damages and lost wages, saying doctors incorrectly diagnosed him as delusional and gave him... More »

Jesse Ventura's Suit Against Dead Navy SEAL Begins

'American Sniper' author said he punched out the ex-governor

(Newser) - A truly strange court proceeding kicked off in Minnesota this week, as former governor/professional wrestler Jesse Ventura brought his defamation suit against murdered American Sniper author Chris Kyle. The Washington Post has a great recap of the dispute, which stems from Kyle's 2012 book. In it, Kyle writes that... More »

Baseball Fan Busted Napping Sues ESPN

Andrew Rector also suing Yankees, MLB, 2 announcers for defamation

(Newser) - There's no napping in baseball. When 26-year-old Yankees fan Andrew Rector fell asleep during a game against the Red Sox on April 13, an ESPN cameraman lingered on his snoozing face and two announcers launched into a diatribe that included the words "stupor, stupid, fatty, and unintelligent"—... More »

Lawyers: Judge OKs NFL Concussion Settlement

Critics say league is still getting off lightly

(Newser) - A federal judge today granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by US District Judge Anita Brody came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned... More »

Rapper: Katy Perry Used My Song as 'Witchcraft'

Flame claims she stole his music for 'Dark Horse'

(Newser) - First Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" angered Muslims ; now it's drawn the ire of a Christian rapper. Flame and his producers this week filed suit against Perry, claiming she stole his 2008 song, "Joyful Noise," Celebuzz reports—and, as if that's not bad enough, the... More »

Lindsay Lohan Suing ... Over Grand Theft Auto

Says character was based on her without her permission

(Newser) - Lacey Jonas looks like Lindsay Lohan. She has a clothing line like Lindsay Lohan's. She dresses and accessorizes like Lindsay Lohan. She hangs out at the Chateau Marmont like Lindsay Lohan. Who is she? A character in Grand Theft Auto V, which is why Lohan is now suing the... More »

Academy Sues Winner's Heirs for Selling His Oscar

The Academy is not pleased with auction

(Newser) - Once you win an Oscar, that golden statuette is yours to do with as you please ... right? Wrong. One of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' bylaws states that before a member can sell an Oscar, they must first offer it to the Academy for $10. And the... More »

Tinder Co-Founder's Suit: I Was Called a 'Whore'

Other co-founder suspended over flap

(Newser) - A tech startup that's all about dating is now embroiled in a lawsuit and scandal sure to remind you what you hate about dating. Tinder co-founder and former marketing VP Whitney Wolfe is suing the dating-app company for sexual harassment, based in large part on the behavior of fellow... More »

Black Worker: I Was Fired Over 'Racist' Paint Names

Ex-Benjamin Moore employee is suing the company

(Newser) - A former worker at Benjamin Moore paints says he got fired after complaining about "racially insulting" paint-color names like "Clinton Brown" and "Tucker Chocolate"—and he's suing the company for it, the Daily Caller reports. Clinton Tucker, a black 34-year-old who identifies in the suit... More »

Obama to Boehner: Instead of Suing, Do Your Job

President dismisses lawsuit as a 'stunt'

(Newser) - Barack Obama isn't exactly quaking in his boots over John Boehner's lawsuit threat , at least not publicly. "The suit is a stunt," the president told George Stephanopoulos at ABC . "I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing.... More »

Lawsuit: We Threw Out $1M Lotto Ticket

Men say New Jersey failed to update website

(Newser) - Imagine realizing that you'd bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million—and that you'd thrown it away. Two New York men don't have to imagine, because they say it happened to them—and that it was New Jersey's fault. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are suing... More »

Boehner's Lawsuit: Ridiculous, or Overdue?

Pundits debate the merits of the Orange One's big play

(Newser) - Pundits are buzzing over John Boehner's attempt to take President Obama to court over his use of executive power. Legal experts doubt it will work , but is it right? Is it smart politics? Does it even make sense? Here's what people are saying: More »

Lawsuit: CVS Blinded Me

Texas 65-year-old says chain gave him ear drops instead of eye drops

(Newser) - And now a story sure to fill you with confidence in your local pharmacist. A Houston-area man is suing CVS, claiming that a pharmacy screw-up blinded him in one eye. Claudis Alston, 65, went to the doctor in 2012 with a case of pink eye and got a prescription for... More »

Nuns Sue Their Neighbor: a Strip Club

Nuns: Club Allure has brought bar fights, neon lights, used condoms to yard

(Newser) - A group of nuns in a tiny Illinois town is suing a $3 million strip club that opened in September behind their backyard garden for being unlawfully close to a place of worship. The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo—who say in their suit they've suffered through Club... More »

Man Sues Hospital for Shortening Penis

Canadian says his wife left him

(Newser) - Next time someone complains about all the weird lawsuits in the US, point to Canada: A man has sued a hospital there because he says it shortened his penis, reports AFP . This does not get any less strange in the telling: The unidentified Montreal resident says he injured his penis... More »

Company Tried to Force Employees Into 'Onionhead' Religion: Suit

Employees allegedly fired for refusing to participate

(Newser) - What would you do if your employer told you to thank God for your job, say “I love you” to management, and attend meetings to discuss "divine plans"? If you work for New York health care firm United Health Programs of America, you go to the US... More »

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