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Florida Sues CDC, Demands Cruise Ships Be Allowed to Sail

State says Americans are just flying to other countries to cruise

(Newser) - The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to demand cruise ships be allowed to start sailing immediately, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of...

Katie Hill Loses Legal Fight Over Nude Images

Judge tosses ex-congresswoman's suit against the 'Daily Mail,' but she vows to fight on

(Newser) - Former Congresswoman Katie Hill has lost a legal battle with the Daily Mail over the publication of nude photos that derailed her political career . A judge in Los Angeles dismissed Hill's suit against the British tabloid, ruling that the publication was within its rights to print the images, reports...

Cops Saw 'Weapons All Over the Wall.' Brothers: Not Exactly

Fort Lauderdale police accused of excessive force felt threatened after seeing 'Star Trek' props: suit

(Newser) - Two police officers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who've been previously accused of what the Sun Sentinel dubs "overzealous policing" have now been hit with a lawsuit by two brothers who are claiming the same. Per the complaint filed Monday against officers Alexander Paul and Steven Pohorence, as well...

Family Sues After Man Dies in Taco-Eating Contest

California man collapsed minutes into contest at Fresno Grizzlies ballpark

(Newser) - A teenager whose father died in a taco-eating contest is taking the owners of the Fresno Grizzlies to court. A lawsuit filed Monday by 18-year-old Marshall Hutchings alleges that organizers didn't properly inform participants of the risks of the Aug. 13, 2019 contest at Chukchansi Park, home of the...

Mom: Teacher Went on Racist Zoom Rant for 30 Minutes

California teacher Kimberly Newman apparently thought Zoom session had ended (it hadn't)

(Newser) - The mother of a Black 12-year-old boy is seeking damages from a Southern California school district after her son's teacher went on a half-hour tirade laced with racism and profanity. Katura Stokes filed a damage claim—typically a precursor to a lawsuit, per the AP —on Thursday on...

Capitol Officers Hit Trump With Suit: He 'Inflamed' the 'Mob'

James Blassingame, Sidney Hemby say they suffered 'physical and emotional injuries' Jan. 6

(Newser) - On Jan. 6, an "insurrectionist mob" was "inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted" by one person in particular, according to a new lawsuit filed by two Capitol Police officers there. That person, cited in the 40-page complaint filed in federal court in DC, per Al Jazeera...

'Lies Have Consequences': Dominion Sues Fox News

Company says network knowingly spreads lies to boost its business

(Newser) - Dominion Voting has already sued Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani , pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell , and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for allegedly touting lies about election fraud. Now, it's suing the network on which they appeared. Dominion on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox...

Huntsman's Brother Sues Mormon Church for Fraud

James Huntsman wants $5M in donations returned

(Newser) - The son of a billionaire industrialist and brother of a former Utah governor and US ambassador is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for fraud. James Huntsman, brother of Jon Huntsman , claims the Mormon church spent members' tithes on commercial purposes, rather than charity. This allegation was...

Hertz Took 3 Years to Hand Over a Receipt That Cleared Man of Murder

Now Herbert Alford is suing

(Newser) - When Michael Adams was shot dead in 2011, Herbert Alford was 20 minutes away, at the airport in Lansing, Mich. Nonetheless, Alford was convicted in the murder and spent almost five years behind bars before being exonerated last year and freed, CBS Detroit and Michigan Live report. He might have...

Twitter Sues, Saying Texas Is Retaliating for Trump Ban

Attorney general launched investigation into tech companies

(Newser) - Twitter has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming the Republican used his office to retaliate against it for banning the account of former President Trump following the riot at the US Capitol. Days after the deadly January insurrection, Paxton announced an investigation into Twitter and four...

Suit: For Months, Cop Gained Teen's Trust. Then He Raped Her

Complaint filed by mom says Rodney Vicknair was officer originally sent to take girl for a rape exam

(Newser) - A New Orleans cop is now a former one after accusations that he groomed and raped a 14-year-old girl he'd taken for a rape evaluation. The allegations against Rodney Vicknair are detailed in a lawsuit by the teen's mother, which says that Vicknair was the police officer dispatched...

Swalwell Suit: Trump Was 'Delighted' About Capitol Riot

Congressman also names Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Mo Brooks in complaint

(Newser) - Fallout from the attack at the US Capitol continues, this time with a new lawsuit against Donald Trump from another Democratic congressman. Last month, a complaint was filed by the NAACP on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, claiming the former president—as well as lawyer Rudy Giuliani and...

Descendant of Slaves Loses Photo Fight With Harvard

Mass. judge rules university is rightful owner of photos of slaves taken for racist project

(Newser) - Photos of an enslaved father and daughter taken for a racist project at Harvard belong to the school, not the slaves' direct descendant, a Massachusetts judge has ruled. Tamara Lanier, who grew up hearing about great-great-great grandfather Renty, only learned about the 1850 daguerreotypes of himself and daughter Delia in...

2nd Sibling Sues Mariah Carey
2nd Sibling Sues
Mariah Carey

2nd Sibling Sues Mariah Carey

Both take issue with claims of abuse in singer's memoir

(Newser) - Mariah Carey is now being sued by two of her siblings, whom she wrote about in her 2020 memoir. Carey's older brother, Morgan, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan over mentions of violent interactions between himself and family members in The Meaning of Mariah Carey. In one passage, the...

Woman Sues Over Podcast on Woody Harrelson's Dad

Dr. Chrysanthe Parker: 'Son of a Hitman' unfairly paints me as 'very unusual witness' in murder trial

(Newser) - A Texas attorney and health care professional who was an eyewitness to the murder that put actor Woody Harrelson's father behind bars is now suing Spotify and others on the use of her interview for a podcast about the crime. Per Courthouse News , Dr. Chrysanthe Parker was a witness...

Lawsuit: School's Failure to Heed Heat Index Caused Girl's Death

Georgia teen Imani Bell collapsed, died after basketball drills in extreme heat

(Newser) - "More than anything, I don’t want this to happen to anybody else's child," says Dorian Bell, whose 16-year-old daughter collapsed and died after an outdoor basketball practice in August 2019. Imani Bell's parents have filed a lawsuit against school officials in Jonesboro, Georgia, over her...

Taylor Swift's Battle With Utah Theme Park Heats Up

Singer files suit against park named Evermore

(Newser) - Taylor Swift isn't shaking this one off. Earlier this month, a fantasy theme park named Evermore sued the pop star over the name of her latest album, also Evermore, which she released in December. The Pleasant Grove, Utah, park claimed copyright infringement, complaining that Google searches for the park...

Texas Woman Sues Over Astronomical Electric Bill

But the state's variable-rate pricing model may make it a difficult battle to win

(Newser) - One of the Texans who received a terrifyingly high power bill in the wake of last week's devastating storm is suing, and consumer law experts say more lawsuits are likely to follow. But, as ABC News reports, it could be an uphill battle for those taking the state's...

Martin Gugino, Shoved to Ground by Cops, Files Suit

75-year-old protester who fractured his skull during confrontation is suing Buffalo, 3 officers

(Newser) - Last week, criminal charges were dropped against two police officers who were caught on video pushing 75-year-old protester Martin Gugino to the ground during a June 4 protest in Buffalo, NY, against police brutality and racism. Gugino, who fractured his skull and suffered a concussion as a result of the...

James Franco Settles Suit Over 'Orgy-Type' Classes at Film School

Plaintiffs alleged actor created 'pipeline of young women' for 'sexual exploitation'

(Newser) - A tentative settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged James Franco intimidated students at an acting and film school he founded into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Saturday. The two sides filed a joint status report in Los Angeles Superior Court, telling a...

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