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Johnny Depp's Lawyers Can't Rein In Amber Heard

It involves Depp's libel trial against a tabloid newspaper

(Newser) - Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper the Sun until she is called to give evidence, the AP reports. In a court order published on Saturday, trial judge Andrew Nicol said that... More »

MythBusters' Adam Savage Is Hit by a Major Accusation

But Savage's mother says she supports her son

(Newser) - Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage is facing a terrible accusation—and from his sister, no less. Miranda Pacchiana filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York state accusing her brother of "repeatedly" sexually abusing her as a child, USA Today reports. According to the suit, Savage "would repeatedly rape Miranda... More »

Texas Bar Owners Sue Governor: He's 'Acting Like a King'

Re-closing all bars is 'sentencing bar owners to bankruptcy'

(Newser) - More than 30 bar owners in Texas have filed a legal challenge against Gov. Greg Abbott's order Friday to close all bars for a second time. "Why does he continue unilaterally acting like a king?" says Houston lawyer Jared Woodfill, who filed the lawsuit in Travis County District... More »

Parody Cow to Devin Nunes: 'Good Moooos'

Judge rules congressman can't sue Twitter over insulting accounts

(Newser) - A judge has delivered a blow to California Rep. Devin Nunes in ruling that he can't sue Twitter over insults posted by a fake internet cow . In a Friday decision, Judge John Marshall of Virginia wrote that Twitter was "immune from the defamation claims" under a federal law... More »

Mother of ER Actress Killed by Police Files Lawsuit

She says officers were 'negligent and reckless'

(Newser) - The mother of ER and Stand and Deliver actress Vanessa Marquez is suing the city of South Pasadena and five police officers involved in a welfare check that ended with her daughter being shot dead . Delia McElfresh says officers were "negligent and reckless" after they were called to Marquez'... More »

Bayer: We'll Settle Suit With $10.9B Payment

The German company faces a lawsuit that involves subsidiary Monsanto

(Newser) - German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it's paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer, the AP reports. In a statement Wednesday, Bayer said it was also paying up $1.22 billion... More »

Trump Campaign to Fans: You Can't Sue Us

Trump's Campaign makes it clear on rally registration page

(Newser) - Want to attend a Trump campaign rally? OK, but don't sue them if you get sick. Trump's campaign spelled it out on a Web page that allows people to register for his June 19 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an... More »

US Sues Over Titanic's Radio

Feds file lawsuit to block salvage operation

(Newser) - The US government will try to stop a company's planned salvage mission to retrieve the Titanic's Marconi wireless telegraph machine, arguing the expedition would break federal law and a pact with Britain to leave the iconic shipwreck undisturbed. US attorneys filed a legal challenge before a federal judge... More »

Kendall Jenner Was 'So Hyped' —And Now Has to Pay $90K

The model was sued over a single Instagram post

(Newser) - Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a lawsuit over the disastrous Fyre Festival —you know, the one that spawned two documentaries and got its organizer sent to prison on wire fraud charges. Jenner was sued in an effort to recover money for creditors who invested... More »

Bible Study Class 'Zoombombed' With Child Porn

San Francisco church is suing company

(Newser) - A San Francisco church says Zoom "did nothing" after a hacker hijacked users' computers during a Bible study class and played deeply disturbing videos of child sexual abuse. St. Paulus Lutheran Church, one of the city's oldest churches, is suing the company over the "Zoombombing," in... More »

Appeals Court Delivers Bad News to Trump on Hotel

Justices refuse to dismiss suit about president profiting from foreign business

(Newser) - President Trump lost a court battle Thursday over accusations that he's illegally making money from foreign governments while serving as president. A federal appeals court in Virginia refused to dismiss a case brought by the attorneys general of DC and Maryland in regard to the Trump International Hotel in... More »

Facebook to Pay Moderators $52M for Psychological Damages

Some of them developed PTSD from viewing graphic, disturbing videos

(Newser) - Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to its content moderators, whose job has them viewing graphic and disturbing posts and videos on its platforms. In a 2018 lawsuit, third-party contractors for the company said that Facebook failed to properly protect them against severe psychological and other injuries that can... More »

Brother of Pilot Flying Kobe's Copter: It Was Kobe, Gigi's Fault

Berge Zobayan says passengers on brother Ara Zobayan's chopper knew the risks, were negligent

(Newser) - More than one lawsuit has been filed in the case of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, but it's his widow's wrongful death complaint that has the brother of the pilot pushing back. CNN reports that on Friday, Berge Zobayan filed a seven-page response to Vanessa Bryant's suit,... More »

With 20K Dead, Care Homes Seek Protection

They see a deluge of potential lawsuits on the way

(Newser) - Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation's nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care, the AP reports. At least 15 states have enacted laws... More »

Trump to His Campaign Manager: I'll Sue You

Insiders say Trump got upset over slipping poll numbers

(Newser) - President Trump was in a dark mood last week and even threatened to sue his campaign manager over falling poll numbers, CNN reports. Three insiders tell the network that during a Friday meeting with advisors—including campaign manager Brad Parscale, who was on the phone from Florida—Trump unloaded on... More »

Liberty University Accused of Profiting Off Pandemic

Student sues in effort to have fees refunded

(Newser) - A new lawsuit accuses Liberty University of profiting off the coronavirus pandemic by offering reduced services while refusing to refund student fees. The class-action suit—filed Monday by "Student A," who opted for anonymity "out of fear of retaliation and harassment"—claims Liberty allowed students to... More »

Zoom Hid Security Flaws: Shareholder

Class-action lawsuit also claims unauthorized disclosure of personal info

(Newser) - Shares in videoconferencing app Zoom hit record highs at the end of last month as COVID-19 forced people to work and socialize from home. Then came the drop, coinciding with concerns about " zoombombing " and other security and privacy issues. Another drop in stock price came Tuesday, with shares... More »

WeWork Sues Erstwhile Buyer Over 'Buyer's Remorse'

Claims investor worked to ensure conditions of stock takeover wouldn't be met

(Newser) - WeWork is suing the Japanese bank that offered to save it from insolvency before backing out of a $3 billion stock takeover . In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the special committee of WeWork's board said SoftBank and CEO Masayoshi Son took "desperate" actions to back out of the tender... More »

Author: I Saw Mrs. Maisel, Knew I'd Been Ripped Off

Jodi Parmley sues, says Amazon Studios must've lifted ideas from screenplay based on her book

(Newser) - It's clear that Amazon Studios has a hit on their hands with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, starring Rachel Brosnahan as title character Midge Maisel, along with Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, and other colorful cast members. Jodi Parmley especially recognizes that fact—and she wants a piece of it, because... More »

He Found a 'Loophole' for a 'Free' Flight. Now, a Lawsuit

Brussels Airlines is suing hacker who flew himself, 2 pals to New York for free

(Newser) - An overseas airline has filed a lawsuit against a hacker who booked a "free" flight from Belgium to New York. The Brussels Times reports that Brussels Airlines wants $22,000 in damages from the 25-year-old man after he flew himself and two buddies to the US in business class... More »

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