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  • Bill Cosby accuser Louisa Moritz plans class lawsuit over alleged sex assaults: report

    11/24/2014 10:46:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/24/2014 | BY NANCY DILLON , CORKY SIEMASZKO
    he actress, best known for her role as Rose in the Oscar-winning ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ is among a dozen women who’ve leveled tawdry claims about Cosby. She contends the comedian assaulted her before a 1971 appearance on ‘The Tonight Show,’ and is reportedly trying to get at least nine others to join her in a class action against him. It’s a legal longshot, but an actress who has accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault four decades ago is planning to sue him. And Louisa Moritz is trying to get at least nine other women to join her...
  • NSA Metadata Snooping Challenged by new Larry Klayman class action lawsuit

    05/07/2014 3:52:27 AM PDT · by Moseley · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Oops, your metadata is showing. Is the Government violating your Constitutional rights by intercepting your “metadata” without a warrant? The Government is collecting information about your phone calls, text messages, and email messages -- indiscriminately. Metadata is transmission and billing information about whom you called, from what phone number, when, and for how long. This can include your location, because billing records note which cell tower your mobile phone is connecting through. George Orwell’s book 1984 was meant as a warning. But it is shocking how many people view 1984 as a “how to” manual or blueprint for expanding their...
  • JOIN Class Action Lawsuit Against Obama & Holder!!!

    08/20/2013 8:38:48 PM PDT · by publius321 · 7 replies
    I received notice of this in my e-mail today through Dick Morris. I usually ignore Morris but the class action lawsuit excited me and I was happy to donate... (video info about the suit and also posted a link to the site at my blog)
  • Facebook sued for $15 billion over alleged privacy infractions

    05/18/2012 1:35:30 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 5/18/2012 | Don Reisinger
    As Facebook prepares to start trading on the Nasdaq, a class-action lawsuit has been brought against it. Law firm Stewarts Law US announced today that it has combined 21 privacy lawsuits against the social network into a single, class-action suit, charging the world's largest social network with violating user privacy by allegedly tracking their Web usage. Stewarts Law is asking for $15 billion -- a sum it arrived at by calling on the U.S. Wiretap Act, which "provides statutory damages of the greater of $100 per violation per day, up to $10,000, per Facebook user," the law firm wrote in...
  • NY judge grants class action status to frisk suit

    05/16/2012 10:47:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/16/12 | LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
    Finding the city's attitude "deeply troubling," a judge granted class action status Wednesday to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan said in a written ruling that there was "overwhelming evidence" that a centralized stop-and-frisk program has led to thousands of unlawful stops. She noted that the vast majority of New Yorkers who are unlawfully stopped will never file a lawsuit in response, and she said class-action status was created for just these kinds of court cases.
  • Class-action sex harassment suit against trucking company backfires

    04/05/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Court ruling makes it harder for EEOC to pursue discrimination cases in the Midwest, maybe nationally CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- They were learning to become truck drivers, but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training rides. "I was beaten, I was fondled, I was humiliated and I was taught nothing," one trainee, Ramona Villareal, said in a deposition. But rather than leading to a workplace discrimination judgment, the Equal...
  • International Academy a Respected Asbestos Think Tank

    11/15/2011 8:44:17 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 2 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 11-15-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Independent scientific research institutes whose work influences the policies of the U.S. government as well as governments abroad, also impacts litigation in the states, an economics professor says. "The information from these think tanks does bubble up," said Professor Alex Tabarrok, chair of the Economics Department at George Mason University in Virginia. And one such organization is the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent international academy founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff, Cesare Maltoni and other scientists. Selikoff is credited as a pioneer in field of asbestos research, having established a link between the inhalation of asbestos...
  • BREAKING!! Obama's HHS ends controversial program in health reform law (Obamacare dying)

    10/14/2011 1:29:43 PM PDT · by milwguy · 130 replies
    the hill ^ | 10/14/2011 | sam baker
    The Obama administration will not implement a controversial piece of the healthcare reform law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. Sebelius said the department will not continue trying to implement the CLASS program, which was intended to provide insurance for long-term care. Republicans charged that the program’s financial structure was unsustainable, and Sebelius conceded as much Friday. “We have not identified a way to make CLASS work at this time,” she wrote on the Huffington Post's website. Sebelius said HHS will “suspend” implementation of the program. The department recently reassigned the people it had placed in the...
  • Supreme Court imposes limits on class actions

    04/27/2011 9:22:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has made it harder for consumers who want to dispute their contracts for cell phones, cable television and other services to band together to make their claims. The court, in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday, invalidated a California law that kept consumers out of contractually-obligated arbitration with businesses.
  • Going After Wal-Mart

    03/31/2011 5:26:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2011 | Staff
    Law: If there was ever such a thing as junk justice, the suit against Wal-Mart now in the Supreme Court is exhibit A. By claiming that evidence is no longer needed to prove discrimination, what's proven is the greed of lawyers. Tuesday was a queasy day at the Supreme Court as lawyers in the largest class-action lawsuit in history made the claim that Wal-Mart discriminated against all 1.6 million of its female employees. Nearly all the justices reportedly were unimpressed with the overreaching premise. It boils down to the idea that if six women could prove discrimination at one company...
  • Wal-Mart sex-bias case hits possible court block

    03/29/2011 5:22:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 3/29/11 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of up to 1.6 million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit, argued in lively exchanges at the court Tuesday, claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest employer, favors men over women in pay and promotions. Billions of dollars are at stake if it is allowed to go forward. The case also could affect the future of other class-action lawsuits that pool modest individual claims into a...
  • Court: Wal-Mart to Face Massive Class-Action Suit

    03/29/2011 10:07:04 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2011 | Paul Elias / Associated Press
    A sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday exposed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to billions of dollars in legal damages when it ruled a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers can go to trial. In its 6-5 ruling, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the world's largest private employer will have to face charges that it pays women less than men for the same jobs and that female employees receive fewer promotions and have to wait longer for those promotions than male counterparts. The retailer has fiercely fought the lawsuit since it was...
  • Wal-Mart sex bias case tests merits of class actions

    03/29/2011 3:47:37 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 19 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | March 28, 2011 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON — Christine Kwapnoski hasn't done too badly in nearly 25 years in the Wal-Mart family, making more than $60,000 a year in a job she enjoys most days. But Kwapnoski said she faced obstacles at Wal-Mart-owned Sam's Club stores in both Missouri and California: Men making more than women and getting promoted faster. [SNIP] The 46-year-old single mother of two is one of the named plaintiffs in a suit that will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. At stake is whether the suit can go forward as a class action that could involve 500,000 to 1.6...
  • Madoff victims' advocate: Citigroup saw red flags. Lawsuit seeks about $425 million from bank

    02/22/2011 1:18:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 02/22/2011 | Grant McCool
    Citigroup saw several red flags in the dealings of Bernard Madoff's firm years before his multibillion-dollar fraud was exposed in late 2008, the firm's liquidator said in a newly unsealed lawsuit. Irving Picard, a court-appointed trustee seeking to recover money for former Madoff clients, made the accusations in one of several complaints he has filed against big banks he says "enabled" the massive, decades-long Ponzi scheme by turning a blind eye to it. "Citi had access to and received information placing it on inquiry notice that Madoff's advisory business was potentially a fraud, and/or that Madoff was making hundreds of...
  • From Prison, Madoff Says Banks ‘Had to Know’ of Fraud

    02/16/2011 6:24:51 AM PST · by safetysign · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/16/2011 | DIANA B. HENRIQUES
    Bernard L. Madoff said he never thought the collapse of his Ponzi scheme would cause the sort of destruction that has befallen his family. In his first interview for publication since his arrest in December 2008, Mr. Madoff — looking noticeably thinner and rumpled in khaki prison garb — maintained that family members knew nothing about his crimes. But during a private two-hour interview in a visitor room here on Tuesday, and in earlier e-mail exchanges, he asserted that unidentified banks and hedge funds were somehow “complicit” in his elaborate fraud, an about-face from earlier claims that he was the...
  • Madoff Trustee Sues JPMorgan Chase (primary banker sued for billions; facilitated money-launder)

    02/06/2011 6:25:43 AM PST · by Liz · 38 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | 24/11 | Michael Cohn
    The trustee liquidating Madoff’s asset management firm, has filed a complaint against JPMorgan Chase, claiming the bank had suspicions about Madoff’s Ponzi scheme going back to at least 2006, but waited until 2008 to alert authorities while it earned hundreds of millions of dollars from doing business with Madoff. The complaint seeks to recover nearly $1 billion in fees and profits, and an additional $5.4 billion in damages, for JPMorgan Chase’s decades-long role as primary banker for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities’ (BLMIS), allegedly aiding and abetting Madoff’s fraud. “Incredibly, the bank’s top executives were warned in blunt terms about...
  • This Is Monumental! Private Citizen Sues The Feds - ObamaClassAction.com

    08/02/2010 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 31, 2010 | MomentumRadio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WjaddBoTgI
  • Obamacare Class Action Lawsuit (Deadline May 31st)

    05/14/2010 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Man50D · 6 replies · 453+ views
    More than thirty thousand people have signed a class action lawsuit against the unconstitutional Obamacare. The deadline to join is May 31st. We need to keep sending the socialist in Washington D.C. the message we will not tolerate the usurpation of the Constitution to enslave the people! We need to remind them the people are the government and will have the final say as to how we are governed! It's time to make a big push by joining the lawsuit!
  • OVER 10,000 AMERICANS JOIN LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMACARE

    04/19/2010 11:25:28 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 171 replies · 4,029+ views
    PRWeb ^ | April 19, 2010 | Tony Shreeve
    In a new twist on lawsuits against Obamacare, TN attorney Van Irion filed a national class action in Federal court. The suit challenges Obamacare on the basis that Congress is not authorized by the Constitution to regulate health care. Mr. Irion is asking the courts to re-evaluate the Commerce clause precedent, arguing that current precedent in effect destroys the intent of the Constitution and specifically the 10th Amendment. (PRWEB) April 19, 2010 -- Over 10,000 Americans have joined a lawsuit against Obamacare (http://obamacareclassaction.com). In a new twist on lawsuits against Obamacare, TN constitutional attorney and congressional candidate (http://www.van4congress.org/) Van Irion...
  • Join the Class Action Lawsuit against Obamacare Filed By Attorney Van Irion In Tennessee

    04/14/2010 9:40:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 57 replies · 3,070+ views
    Van Irion, Constitutional Attorney and candidate for the 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee filed a constitutional challenge to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” yesterday at 2pm at the United States District Court in Chattanooga, TN. Irion said he considered taking this step after his trip to Nashville last month to support the Health Care Freedom Act and other bills proposed to protect Tennessean’s against Obamacare. “It became evident to me that the Attorney General was unlikely to take action. Tuesday’s announcement simply confirmed what I suspected.” Irion says that the AG’s analysis misses the point. “Mr. Cooper bases...
  • Group puts the brakes on Honda class action settlement

    02/24/2010 4:13:31 AM PST · by legalwatch · 7 replies · 408+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 2-24-09 | Chris Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-An otherwise dreary Monday in the nation's capital turned especially bright yesterday for noted legal reformer Ted Frank after learning he helped to keep nearly $3 million out of the pockets of trial lawyers - at least for now.
  • Judge Nixes Most of Milberg Kickback Claims

    12/31/2009 7:00:11 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies · 578+ views
    Courthouse News Service ^ | 12/31/09 | JONATHAN PERLOW
    A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed most of a lawsuit against Milberg LLP, brought by former clients who accused the law firm of paying them millions of dollars to serve as lead plaintiffs in class actions. The plaintiffs sought to recover their attorneys' fees. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska dismissed the plaintiffs' racketeering claims as time-barred, but kept alive a breach of fiduciary duty charge. Melvyn Weiss, David Bershad, William Lerach and Steven Schulman, four ex-partners of the law firm, pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to clients in order to induce them to file suits. Prosecutors said the fraud...
  • Pay-To-Play: A Class Action Connection?

    12/16/2009 7:24:44 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 12/16/09 | Edward Siedle
    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently has been going after allegedly crooked investment consultants for bribing their way into doing business with the state's giant pension fund. However, Cuomo has stated that he won't be subjecting class action firms (from which he has reportedly received large campaign contributions) to similar scrutiny for similar behavior. When properly motivated, I believe class action lawsuits provide necessary checks and balances in our financial system. But given how widely they're misused, I've also urged the Department of Justice to look into potential abuses. As it exists today, the marketing of class action legal...
  • Who Really Speaks for Consumers in the Arbitration Debate?

    08/28/2009 9:48:15 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 188+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 8/28/2009 | Lisa Rickard
    For arbitration’s opponents, ensuring that consumers can go to court is not the end goal. It is actually the first step of a two-step dance at the plaintiffs’ lawyer prom. The second step is to allow these consumer cases to become large class actions—the kind that are famous for making a relatively few plaintiffs’ lawyers rich while giving the consumer masses pennies on the dollar, or even coupons, for their trouble.
  • Soldiers & Lawyers Readying Class-Action Lawsuits Against (Non?) President Obama

    07/28/2009 9:43:04 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 190 replies · 6,184+ views
    Friends and Fiends in DC | MB26
    Behind the scenes, at many military bases across the country and around the world, a not-too quiet challenge is developing against Barack Obama and his questionable qualifications to be President of the United States. Most FReepers are familiar with the ongoing civil litigation against Obama. Plaintiffs claim he is not constitutionally qualified to be president because he does not meet the legal description of a “natural-born citizen.” Obama’s lawyers have never entered pleadings on the MERITS of the plaintiffs’ cases. They oppose the plaintiffs’ suits on the issue of “standing.” They claim the plaintiff’s do not have a right to...
  • In re Bluetooth Headset Product Liability Litigation

    05/09/2009 9:58:48 AM PDT · by SubMareener · 20 replies · 943+ views
    If you bought a Bluetooth headset between June 30, 2002 and February 19, 2009, the settlement of a class action lawsuit may affect your rights. The Settlement resolves claims in a class action lawsuit that Bluetooth headsets manufactured by Motorola, Inc.; Plantronics, Inc.; or GN Netcom, Inc. / "Jabra" (“Defendants”) create a risk of hearing loss. The lawsuit also claims Defendants acted wrongfully when they did not warn consumer of that risk, if it exists. The Defendants deny their Bluetooth headsets are unsafe or that they did anything wrong. Defendants are settling only to avoid the risk and expense...
  • How to Get $78 From Bank of America [overdraft class action lawsuit]

    01/26/2009 4:30:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 5,869+ views
    Smart Money ^ | 2009-01-26 | Kelli B. Grant
    If you were hit with an overdraft fee from Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) (or one of the banks it acquired) between 2000 and 2007, you may be in for a little cash. Bank of America recently settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged it (and by extension, Fleet Bank, LaSalle Bank and U.S. Trust Company, which it acquired during that period) changed the posting order of transactions and embarked on other activities in order to increase the revenue it received from non-sufficient funds fees, overdraft fees and similar charges. The lawsuit, which was settled for $35 million, also alleged that the...
  • Judge: Patients cannot sue federal gov't

    02/29/2008 3:34:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 201+ views
    AP via CoCoTimes ^ | 2/29/8 | ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press Writer
    WICHITA, Kan.—A federal judge on Friday denied a request by a patient-advocacy group to sue the federal government on behalf of patients of a physician who is charged with running a "pill mill" linked to 56 overdose deaths. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown urged about 40 of Dr. Stephen Schneider's patients, some of whom had come to the hearing on crutches, to seek care at the emergency room, not the court. "If someone can prevent a criminal prosecution by filing a civil suit, there would be a flood of civil suits," Brown told the courtroom. The judge said the patients...
  • Lerach sentencing shows need for congressional probe

    02/12/2008 8:33:50 AM PST · by MrLegalReform · 7 replies · 135+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 02/12/2008 | Washington Examiner
    Lerach claims kickbacks were commonplace among class-action litigators when he was practicing. "Everybody was paying plaintiffs," he said in a letter inadvertently made public by his own attorneys last week. This should trigger a wider-ranging federal investigation of the plaintiffs bar, if indeed such a probe is not already being conducted. Senate and House Democrats, many of whom in years past received multiple campaign contributions from Lerach and others at Milberg Weiss, could demonstrate a laudable independence by opening a congressional inquiry.
  • 3 Lawyers Plead Not Guilty In Kickback Scheme

    10/15/2007 10:44:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 50+ views
    cbs ^ | Oct 15, 2007 9:58 am US/Pacific
    LOS ANGELES The co-founder of a prestigious New York law firm and two co-defendants pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles to federal charges related to a major class-action kickback scheme. Melvyn Weiss entered his pleas to two counts of conspiracy and one count each of obstruction of justice and making false statements in relation to documents that were the subject of a grand jury subpoena. Not guilty pleas were also entered by plaintiff Seymour Lazar and attorney Paul Selzer to charges contained in a superseding indictment filed last month. Lazar, who allegedly received kickbacks, and Selzer are each charged...
  • Lerach admits role in kickback scheme (Prison sentence for big Hillary donor)

    09/19/2007 11:33:06 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 44 replies · 2,455+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 09/19/07 | Bruce V. Bigelow
    The fall of San Diego trial lawyer William S. Lerach may end his reign as Wall Street's king of pain, but the class-action lawsuit industry he helped create has become an established reality for corporate America. William S. Lerach: "I ... crossed a line and pushed too far.” Lerach, 61, admitted in a plea agreement that prosecutors filed yesterday that he participated in a scheme that secretly paid kickbacks to recruit plaintiffs for more than 150 class-action lawsuits brought against U.S. companies. As part of the deal, Lerach agreed to forfeit $7.75 million in unlawful gains, pay a $250,000 fine...
  • Spector, Roseman & Kodroff, P.C. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against AHM

    08/07/2007 8:19:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 587+ views
    Yahoo!Finance ^ | 08/07/07
    Spector, Roseman & Kodroff, P.C. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against American Home Mortgage Investment Corporation Tuesday August 7, 10:13 am ET PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The law firm of Spector, Roseman & Kodroff, P.C. announces that a securities class action lawsuit was commenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, on behalf of purchasers of the publicly traded securities of American Home Mortgage Investment Corporation ("American Home Mortgage" or the "Company") (NYSE:AHM - News) between July 26, 2006 through July 27, 2007, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Also included are those who purchased shares in the Secondary Offering...
  • All 50,000 Scratch-Off Tickets For Car Dealership Contain Grand Prize

    07/22/2007 8:33:40 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 70 replies · 2,579+ views
    The CBC ^ | July 20, 2007 | Canadian Press
    All 50,000 scratch-off tickets for car dealership contain grand prize Published: Friday, July 20, 2007 | 3:59 PM ET Canadian Press ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Everyone's a winner after a direct-mail marketing company hired by a local car dealership mistakenly sent out 50,000 scratch-off tickets to residents - all of them declaring the ticket-holder the $1,000 grand prize winner. Just one of the tickets was supposed to be the grand prize winner. Jeff Kohn, Roswell Honda general manager said a typographical error by Atlanta-based Force Events Direct Marketing, which printed the advertisment, had given all 50,000 scratch-off tickets grand prizes....
  • Court says Wal-Mart must face bias trial (9th Circuit, upholds earlier Fed. judge ruling)

    02/06/2007 12:11:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 571+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/07 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest private employer, must face a class-action lawsuit alleging female employees were discriminated against in pay and promotions. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a 2004 federal judge's decision to let the nation's largest class-action employment discrimination lawsuit go to trial. The suit claims that as many as 1.5 million current and former female employees earned less than men and were bypassed for promotions. The lawsuit exposes the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailing powerhouse to the possibility of billions of dollars in...
  • Milberg Weiss indicted for allegedly paying $11.4M kickbacks (Happy Halloween!)

    10/31/2006 8:43:50 AM PST · by dighton · 10 replies · 679+ views
    Fortune, via yahoo ^ | 10/31/2006 | Peter Elkind, with Doris Burke
    For decades, few things have inspired as much fear and loathing in the executive suites of corporate America as the law firm of Milberg Weiss and the two outsized personalities who ruled the place, Mel Weiss and Bill Lerach. Through creativity and ruthlessness, they transformed the humble securities class-action lawsuit into a deadly weapon.Always, Milberg Weiss cast itself as the champion of the little guy. In media interviews Lerach has spoken evocatively about fighting for the honest, struggling blue-collar worker who, through no fault of his own, had lost his hard-earned savings to corporate perfidy. The firm boasts of having...
  • Three More Former Pages Accuse Foley of Online Sexual Approaches

    10/05/2006 2:45:06 PM PDT · by mmyers · 337 replies · 9,732+ views
    Three more former congressional pages have come forward to reveal what they call "sexual approaches" over the Internet from former Congressman Mark Foley. The pages served in the classes of 1998, 2000 and 2002. They independently approached ABC News after the Foley resignation through the Brian Ross & the Investigative Team's tip line on ABCNews.com. None wanted their names used because of the sensitive nature of the communications. "I was seventeen years old and just returned to [my home state] when Foley began to e-mail me, asking if I had ever seen my page roommates naked and how big their...
  • Merck not liable for man's health woes [Los Angeles Vioxx Verdict]

    08/02/2006 5:31:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 377+ views
    AP Business ^ | ALEX VEIGA,
    LOS ANGELES - A California jury on Wednesday found pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. not liable for causing an elderly man's heart ailments after he took the drug maker's once-popular painkiller Vioxx. After deliberating several hours in California's first trial over Vioxx, the 12-person jury determined that Merck was not negligent, did not conceal information and that the drug did not cause Stewart Grossberg's health problems. Grossberg, 71, had sought compensatory and punitive damages, as well $214,000 for medical bills. The drug maker faces more than 16,000 lawsuits involving Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 after a...
  • Fla. Supreme Court Rejects Smoker Verdict

    07/06/2006 8:58:19 AM PDT · by libstripper · 166 replies · 1,532+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2006 | Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a $145 billion punitive damages award against tobacco companies for injuring smokers, saying it was excessive. The award had been the largest ever by an American jury. The justices also approved an appellate court ruling that it had been a mistake to certify a class-action lawsuit representing an estimated 300,000 to 700,000 ill Floridians. The certification led to the huge jury award for punitive damages in 2000.
  • Open Letter to the Mac Community - (and iPod community)

    05/23/2006 7:46:11 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies · 383+ views
    Jasontomczak.com ^ | May 22, 2006 | Jason Tomczak
    The Truth Behind the iPod Nano "Scratch" Class Action Suit May 22, 2006 Dear Mac Community: Hello! My name is Jason Tomczak. Many people around the world rightly know me as a mild-mannered techie, photographer, writer, and nature-lover. I am an Apple fan and have been fortunate enough to use Mac computers and other Apple products since about 1985. On October 19, 2005, my life changed due to the unauthorized conduct of others. From that date forward, countless numbers of people around the world were driven to hate me and slander my name, sometimes using foul and threatening language. Since...
  • With Milberg Weiss on the ropes, rivals moving in ~ Silicon Valley companies under siege

    05/22/2006 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 340+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | May 20, 2006 7:00 AM ET | JOHN SHINAL'S TECH INVESTOR
    With Milberg Weiss on the ropes, rivals moving in Commentary: Silicon Valley faces class-action blitz over backdating options E-mail | Print | | Disable live quotes | Discuss By John Shinal, MarketWatch Last Update: 7:00 AM ET May 20, 2006 SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- This week's federal indictment of the nation's most prominent law firm dedicated to shareholder class-action suits will likely change the landscape for such securities complaints -- but not in a way non-lawyers might think. Indeed, far from fostering restraint, the government's decision to charge Milberg Weiss Bershad and Schulman with making illegal payments to clients is...
  • Class Certification in Fla. Prempro Suit Reversed (Mass Tort Alert)

    02/16/2006 9:48:48 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 161+ views
    In a huge victory for pharmaceutical giant Wyeth, a Florida appeals court on Wednesday halted a class action suit that claimed its hormone replacement drug could harm hundreds of thousands of Florida women. A three-judge panel of the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal unanimously held in Wyeth Inc. v. Arlene Gottlieb that the claims were not common enough for the case to move forward as a class action. Instead, women who claim they may suffer future health problems because of their use of the drug Prempro will have to file individual suits against Wyeth. The Wyeth decision reverses a...
  • Soldiers sue over out-of-pocket costs

    02/01/2006 8:17:30 PM PST · by Racehorse · 6 replies · 464+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1 February 2006 | Sara Miller Llana
    Massachusetts National Guard soldiers are taking the question straight to the top. They have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they are owed $73 million in food, lodging, and commuting expenses they paid out-of-pocket while activated under state orders to protect sites such as military bases and reservoirs from terrorist attacks. The lawsuit, filed recently in federal court against the Massachusetts National Guard and the US Department of Defense, is believed to be the first of its kind nationally, and raises new questions about what the government owes its men and women in uniform. [. . .] . . . the...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 01-21-06

    01/21/2006 7:51:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 496+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 01-21-06 | George W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 21, 2006 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This past Thursday, I visited a thriving company in Loudoun County, Virginia, named JK Moving and Storage. I met with the owners and workers and with small businesspeople from the area, and I discussed my agenda to keep America's economy growing and to help our small businesses stay vibrant and strong. Our agenda for growing the economy and helping small businesses starts with wise tax policy. Our economy grows when American workers and families can keep more of their hard-earned money to spend, save, and...
  • Sony settles 'rootkit' class action lawsuit

    12/29/2005 1:59:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 793+ views
    Sony BMG has struck a deal with the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit over copy-restriction software it used in music CDs, according to a settlement document filed at a New York court Wednesday. The record label has agreed to compensate buyers of CDs that contained the XCP and MediaMax DRM programs and to provide software utilities to allow consumers to uninstall both types of software from their computer. The furor over Sony's DRM software began at the end of October when a U.S. programmer discovered that XCP software on a Sony music CD had installed copy-restriction software on his...
  • LA Schools Bus 800 Students to "Hate-Bush" Rally

    11/10/2005 9:15:48 PM PST · by Mark Felton · 74 replies · 2,291+ views
    FOX News ^ | 11/10/05 | FOX News' Aaron Bruns
    When hundreds of Los Angeles high school students told administrators they planned to walk out of school to attend last week's protest by the liberal "World Can't Wait" group calling for President Bush's impeachment — the L.A. school district decided not to discipline them. Instead, the district provided school buses and a staff escort to transport some 800 students from 10 schools to the rally and back. School officials said students would attend the protest with or without their permission, and the district's chief operating officer told KNBC, "Our issue...was safety, and I think we fulfilled our mission." — FOX...
  • Apple hit with iPod nano class action lawsuit

    10/21/2005 7:41:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies · 436+ views
    MacWorld through Yahoo! ^ | Fri Oct 21, 3:30 PM ET | Jim Dalrymple - MacCentral
    A class action lawsuit has been launched against Apple Computer claiming the company’s recently released diminutive iPod nano scratches too easily. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in San Jose California, seeks to represent up to 125,000 iPod owners the law firm that launched the case said. The suit claims that the iPod Nano is defectively designed, allowing the screen to quickly become scratched with normal use. The suit also claims that the excessive, rapid wear renders the device unusable. “The suit charges that Apple violated implied and expressed warranties when it began selling what plaintiffs claim are defective...
  • CLASS-ACTION 'SQUEEGEE BOYS' GET COMEUPPANCE (STOCK MANIPULATION)

    09/15/2005 9:33:39 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies · 1,010+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 28, 2002 | Robert Trigaux
    Once upon a time in a distant kingdom, a man knocked on the door of a local lord. The man had traveled far. But his fearsome reputation as a legal advocate preceded him. "I represent the poor serfs down the road," the man warned the local lord. "They were wronged when you bought their lands for less than their true value. I have made a formal complaint with the local judge." "Surely we can work something out," the local lord said. The two men put their heads together and settled the dispute. The local lord agreed to pay the legal...
  • WSJ: Class-Action Common Sense - The benefits of the big State Farm reversal.

    08/23/2005 5:52:06 AM PDT · by OESY · 20 replies · 956+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 23, 2005 | Editorial
    ...In the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual list of jurisdictions with the worst litigation environment, Illinois is home to three of the top 15 counties: Madison, Le Clair and Cook (Chicago). So it's nice to see that the Supreme Court of Illinois has decided to rein in a local judge.... In a welcome display of common sense, a 6-0 court last week reversed a $1.05 billion judgment against State Farm Insurance Co. The case-- Avery v. State Farm-- was ostensibly about the parts used to repair cars covered under State Farm policies. The policies specified the use of "non-original equipment,"...
  • Seafood Fraud Allegations Hit Fast Food Business

    07/03/2005 4:10:44 PM PDT · by Cowman · 17 replies · 864+ views
    Restaurant news resource ^ | 2005-06-30 | no byline
    Seafood Fraud Allegations Hit Fast Food Business Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill(R) Has Been Selling 'Lobster Burritos' for Years-But with 'Langostino' in Them Instead As the Health-Mex market heats up in California, a class action has been filed on behalf of consumers allegedly defrauded by restaurant chain's menu language. Who's had Langostino Newburg? Fans of Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill(R) (NASDAQ:RUBO) , the self-described "Home of the Original Fish Taco," may want to reconsider their diets once they find out what one customer discovered after a recent meal at the Manhattan Beach, California Rubio's: There is nothing Americans traditionally call lobster in...
  • US Prosecutors Implicate Milberg Weiss in Kickback Case

    06/24/2005 10:18:30 PM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 2,783+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 24, 2005 | Gina Keating
    A California man has been charged with taking illegal kickbacks to act as a plaintiff in dozens of corporate class-action lawsuits filed by Milberg Weiss, a move that brings a three-year federal probe to the door of one of the leading U.S. securities law firms. The indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday comes as prosecutors try to make a case that Milberg Weiss improperly paid plaintiffs to file lawsuits against publicly traded companies. A spokeswoman for the law firm said on Friday that Milberg Weiss had been subpoenaed in connection with the investigation...