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News Corp. phone hacking scandal cited in investor lawsuit

NEW YORK — A group of US investors have amended their lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to include Britain’s phone-hacking scandal as evidence of a nepotistic corporate culture “run amuck.” Two pension funds and New York-based Amalgamated Bank, which manages about $12 billion for institutional investors, accused Murdoch of…

Groups sue to overturn ‘discriminatory’ Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s new immigration law, described as the toughest in the nation by both critics and supporters. The lawsuit says Alabama’s law will subject both citizens and non-citizens to “criminal penalties and incarceration for innocent daily activities, such…

Washington Mutual shareholders win $208 million

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Washington Mutual executives have agreed to pay $208.5 million to settle a lawsuit launched by a group of investors after the bank’s failure in 2008, the largest ever of its kind. The bank leaders, among them former Washington Mutual chairman Kerry Killinger, ex-chief operating officer Stephen…

Mother sues Cornell for $25 million after son’s hazing death

WASHINGTON — The mother of a Cornell University student is suing a fraternity for $25 million after her son was allegedly kidnapped, bound and forced to drink large amounts of alcohol that led to his February death. George Desdunes, a sophomore at the prestigious Ivy League school, called the Sigma…

Supreme Court upholds $270 million award to smokers

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal request made by American tobacco companies on Monday in a class-action lawsuit that awarded 500,000 smokers a total of $270 million in damages. Without comment, the highest US court dismissed the appeal of a 2009 Louisiana court decision that ruled the…

U.S. sued by 22,000 would-be immigrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit has been filed against the State Department alleging it unfairly denied 22,000 would-be legal immigrants the right to permanent residency in the United States, their lawyers said Monday. White and Associates said it filed the lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Colombia charging…

Supreme Court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now…

Supreme Court blocks Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court has ruled against 1.5 million women who claim they were discriminated against by retail giant Wal-Mart. The court unanimously said that what would have been the largest class action in American history could not go forward because the case would have been too big and unfair to…

Ohio police who slammed businessman’s head into concrete face lawsuit

A lawsuit filed May 26 in U.S. District Court alleges that police from the Ohio’s Put-in-Bay township used excessive force when arresting a man on a noise complaint on July 18 of last year. Attorneys for Bradley Ohlemacher are suing the Village of Put-in-Bay, Put-in-Bay Township, three Put-in-Bay police officers…

Blackwater sued for allegedly failing to pay benefits

WASHINGTON — Four former employees of Blackwater, the scandal-plagued security firm now called Xe, have filed a $60 million class action lawsuit claiming the firm failed to pay health and pension benefits to its employees. Their lawyer, Scott Bloch, said Wednesday that Xe improperly classified thousands of its employees as…

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