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Supreme Court allows class-action fraud lawsuit against Halliburton

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court gave the green light Monday to a group seeking to bring a class-action lawsuit against US oil services firm Halliburton for alleged fraud. The nine judges unanimously decided that the plaintiffs, a group of investors, do not need to prove a direct relationship between…

Supreme Court rules John Ashcroft did not misuse power to arrest terror witness

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously threw out a lawsuit accusing former Attorney General John Ashcroft of misusing his power by jailing a supposed terrorism witness in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the case Ashcroft v. al Kidd, the highest court in the nation ruled (PDF)…

Arizona files lawsuit over recently enacted medical marijuana laws

Governor Jan Brewer (R) has ordered the Arizona attorney general to file a lawsuit seeking a ruling from a federal court on the legality of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and has suspended the state’s permit process for marijuana dispensaries. The Arizona Republic reported Brewer said she fears that state employees could…

Judge denies motions by ACORN pranksters

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the “pimp” and “prostitute” of the notorious ACORN scam attempted to invoke the First Amendment as a hedge against a $75,000 lawsuit filed by ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera under the California Privacy Act. California federal judge M. James Lorenz has dismissed the argument, stating…

Paypal sues Google over mobile phone ‘Wallet’

NEW YORK — Google faced a lawsuit on Friday hours after it unveiled a free mobile application that turns a smartphone into an electronic wallet and is designed to replace plastic credit cards. PayPal and eBay filed a lawsuit in a California state court Thursday charging that the Internet giant…

Groups sue U.S. over human antibiotics in farm feed

NEW YORK (AFP) – A coalition of consumer groups filed a federal lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration over the use of human antibiotics in animal feed, saying it creates dangerous superbugs. The suit alleges that the regulatory agency concluded in 1977 that the practice of feeding healthy…

Bradley Manning activist sues feds over confiscated laptop, electronics

A computer expert and vocal supporter of Pfc. Bradley Manning has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the seizure of his laptop and other electronic equipment by federal agents. David House, 23, was returning to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2010, after a vacation to Mexico, when all…

ACLU defends cancer patient fired for legal marijuana use

The American Civil Liberties Union urged a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to reinstate a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and a manager in Michigan for firing an employee who used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Thirty-year-old former Wal-Mart employee Joseph Casias used marijuana to treat the…

Ex-workers say American Apparel posted their nude photos online

NEW YORK – A woman who accused American Apparel Inc chief executive Dov Charney of keeping her as a teenage sex slave is now suing him and his clothing retailer for defamation. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former American Apparel saleswoman and two other…

Judge dismisses firm’s lawsuit against Chevron

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chevron Corp will not have to face accusations from a prominent U.S. law firm that the oil major mounted a “smear campaign” related to long-running environmental battles in Ecuador, a U.S. judge has ruled. Patton Boggs, a Washington D.C.-based firm representing Ecuadorean plaintiffs suing Chevron, had…

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