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Huffington says blogger suit ‘without merit’

WASHINGTON — Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, has dismissed as “utterly without merit” a lawsuit filed against the website claiming compensation for unpaid bloggers. Huffington, who sold The Huffington Post to AOL two months ago for $315 million, said the vast majority of contributors to her news and…

Facebook saga grows with new legal drama

SAN FRANCISCO – The drama of the Facebook story heightened on Tuesday as a man with a shady past used old emails and a powerful law firm to press his claim to half the online social networking firm. A legal claim filed last year by Paul Ceglia and deemed dubious…

Blogger who beat the NYT sues Huffington over the ‘Wal-Martization’ of journalism

Former Huff blogger: Arianna is creating ‘a Third World class of creative people’ Arianna Huffington has long been criticized for the unpaid work of the thousands of bloggers whose content made her site a must-click, and valuable enough to be acquired by AOL for $315 million in February. Now, the…

Idaho Republicans ‘run amok’, sue taxpayers for $100K

According to Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman-Review, Republicans in the Idaho state legislature rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay the Idaho Republican Party $100,000 in attorney’s fees and legal costs for a primary election lawsuit that it brought against the state and won.  81% of…

Hollywood studios sue online film service Zediva

SAN FRANCISCO – Hollywood studios went to court to derail a startup that sidesteps paying film licensing fees by streaming movies online from “rented” DVD players. The Motion Picture Association of America filed a lawsuit charging Zediva.com with violating film copyrights by using a DVD rental “sham” to disguise what…

Facebook sued for $1 billion over Intifada page

WASHINGTON – Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg have been hit with a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages over a page on the social network which called for a “Third Intifada” against Israel. Facebook this week shut down the “Third Intifada” page, which had almost 500,000 fans, but…

Employees accuse Bayer of sex discrimination

NEW YORK – Six former and current employees of a U.S. unit of Bayer AG filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination in pay, promotions and the treatment of pregnant women and mothers. The lawsuit, filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey federal court,…

US appeals court reinstates wiretap abuse lawsuit

WASHINGTON – An appeals court Monday reinstated a lawsuit challenging a law giving the US government broad authority in electronic wiretapping and monitoring of overseas calls and emails in probing suspected terrorism. The US Court of Appeals in New York said the suit by civil liberties activists can proceed, reversing…

Charlie Sheen seeks $100 million for TV sacking

LOS ANGELES – Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking $100 million from Warner Brothers and the producers of “Two and a Half Men” for sacking him from the hit TV show. Lawyers for the troubled star claim Sheen’s contract was breached by his dismissal this week in the wake…

American Apparel CEO held teen as sex slave: lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Apparel Inc founder and chief executive Dov Charney is being sued for $250 million by a woman who said he treated her as a sex slave when she was a teenage sales employee at the clothing chain. Irene Morales of Brooklyn, New York, has accused…

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