GEO Group sues Netflix for trademark infringement over use of logos in 'Messiah' series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The GEO Group, a Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention centers, is suing Netflix over the streaming provider’s depiction of its “misappropriated trademarks and name” in its original series “Messiah.”The suit says the series “falsely accuses GEO of detaining immigrants in overcrowded overheated rooms with chain-link fences and depriving them of beds, bedding, sunshine, recreation and educational opportunities.”It goes on to say that “Unlike in ‘Messiah,’ GEO does not house people in overcrowded rooms with chain-link fences at its Facilities, but prov...
Doctor sues Washington state hospital after he was fired for raising coronavirus concerns
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Fired whistleblower physician Dr. Ming Lin, backed by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, filed suit Thursday against former employer PeaceHealth, one of its top administrators and a national medical staffing firm, seeking damages and reinstatement after his March dismissal from a Bellingham hospital.Lin, 58, was fired from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center after publicly protesting what he called inadequate workplace measures to protect hospital personnel and patients from the COVID-19 disease. He became a global cause célèbre among health care workers w...
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in shareholder meeting rejects notion that workers were fired in retaliation
SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos rejected the notion that Amazon has fired employees in recent weeks for speaking about working conditions.“We support every employees’ right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that also doesn’t mean they’re allowed to not follow internal policies,” the Amazon founder, chairman and CEO said in response to a question during the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday. “But for sure, your rights to protest working conditions, we take that super seriously, and we have no problem with that at all.”That has been the company’s official line in recent wee...
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How GM plans to bring white-collar employees back into workforce
DETROIT — A “small number” of white collar workers are back on the job in their offices at General Motors Technical Center in Warren.The employees started trickling back last week, around the same time GM brought back some 12,000 hourly workers to many of its North American factories.GM had shuttered its plants in North America in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Right before doing that, it had told salaried workers to work remotely if their job allowed them to do so.“A small number of employees have returned to work at the Tech Center campus, following the safety guidelines we have co...
Detroit Free Press
Judge tosses One America News Network's defamation suit against Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow has dunked on One America News Network yet again — this time in a courtroom.A judge ruled on Friday that the host of the MSNBC program “The Rachel Maddow Show” did not malign the ultraconservative political network when she called it “Russian propaganda” and dismissed OAN’s $10 million defamation lawsuit, reported Variety.One America News Network’s parent company, Herring Networks, argued that Maddow besmirched the company during a 2019 episode of her show while discussing a Daily Beast article that reported one OAN contributor also worked for the Russian-based news site Sputnik....
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Devin Nunes' lawyer is warned about 'forum shopping' as judge moves CNN lawsuit to NY
WASHINGTON — A Virginia judge on Friday moved Rep. Devin Nunes’ lawsuit against CNN to New York and wrote that there was no “logical connection” for the California congressman to sue the media company in Virginia.The lawsuit is one of seven defamation cases Nunes and attorney Steven Biss filed since 2019 against news organizations, Twitter, his critics and the investigative research firm that created the so-called Steele dossier. Nunes, R-Calif., had filed all but two of the lawsuits in Virginia courts.Judge Robert E. Payne, of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, grant...
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Mets' Noah Syndergaard failed to pay $27k rent for New York penthouse: lawsuit
NEW YORK — Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard is pitching a rent strike — balking on a $27,000 payment for a posh Tribeca penthouse, the landlord charges in a new lawsuit.The owner of 116 Hudson St. writes that the hurler nicknamed “Thor” signed a lease covering March through November for a total of $225,000, plus a $17,000 broker’s commission. Syndergaard signed the lease in February, before the coronavirus pandemic shut New York City down in mid-March. The 2,700-square-foot duplex boasts three bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows and three large terraces.But Syndergaard never showed up to the ...
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Royal Caribbean's Filipino crew members ask court to order cruise line to send them home
MIAMI — Filipino crew members on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity ships are asking a federal judge to order the company to send them home immediately.In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami Thursday, Ryan Maunes Maglana, a Filipino crew member on the Celebrity Millennium ship docked in San Diego, said he and his colleagues have been held against their will without pay for more than two months as the company has repeatedly delayed repatriation plans for them. On behalf of all Filipino crew members on Celebrity’s 14 ships, Maglana is asking the court to intervene with emergency relief.Sin...
Adult businesses suing to get PPP loans. So far, the nightclubs are winning
CHICAGO — The federal Payroll Protection Program has hit a few bumps in the road since its rollout last month, from blowback over alleged preferential treatment for larger businesses to growing concern over loan forgiveness requirements.Now it’s navigating a legal challenge from adult nightclubs including Chicago’s Admiral Theatre alleging the Small Business Administration shut them out of PPP funding.At issue is a long-standing SBA restriction on loans to businesses that present live performances of a “prurient sexual nature.” Lawsuits brought by adult clubs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michiga...
Did HP purge boomers to make way for millennials? Judge rules lawsuit claims can go ahead
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal court judge in San Jose narrowed a lawsuit accusing HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise of purging older workers in favor of younger ones, but ruled that the case should proceed based on its central claims.Three dozen former employees are suing the firms for age discrimination, claiming they were fired because they were older and the companies wanted a younger workforce.Judge Edward Davila wrote in his ruling this week that the former workers claim internal HP documents from 2015 showed that “Baby Boomers” were considered “undesirable” while millennials were seen as ...
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