US Justice Department intervenes in lawsuit opposing Whitmer's coronavirus orders
LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. Justice Department put the weight of its office Friday behind a business lawsuit seeking to overturn some of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.The governor said the development was a White House move that “seeks to undermine the health and safety of Michigan residents.”The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” in a lawsuit filed April 28 in federal court in Grand Rapids by seven small businesses who allege Whitmer’s orders are unconstitutionally arbitrary and discriminatory, allowing some businesses to o...
Detroit Free Press
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...
Law firm sued for unpaid rent in Chicago's first big office space leasing lawsuit of pandemic
CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s largest law firms is itself getting sued after skipping rent payments on its sprawling riverfront office during the coronavirus pandemic.Jenner & Block failed to make April 1 and May 1 rent payments and is in default on its lease at 353 N. Clark St., alleges a lawsuit filed by its landlord, an affiliate of Chicago-based real estate investment manager Heitman. The suit seeks to collect more than $3.8 million.The lawsuit, filed May 20 in Cook County Circuit Court, is the first known major legal spat between commercial landlords and tenants in Chicago since companies be...
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...
The Seattle Times
Harvey Weinstein raped 17-year-old in 1994, new lawsuit claims
NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday contains previously unreported allegations that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old girl in 1994, court filings show.The suit filed by four Jane Does, now aged 70, 43, 38 and 35, seeks damages from Weinstein for allegedly sexual abusing the four women over a decadeslong period, and his brother, Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Walt Disney for fostering a culture of silence and allowing the abuse to occur.In a 1994 incident not previously reported on, Weinstein allegedly lured a teenage girl to his hotel room unde...
New York Daily News
Tulsi Gabbard drops defamation suit against Hillary Clinton
Former Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard dropped her defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton Wednesday, citing the coronavirus pandemic and importance of defeating President Trump in November.Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, sued Clinton in January for suggesting she was a “Russian asset” whose candidacy helped Trump’s reelection chances.“While they remain certain of the action’s legal merit, they are just as certain that this new COVID and post-COVID world require them to focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather t...
New York Daily News
Authorities say COVID-19 scams spreading
MINNEAPOLIS — The claim was at least unique. A Minnesota chiropractic practice said it had a way to help patients fight off COVID-19 infection.No long after he heard about it, state Attorney General Keith Ellison sent a letter ordering the spine adjusting business to stop advertising the coronavirus treatment or face court action.Then, he moved on to the next get-rich-quick scam.Suspect cures and price gouging on short supplies have become a game of Whac-A-Mole for state and federal regulators and some businesses during the pandemic.From Jan. 1 to May 18, the Federal Trade Commission fielded m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Do detainee transfers increase COVID-19 cases? Judge orders ICE to disclose data
MIAMI — A Miami federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration officials to disclose whether the government’s practice of transferring detainees from one facility to another has contributed to a worrying spike in coronavirus cases inside three South Florida detention centers.U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke’s order comes after the Miami Herald reported that COVID-19 cases at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broward County skyrocketed last week after dozens of detainees were transferred there from Miami-Dade.ICE “shall discuss how ICE utilizes transfers and whether ...
Cuomo allows New Yorkers to gather, even if nonessential
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gatherings of up to 10 people will now be allowed in New York after a lawsuit challenged a directive from Gov. Cuomo that only gave the green light to Memorial Day celebrations and religious services.The change came Friday evening after the New York Civil Liberties Union sued the governor on behalf of a Brooklyn woman arrested twice outside of City Hall for protesting the statewide coronavirus shutdown.The group argued that Cuomo’s initial order signed a day earlier infringed on New Yorkers’ First Amendment rights by allowing certain gatherings but limiting protests and demonstr...
New York Daily News
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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