From the monthly archives:

September 2013

TweetIn a Sept. 25 order denying a social media aggregator firm’s motion to reconsider a 2012 ruling that found it guilty of spam and computer fraud violations against Facebook Inc., a California federal judge also determined that the company’s CEO “authorized and directed” the illegal activities, making him personally liable under the statutes (Facebook Inc. […]

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TweetWhile the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage were a significant victory for the LGBT community, discrimination still exists in the courtroom. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is currently considering whether lawyers should be able to use peremptory challenges to exclude jurors based on sexual orientation. Peremptory challenges are […]

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TweetThe Guccione Collection LLC (TGC) filed an adversary proceeding in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of PMGI Holdings Inc., the parent company for the adult entertainment empire carrying the name “Penthouse,” seeking declaratory relief and unspecified damages related to intellectual property (In Re: PMGI Holdings Inc., No. 13-12404, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.). PMGI filed for […]

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TweetA federal judge in Georgia on Sept. 20 awarded summary judgment to Wells Fargo Bank N.A. and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) after finding that the lender never promised a couple that it would suspend foreclosure proceedings while their loan modification application was being considered (Marla Gould Holcomb, et al. v. Wells […]

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TweetBankrupt Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) on Sept. 19 filed a brief in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York objecting to a $ 7.5 million claim filed against its estate by the West Virginia Investment Management Board (WVIMB) (In Re: Residential Capital LLC, No. 12-12020, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.). ResCap […]

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TweetA New York federal judge on Sept. 18 granted preliminary approval to a nearly $ 14.3 million settlement by Roto-Rooter Services Co. to end a class complaint by technicians alleging various wage violations (Anthony Morangelli, et al v. Roto-Rooter Services Company, No. 10-876, E.D. N.Y.). Anthony Morangelli and Frank Ercole filed a class complaint in […]

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TweetEvidence of a premises owner’s liability allowed for the otherwise untimely naming of a defendant who ended up at trial, and the evidence supports a jury’s award against it on lung cancer claims, but the liability must be split between the two entities, a Louisiana court held Sept. 16 (Alfred Watts and Rosa Lee Watts […]

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TweetThe United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Sept. 16 announced that an English crown court fined a dairy and a welding company for exposing employees to asbestos. The HSE said the Plymouth Crown Court fined Dairy Crest Ltd. and Rochdale Electric Welding Co. Ltd. (REWCO) for exposing employees to asbestos at an industrial […]

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TweetWith no end in sight to the ongoing sequestration cuts, federal court judges and lawyers are growing increasingly concerned about the impact on our judicial system. Sequestration resulted in $332 million budget reduction for the federal judiciary, or approximately 5 percent of its current $6.97 billion budget. With Congress set to return from break, the […]

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TweetBankrupt Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) on Sept. 11 filed a brief arguing that the bankruptcy court should expunge two separate claims valued at total of $ 30 million that it says have been filed by a couple who has a “documented history of vexatious litigation” (In Re: Residential Capital LLC, No. 12-12020, Chapter 11, S.D. […]

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