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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Pussy Riot Duo Strikes Back Against Kremlin With Lawsuit

They’re known for their guerrilla tactics and public displays of punk protest, but now two members of the Pussy Riot collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using the tools of the system to their advantage.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



T-Mobile Slapped With FTC Lawsuit for Phony Charges

Some T-Mobile customers have paid extra fees for text-based services they didn’t agree to include in their cellphone charges, and now the Federal Trade Commission is on the mobile giant’s case with an inquiry and a lawsuit.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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L.A. Sues America’s Biggest Bank Alleging Predatory Lending

On Friday, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing it of pushing minority borrowers to take on risky home loans that would ultimately cost the city at least $1.7 billion in lost revenue and maintenance.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Shutterstock

Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Steve Rhodes (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



Thousands Sue Nuclear Giants Over Japan’s Fukushima Disaster

A class-action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


Documents to Remain Open in Examiner’s Lawsuit Against Fed

A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Halliburton Admits Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence

The American contractor that worked for BP on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig announced Thursday that it would plead guilty to destroying evidence relating to the 2010 explosion that sparked the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



MoneyBlogNewz (CC BY 2.0)

Bank of America Schemes to Evade Settlement Rules and Pocket Cash

Documents leaked by a bank insider show the company sold servicing rights to more than half a million mortgages to loan servicing companies in order to make a quick profit and avoid settlement requirements, leaving homeowners in the lurch and with fewer protections to avoid foreclosure, Salon reporter David Dayen writes.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway

Food for Thought on Paula Deen

Paula Deen needs to give the self-pity a rest. The damage to her carefully built image is self-inflicted—nobody threw a rock—and her desperate search for approval and vindication is just making things worse.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Suit Alleges Drug Company Paid Doctors to Shill

Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis paid doctors to push three of its products by holding “educational events” on fishing trips and at Hooters restaurants that amounted to little more than parties, according to the federal government.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Adam Jones

Colleges Suing Poor Students Over Loan Defaults

“The increase in the amount of defaulted loans among poor students comes as President Barack Obama says he wants to expand access to college for working-class families and increase funding for the Perkins program,” Bloomberg reports.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/eflon

AIG’s Big ‘Screw You’ to America

In the ultimate act of corporate greed, the insurance giant—which received a bailout from the government to the tune of $182 billion—is showing what a truly unscrupulous and morally bankrupt organization it is by mulling whether to join a lawsuit against Uncle Sam over unfair bailout terms.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/John Minchillo

We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Flawed Credit Card Debt Collection Process

Credit card companies are increasingly turning to the legal system in their rush to collect money that is owed to them. But, there now exists a very big problem in this litigious-happy practice—nearly all these lawsuits may be flawed.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by CTJ71081 (CC-BY)

Criminalizing Dissent

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



"Democracy Now!"

NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

A Victory for All of Us

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin E. Stumberg

Judge Puts Deepwater Horizon Trial on Hold

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who will ultimately put a price tag on the worst oil spill in American history if the many lawsuits against BP go to trial, has given the oil giant and its many, many plaintiffs another week to reach a settlement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges

Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash—and a very serious state of affairs with regard to our civil liberties.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



inkstainedwretch.com

Vatican Isn’t Buying What Benetton’s Selling With Pope-Imam Ad

Italian clothing company Benetton’s latest foray into multiculturalism, this time with interfaith overtones, has landed the retailer in hot holy water with the Vatican. In a blatant bid to stay relevant while broadcasting a shock-inducing message of love in the time of globalization, Benetton launched an ad campaign ... (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



Pascal (CC-BY)

Prisons to Provide Treatment for Transgender Inmates

Federal prisons must now provide “current, accepted standards of care” for transgender inmates. “Care” could mean therapy, hormones and possibly even gender reassignment surgery. The change in policy was outlined in a May memo sent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to 116 federal facilities. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



Goody ‘Toe Shoes’ Banned by Army

The U.S. military bans FiveFingers shoes because they “detract from a professional military image”; Rupert Murdoch sells MySpace for a measly $35 million; and Google teams with the Getty Museum to create a smartphone application for art lovers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Parents Behaving Badly

Lawsuit Mom Nicole Imprescia took a quintessentially American approach to raising her child. First, she paid someone else to handle the work for her. Then she sued to get the money back.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class John Miller

U.S. Sues BP, Transocean for Damages ‘Without Limitation’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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POM Not So Wonderful?

Advertisers make all kinds of claims about the magical qualities of their clients’ products, but in the case of POM—the supposedly “wonderful” pomegranate juice in that shapely bulbous bottle—the fruity company might have crossed the line, according to the FTC.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



Eric Draper / Meg Whitman for Governor 2010

A Closer Look at Citizen Whitman

Looking back at Meg Whitman’s history of fulfilling public obligations as a California citizen, we can measure whether her current commitment to public service matches her record of participation in some public spheres of citizenship in the Golden State.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE


Zuckerberg
Flickr / Deneyterrio

Facebook CEO Sniffs at Ownership Lawsuit

Here’s some palace intrigue from the inner chambers of the Facebook empire that could threaten the whole enterprise: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying the legitimacy of a contract, allegedly signed in 2003 ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


Brewer
AP / Michael Dwyer

Arizona Crosses the Line

The news coverage of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the Arizona immigration law is missing the point by focusing on politics rather than the merits of the federal government’s case.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rego - twitter.com/w3bdesign (CC-BY-SA)

YouTube Prevails, Viacom Sulks, Internet Breathes Easy

A judge Wednesday upheld one of the basic rules of the Internet, saving YouTube one billion dollars and letting the rest of us get on with business as usual. Viacom had accused YouTube of profiting from Viacom copyrighted content, but the judge in the case decided that the Google-owned website acted appropriately. (continued)

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Gay Marriage Goes Up for Argument in California

California’s a place that may seem a little kooky, a little crunchy, and definitely more than a little liberal when viewed from some other areas of the nation, but when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, it has yet to catch up with Iowa. Or Spain.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


David Byrne
Wikimedia Commons / livepict.com

David Byrne Hits Charlie Crist With Suit Over Song

Let it be understood that Talking Heads’ 1985 classic tune “Road to Nowhere” was not intended for use in political campaigns. Embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist found this out the hard way after setting a campaign ad to the song without singer/composer David Byrne’s permission—which he clearly wouldn’t have gotten anyway.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Shealah Craighead

Vatican Says Bishops Aren’t Employees

In an effort to keep a rising legal flood below the chin, the Vatican is prepared to argue that bishops are not employees of the church, therefore the church shouldn’t be held responsible for their sometimes nefarious behavior related to allegations of sexual abuse. We’re not lawyers, but that seems pretty ridiculous.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


SEC building
Wikimedia Commons / AgnosticPreachersKid

Key Testimony May Hinder SEC’s Goldman Sachs Suit

On Wednesday, a day after Goldman Sachs stock took a dip as the SEC’s lawsuit against the financial giant loomed large, The Wall Street Journal suggested that Goldman could catch a break in the case ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: The SEC Shafts Goldman Sachs

Stephen Colbert is outraged at the Obama administration’s attempt to thwart banks’ promotion of risky investments. After all, risky investments are like risky sex, and “if you make the banks wear a condom, they won’t be able to feel it when they’re f*&#ing us over.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Goldman building
Flickr / laverrue

Goldman Sachs Posts Big Profits as SEC Suit Awaits

Goldman Sachs has demonstrated a remarkable ability to keep pulling in the profits—and bestowing bonuses on company execs—regardless of the state of the global economy, and despite what the bank might have done to damage it in the first place. On Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Goldman Sachs
AP / Mark Lennihan

SEC Slaps Goldman Sachs With Fraud Suit

In a move that may signal the beginning of the end of Goldman Sachs’ golden era, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit Friday against the banking behemoth, accusing the company of selling customers subprime mortgage derivatives ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr user dbking (CC-BY)

Boy Scouts of America Loses in Abuse Lawsuit Trial

An Oregon jury on Tuesday hit the Boy Scouts of America with a $1.4 million verdict and potentially a lot more in punitive damages. Jurors determined that the national organization was negligent in the case of an assistant Scoutmaster who had admitted to abusing Scouts. (continued)

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


McMillen
cnn.com

ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


Hurt Locker
imdb.com

U.S. Soldier Sues, Claims He’s ‘Hurt Locker’ Character

He and his lawyer waited until the Oscar ballots were in, but on Tuesday, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, a U.S. Army soldier who worked as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, filed a lawsuit claiming that he had provided the real-world inspiration for actor Jeremy Renner’s character in “The Hurt Locker.” Why did he wait until the votes were cast?

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



Digital Racketeering? ... Lawsuit Accuses Yelp of Extortion

A class-action lawsuit claims online business review repository Yelp charges businesses a kind of protection fee to make bad reviews disappear. Yelp vehemently denies this, although the allegations line up with an earlier report of bad behavior.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



Background: Suburbanbloke (CC-BY-SA)

Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Katrina aftermath
Wikimedia Commons/FEMA

Federal Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Katrina Damage

Over four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a federal judge has ruled in favor of four plaintiffs from the vicinity of the city’s Ninth Ward, finding that the Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for some of the damage incurred by the storm and awarding each plaintiff over $700,000.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


protest
Flickr / ingridtaylar

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Dismiss Prop. 8 Suit

Although Proposition 8 passed in California last year, setting back the gay marriage cause, the legal wheels are still turning to argue against the measure. On Wednesday, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court refused to stop a challenge to Proposition 8, dismissing the argument that (straight) marriage and procreation are fundamentally linked.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
AP / Jason DeCrow

Legal Trouble Spreads to Madoff Family Members

Fallen financier Bernard Madoff’s brother, sons and niece are now in legal hot water after a court-appointed trustee filed suit against them on Friday for allegedly pocketing “ill-gotten gains” they received from Madoff’s fraudulent business ventures, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


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