Archive for December, 2007

Families File Lawsuit Over Loss Of Pets

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Families from housing projects in the town of Barceloneta have filed a lawsuit against the mayor of the town and an animal control company after around eighty household pets were seized and brutally killed simply because officials stated that those living in housing projects could not have pets.

Children living in the housing projects are said to have been distraught when animal control workers from Animal Control Solutions demanded their pet cats and dogs. The animals were allegedly injected with unknown substances, thrown into a van, and then thrown off a bridge into a fifty foot ravine. The lawsuit filed by the families of those that lost their pets stated: “While the raids were going on, children watched the brutality; pets soiled themselves out of sheer fear and trauma, people screamed or cried.”

One young child who lost a pet and had learning difficulties has threatened to commit suicide and sees no point in living, states the lawsuit. The mayor states that the city was not responsible once animals had been sized by the animal control company, and Animal Control Solutions claims that there is no proof that they threw the animals off the bridge.

Acting Police Chief Files Lawsuit

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

The acting police chief in West Newbury has filed a lawsuit against the former police chief claiming that she was discriminated against, humiliated in front of other officers, was often at the center of sexually inappropriate jokes, and had her civil rights violated.

Lisa Holmes has filed the lawsuit against the former police chief in West Newbury, Jonathan Dennis. Holmes also named Selectmen in her lawsuit, who she claims failed to investigate her complaints about this inappropriate behavior and treatment. Holmes is seeking over eighteen thousand dollars in legal fees and two and a half thousand dollars in lost wages for not being promoted to the role of lieutenant.

The lawsuit was filed in Salem Superior Court. Selectmen are still deciding on a permanent replacement for Dennis as police chief, and Holmes is one of the candidates. The lawsuit details a range of incidents where Dennis is said to have behaved inappropriately, including an incident where he is said to have falsely claimed that Holmes was not interested in being promoted to Selectmen, who asked was Holmes had not been promoted to lieutenant.

Drug Distributors Sued By Woman Who Lost Son

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

A woman from the Illinois area in the United States has filed a lawsuit against two drug distributors after her four month old baby boy died after taking over the counter cough and cold medication. The lawsuit claims that the distributors of the drugs should of placed warnings about a key ingredient in the medicines that posed a danger.

The lawsuit was filed last week, and comes after health experts warned at Federal Drug Administration hearings that children under the age of six months should not be given such medicines, because not only can they be ineffective but they can also cause harm. The woman, Dimitria Alvarez, found her son dead in his cot in 2001 after he had been suffering from apparent cough and cold symptoms.

The lawsuit claims that the mother had given the baby two different medications, which were McNeil-PPC Inc.’s Infant Tylenol Cold Decongestant Plus Cough and Walgreen-brand Pediatric Drops-Cough Plus Cold. The medications contain the ingredient dextromethorphan. According to the coroner’s report the baby died from apparent dextromethorphan intoxication.

Man Files Lawsuit After Being Forced To Visit Brothel

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

A man who claims that he was forced to visit a brothel and engage in other sexually explicit activities has sued the advertising agency that he worked for. The man was creative director for the US division of the largest advertising company in Japan. He claims that when he complained about the activities that he was forced to engage in on work’s outings he was fired from his job.

The lawsuit has been filed in the UK District Court in Manhattan and seeks unspecified damages. According to the plaintiff, Steve Biegel, he and other employees were forced to engage in such activities by Toyo Shigeta, the chief executive officer of Dentsu Holdings USA.

However, the company stated that the plaintiff is making outrageous accusations just to get money to which he is not entitled. Company officials stated: “When Dentsu refused to yield to Mr. Biegel’s unreasonable demands, he made outrageous allegations which the company has refuted.” The firm will be fighting the lawsuit.

The plaintiff claims that on one occasion Shigeta duped him and colleagues into going to a brothel by taking them on an outing but not telling them where they were going. He then tries to force them to engage in sexual activities with women and called them ‘no fun’ when they refused.

Lawyer Files Lawsuit Against Star

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

A lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the young star of the Disney hit, High School Musical. The former lawyer of the star, eighteen year old Vanessa Hudgens, claims that she owes him one hundred and fifty thousand dollars according to his court documents. Hudgens is now seeking the have the lawsuit dismissed.

The lawyer, Brian Schall, claims that the singer and actress owes him the money due to breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The star acted in the popular Disney movie and the sequel, and became popular amongst young American teenagers.

The lawsuit claims that when the star signed a contract with the lawyer in 2005 he advanced her costs and expenses based on her acting and singing career. He said that he made up contracts for her that helped her to earn money, and although she has made some payments to him she still owes him the one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

Court papers that have been filed by Hudgens’ lawyers claim that the California Family Code “provides that the contract of a minor is voidable and may be disaffirmed before age 18 or within a reasonable time afterward.”

Lawsuit Win For Wikipedia

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Wikipedia, the Internet giant, has won a landmark lawsuit filed against it, after a French court ruled that it was not responsible for content that was posted by its users. A lawsuit had been filed against Wikipedia by three plaintiffs, who were each seeking sixty nine thousand Euros. They filed the lawsuit over invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit came after the three plaintiffs’ sexuality was revealed through content that was posted on the site. The content on Wikipedia is written and contributed by anonymous contributors. However, a judge rejected the case filed by the plaintiff’s stating that Wikipedia was not responsible for the content posted by anonymous users.

A Wikipedia official stated that the decision of the judge confirmed that Wikipedia was simply an Internet host and not an editor. She stated that the information in question had been added to a Wikipedia article, but had then been withdrawn.

Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, as it is an open source Internet encyclopedia. Over one hundred people a month use the site, which was founded in 2001, and there are currently over eight million articles on the website in a variety of languages.

Government Request For Lawsuit Dismissal Denied

Friday, December 21st, 2007

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit at the request of the government. The lawsuit was filed by two men, who claim that immigration officers drugged them while trying to deport the two men. The lawsuit was filed against the US Department of Homeland Security by the two men, Amadou Diouf and Raymond Soeoth.

According to the two men they were forcibly given mind altering drugs usually used to treat psychotic patients. The officials that have been accused of administering the drugs are officers from the San Pedro detention centre.

An attorney that was representing the two men welcomed the decision, stating: “This is a very significant ruling because this means we can now get information from the government that will reveal the truth about this awful practice of forcibly drugging immigrants.”

Hiroshi Motomura, who teaches immigration law at University of California, Los Angeles, stated: “The government is consistently taking the position that detention standards are not subject to enforcement. But this ruling signifies that there are limits on what the government can do.”

College Sued Over Infection

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Iona College in New York has been sued by a former football player over an infection that he contracted. The player has sued over an antibiotic resistant staph infection, which he states almost resulted in the loss of his leg a couple of years ago.

According to former football player Nick Zaffarese the infection that he contracted in 2005 was brushed off by team trainers. The player had allegedly contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. He stated in his lawsuit that this almost cost him his leg. In addition to accusing trainers of ignoring the problem he also stated that locker rooms were unsanitary.

Officials from the college have declined to comment because the lawsuit is still pending. However, one official did state that conditions in the locker rooms were not unsanitary and that the college did not tolerate such conditions. She stated: “Our leadership does not tolerate unsanitary or unclean conditions.”

According to the former player he told trainers about the infection but they did not advise him to seek medical assistance right away. His father stated: “I got a call from my son telling me that his leg was black and he was going to have surgery.”

Cop Accused Of Sexual Discrimination

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A Chicago police officer has been accused of sexual discrimination by three women who claim that the officer called them names and ‘roughed them up’ because of their sexuality. The alleged incident occurred after the Gay Pride Parade. This is the latest in a number of accusations against Chicago police officers, often relating to officers that are off duty.

A lawyer that is working on behalf of the three plaintiffs in this case stated: “This case is another example of the corruption, cover-up and brutality that is festering inside the Chicago Police Department.” The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Kelly Fuery, aged 36, Debra Sciortino, aged 32, and Nicole Tomaskovic, aged 25.

Two state troopers and office William Szura have been named as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit states that one of the plaintiffs was trying to get past the officer’s car but he swerved and slammed on his brakes to make this impossible. After her car was forced off the road the officer allegedly called out abusive names relating to the woman’s sexuality.

The officer is accused of then roughing up the women after the other two defendant’s stepped in to try and help the first plaintiff. The officer then identified himself as a cop and the women were charged with battery.

Toronto Residents Sue Auto Manufacturers

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Four residents from Toronto have filed a lawsuit against North American auto manufacturers. The two billion dollar lawsuit claims that the price of autos in Canada was inflated by the auto industry, and cross border purchasing using the strong Canadian dollar was prohibited by the auto industry.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this week, and cars covered will be those that were purchased between August 2005 and August 2007. The plaintiffs claim that they had to pay out more to purchase the same or a similar model car in Canada than they would have had to in America.

According to the lawsuit the auto industry in North America was involved in a conspiracy to inflate prices in Canada and ensure that cross border purchasing was prohibited. Officials claim that Canadians are having to pay around twenty four percent more for the same or similar goods than Americans.

A number of defendants have been named in the lawsuit, and this includes Canadian and U.S. divisions of General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association.