Archive for March, 2008

Rapper Settles Lawsuit Over Assault

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Rap star P Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy, has settled a lawsuit that was filed against him, which accused him of assaulting another man from Los Angeles following an after Oscars party last year in star studded Hollywood.

The trial against the rapper had been due to commence in late May, but the star decided to settle out of court. The amount for which he has settled has not been disclosed. He was accused of assault and battery by the plaintiff, Gerard Rechnitzer, who said that the rapper pushed him into a cab and also pushed his girlfriend.

Diddy, real name Sean Combs, was accused of shouting “What the f–k you looking at, dude? I’ll smack flames out your ass!” The plaintiff claims that the singer then went mental. The plaintiff had approached Combs who was talking to the man’s girlfriend after the Oscars.

The plaintiff claims that Combs went berserk after his girlfriend refused to go to another bash with him. He also claimed that there were four witnesses that were able to support what had happened that night, which was the evening of February 25th 2007.

Parents Accept Settlement From Teacher Accused Of Bullying

Friday, March 28th, 2008

The parents of a 4th grade boy, who was allegedly bullied by his teacher, have reached a settlement with the teacher after initially filing a lawsuit seeking one hundred and fifty five thousand dollars over the incident. The teacher was accused of bullying their son, Matthew Artinian.

The lawsuit was originally filed against the accused teacher, Mary Kanavaros, the English Montreal School Board, and the principle of the school. The accused teacher worked at Roslyn School, where she is accused of bullying the couple’s son.

The boy’s father said that he was still happy with the settlement even though the matter had stayed out of court because it had still enabled them to make their point as parents. He said: “It was done in the interest of every child in that classroom.”

A lawyer for the teacher, who now teaches Grade 1, stated: “Our position all along was our client never did anything wrong. She handles a class of 28 or 30 children and it’s not something that’s easy all the time. You have to basically take measures and make sure children will learn.”

Lawsuit Filed Against Former Wrestler and Son

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against former world famous wrestler, Hulk Hogan, his estranged wife, his son, Nick, and even a family friend, after an accident in Clearwater, Florida last year resulted in a young former Marine sustaining serious injuries, and incurring substantial medical costs as a result of the injuries.

The lawsuit was filed in Pinellas County Circuit Court, and was filed on behalf of twenty three year old US Marine, John Graziano. When the accident occurred last August seventeen year old Nick Hogan was behind the wheel of the car that was being driven, but Hulk has been included in the suit as a co-owner of the vehicle with his son.

The injuries that Graziano sustained left him in a medically induced coma, and he spent a number of weeks in a critical condition. He may now have to spend his life in a nursing home, as he needs continual care. He even suffered a broken skull in the accident.

A lawyer for Graziano said that his medical bills had already amounted to over one million dollars, and that the damaged from the lawsuit were to be used towards his future medical care. He added: “He will never be fully the John that he was before. We have to plan for what his lifelong care would be.”

CN Hit With Overtime Lawsuit

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

A lawsuit relating to unpaid overtime has been filed against the Canadian National Railway Company, according to a recent report. This is said to be the latest in a line of lawsuits that have been filed over failure to pay overtime to employees against a variety of companies in both Canada and the United Stated.

According to this latest lawsuit: “CN misclassified first-line supervisors as management employees in order to escape its obligations to pay overtime under the Canada Labour Code.” The lawsuit is claiming two hundred and fifty million dollars in unpaid overtime damages as part of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of around one thousand employees, and the legal documentation goes on to state that “first-line supervisors across Canada are routinely required to work hundreds of hours of overtime annually for which they are not paid.”

One lawyer who is well versed in employment laws supported the lawsuit by stating that “employers are not permitted to simply call someone a manager to avoid their obligations under the Code.”

Band Sues Virgin Over Unauthorized Use Of Material

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The alternative band, the Smashing Pumpkins, are suing their record label, Virgin, claiming that Virgin used some of the band’s music and their name in various deals with Pepsi and Amazon without first getting their permission.

Although the band has been signed to Virgin in the US for around seventeen years, bans members have claimed that the existing agreement that they have with the record label only covers the sale of digital downloads, and that Virgin therefore used the band’s image in these promotions without any authorization.

The lawsuit against Virgin was filed by the band in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this week, claiming breach of contract. Members of the band stated that they had “worked hard for over two decades to accumulate a considerable amount of goodwill in the eyes of the public”.

The band further accused Virgin of compromising their artistic integrity through the unauthorized use of their images and material, and added that they would “never grant such authority to Virgin, or any other entity”.

Women File Lawsuit Over Urinary Device

Monday, March 24th, 2008

A group of women from Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit over what they claim is a defective urinary incontinence device. The lawsuit has been filed against a medical supply company that is based in California. It is claimed that the device was defective and caused injuries to the women that used it.

The lawsuit has been filed over the ObTape Vaginal Sling, with claims that amongst the problems caused by the device were infections, severe pain, and erosion of vaginal tissue. These lawsuits are the latest in a number already filed over the device in various states, including Florida and Georgia,

The defendant in the lawsuits is the Mentor Corporation, which supplies medical products on a global basis and has manufactured this device. Women in a number of other states are said to be looking at filing lawsuits over the device.

Among the states in which future lawsuits against the company may be filed in relation to this device as New York, Ohio, Arizona, and a handful of other states according to the report.

Skycaps Suing American Airlines

Friday, March 21st, 2008

A group of Skycaps are heading to court after filing a lawsuit against American Airlines, accusing it of depriving them of their valuable tips as a result of charging passengers two dollars per bag as a curb-side check-in fee.

The Skycaps are said to make most of their money from tips, and legal representatives say that they have been deeply affected by the drop ion tips, as most passengers are unwilling to pay them a tip on top of the other fees that they are now being charged.

The fees came in several years ago with American Airlines, with a number of other airlines also imposing similar fees after the 2001 terrorist attacks ion New York left the level of passengers, and subsequently revenue, dwindling.

One lawyer for the Skycaps said: “We are looking for fairness for the hardworking employees who every day help passengers — making travel a little bit easier. Some of these guys have worked for 20, 30 or 40 years as skycaps. This is their profession. These guys’ lives were devastated by this.”

French Designer Wins Payout Over Copyright Issues

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

World famous French designer Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit and damages from a Chinese hotel, which was accused of renting out space to a shop that sold counterfeit product that used the logo of the French manufacturer.

The hotel and the manager of the shop selling the goods have been ordered to pay the design firm the equivalent of around fourteen thousand dollars as a result of the incident. They have also been ordered to stop selling the products and to destroy any that still remain.

The French designer had requested a far higher level of damages as well as a public apology, but this was turned down on the basis that the incident had not caused any widespread harm to the design firm.

The French design firm has also recently won another lawsuit, this time against a Beijing handbag producer, after claiming that its trademark designs had been ripped off for the handbags.

Cable Service Operator Being Sued Over Unpaid Wages

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The cable service operator Charter Communications is being sued by a field technician working for the firm. The employee claims that the firm has failed to compensate field technicians for a variety of duties performed as well as for overtime.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation for unpaid overtime and other duties for around eight thousand current and former employees of the firm. This relates to field technicians that were assigned a company vehicle after March 15th 2005, which they then kept at home overnight.

The lawsuit states that employees were not compensated for loading and unloading the vehicles, stocking equipment, taking inventories, travelling times, cleaning of the vehicles, taking logs for the company, and various other tasks that they are said to have performed.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison on behalf of the employee Maurice James Sjoblom. Collective action status has been granted to the case.

Businessman Sues Strip Club Over Injury

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

A businessman is suing a strip club after claiming that he was injured by one of the dancers there. The investment broker, who is married and in his thirties, said that when he went to the Hot Lap Dance Club, a mid-town strip club, he was injured by one of the strippers there who was performing a dance.

The New York man, Stephen Change, is said that have been injured in the eye. The lawsuit stated: “During the course of said lap dance, the employee suddenly swung around, striking the plaintiff in the eye with the heel of her shoe.”

The lawsuit has further accused the club and its employee of negligence as a result of the dancer swinging around too quickly and causing the injury to the man. Chang’s lawsuit claims that he sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident.

The manager of the club stated: “We didn’t have any reported accidents. We have a first-aid kit, and we would have treated the guy or called an ambulance.”