Archive for June, 2008

Rapper Sued Over Rolling Stones Song

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Rapper Lil Wayne is being sued by a musical publishing company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones song ‘Play with Fire’, stating that the rapper released an altered version of the song without getting permission. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday against the singer by Abkco Music Inc.

Lil Wayne, his record company, and musical collaborators are all being sued by the musical publishing firm. The lawsuit claims unfair competition and copyright infringement. Unspecified damaged are being sought in the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court.

Abkco claims that Lil Wayne’s song, Play with Fire, is clearly an imitation of the Stones’ Playing with Fire, and the original music and lyrics have been altered in a way that makes it easily recognizable. The firm said that one of the lines from the original song goes “But don’t play with me, ’cause you’re playing with fire” and the line in Lil Wayne’s version goes “But you can’t blame me if I set this stage on fire.”

The lawsuit also claims that the public could be led to believe that the Rolling Stones and the music firm had approved the new version of the song, which is said to contain “explicit, sexist and offensive language”

Muslim Women File Lawsuit Against Mcdonalds

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

According to a recent report two Muslim women have filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain McDonald, claiming that one branch of the eatery refused to employ them because of the headscarves that they wore as part of Muslim tradition.

The two women, Toi Whitfield of Detroit and Quiana Pugh of Dearborn, filed the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims that the women were refused employment by a Detroit area McDonalds because of the traditional headgear that they wore. They claim that the manager told them that they would have to remove the scarves to work there, and due to this he could not hire them.

The McDonalds is located in Dearborn, and the lawsuit is seeking ten million dollars. The women claim that this discrimination has been going on for years, and that they were both refused employment by the same manager.

According to one report one of the women said: “I applied for the McDonald’s position maybe two weeks ago and he simply (told me) I had to make a choice and remove my hijab, or I would not be able to establish employment there. When I walked away, I was definitely hurt by it and disturbed. I was confused that it could happen here in Dearborn, with so many Muslims.”

Rapper Filed Lawsuit Against Taco Bell

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Rapper 50 Cent has filed a lawsuit against the fast food eatery Taco Bell, stating that he did not give the firm permission to use his name in order to endorse their commercials for special deals. Taco Bell apparently used the rapper’s name in order to promote special deals they had on, which were priced at 79, 89, and 99 cents.

The commercial stated: “We know that you adopted the name 50 Cent years ago as a metaphor for change. We at Taco Bell are also huge advocates for change. We encourage you to ‘Think Outside the Bun’ and hope you accept our offer.”

The rapper then filed a lawsuit seeking ten million dollars. His legal papers stated: “Without seeking or obtaining Jackson’s authorization, defendant Taco Bell made him the star and focus of its nationwide advertising campaign by using his name, persona and trademark to promote Taco Bell’s business and products.”

A spokesperson for the fast food restaurant said: “We made a good faith, charitable offer to 50 Cent to change his name to either 79, 89 or 99 Cent for one day by rapping his order at a Taco Bell, and we would have been very pleased to make a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice.”

Lawsuit Filed Against Bank Of America

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against the Bank of America by a former employee who states that he was discriminated against by the financial giant. Joseph L Paul, a black former employee, claims that he was moved from a high ranking position in New York to a lower job in Hartford, with the bank stating that the reason for this was to maintain a good relationship with the state treasurer in Connecticut, who is also black.

The plaintiff claims that after being appointed vice president of a failing bank, which he then turned into a success in 1991, he was then asked in 2004, aged fifty six, to move to a management position in Hartford. He claims he had no experience in the area in which the bank asked him to move.

Paul accused the bank of racial discrimination. The lawsuit claims that the bank then terminated his employment because of the accusation, but the bank has claimed that he was fired due to poor performance. Paul added that he had found out that the bank wanted him to fill a position that had been preciously held by a black employee, Will Noel.

The lawsuit stated: “The bank failed to inform Mr. Paul that it wanted him to transfer to Connecticut solely because it wanted another African-American to replace Will Noel. The bank sought out Mr. Paul to replace Mr. Noel… solely as a token gesture to appease the state.”

Man Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Cops

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

A paralyzed man has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, stating that he was ignored and beaten by officers when he ran into problems in 2006. The man, Daniel Casares, was actually accused of striking an officer and resisting arrest, but he has denied this claims, accusing the police of beating him.

Casares, who has been paralyzed since 2002, said that he was struggling to get out of his car, but officer ignored his pleas. Instead, he claims that they dragged him from the vehicle and then beat him. He has accused the officers of violating his constitutional rights.

Casares said: “Just because I was sitting in the car and they didn’t see me in the wheelchair gives them the right to drag me out and pull me out like that? They should have known off the bat once they pulled me out the car and I fell straight to the ground that I was handicapped. . . . It’s common sense.”

He further claims that he is physically incapable of striking an officer, and accused the officers of inappropriate behaviour. Daniel’s sister was also at the scene, and tried to inform the officers that her brother was paralyzed. She said: “Daniel was screaming ‘No, I can’t move! I can’t move!’ And they just kept telling him to get out of the car.”

Antioch Police Department Accused Of Harassing Low Income Residents

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The Antioch Police Department has been accused of harassing and intimidating low income residents in the town in a bid to drive them out of town. Police have been accused of misconduct and racism, and a class action lawsuit has now been filed against the city in response to the alleged problem.

One official stated: “Today, five African-American women filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Antioch, charging that the city and its police department are targeting African-American tenants in town and subjecting them to a campaign of harassment and intimidation.”

The number of houses being given to low income families that are being subsidized by the government has risen in this area, and these are known as section 8 rentals. One of the women involved in the lawsuit explained how an officer had searched her home, stating: “He pushed in my house comes in and rambles thought my items finding things to give Section 8.”

The woman said that the officer was clearly trying to find something that would get her disqualified from the Section 8 scheme. The officers are said to have been from the Antrioch Community Action Team.
The Antioch Police Department has been accused of harassing and intimidating low income residents in the town in a bid to drive them out of town. Police have been accused of misconduct and racism, and a class action lawsuit has now been filed against the city in response to the alleged problem.

One official stated: “Today, five African-American women filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Antioch, charging that the city and its police department are targeting African-American tenants in town and subjecting them to a campaign of harassment and intimidation.”

The number of houses being given to low income families that are being subsidized by the government has risen in this area, and these are known as section 8 rentals. One of the women involved in the lawsuit explained how an officer had searched her home, stating: “He pushed in my house comes in and rambles thought my items finding things to give Section 8.”

The woman said that the officer was clearly trying to find something that would get her disqualified from the Section 8 scheme. The officers are said to have been from the Antrioch Community Action Team.

Family Receives Compensation After Employee Urinated In Food

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

A family has won forty thousand dollars after filing a lawsuit in Cheyenne County District Court following an incident where they were served food at a restaurant and it was found to have been tainted by spit and urine from a Taco Bell employee.

The couple and their two young sons ate the food and the two boys apparently became very ill after eating it. They had to spend time in hospital with dehydration and gastroenteritis according to reports. Some workers had seen what the employee had done and had reported it to management.

The man whose family was served the food was a police officer. The lawsuit stated: “Employees maintained ‘special servings’ of food reserved for … officers. The ‘special servings’ had been urinated in or spit in by KFC/Taco Bell employees. In fact, defendant’s employees maintained a particular serving pan for use in creating ‘special servings’ of food plus employee urine.”

The employee in question was fined one hundred dollars last year after being found guilty of violating the Pure Food Act. He was eventually fired but this was due to missing work rather than over the incident according to reports.

Indy Winner Files Lawsuit

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

A former Indiana 500 winner has filed a lawsuit stating that he was physically harmed and his civil rights were violated when he was arrested in 2006 during an incident at a roadblock. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week against Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White and Deputies Jason Katz, Shureke Covington and Anthony Medrano.

Al Unser Sr. filed the lawsuit after a number of attempts to reach a settlement according to a recent report. In December 2006 the former Indy 500 winner was acquitted of resisting and disobeying police orders. His brother was also arrested after turning up but charges against him were dropped last year.

Police have said that they had blocked off the road in order to corner a car jacking suspect, and that the two brothers ignored orders to leave the area. However, the brothers have said that they were actually on their own property and were roughly handled by officers.

However, a department spokesperson said that there were false allegations in the lawsuit. She said: “It is our understanding that there are numerous false claims contained within the lawsuit. It is one thing to level allegations in a civil complaint. It’s another to substantiate them. The county is prepared to aggressively defend this suit.”

Dell Faces Lawsuit Over Underpaying Employees

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Computer giant Dell is facing a class action lawsuit after being accused of underpaying thousands of employees. It is alleged that the computer manufacturer underpaid around five thousand employees that worked in call centers. The lawsuit was given class action status last week by a federal judge.

Employees that worked for Dell in the call centres between February 8th 2004 to the present time will be able to join the class action lawsuit to try and recover compensation from Dell. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2007 by two employees who claimed they had not been properly paid for overtime, training, and work preparation time.

Since last week when the case was given class action status another eighty employees have joined. Lawyers have said that up to five thousand call centre employees could be eligible to join the lawsuit, including those that worked in call centres in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Idaho, Oregon, and Texas.

The claims have been denied by Dell officials in papers that have been filed in court, but the company has not yet responded to the class action lawsuit.

Lawsuit Filed After Death Of Boxer’s Sister

Monday, June 16th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed over the death of the sister of Joe Louis, a Detroit boxing legend. His sister died after freezing outside an assisted living center five months ago. The ninety two year old woman wandered outside, and subsequently froze to death, and the centre, the Heatherwood, has been accused of negligence for allowing this to happen.

According to the lawsuit Vunies High died of hypothermia in February of this year. Her face is said to have been stuck in the ice on the ground. The lawsuit is seeking in excess of seventy five thousand dollars by way of damages.

The defendant in the lawsuit is Capital Senior Living Properties, which manages and operates the assisted living centre. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in federal court in Detroit. The deceased’s brother, a former heavyweight boxing champion, died in 1981.

The deceased’s son said that the incident should never have occurred and could have been prevented. A lawyer for the family said: “Here she walked out the front door of the building and was left all night, in the freezing cold. And then was found, just a few short feet in front of the front door, not until ten o’clock the next morning.”