Archive for August, 2008

Hip Hop Star Sues Promoters in Australia

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The hip hop star Timbaland has filed a lawsuit against an Australian promotions company, Showtime Touring Group, claiming that its incompetence has tarnished his reputation, ruined his scheduled local concerts, and resulted in his being slated in the Australian press.

The star is demanding that the promotions company ‘set the record’ straight over a string of cancelled concerts across Australia including destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland, New Zealand.

According to reports Timbaland fans had been told that the concerts had been postponed until August, but just before the concerts were due to take place in August they were told that the gigs had been cancelled altogether.

The lawsuit claims that Timbaland “offered to postpone the tour dates to permit Showtime to get its act together so that he could entertain his fans. Showtime, however, was still unable to comply with its basic contractual obligations, including failing to pay the guaranteed due under the contract and failing to provide the required production elements for the tour.”

Man Charged Over Deaths of Bison

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

A man has been charged following the deaths of thirty two bison that wandered from their ranch. Jeff Hawn, a software developer, apparently warned his neighbour to keep the animals off his property, stating that the animals were causing damage and leaving mess everywhere.

However, according to reports the developer sent letters out to fourteen hunters giving them permission to hunt bison on his property, and as a result thirty two of the animals met their death. The remains of the bison were found on Hawn’s land and in surrounding areas.

Hawn is the president and CEO of Seattle-based Attachmate, and he is now facing court proceedings where he will face charges of animal cruelty and theft as a result of the shootings, which took place earlier this year in March.

One attorney working for Hawn said that he had no other choice but to get rid of the bison to protect himself. Officials believe that whilst Hawn invited hunters to track down the bison on his land he may also have shot some of the animals himself.

Man to Revive Lawsuit Over Lost Pants

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Last year former D.C. Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson attracted national attention after he tried to sue a small dry cleaning company for fifty four million dollars for losing a pair of pants that he had taken in to be cleaned. At the time he lost the case, but the expense and stress of the whole process resulted in the owners of the small dry cleaning business closing two of their three shops.

However, whilst the lawsuit was branded ridiculous and frivolous in the news it appears that Pearson has now been given the opportunity to revive the case as a result of a three judge appellate court panel agreeing to hear his appeal against the original decision.

This means that the owners of the firm Custom Cleaners, Jin and Soo Chung, will now be dragged back through the courts. A lawyer that worked for the Chungs stated previously: “Sadly, the Chungs were forced to close Custom Cleaners in September 2007 due to the emotional toll and flagging revenues which resulted from Mr. Pearson’s lawsuit. The Chungs now operate only one small pick-up dry cleaning store called Happy Cleaners located at 1119 7th Street, NW in Washington, DC.”

Charges Against R&B Star Tossed Out

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Charges that had been made against R&B star Kelis have been tossed out by a Miami judge recently. She had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after being arrested last year having been accused to interfering with a Miami Beach police operation. The star is now promising to sue the police.

After being cleared of the charges Kelis said that she was “thrilled that justice prevailed in the end.” She added that the arrest was down to “racial profiling”. She was arrested after an alleged incident in March of last year.

According to reports in March 2007 the singer ran towards two undercover officers posing as prostitutes and started shouting racial slurs at them, thus disrupting the police operation. She was with her rapper husband Nas at the time, and was booked for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

However, the judge said that the charges against the singer could not be substantiated, stating: “The only basis for granting her a judgment acquittal is if there’s no evidence whatsoever a jury could find her guilty. In this case…you can’t arrest someone for questioning police authority or protesting an action. She was engaged in a constitutionally protected right to protest this police action.”

Commission Could Face Compensation Payouts of Millions

Monday, August 25th, 2008

According to a recent report the province run commission Loto-Quebec could face having to pay out over seven hundred million dollars because of a class action lawsuit that has been filed by gambling addicts in the province. The lawsuit has been filed over addiction to VLTs, which are Video Lottery Terminals.

According to the plaintiffs the government agency has played down the dangers of addiction to these VLTs. The trial phase of the lawsuit is set to commence this coming week in the Superior Court in Quebec City. If the plaintiffs win the case the agency could pay out over seven million dollars to cover the cost of their addiction treatment of five thousand dollars each.

A lawyer working for one plaintiff said: “The hearing will be divided in two phases. First, we have to prove that video lottery terminals pose an addiction danger and, if so, then we have to prove that Loto-Quebec didn’t warn gamblers properly. If we win that phase, then all the addicted gamblers will have to file their own claim for compensation.”

However, in defence of Loto-Quebec Finance Minister Monique Jerome-Forget said: “Are we going to stop selling alcohol because some people drink more than they should and sometimes cause accidents? I believe that we share a personal responsibility, all of us, and we have to take the means to work on those tendencies. But Quebec cannot be a prison.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Taser Death

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over the death of a man from Red Deer. Jason Doan died after being shot with a Taser in August 2006 according to the report. The wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by his parents, sister, and daughter, and seeks over one and a half million dollars.

Twenty eight year old Doan is said to have been smashing vehicle windows in an alley when the police were called, and apparently following a short chase one of the officers fired his Taser. After being shot Doan went into a three week coma, after which he died.

The lawsuit names RCMP members and the manufacturer of the stun gun as defendants. A civilian who is said to have been involved in the incident has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as has the David Thompson Health Region, the Red Deer Regional Hospital, two doctors and two paramedics.

According to the lawsuit excessive force was used when the arrest was made, although no allegations have been proven as yet and no statement of defence have yet been filed.

Family of Murdered Student Files Lawsuit Over Security Issues

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The family of a murdered UW University student has filed a lawsuit over security issues at the former student’s Madison apartment. Brittany Zimmerman was killed earlier this year in April, and the family now claims that there were security issues at her apartment.

According to the lawsuit the student’s fiancĂ© had raised the issues about lack of security at the apartment on a number of occasions, but nothing was done to rectify the situation. The apartment building where she lived was off campus.

Complaints had been made about the lack of locks and door security at the apartment before the student was found murdered, according to the lawsuit. The defendants named in the lawsuit are the building owners, Wisconsin Management Company Inc. and its insurer General Casualty.

The family had previously filed a lawsuit over the incident against Dane County and its 911 dispatch centre over response times, but this was withdrawn by the family’s lawyer.

Lawsuit Filed over Movie ‘Disturbia’

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed over the recent hit movie Disturbia, with attorneys claiming that the movie was simply a rip off of the Alfred Hitchcock blockbuster Rear Window. Officials have said that all the reviews of the movie made reference to Rear Window, and that this was because it was essentially a remake of the classic film.

A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by attorneys for the estate of the late Sheldon Abend. It claims that Dreamworks Pictures, along with the executive producer Steven Spielberg, and a number of others that were involved in the making of the movie simply remade Rear Window but did not pay for using the material from the original.

According to Reuters the lawsuit states: “What the defendants have been unwilling to do openly, legitimately and legally, (they) have done surreptitiously, by their back-door use of the ‘Rear Window’ story without paying compensation.”

The lawsuit goes on to state: “In the Disturbia film the defendants purposefully employed immaterial variations or transparent rephrasing to produce essentially the same story as the Rear Window story,”

City Settles Former Employee Lawsuit

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

According to a recent report the city of Watertown has settled a lawsuit that was filed by a former employee who was claiming to be the victim of sex and age discrimination. The lawsuit was filed by former city employee Judith Herzog, but was settled earlier this week.

According to the lawsuit Herzog had been passed over for a job after being described by an interviewer as being ‘older’. The jury in the original trial found the city guilty of sex and age discrimination, stating that the plaintiff was passed over for the job because of her sex and age.

The city had appealed against the original ruling, but decided to settle the lawsuit before appeal arguments were even heard, according to the report. She was awarded over six hundred and sixty thousand dollars as part of the settlement.

Despite the settlement the mayor, Ron Krueger, has stated that the reason that the former worker was passed over for the job was because she did not interview as well as other candidates. The settlement terms also stop her from applying for other jobs with the city in the future.

Attorney Asks For Lawsuit to be Dismissed

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The attorney of a police officer from Sioux City has called for a lawsuit against his client to be dismissed. The attorney claims that his client did nothing wrong after being accused of using excessive force against a local bar owner in the city.

The attorney was speaking on behalf of Sioux City police Officer Mike Koehler, the city of Sioux City and Sioux City Police Chief Joe Frisbie. The lawsuit was filed at the beginning of August by local bar owner Timothy Shannon, owner of Tom Foolery’s Pub & Grill. The lawsuit was filed against Koehler, Frisbie, the city and the Sioux City Police Department.

The lawsuit related to an incident that occurred in September of 2006 involving two women. It accuses the officer of assault and battery, stating that he used excessive force. However, in response the lawyer accuses Shannon of pushing the officer twice, threatening him, and using vulgar words.

However, according to the lawsuit there is CCTV footage that shows the officer kicking the bar owner’s feet from under him, and bounding him up and down on the ground.