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Apr 7, 2015

Virginia fraternity in retracted rape story to sue Rolling Stone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of Virginia fraternity at the centre of Rolling Stone’s retracted article “A Rape on Campus” said on Monday it planned to sue the magazine for what it called “reckless” reporting that hurt its reputation.

Phi Kappa Psi’s announcement came a day after a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded in a report that the magazine had failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards.

Apr 6, 2015

Virginia university fraternity says to sue Rolling Stone for defamation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of Virginia fraternity chapter at the centre of Rolling Stone’s retracted article “A Rape on Campus” said on Monday that it planned to sue the magazine for what it called “reckless” reporting that hurt its reputation.

The chapter of Phi Kappa Psi said in a statement that it would pursue all available legal action. The announcement came a day after a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded the magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing the story, which accused the fraternity of hosting a gang rape.

Apr 6, 2015

Virginia fraternity chapter to sue ‘reckless’ Rolling Stone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of Virginia fraternity
chapter at the center of Rolling Stone magazine’s retracted
article “A Rape on Campus” said on Monday that it planned to sue
the magazine for what it called “reckless” reporting that hurt
its reputation.

The chapter of Phi Kappa Psi said in a statement that it
would pursue all available legal action, a day after a team from
the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded
the magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in
publishing the story.

Apr 3, 2015

Justice Department sides with transgender inmate in Georgia lawsuit

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday weighed in on the side of a transgender Georgia prison inmate who is suing the state over prison officials’ refusal to provide treatment such as hormone therapy.

Lawyers with the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division said in papers filed in a federal court in Macon, Georgia, that the refusal of adequate treatment for a recognized mental illness amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Apr 3, 2015

U.S. Justice Dept sides with transgender inmate in Georgia lawsuit

April 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday
weighed in on the side of a transgender Georgia prison inmate
who is suing the state over prison officials’ refusal to provide
treatment such as hormone therapy.

Lawyers with the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights
division said in papers filed in a federal court in Macon,
Georgia, that the refusal of adequate treatment for a recognized
mental illness amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in
violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Apr 2, 2015

McDonald’s wage plan renews debate on independence of franchisees

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp’s announcement that it will raise the average pay at its company-operated U.S. restaurants threatens to complicate an ongoing labor dispute that turns on whether McDonald’s can be held responsible for the labor violations of its franchisees.

The decision to hike wages to around $10 an hour will affect only 90,000 of the roughly 750,000 McDonald’s restaurant workers in the United States, because almost 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants are run by franchisees.

Mar 26, 2015

Analysis – Pilot’s actions may add to Germanwings’ liability in mountain crash: lawyers

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) subsidiary Germanwings could face liabilities well above the typical ceiling in airline crashes for the passengers who died on Tuesday when one of its jets was flown into an Alpine mountain, some aviation lawyers said.

A lot will depend on whether the airline can defend itself against negligence claims given that prosecutors said on Thursday that a young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 and set it on course to crash, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members.

Mar 26, 2015

Pilot’s actions may add to Germanwings’ liability in mountain crash: lawyers

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings could face liabilities well above the typical ceiling in airline crashes for the passengers who died on Tuesday when one of its jets was flown into an Alpine mountain, some aviation lawyers said.

A lot will depend on whether the airline can defend itself against negligence claims given that prosecutors said on Thursday that a young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 and set it on course to crash, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members.

Mar 26, 2015

Modeling agency owner alleges he lost business after Epstein sex scandal

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – A modeling agency owner is suing U.S. financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, claiming that Epstein’s high-profile legal troubles have unfairly embroiled him and damaged his agency’s reputation.

Jean-Luc Brunel, the owner of modeling agency MC2, is seeking unspecified damages from Epstein. He says he has known Epstein for years and claims Epstein helped him finance his modeling business. Brunel’s lawsuit was filed in January in a Dade County, Florida, court but has received little notice.

Mar 16, 2015

Analysis: Probe of Ackman team over Herbalife campaign may go nowhere-legal experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities investigating
potential manipulation of Herbalife Ltd’s shares by
consultants working for billionaire investor William Ackman will
find it difficult to prove that false statements were
deliberately made to drive down the company’s value, securities
lawyers said.

In a probe that began last year, the FBI and the office of
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have been examining
whether the consultants solicited people to file baseless
complaints with regulators regarding Herbalife, two people
familiar with the matter said. There is no indication that
Ackman himself is a target of the investigation.