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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.

Mar 14, 2015

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.

Mar 12, 2015

Johnson & Johnson sues Glaxo over allergy ads as spring nears

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson
sued rival drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC on Thursday,
alleging that Glaxo is trying to unlawfully grab market share
with false advertising at the start of spring allergy season in
the United States.

Two Johnson & Johnson units, McNeil-PPC Inc and McNeil
Consumer Healthcare, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan. The lawsuit accuses Glaxo of making unsupported
claims about its allergy nasal spray Flonase at the expense of
McNeil’s drugs Benadryl and Zyrtec.

Mar 10, 2015

ACLU, Wikimedia file lawsuit challenging NSA mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on
Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass
surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy
and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living
under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the
spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S.
constitutional protections and the law by tapping into
high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet
traffic through the United States.

Mar 10, 2015

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States.