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Federal Judge Dismisses Herbalife "Pyramid Scheme" Lawsuit
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A lawsuit accusing Herbalife of operating as a pyramid scheme has been dismissed by a federal judge. The lawsuit accused the company and its chief executive officer of misrepresenting the company as a legitimate company focused on weight loss and nutritional products. The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer in Los Angeles, who also dismissed an earlier version of the lawsuit. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs failed to show that the company defrauded its shareholders by concealing the company's inability to track retail sales.
Jonathan Stemple, Reuters 07/29/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida Gun Store Sued After Announcing "Muslim-Free Zone"
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A federal lawsuit has been filed against a Florida gun store which declared itself a "Muslim-free zone." The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Fort Lauderdale and accuses the Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law. The lawsuit was filed by the Florida state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations after the gun store announced the Muslim-free zone on its Facebook page.
Staff Report, The New York Times 07/29/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Inmate Drops Abortion Lawsuit, Will Give Birth
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The pregnant Alabama inmate who filed a lawsuit seeking an abortion has dropped her lawsuit against the Lauderdale County sheriff, saying that she now wishes to give birth to her child. The woman filed an affidavit Wednesday afternoon with the U.S. District Court of North Alabama stating that she is dropping her lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed last week against the sheriff and sought temporary release for the woman to travel to Huntsville, Alabama for an abortion procedure.
Steve Doyle, AL.com 07/29/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Rolling Stone Sued Over Campus Rape Article
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Rolling Stone magazine is facing a lawsuit by several fraternity brothers who were part of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity named in a campus rape lawsuit. The three men filed the lawsuit in New York federal court Wednesday and contend the magazine's now-retracted lawsuit identified the plaintiffs as participating in a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The articles, which accused Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members of raping college girls was retracted by Rolling Stone in April after it was found to be "deeply flawed."
T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post 07/29/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Alabama Inmate Tortured by Snake, Lawsuit Says
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A lawsuit has been filed against Dale County, Alabama by a former inmate who alleges he was tortured with a snake. The federal lawsuit was filed on Monday by the former inmate, who accuses jail officials of using a "deadly and venomous snake as a means of torture, assault of inmate, cruel and unusual punishment." The plaintiff contends that after several incidents in which he was tortured by jail staff with the python, he experienced depression and post-traumatic stress. The lawsuit names as defendants the county, the sheriff, two correctional officers and other jail staff. The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages as well as $3 million in punitive damages.
Erin Edgemon, AL.com 07/28/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Whirlpool Recalls Wall Ovens Due to Burn Risk
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Whirlpool has recalled its Jenn-Air wall ovens due to risk of burns. According to the recall, "the extendable roller rack can unexpectedly disengage when fully extended, posing a risk of burns to consumers." The recall includes Jenn-Air brand single and double wall ovens, in addition to combination microwave/wall ovens with an extendable roller rack with handle. Over 40,000 of the wall ovens were sold in the United States and Canada. Whirlpool has received eight reports of incidents, including one report of second degree burn injuries to the arm and back.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 07/29/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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