ACLU Sues Fla. County Over Sex Predator Law

     (CN) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued Miami-Dade County, Fla. to block enforcement of a law that prevents registered sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools and other public places where children gather.     The lawsuit, which was file in the federal court in Miami, argues that the county ordinance vague, that it denies due process to sex offenders released by the state Department of Corrections, and that it in practi...

Parents Blame Bullying for Daughter’s Suicide

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Middle-schooler Hailee Joy Lamberth overcame epilepsy to become a straight-A student, star athlete and gifted artist, but school bullies caused her to kill herself, her family claims in court.     Hailee's parents sued the Clark County School District, its top administrators, a dean, a counselor and a teacher on Wednesday in Clark County Court.     Hailee was 12 when she entered seventh grade at Thurman White Middle School in...

Ex-NFL Coach Sues Lawyers for $1 Million

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former NFL quarterback and head coach Ted Marchibroda Jr. sued his attorneys this week, in a $1 million fight over fees for players he recruited for a sports agent.     Marchibroda sued Sullivan, Workman & Dee and trial lawyer Charles D. Cummings in Superior Court, alleging breach of contract, professional negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.     The claims relate to a 2011 lawsuit in whic...

Feds Break up Giant Ring of Brothels

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Ten people made so much money running a string of 40 Bay Area brothels that they wired more than $288,000 to Asia for their recruiters to hire more prostitutes, federal prosecutors say in a 32-count indictment.     Lead defendant Allen Fong, 58, of San Mateo is charged in all 32 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and prostitution conspiracy.     According to the 45-page indictment, the ring recruit...

Sticky Fight OverLicorice Will Continue

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - A federal judge again rejected in part a molasses seller's motion to dismiss a lawsuit over recall of Red Vine licorice adulterated with lead.     American Licorice Company sued Total Sweeteners in 2013, claiming the company had sold it 1.5 million lbs. of spoiled syrup.     Total Sweeteners dba Batory Foods in turn filed a third-party complaint against Imperial Sugar Co., Imperial Distributing...

Texas, Oklahoma Take Football Fight to Court

AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - The new offensive coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin football team sued Oklahoma A&M, claiming his old school is "harassing and intimidating" him and interfering with his contract.     Gregory Joe Wickline sued the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, acting for and on behalf of Oklahoma State University, and its vice president and athletics director James Michael Holder, in Travis County Court...

Alt Hip-Hop Band Must Arbitrate Dispute

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Members of the hip-hop band The Pharcyde must arbitrate a legal wrangle over use of its name, a federal judge ruled.     The Pharcyde formed in South Central Los Angeles in 1989. It released its first and best-known album, "Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde" in 1992 on Delicious Vinyl Records.     Romye Robinson, Imani Wilcox, Trevant Hardson and Derrick Stewart performed under the names Bootie Brown, E...

Morning News Sues DA for Information

DALLAS (CN) - Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins refuses to turn over records on his use of forfeiture funds to settle a car collision in which he was involved, and to pay for a sweep of his office for listening bugs before a federal investigation, The Dallas Morning News claims in court.     The newspaper sued Watkins - a Democrat - on Thursday in Dallas County Court. It also sued the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.     M...

Racial Bias Alleged at Big Brothers

     DALLAS (CN) - The leader of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America disproportionately fired minorities after expressing an intent to move the group away from serving its base of ethnic minorities, two black former employees claim.     Former Big Brothers marketing manager Erick C. Brown, of Illinois, and former general counsel and vice president Kelley Gilbert, of the District of Columbia, sued the Irving, Texas-based volunteer mentor program i...

Not Our Problem, Insurer Tells Hotel

DALLAS (CN) - An insurer need not defend a La Quinta Inn from a guest family's claim for an armed police raid due to mistaken identity, the insurer claims in court.     Covington Specialty Insurance Co. sued hotel operator One Jay LLC in Federal Court on Thursday.     The lawsuit comes one month after Walter Harrison, of St. Louis, sued Irving, Texas-based La Quinta in Dallas County Court.     Harrison was in Dallas f...