School May Pay for Firing Basher of Rep. Gohmert

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - After firing an employee who called Republican congressman Louis Gohmert "a fear monger," a Texas university does not have immunity, the 5th Circuit ruled.     Christian Cutler made the remark in 2010 after more than three years as director of art galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University, part of the Texas State University system. Rep. Gohmert at the time was making national headlines for his accusations that foreig...

Suing Microsoft

     NEWARK - Inventor Craig Thorner claims Microsoft's Xbox and Bbox 360 controllers violate patent on his "Methods and Apparatuses for Generating Tactile Feedback for Games and Simulations," in Federal Court.

Ninja Turtles

LOS ANGELES - Viacom and MTV Networks owe documents and an accounting for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" licensed merchandise, Management Advisory Resolution Services claims in Superior Court.

Inside Trading

Inside Trading MANHATTAN - Dmitriy Braverman, of San Mateo, Calif., made $300,000 from inside trading on information he got from a law firm where he worked as an IT specialist, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Hip-Hop World

LOS ANGELES - Nahum Grimes pka J Holiday owes a $15,000 advance for a concert he never made it to at an Air Force base in Kuwait, Trovata Entertainment claims in Superior Court.

Shareholder Class Action

Shareholder Class Action      LOS ANGELES - Insiders are selling Alliance Data Systems Corp. too cheaply through an unfair process to Conversant, in a cash and stock deal worth $2.3 billion, shareholders claim in Superior Court.

Texas to Execute Second Woman This Year

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A Texas woman convicted of starving and beating to death her girlfriend's child is to be executed Wednesday, after the 5th Circuit rejected her last-ditch appeal.     Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was convicted of the 2004 capital murder of Davonate Williams, the 9-year-old son of her lover Marcella Williams, whom she admitted to tying and beating.     Paramedics found the boy's body on the morning of July 26, 2004 with more than 25...
  September 17, 2014  

Seventh L.A. Deputy Convicted

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A seventh Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of obstructing justice by interfering with a grand jury investigation of misconduct at the Men's Central Jail.     James Sexton, a sworn officer, "was part of a broad conspiracy to obstruct justice - a plot in which conspirators, including two lieutenants, attempted to influence witnesses, threatened an FBI agent with arrest and concealed an FBI informant who should have been turne...
  September 17, 2014  

Another Red Light for Uber and Lyft

ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - Internet ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft put customers at risk, traditional cab companies claimed in a class action lawsuit Tuesday.     More than 20 cab companies around the nation have sued Uber this year on similar charges.     Lead plaintiff Albuquerque Cab Co. claims that Uber's business clearly constitutes offering transportation services for hire and therefore should be regulated under the Motor Carrier Act...
  September 17, 2014  

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Trial Begins

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge heard opening arguments Tuesday in a case that could decide which of two major Hollywood studios gets to make a movie based on the fantasy role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons."     Hasbro sued Sweetpea Entertainment in May 2013, to halt Warner Bros. production of a "Dungeons & Dragons" movie, " Chainmail ."     Sweetpea filed counterclaims against Hasbro four months later....
  September 17, 2014