Lawsuit

Lifestyle • Food
NYC restaurant owners file $2b lawsuit against city and state officials
Financier Patisserie closed all its location due to mandated indoor dining shutdown
Financier Patisserie closed all its location due to mandated indoor dining shutdown Credit: Billie Grace Ward from New York, USA / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

New York City restaurant owners have filed a $2 billion class-action suit against city and state officials in Manhattan's Supreme Court, stating a violation of the constitutional rights of mover than 150,000 New York City restaurant owners.

"It’s been nearly six months since New York City restaurants were mandated to shutdown indoor dining, and Mayor de Blasio still does not have a reopening plan, even though the rest of the state has been dining indoors since June," so Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Neil Young is suing Donald Trump over use of his music at campaign rallies
Neil Young in 2011
Neil Young in 2011 Credit: Ross from hamilton on, Canada / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young has filed a claim in US federal court in the Southern District of New York against Donald Trump for copyright infringement over the use of his music at Trump's campaign rallies, which the artist refers to as a "campaign of ignorance and hate". The lawsuit further names two songs specifically: "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" that both have been used "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events."

"This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," so the complaint.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Fox News hosts
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Fox News's Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson have been sued for sexual misconduct by two women on Monday. The suit alleges that Henry, who was fired earlier this month, sexually assaulted, raped and restrained in a hotel room and threatened former Fox News employee Jennifer Eckhart. Former Fox News employee Cathy Are says she was sexually harassed by members of Fox News, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Teachers union sues Florida's governor over order to reopen schools
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida Credit: Condor5635 / Public domain

The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the Florida government over its order to reopen schools despite rising number of Covid-19 cases. The order, signed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in early June, orders all schools – private and public – to reopen its doors for students starting August. The lawsuit was filed against Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"The lawsuit intends to stop the reckless and unsafe reopening of public school campuses as coronavirus infections surge statewide," so the FAE's release.

Business • Economy
Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
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Apple has won the appeal against the European Commission over whether the company owed €13 billion in Irish taxes. The European Union's general court ruled that the European Commission wasn't able to prove that Apple had gotten an advantage by the Irish government.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Almost 60 U.S. universities back Harvard, MIT lawsuit against Trump administration
Almost 60 U.S. universities back Harvard, MIT lawsuit against Trump administration
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59 U.S. universities are backing the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT against the Trump administration trying to block a directive that would force international students to return to their home countries if all of their classes and coursework were taken remotely.

After Harvard and MIT filed their lawsuit on Wednesday in a federal court in Boston, dozens of other universities, including Duke and Standford and five other Ivy League colleges, submitted a so-call amicus brief.

Education • University Education
Universities filed a lawsuit against Trump administration over directive stripping foreign students of their F-1 visas
Universities filed a lawsuit against Trump administration over directive stripping foreign students of their F-1 visas
Credit: Photo by Senthil Balasubramanian. – U.S. Department of Energy from United States / Public domain

In a move that was considered to pressure universities to reopen, the Trump administration announced a directive on Monday that would force international students to return to their home countries if all of their classes and coursework were taken remotely.

"It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others," so Lawrence S. Bacow, President of Harvard University.

In response to the directive, Harvard and M.I.T have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, seeking "a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief preventing Defendants from enforcing the policy announced in ICE’s July 6 Directive, or promulgating it as a Final Rule" and "a declaration that the policy announced in the July 6 Directive is unlawful."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump administration sues to prevent John Bolton's book publication
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton with Mike Pompeo, Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence (left to right) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2018
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton with Mike Pompeo, Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence (left to right) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2018 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit to prevent the publication of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's new book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir". The complaint alleges that the book contains "classified information", with Trump adding that he considers "every conversation with me as president highly classified". Charles Cooper, Bolton's lawyer, said they would "respond in due course".

The memoir is set to be published on June 23 and is recounting Bolton's time at the White House and his experience with "a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation".

Business • Economy
PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in 2018 California Camp Fire
On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California.
On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California. Credit: NASA, Joshua Stevens / Public domain

On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty to 84 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter Butte County Superior Court. PG&E was responsible for causing a deadly Camp Fire, sparked by outdated power lines, that caused the death of 85 people and the destruction of 19,000 buildings in Paradise, California. Bill Johnson, CEO and President of PG&E, also pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawfully starting a fire. The company will pay $10,000 for each life lost.