This officer was fired after he didn’t shoot a black man in distress. Now he’s suing.

  • Stephen Mader, a former police officer in Weirton, West Virginia, is suing the city and local police department for firing him after he didn’t shoot a black man trying to commit suicide by cop.
  • In May 2016, Mader encountered Ronald Williams, a distressed African-American man whose girlfriend had called police to their Weirton home after Williams reportedly threatened to harm himself.
  • Williams was holding an unloaded gun and pleaded with Mader to “just shoot me,” according to the former officer’s lawsuit.
  • Mader, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said he relied on his training in the military, and attempted to de-escalate the situation and prevent any loss of life. But when two of Mader’s fellow officers joined him on the scene, one of them fatally shot Williams in the head.
  • The use of lethal force rattled the community, in light of the facts that Williams had apparently been experiencing a mental health crisis and that Mader, a white officer, had attempted to save the black man’s life. Mader was fired following the incident.
  • Mader’s lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in West Virginia, alleges that the city violated his rights against unjust termination, his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and other rights under the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. Read more (5/10/17)

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Hawaii is the first state to take Donald Trump to court over new Muslim ban

  • Hawaii is the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban.
  • On Wednesday, Hawaii’s state attorneys requested an emergency order from the federal court in Honolulu in an attempt to halt Trump’s new executive order on immigration before it takes effect on March 16. 
  • The executive order, signed on Monday, would ban all refugees for 120 days and ban new visas from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days.
  • State attorneys argued that the order is unconstitutional and asked the court to halt the ban nationwide, the Huffington Post reported.
  • According to the Independent, the lawsuit claims the discriminatory order will hurt Hawaii’s tourism industry, students and Muslim population. Read more (3/9/17 11:50 AM)

Syrian refugee in Germany sues Facebook over fake news posts

  • In 2015, Anas Modamani probably never imagined a jubilant selfie he took with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in celebration of her decision to admit scores of refugees into the country might be used for evil.
  • But after Facebook users decided to do what they do best — ruin a good thing — and attach his image to “fake news” reports linking him to terrorism, Modamani decided to take legal action against the social media giant, the New York Times reports. Read more

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Native tribe files legal challenge to Dakota Access Pipeline

  • In a last-ditch effort to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, one of the Native American tribes directly affected by construction filed a legal challenge in a federal court on Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press.
  • The legal action follows news that acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer ordered the United States Army Corps of Engineers to complete the $3.8 billion pipeline, despite mass protests from Native peoples whose land and water could be devastated by its construction. Read more

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Maryland, DC attorneys general to file lawsuit against Trump for breach of constitutional oath

  • United States attorneys general from Maryland and Washington, D.C., plan to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump Monday. 
  • They will file on the grounds that Trump violated anticorruption clauses in the Constitution during his time in office by accepting payments from foreign governments through his vast hotel empire.
  • According to a report from the Washington Post, the lawsuit — the first of its kind to be brought by government entities — hinges on the idea that Trump’s promise to shift his assets to a blind trust managed by his sons doesn’t go far enough in severing his business ties.
  • A signed copy of the lawsuit provided to the Post accuses Trump of “unprecedented constitutional violations,” and says that the integrity of the U.S. political system has been undermined by a president “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors.” Read more (6/11/17)

NYPD allegedly forced Muslim woman to remove hijab, took photos of her after arrest

  • The New York Police Department is facing a lawsuit over allegations that officers strip-searched a Muslim woman, forced her to remove her headscarf and took photos of her after a false arrest.
  • According to the New York Daily News, 34-year-old Rabab Musa filed a lawsuit at the Manhattan Supreme Court where she claims she was unlawfully arrested on Sept. 6 at around 6 p.m. outside a Starbucks.
  • The suit claims she was “forced to remove the hijab in violation of her rights and the hijab was confiscated.” Musa said she was put in a holding cell with men, the NYDN reported. 
  • She also claims NYPD officers flaunted her across the station and took photos of her without the hijab. Read more (2/22/17 11:58 AM)

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Fyre Festival attendees are suing for $100 million

  • A lawsuit is already underway after the massive failure that was Fyre Festival — a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas that fell apart even before its official first day on Friday.
  • The suit, filed Sunday in California, accuses festival organizers Ja Rule and Billy McFarland of fraud and seeks $100 million in damages for attendees who reportedly paid between $4,000 and $100,000 per person to attend the pricey event, ABC Newsreported Monday.
  • The suit was filed by Daniel Jung “on behalf of himself and all festival attendees,” ABC News reported. It claims that Fyre Festival, billed as a “cultural moment” and promoted by Instagram “influencers” like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, was “nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning,” according to a statement from Jung’s attorney, Mark Geragos. Read more (5/1/17 12 PM)

7 employees join racial discrimination suit against Fox News

  • The problems at Fox News allegedly don’t stop at sexism
  • According to the Daily Intelligencer, a total of nine employees are bringing a joint lawsuit against the network, alleging years of racial abuse by comptroller Judy Slater.
  • Unnamed sources told the Intelligencer that seven black employees will join the suit two black women filed in March. 
  • The original claimants said that, thanks to Slater, they experienced “top-down racial discrimination” while working in the payroll department. 
  • Among many other things, Slater is accused of describing black men as “women beaters,” characterizing black people as inherently threatening to white people and criticizing one black employee’s hair and questioning the paternity of her children.
  • The Intelligencer obtained a copy of a recent letter from the employees’ lawyers, which alleges that — in addition to years of verbal abuse — Slater also subjected black employees to degrading “arm-wrestling matches” held in her office. 
  • The attorneys compared this practice to “Jim Crow-era battle royals,” during which white people forced black people to box blindfolded for the amusement of white crowds, and called Slater’s matches “horrifying,” “offensive and humiliating.” Read more (4/23/17 12 PM)

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Watchdog groups sue Trump for deleting tweets, allegedly violating Presidential Records Act

  • On Thursday, two political watchdog groups filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the Executive Office of the President for allegedly violating the Presidential Records Act (PRA), NPR reported.
  • The groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA), accused President Donald Trumpand his staff of regularly using encrypted messaging apps for internal communication, which violates the PRA.
  • The suit also takes personal aim at Trump for deleting messages he sent on his personal Twitter account. Read more (6/23/17)

Tech companies are taking litigious action against Donald Trump’s immigration ban

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat four seats away from Donald Trump in December after accepting the president-elect’s invitation to a technology roundtable.
  • Now, less than two months later, Bezos has publicly declared his support for a lawsuit filed against Trump and his administration.
  • The lawsuit, filed Monday, says that Trump’s executive order banning the entry of visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States will hurt both Washington state’s economy as well as its businesses.
  • Microsoft and Expedia, also based in Washington, are supporting the lawsuit as well.
  • But there’s more: Github, Google, Airbnb and Netflix are among a slew of other companies planning to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the immigration executive order, CNBC reports.
  • Why only take action against Trump now? The bottom line. Read more

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St. Ives Scrub Scandal

Most if us will recognise this product. Many of us will have used it. Back when I knew next to nothing about skincare I used this morning and night, and I would go to town with it, not a gentle rub across the skin, I’d push and scrub it in. There’s this illusion and false advertising that makes us feel like we need to remove any an all oils and dirt from our face and we need to scrub our faces and clean out all those pores. Which in the end does far more damage to our skin. Which is why 2 woman in the US have sued over this product.

Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basile are suing Unilever, the company that makes the product, for $5 million. Saying that it is ‘’unfit to be sold or used as a facial scrub’’. Which I completely agree with.

Having used this product myself for many years under the guise of it being an excellent exfoliater for my acne covered skin, I can assure you it will not help your acne. It will make it worse.

The product contains small pieces of walnut shell! Just think about that, walnut shell, crushed up. Hard pieces of shell with sharp, jagged edges that the naked eye would be unable to see as its too small. Tearing your skin on a microsocopic level, causing mini wounds and open areas for bacteria to get in and create more acne.

It you are looking to exfoliate for your acne, do not use this product! Chemical exfliators are great, and at a low % much safer and there’s plenty on the market.

This scrub may be good on your legs before shaving, or on your feet to get rid of dry skin, because the skin there is thicker and could take it, but please do not put this anywhere near your face.

One dermatologist is quoted in the claim saying that crushed walnut shells have the same effect as “sandpaper on your face

You don’t want to sandpaper your face guys.

Michael Brown’s parents reach settlement with Ferguson government

  • Michael Brown’s family has reached a settlement with the city of Ferguson, according to the Associated Press.
  • According to the New York Daily News, a Missouri federal judge approved the settlement, which did not disclose the dollar amount, on Tuesday. 
  • The family filed the suit. It accused Darren Wilson and Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson of wrongful death, excessive force and tampering with evidence.
  • The original suit sought $75,000 from the city. Though the final dollar amount was undisclosed, it can be no larger than $3 million, the city’s upper threshold on its insurance, according to STLToday. Read more (6/20/17)

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How Uber’s “sophisticated” software is allegedly duping drivers and passengers

  • Uber might be in trouble once again. A class action lawsuit filed against Uber in federal court in Los Angeles is alleging that the ride-hailing app is manipulating navigation data to rip off both passengers and drivers. 
  • The “clever and sophisticated” pricing strategy, which the complaint calls a “well-planned scheme to deceive drivers and users,” dates back to September, when Uber introduced its “upfront fare,” the lawsuit alleges.
  • The company announced in 2016 that it would offer an alternative to surge pricing — a multiplier surcharge to the base, time and distance of a trip fare during high-demand times — with upfront fares that would be calculated based on several variables, including distance and the estimated time to arrive at a specific destination. Read more. (4/7/17, 2:58 PM)