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Sleep-deprived Ghislaine Maxwell needs bail to prepare for trial -lawyer

Sleep-deprived Ghislaine Maxwell needs bail to prepare for trial -lawyer

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Ghislaine Maxwell deserves bail because her "horrific" jail conditions make it impossible to prepare for trial on charges she procured teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, her lawyer told a U.S. appeals court on Monday.The lawyer David Markus said it's unfair to force Maxwell to review millions of pages of materials from behind bars, with guards waking her with flashlights every 15 minutes on a misplaced concern she might, like Epstein, commit suicide."We just want...

Apr 26
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Kraft Heinz 'Mayochup' dispute revived by U.S. appeals court

Kraft Heinz 'Mayochup' dispute revived by U.S. appeals court

By (Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court said a man who created a mayonnaise-ketchup blend he called “Metchup” cannot sue Kraft Heinz Co for selling a similar condiment called “Mayochup,” but ordered reconsideration of whether to cancel his trademark registration.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there was little chance consumers would confuse Mayochup, sold in groceries nationwide under the Heinz brand, with Metchup, sold in the lobby of Dennis Perry’s nine-room Star Motel in Lacombe, Louisiana, next to his used-car lot.But the three-judge court said Kraft Heinz had not met its “heavy...

Apr 12
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Turkey's Halkbank urges end of U.S. prosecution alleging Iran sanctions violations

Turkey's Halkbank urges end of U.S. prosecution alleging Iran sanctions violations

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Halkbank told a U.S. appeals court on Monday that the state-owned Turkish lender was immune from U.S. prosecution and that an indictment accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions should be thrown out.In arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, Halkbank’s lawyer Simon Latcovich said the U.S. government had no basis to assert criminal jurisdiction over the bank, and that the bank was “synonymous” with Turkey for purposes of immunity.Halkbank has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges...

Apr 12
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Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming

Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming

By , NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected New York City’s effort to hold five major oil companies liable to help pay the costs of addressing harm caused by global warming.Ruling in favor of BP Plc, Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions should be addressed under federal law and international treaties.It rejected the city’s efforts to sue under state nuisance law for damages caused by the companies’ “admittedly legal” production and...

Apr 1
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High school football coach who prayed after games loses appeal -U.S. appeals court

High school football coach who prayed after games loses appeal -U.S. appeals court

By (Reuters) - A Washington State school district did not violate the religious and free speech rights of a high school football coach by forbidding him from kneeling in prayer at the 50-yard line after games, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously on Thursday.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bremerton school district would have violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion by letting Joseph Kennedy pray in view of spectators, and with students who might feel pressured to join him.It rejected Kennedy’s claim he was engaging in “private” prayer,...

Mar 18
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U.S. sues EZ Lynk for selling vehicle emissions defeat devices

U.S. sues EZ Lynk for selling vehicle emissions defeat devices

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday sued automobile device manufacturer EZ Lynk for selling tens of thousands of “defeat devices” that enabled car and truck owners to disable their vehicles’ computerized emission controls at the push of a button.The government said the system includes a device that plugs into vehicles’ computers to install deletion software, a cloud platform that stores the software, and an app that lets drivers buy and install the software through their smartphones.According to court papers, the Cayman Islands-based company “actively encourages” drivers...

Mar 8
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Geico must face lawsuit claiming it overcharged on car insurance during pandemic: judge

Geico must face lawsuit claiming it overcharged on car insurance during pandemic: judge

By (Reuters) - The auto insurer Geico Corp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, must face a proposed class action claiming it overcharged policyholders as the coronavirus pandemic led to less driving and fewer accidents, a judge has ruled.In a decision on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago said Illinois drivers may try to prove Geico violated a state consumer fraud law by unfairly and deceptively marketing its “Geico Giveback” discount program. She dismissed breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims.Neither Geico nor its lawyers immediately...

Mar 5
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New York Sports Clubs' former owner settles NY attorney general lawsuit over billing

New York Sports Clubs' former owner settles NY attorney general lawsuit over billing

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former owner of New York Sports Clubs and Lucille Roberts will forfeit a $250,000 bond to settle New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit over its billing practices during the coronavirus pandemic.James had sued Town Sports International Holdings Inc in September, saying it kept charging membership dues, failed to issue promised credits, and refused to honor cancellation requests after the pandemic forced it to close its New York gyms last March.The settlement papers were filed in a New York state court in Manhattan on Wednesday. Town Sports did not admit...

Mar 3
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Lawsuit accuses Amazon of 'systemic' racism in corporate offices

Lawsuit accuses Amazon of 'systemic' racism in corporate offices

By , (Reuters) - A manager at Amazon.com Inc sued the online retailer for discrimination on Monday, saying it hires Black people for lower positions and promotes them more slowly than white workers, and that she was subjected to harassment.The lawsuit from Charlotte Newman, a business development head at Amazon Web Services who is Black, said the company suffers from a “systemic pattern of insurmountable discrimination,” despite its pledge to fight racism and statements of solidarity from Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos.Seattle-based Amazon said it was investigating the claims. It said...

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Prince Andrew is served sexual assault lawsuit in United States

Prince Andrew is served sexual assault lawsuit in United States

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Andrew has been served with a sexual assault lawsuit in the United States by lawyers for a woman who says she was forced to have sex with him at the London home of a friend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, court papers show.In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for Virginia Giuffre said they sent the civil lawsuit to the prince's Los Angeles-based lawyer Andrew Brettler by email and FedEx, and both copies had been received by Monday morning.Under federal rules, the Duke of York has 21 days to respond or could...

Sep 21
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