lawsuits

Trump Sues Journalist Bob Woodward

Former President Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward over interview recordings that Trump alleges he didn’t agree could be included in an audiobook. Trump concedes that he consented to Woodward recording their conversations for the purpose of a book, and gave 19 interviews to the veteran journalist in 2019 and 2020, which Woodward included in his 2020 book Rage. But the former president is arguing the agreement doesn’t cover the inclusion of those audio files in The Trump Tapes, an audiobook collection of the recordings published by Simon & Schuster last year.

Justice Dept. Sues Google Over Digital Advertising Dominance

The government alleges that Google’s plan to assert dominance has been to “neutralize or eliminate” rivals through acquisitions and to force advertisers to use its products by making it difficult to use competitors’ products.

Court Dismisses Herring Claims In Suit Over DirecTV Dropping OAN

DirecTV said a California judge has stricken the central claims in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Herring Networks over DirecTV’s decision to drop the One America News cable network in January 2022. The ruling was made Jan. 13 by Judge John Meyer of the Superior Court of California in San Diego County.

Two Former Employees Sue ESPN Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

Two former ESPN employees have sued the network and its parent company, Walt Disney, over their terminations in 2021 after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a complaint filed in a Connecticut court on Wednesday, former ESPN reporter Allison Williams (above) and longtime producer Beth Faber alleged that the company made “no serious attempt” to accommodate their COVID-19 exemption requests.

Meta Agrees To $725 Million Settlement Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Meta Platforms will pay $725 million to settle class-action claims that it violated users’ privacy by sharing their information with outside developers, including the defunct political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, according to court papers filed late Thursday.

No Separate Trials For Murdochs In Dominion’s Defamation Suit

The ruling from Judge Eric Davis is the latest development in Dominion’s suit that accuses Fox News of perpetuating false claims of voter fraud.

In Testimony, Hannity And Other Fox Employees Say They Doubted Trump’s Fraud Claims

On Wednesday, lawyers for Dominion Voting Systems shared some of the strongest evidence yet that some Fox employees knew what they broadcast about the claims was false.

Federal Court Rules Streamer Super Arab TV Stole Dish Channels

A U.S. District Court in Texas has found that the Super Arab IPTV streaming service pirated a number of channels from Dish Network, is liable for copyright infringement and has been directed to pay the satellite-TV provider $2.1 million. The court said Super Arab IPTV has to stop streaming any content from the Al Arabiya, Al Hayah 1, ART Cima, CBC, CBC Drama, Future TV, Hekayat, LBC, LBCI (aka LDC), and Melody Classic channels.

Ohio Advances Lawsuit To Declare Google A Common Carrier Subject To Government Regulation

Ohio has a court date for the first-of-its-kind lawsuit against Google. Delaware County Common Pleas Court set May 14 as the date Attorney General Dave Yost begins his case against the internet search giant in an effort to have it declared a common carrier and subject to government regulation.

U.S. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Death

Despite “credible allegations” of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the 2018 killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. federal judge on Tuesday ordered a lawsuit against the Saudi royal to be dismissed. The basis for the decision, wrote Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was the legal protections the prince is entitled to in his new role as Saudi Arabia’s prime minister.

Google, iHeartMedia Sued By FTC And States Over Fake Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission and seven states have sued Google and iHeartMedia over ads by radio announcers who endorsed the Pixel 4 phone, despite never having used the device. Google and iHeartMedia agreed to resolve the allegations by paying $9 million total to the states that sued: Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Texas. (The Texas settlement is only with iHeartMedia; that state has a separate lawsuit pending against Google over the ads.)

YouTube TV Customers Sue Disney For Jacking Up Virtual Pay TV Prices

A lawsuit filed on behalf of YouTube TV subscribers across four states accuses Disney of using its market power to unfairly jack up prices on their virtual pay TV service. The proposed antitrust suit, filed in a San Francisco federal court on behalf of YouTube TV subscribers in California, Arizona, Indiana and Kentucky, alleges that Disney uses its control of virtual MVPD service Hulu+Live TV, along with its ownership of the most coveted asset in the pay TV ecosystem, ESPN, to dictate pricing in the virtual pay TV market.

‘Walking Dead’ Producers File Another $200M Suit Against AMC

Several producers of The Walking Dead have filed a new $200 million lawsuit against AMC Networks to recover profits from the hit series and its spinoffs. In their most recent legal position in California Superior Court, the producers — Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles Eglee and Glenn Mazzara — are claiming that AMC Networks’ $200 million settlement in 2021 with the show’s creator Frank Darabont and CAA, his agency, entitles them to similar treatment.

Former WBTS Boston Reporter Karen Hensel Sues Station

D.C. Attorney General Sues Daniel Snyder, Commanders, NFL

The office of D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said Thursday it filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, Daniel Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, accusing them of colluding to deceive and mislead customers about an investigation of the team’s workplace to maintain the franchise’s fan base in pursuit of revenue.

Eric Weinberg Accused Of Rape In Two Civil Suits

The former Scrubs and Californication writer — who recently pled not guilty to 18 counts of sexual misconduct in a criminal case — now faces civil litigation from two women seeking punitive damages.

Settlement Reached In Suits Over FBI Posing As AP Reporter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will get a $145,000 settlement following a pair of lawsuits filed after an FBI agent posed as a reporter for The Associated Press and created a fake story. The long-running Freedom of Information Act cases led to appeals court decisions that will help bolster […]

Leslie Moonves, Paramount Will Pay $9.75 Million To CBS Shareholders As A Result Of Sexual Misconduct Claims

Leslie Moonves and Paramount Global will have to pay $9.75 million to CBS shareholders as a result of sexual misconduct claims in a deal made with the New York attorney general. This is in addition to a $14.75 million settlement as the result of a class action suit that has been awaiting approval by a New York judge.

Meta Seeks To Nix Class-Action Over Inflated Ad Metrics

Facebook parent Meta Platforms is urging a federal appellate court to prevent advertisers from proceeding with a class-action fraud lawsuit over allegedly inflated ad metrics. In papers filed Monday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Meta Platforms argues that the claims do not lend themselves to class-action treatment, partly because the metrics were allegedly inflated by different proportions for different advertisers.

Dominion CEO: Fox News ‘Knew The Truth’ About Voter Fraud Claims

The head of voting systems company Dominion said Sunday on 60 Minutes that Fox News knew allegations against the company being made by former president Trump and his associates following the 2020 election were untrue but decided to air them anyway.

‘The World According To Fox’: A CEO’s Vision Gets Tested In Court

Suzanne Scott remade Fox News Media into a lucrative consumer brand. But a $1.6 billion defamation suit against the company is testing her strategy and leadership.

Alex Jones Ordered To Pay $965M For Sandy Hook Lies

The verdict is the second big judgment against the Infowars host over his relentless promotion of the lie that the 2012 massacre never happened, and that the grieving families seen in news coverage were actors hired as part of a plot to take away people’s guns.

Pac-12 Network Sues Dish For Withholding Programming Fees

The Pac-12 Network has filed a civil lawsuit against satellite and streaming company Dish Network, claiming the pay television service withheld payment during the COVID-19 pandemic in violation of its carriage agreement. According to the lawsuit, Pac-12 Network says the agreement requires it to provide a certain number of college football games during a season. In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pac-12 Network only aired one game; as a consequence, the network says it offered Dish a rebate because that year’s football season was shortened.

Trump Threatens More Lawsuits Against Media

Donald Trump says he plans to file lawsuits against “a large number” of news outlets, just as he has against CNN. In an email to supporters, the former president said those other news outlets — he did not identify them — were guilty of “lies, defamation, and wrongdoing,” including as it pertains to “The Big Lie.”

Trump Files $475M Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., focuses primarily on the term “The Big Lie” about Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud that he says cost him the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

Judge Judy & CBS Get $95M Series Library Sale Suit Dismissed

The dogfight between Judith Sheindlin and CBS with Rebel Entertainment Partners over the $95 million sale of the Judy Judy library is over, but not finished. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kristin S. Escalante has granted a motion by Sheindlin, Big Ticket Pictures and the Paramount Global-owned company to dismiss the two-year old suit from self-described “successor in interest” Rebel over the more than $5 million the latter claims it is owed for the admittedly convoluted 2017 sale. However, Rebel says it intends to appeal.

Warner Bros. Discovery Faces Suit Alleging Inflated HBO Max Numbers

Warner Bros. Discovery and its top corporate brass are facing a shareholder lawsuit that alleges false statements were made about the health of the HBO Max streaming service and its subscriber numbers to pave the way for a merger this year. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed last week in New York federal court by the Collinsville (Ill.) Police Pension Board, which held Discovery stock. The suit proposes to expand to include other Discovery shareholders who have watched the value of their holdings plummet after the $43-billion merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit.

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Byron Allen’s Suit Vs. McDonald’s

A Federal Court judge in Los Angeles denied a motion to dismiss the $10 billion racial discrimination suit brought against McDonald’s by Byron Allen’s companies including Entertainment Studios. The suit, originally filed last May, alleges that McDonald’s discriminates against media companies that are owned by and serve minorities. It contends that McDonald’s spends less than $5 million a year on African-American-owned media and has shown a pattern of stereotyping and refusing to do business.

Byron Allen Threatens To Sue More Advertisers In Push To Increase Black Media Spend

As McDonald’s and Nielsen lawsuits proceed, Allen says spending on Black-owned media isn’t rising fast enough.

Judge Dismisses Former WZZM Reporter’s Lawsuit

Netflix Settles ‘Queens Gambit’ Defamation Suit Brought By Georgian Chess Grandmaster

Hannity, Carlson Among Fox Stars Being Deposed In Dominion Lawsuit

A number of top Fox News hosts and staffers are among the individuals who are slated to be deposed as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ ongoing defamation lawsuit against the cable giant.

Lachlan Murdoch Sues Australian Outlet Over Article Linking Fox News Dynasty With Jan. 6

Two months ago, Australian media site Crikey called “Murdoch” an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch’s lawyers have been battling Crikey ever since. On Monday, Crikey published an open letter and took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, challenging Murdoch to sue the company. Tuesday, Murdoch did just that.

Facebook Agrees To $37.5M Location Privacy Settlement

Facebook will pay $37.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company collected users’ IP addresses, which offer general information about location, in violation of a prior privacy policy. The company, now named Meta Platforms, disclosed in June that it had agreed to settle the litigation, but the terms weren’t made public until Monday. The settlement agreement specifies that Facebook does not admit to doing anything wrong.

Australian News Site Tells Lachlan Murdoch: Sue Us Already

Defamation Suit About Election Falsehoods Puts Fox On Its Heels

The suit, filed by Dominion Voting Systems, could be one of the most consequential First Amendment cases in a generation.

Trump Says He Is Suing CNN, Other Outlets

Former President Donald Trump, whose allegations, without evidence, that the 2020 election was rigged helped fuel the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, has signaled he plans to sue CNN for its “fake news.” But given that the news came in the form of one of innumerable fundraising emails from the President and his as-of-yet non-campaign, it could be yet another effort to raise money for a possible 2024 run. “I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit.” Trump said, citing its “repeated defamatory statements against me.”

Alex Jones Ordered To Pay Sandy Hook Parents More Than $4M

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million — significantly less than the $150 million being sought — in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held […]

Disney, Hulu And Netflix Sued By 25 Texas Cities Over Unpaid Bills

Netflix Sues Creators Of Alleged ‘Bridgerton’ Knockoff