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Tag: Lawsuit

“Vanilla Gift” card issuer faces lawsuit over card-draining scam risk
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“Vanilla Gift” card issuer faces lawsuit over card-draining scam risk

A gift card issuer is facing a lawsuit over allegations it failed to make its popular prepaid cards less susceptible to a common scam.The lawsuit, filed last month by San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu, alleges Incom's "Vanilla Gift" and "One Vanilla" non-reloadable cards featured "insufficient" packaging and "lax security features" that made them susceptible to scams. According to the complaint, the gift card packaging allows for "easy access to the card inside,'' enabling thieves to record the barcode and PIN information so they can make unauthorized transactions, a practice known as card draining. The complaint also alleges that Incomm failed to improve its product's packaging despite knowing the flawed design led to incidents of theft."As the dir...
Black man who says he was elected mayor of Alabama town alleges that White leaders are keeping him from position
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Black man who says he was elected mayor of Alabama town alleges that White leaders are keeping him from position

A Black man who says he was elected mayor of a rural Alabama town but has been kept from taking office by White leaders of the town has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.Patrick Braxton, 57, is one of several plaintiffs named in Braxton et al v. Stokes et al. The other plaintiffs — James Ballard, Barbara Patrick, Janice Quarles and Wanda Scott — are people that Braxton hoped to name to the city council of Newburn after he was elected to office in 2020. However, Braxton said that the "minority White residents of (Newburn), long accustomed to exercising total control over the government, refused to accept this outcome." Haywood Stokes III, the acting mayor of Newburn, instead allegedly worked with acting town council members to hold a special election where he was re-appointed to the mayo...
Oklahoma official who discussed killing reporters and lynching Black people resigns
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Oklahoma official who discussed killing reporters and lynching Black people resigns

OK: McCurtain County protests over threatening audio OK: McCurtain County protests over threatening audio 01:46 A county commissioner in far southeast Oklahoma who was identified by a local newspaper as one of several officials caught on tape discussing killing reporters and lynching Black people has resigned from office, Gov. Kevin Stitt's office confirmed Wednesday. Stitt spokesperson Carly Atchison said the office received a handwritten resignation letter from McCurtain County Commission...
Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision: When two skiers crash, who is at fault?
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Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision: When two skiers crash, who is at fault?

The trial over a 2016 ski accident involving actor and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow wrapped up Thursday, with the jury ruling that she was not responsible for the collision at a Utah ski resort.After a short deliberation, the jury concluded that plaintiff Terry Sanderson was entirely at fault for the collision, with the decision ultimately hinging on which party jurors believed was higher on the slopes when the crash occurred. Sanderson, 76, sued Paltrow for $3.1 million after alleging that she crashed into him at the tony Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. After a judge dismissed his initial suit, he later refiled his complaint seeking more than $300,000. Paltrow, 50, countersued for a symbolic $1 and attorney fees.In each taking the stand last week, Paltrow and Sanderson pre...
Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision: When two skiers crash, who is at fault?
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Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision: When two skiers crash, who is at fault?

Oscar-winning actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow is in court this week for a civil trial over a 2016 collision with another skier, with the case raising questions about who is legally liable when collisions occur on the slopes. In court arguments, lawyers for Paltrow and plaintiff Terry Sanderson have painted their clients as prudent skiers, while trading mutual accusations about who was at fault for a crash at Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. Sanderson, 76, is expected to testify on Friday, while Paltrow also may take the stand. Sanderson's lawyer has sought to portray the actor as out of touch, while Paltrow's attorney cast doubt on Sanderson's memory, noting his age and prior brain injuries. Paltrow, who also founded wellness and lifestyle brand GOOP, also alleges S...
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Artists sue AI company for billions, alleging “parasite” app used their work for free

As AI-generated images proliferate across the internet, two lawsuits are seeking to rein in the potent technology as well as ensure the artists who unwittingly helped train the tools are financially compensated for their work. The litigation, which targets the company behind the Stable Diffusion engine, represents the first legal actions of its kind and could redefine the rights and protections of computer-generated art as the technology make rapid advancements. A suit filed by Getty Images this week in the U.K. claims the company, Stability AI, illegally scraped the image service's content. And a class-action lawsuit, filed in California federal court on behalf of three artists last week, alleges that the software's use of their work broke copyright and other laws and threatens to...
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Kari Lake’s lawsuit over defeat in Arizona governor’s race thrown out by judge

A judge has thrown out Republican Kari Lake's challenge of her defeat in the Arizona governor's race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, rejecting her claim that problems with ballot printers at some polling places on Election Day were the result of intentional misconduct. In a decision Saturday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson, who was appointed by then-Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, found that the court did not find clear and convincing evidence of the widespread misconduct that Lake had alleged had affected the result of the 2022 general election.Following Thompson's decision, Lake said on Twitter that she would appeal. Lake, who lost to Hobbs by just over 17,000 votes, was among the most vocal 2022 Republicans promoting former President...
Judge rejects former White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s effort to quash subpoena
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Judge rejects former White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s effort to quash subpoena

FILE - White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington on March 9, 2022.  Patrick Semansky / AP A judge refused Friday to quash a subpoena issued to former White House press secretary Jen Psaki that seeks her deposition in a lawsuit filed by Missouri and Louisiana, alleging that the Biden administration conspired to silence conservative voices on social media. Psaki filed a motion in federal court in Alexandria seeking to quash the subpoena, saying that she had no relevant information to provide and that a deposition would place an undue burden on her. The Justice Department supported her efforts to quash. U.S. Magistrate I...
U.S. moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing
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U.S. moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing

The Biden administration declared Thursday that Saudi Arabia's crown prince should be considered immune from a lawsuit over his role in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, a turnaround from Joe Biden's passionate campaign trail denunciations of Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal slaying. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images The administration said the senior position of the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and recently named prime minister as well, should shield him against a suit brought by the fiancée of slai...
“Zombie Debt”: Homeowners face foreclosure on old mortgages
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“Zombie Debt”: Homeowners face foreclosure on old mortgages

Rose Prophete thought the second mortgage loan on her Brooklyn home was resolved about a decade ago — until she received paperwork claiming she owed more than $130,000."I was shocked," said Prophete, who refinanced her two-family home in 2006, six years after arriving from Haiti. "I don't even know these people because they never contacted me. They never called me."Prophete is part of a wave of homeowners who say they were blindsided by the start of foreclosure actions on their homes over second loans that were taken out more than a decade ago. The trusts and mortgage loan servicers behind the actions say the loans were defaulted on years ago. Some of these homeowners say they weren't even aware they had a second mortgage because of confusing loa...