The city of New York has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars ($583,024 to be exact) in damages and attorney fees after falsely arresting 14 Occupy Wall Street protestors on January 1, 2012. It's the largest Occupy settlement to date, but the lion-share of the money will go to the protesto ... More >>
A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the New York Police Department by a group of Muslim individuals and community groups, a suit that had alleged that the NYPD's surveillance of them infringed on their constitutional rights. In a decision released yesterday, New Jer ... More >>
Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, the main antagonist of whistleblower cop Adrian Schoolcraft, has broken a long public silence, and is fighting back against Schoolcraft's allegations in recently filed court papers, the Village Voice has learned. Mauriello [pictured at far left with Mayor Bloombe ... More >>
In an act of desperation, the city of New York has used the media to launch a "despicable" attack on the federal judge presiding over a landmark stop-and-frisk trial, attorneys for the plaintiffs say. Early Wednesday morning, the New York Daily News published a story describing an internal report c ... More >>
A year and a half after the fences first went up around Chase Manhattan Plaza, new court filings show the fight over public access to the space is still heated. We've written extensively about the fight over the fences, which were first erected the day before Occupy Wall Street protesters first gat ... More >>
The final act in the Shakespearean drama of cycling great Lance Armstrong is about to begin, with the airing this week of his admission to who else but Oprah Winfrey--the celebrity confessor--that he indeed took performance enhancing drugs during his professional career. This is news only in that ... More >>
Prestigious Brooklyn private school Poly Prep has reached a settlement with plaintiffs from a 2009 lawsuit that alleges decades of sexual abuse by former football coach Phil Foglietta, according to the Daily News. The News has closely followed the lawsuit--which highlights a situation eerily simil ... More >>
The question being argued in federal court in Lower Manhattan yesterday boiled down to this: Is a law authorizing the indefinite military detention of American citizens with only the barest recourse to civil courts constitutional? The lawsuit against the Obama administration was filed in January by ... More >>
Three Occupy Wall Street protesters announced today that they are suing the New York Police Department in federal court over officers' use of pepper spray on marchers last September 24. Two of the plaintiffs, Damien Crisp and Julie Lawler, were sprayed by Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, whose act ... More >>
A federal judge ruled today that a class action suit against the NYPD over the mass arrest of more than 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge October 1 can go forward. The march over the vehicular roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the most visually dramatic events of the young Occupy Wall Stree ... More >>
The city Correction Department has been hit with a new very toughly worded class action lawsuit alleging a program of excessive violence by correction staff on inmates throughout the jail system. Eleven inmates allege that they were severely beaten by correction staff, including Mark Nunez who clai ... More >>
Just a few weeks after a New York judge decided that an internet protocol address is not enough evidence for lawsuits against accused illegal file-sharers, a California judge has ruled that an IP address can't even pinpoint one's state. As detailed by CNET, the judge tossed out lawsuits against 15 ... More >>
The NYPD took over school safety in 1998, and the New York Civil Liberties Union claims that cops have since abused their position, using their role to stop-and-frisk students. Today, the NYCLU released what's said to be the first study chronicling student arrest and summons data, and resul ... More >>
An unlikely activist's battle with the NYPD's frisky business
There's really no way any of this should be legal.The Food Network is finally doing what we've long dreamed of doing ourselves: it's suing Guy Fieri.
They hailed Alan Newton's exoneration—without mentioning his other case of attempted rape
A former police officer is suing the NYPD for firing her for not writing enough summonses and not stopping and frisking enough people, the New York Daily News is reporting. Vanessa Hicks' lawsuit follows last year's class action lawsuit filed on behalf of about 25 New Yorkers who allege the ... More >>
Beleaguered, but always mouthy American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been sued again by the same women alleging he sexually harassed them. Irene Morales, Tesa Lubans-Dehaven and Alyssa Ferguson filed harassment lawsuits against Charney, as did two others, back in March but the trio have now fo ... More >>
A Brooklyn jury yesterday ruled that ticketing and arrest quotas, long denied by the NYPD, do exist, and left a woman in cuffs after trying to stop her son's arrest. In a lawsuit filed by Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Carolyn Bryant, the jury found that the NYPD had a "custom and policy" on a ... More >>
Ralph Johnson, a "Wall Street financier," has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, the AP reports. And if you've been paying attention, Johnson's claims might sound a bit familiar: He says that he, too, was sodomized by NYPD officers using a police baton when they responded to a domestic compla ... More >>
The New York Times is reporting that the 9/11 workers who sued the city over health damages they suffered during Ground Zero rescue and recovery efforts have finally agreed to accept a $625 million settlement from the city after years of negotiations and delays.
If you use Gmail, you probably received a strange and unexpected e-mail from Google yesterday about Google Buzz and some kind of $8.5 million class-action lawsuit settlement that you really didn't bother to read about because, yeah, Google Buzz was a disaster, but you never signed up to be pa ... More >>
Forked?Del Posto may have been spurned by the Michelin Guide, but the slight was nothing compared to the debt that 27 of the restaurant's current and former workers say they're owed in wages and tips.
The Times reports that Roger Stone associates have collected a million dollars in fees so far from Carl Paladino's campaign, adding a couple of companies to the list we published last week. It's an astonishing total, and a measure of Stone's shaping influence on the Paladino campaign, reaffirmed in ... More >>
Four former workers are accusing Brother Jimmy's of being one mean mother, filing a class action lawsuit against the owners of the barbecue chain over allegations of unfair labor practices.
When will New Yorkers see past Kelly's personal charm and notice his thuggish methods?
Famed New Orleans chef and cook book author Susan Spicer has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean, Ltd. Entered in New Orleans Federal Court, the suit asks for both compensatory and punitive damages - as yet unspecified -- for the harm that has r ... More >>
The city is facing a new class action lawsuit filed by nine New Yorkers over the NYPD's use of quotas to get officers to issues summonses and stop-and-frisk people, court records show. The lawsuit, filed late last month in federal court in Manhattan, cites some of the quotations which appear ... More >>
Trees on the outside, drudgery on the inside.A former dishwasher at the Patsy's on East 60th Street is suing the restaurant after working there for three years in conditions that his class-action lawsuit claims "can only be described as indentured servitude."
The two places that men reveal their inner selves, the adage goes, are behind a steering wheel and on a basketball court. All that contained aggressiveness grandstands to the surface. For Mayor Mike, though, who neither duels with taxis nor elbows under a hoop, it is apparently depositions ... More >>
A previously unpublished saga of an $8 million check
The largest landowner threatened by Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion has filed a suit against the school and city, alleging that the environmental review process for the expansion was insufficient. The process may have even ignored the risk for potential biohazard threats to the West Harlem com ... More >>
Ah, the magical irony that is Google. The indispensible Internet thingy’s second largest business operation is Adsense, an advertising revenue-sharing arrangement with thousands of bloggers and online news outlets, in which Google’s algorithms scan online content and match it with relevant ads ... More >>
Photo by ThreeCee via Flickr A handful of Brooklyn property owners and longterm renters who are trying to stop developer Bruce Ratner from using eminent domain to take their property will have what could be their final shot in court on Tuesday. Beloved Dean Street watering hole, Freddy's Bar and B ... More >>
In addition to food fights between the ROC-NY activists and restaurants, some of the activists are throwing rocks at each other
Do we have to pick just one? Kenny Heller won't admit it, but he could make a case for the title if he hadn't been disbarredfor obnoxious behavior.
Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned
Sick of being lied to by the EPA, 9-11 plaintiffs use the courts to force the answers they seek
The 13-year struggle of targets in a racial dragnet reveals the elusive nature of justice
Secretary of Defense sued for torture while media cover Michael Jackson trial
Reporter Sues News Corp. for $10 Million
Big Oil and Big Slavery
Discharged Transit Workers Sue the TA, Charging Racial and Sexual Harassment
Area 51's Sci-Fi Folklore Masks a Truly Spooky Reality
Grand Jury Probes Brooklyn State Supreme Court
Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry