For the past year or so, the NYPD has been forced to very publicly defend a program it once denied existed at all: the surveillance of Muslims, which has allegedly targeted student groups, mosques, religious leaders and ordinary people. The city and the NYPD are being sued in three separate lawsuits ... More >>
On October 27, 2012, 20-year-old Ronald Herrera died when his dirt bike crashed in the Bronx. His 17-year-old passenger, Leonel Cuevas, was left paralyzed from the neck down. An NYPD car was involved in the crash. The cruiser's role in the accident, however, has remained a mystery. The officers cla ... More >>
If you've ever tried to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art, only to receive judgmental stares from staff for foregoing the (technically optional) entrance fee, this one goes out to you: The Met is tied up in two lawsuits over its allegedly "deceptive" pricing tactics, which plaintiffs in the suits ... More >>
In July 1974, two Philippines law enforcement officials arrested Emmanuel Umali. The men told Umali that he had committed "subversive acts" against the government. President Ferdinand Marcos had declared martial law in the country in 1972 was cracking down on enemies. In his college days, at the U ... More >>
On Friday, New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the savvy, San Francisco-based Uber as the first app New Yorkers can use to hail yellow medallion taxi cabs. After nearly a year of delays, the announcement marks the start of a year-long pilot program, during which the TLC will be ab ... More >>
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has served the city for 11 years. Mayor Bloomberg is in the final year of his third term. Next week, the legacies of both men will be tested in a major trial starting Monday over the city's stop and frisk campaign. The case is a class action lawsuit filed in 2008 calle ... More >>
It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>
Michael Hourihane, the top uniformed official in the city Department of Corrections has put in his retirement papers, and is expected to step down at the end of the year, the Voice has learned. Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro called Hourihane, who had served the department for 32 years, "the ... More >>
The Internets are buzzing this afternoon with news that actor John Travolta has been sued by an unnamed masseur for touching his penis. Travolta has long been the subject of speculation that he's a gay man who is one of several celebrities in the Church of Scientology who the church encourages to " ... More >>
There are fewer than 24 hours to go before Occupy Wall Street activists, unions, and immigrant groups launch a day-long series of protests that may well constitute some of the largest demonstrations in the city's recent history. All indications are that the police are getting ready too: large group ... More >>
Six months to the day after Mathieu Lefevre was killed by a truck driver who ran over his bicycle in an East Williamsburg intersection, his family's lawsuit against the NYPD will be argued in New York Supreme Court this afternoon. Judge Peter Moulton has denied a motion to allow Lefevre's mother, E ... More >>
Last month, the NYPD was hit with at least six bad raid lawsuits, including faulty incursions into a 76-year-old woman's apartment, and a residence occupied by a married couple and two five-year-old kids, court records show. A police officers named in one of the lawsuits has already cost the city ne ... More >>
How many times do judges have to say this stuff?Monday evening, we learned that Debbie Cook, who dared to question the health of her religion, is being sued by the Church of Scientology. That night, Joe Childs and Tom Tobin of the Tampa Bay Times broke news of the lawsuit, which alleges that ... More >>
A year or so ago the woman wearing a polo shirt on the cover of Vampire Weekend's ContraAnn Kirsten Kennis, who claimed to have been made aware of her picture being on the album cover by her daughterfiled suit against the band and its label, XL, for appropriating the image of he ... More >>
flickr/KeithBurtisOrder! Order!D. Maimon Kirshenbaum, everyone's favorite suck-it-to-the-restaurant lawyer gets some more airtime, now because his law firm has sued so many people that restaurant kerfuffles are making labor law hot again!
A controversial Spanish play tests New Yorkers
Remember the Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean, who bible thumped her way to an anti-gay marriage stance, which seemed strange considering she had gotten biblical with herself for various photos and videos that seemed extremely unholy when they surfaced for the frothing masses? Carrie was pr ... More >>
Short man sues boss A Latino man is suing his boss, claiming that the employer made fun of his short stature and made him watch porn, according to the Spanish-language daily. Juan Pablo Pichardo, a Manhattan maintenance worker, has filed a lawsuit against Moises Guimet. He said that Guimet ... More >>
Yesterday reports hit the New York City tabloids that a former employee of controversial clothing company American Apparel was suing its embattled founder and CEO Dov Charney for pressuring her into sex over an eight month period. The New York Post says the lawsuit seeks $250 million in damag ... More >>
"Why don't you have a seat?"From Adweek comes the troubling story of a convicted Georgia sex offender, Cory Hubbard, who is suing MySpace for providing authorities his information based on an out-of-state warrant. Hubbard's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleges that the struggling social ... More >>
Remember Michael Mineo, the tattoo artist who said two Brooklyn cops sodomized him with a baton during a pot bust earlier this year? The cops were acquitted of criminal charges in February, but Mineo is back in Brooklyn Federal Court with a civil suit. Although his underwear -- the plaid boxer sh ... More >>
Witch hunts, injustice, and just plain incompetence in the secretive police-department-within-a-department
Getty ImagesWho doesn't love a restraining order?Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich aren't playing possum when it comes to the lawsuit filed against them by a group of former Del Posto employees: the pair are now the plaintiffs in a $6 million lawsuit against the Restaurant Opportunities Center ... More >>
Nearly half the candidates running for city judgeships in this year's general election on November 2 are unqualified to run, the New York City Bar Association said yesterday. Of the 34 candidates running in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, 15 are unqualified by the Bar's reckoning ... More >>
How the ambitious NYC indie nearly brought artists from Ambulance LTD to Lil Jon down with it
Terrance BrennanTerrance Brennan may have started speaking Spanish in Tribeca, but he may also want to brush up on his legalese: four former servers at Artisanal have filed a class action lawsuit against him for violating state and federal labor laws.
When folks hosting glittering parties at Cipriani 42nd Street, Cipriani Wall Street, Cipriani 23rd Street, and the Rainbow Room pay the 23 percent "service charge" on their banqueting bills, do they think it's going directly to those poor bastards in the monkey suits who were serving them dri ... More >>
TheBusyBrain/flickr Gothamist has published a follow-up to yesterday's news that three New Jersey residents have filed a lawsuit to force hot dog companies -- including Nathan's Famous and Hebrew National -- to put warning labels on their product packaging. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the p ... More >>
Our Education Mayor remains silent about police abuses of students in public schools
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A Harlem funeral home has been sued for losing bodies and filching corpses from nearby hospitals. Now it must answer charges that a dead man's body was chewed up by rats.
Millionaire Bruce McMahan loved his daughter so much, he married her.
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Patakis Wannabe Cop Gets Nailed
Villagers file lawsuits against NYU over new student center
National Writers Union Wins Landmark Decision for Freelancers. Maybe.
Hillary Moves In
Senate Fails to Close Loopholes Protecting Insurers
A new court ruling opens old wounds for the family of a psychiatric patient gunned down by police in 1992
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