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U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs automakers

August 16, 2017 By Tracy Rucinski and Tina Bellon (Reuters) – A U.S. judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp’s U.S. business has halted for 90 days the lawsuits brought by victims of its faulty air bag inflators against automakers, a ruling that temporarily smooths its efforts to exit bankruptcy. Takata argued for a six-month stay of the lawsuits so management could complete a $1.6 billion sale of its viable operations and replace air bag inflators that are subject to the biggest recall in automotive history. Major…

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Jefferson Starship guitarist can pursue lawsuit over band name

August 11, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A founding member of Jefferson Starship may pursue part of his lawsuit seeking to stop former bandmates from using the rock group’s name, a federal judge ruled on Friday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James said the guitarist Craig Chaquico may pursue a breach of contract claim against David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin and other musicians for performances and merchandising since January 2016, when co-founder Paul Kantner died. The San Francisco-based judge also dismissed Chaquico’s claim for earlier alleged contract breaches, and a trademark…

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Japan’s Takata files another attempt to stay U.S. air bag lawsuits

August 9, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in an effort to pause lawsuits against the company over faulty air bag inflators – more than a month after its U.S. unit filed for bankruptcy in the same court. In its filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Takata said the Chapter 15 petition was critical to ensure the “continuation of Takata’s business, preserving tens of thousands of jobs and ensuring that Takata’s business partners continue to…

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U.S. drops charges in another high-profile Wall Street case

August 9, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday dropped their criminal case accusing Benjamin Wey of running a fraudulent stock manipulation scheme, after a federal judge threw out much of the evidence they hoped to use against the financier. The dismissal was the government’s second surrender in three weeks in a high-profile Wall Street case. It followed prosecutors’ July 21 decision to drop charges against two former JPMorgan Chase & Co traders in the London Whale trading scandal. The government had accused Wey in…

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Pop singer Katy Perry to host MTV Video Music Awards show

July 27, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop singer Katy Perry will host the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) in August, MTV said on Thursday, and will also perform and compete for some top awards. The hosting gig will kick off a busy 12 months for Perry, who embarks on a world tour in September and will be a judge in 2018 on the new version of television talent show “American Idol.” Perry, who released her latest album, “Witness,” in June, is the most followed person on Twitter, with more…

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Judge will not allow auction of Madonna’s personal items

July 21, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Thursday said an online auction of Madonna’s personal items including worn satin panties, a hair brush with her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, cannot go forward. Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan let stand his July 18 temporary restraining order blocking the sale of 22 items by Gotta Have It Collectibles. Lebovits will on Sept. 6 consider whether to issue a preliminary injunction. Darlene Lutz,…

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Cosby says he has no plans for ‘sexual assault tour’

June 28, 2017 By Dana Feldman and Joseph Ax LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Cosby said on Tuesday he has no plans to hold town hall events to discuss sexual assault, days after his spokesman suggested the comedian planned a series of public talks to educate men about how to avoid false accusations. Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, first put forward the idea for the town hall talks in an interview with a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station last week, five days after Cosby’s sex assault trial ended in a hung…

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Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information

June 23, 2017 By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to comply with the city’s demands for information about the company’s drivers. The city Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office wants the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of Uber’s drivers. Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in San…

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Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

June 21, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their 2015 blockbuster movie, “Inside Out.” In a complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles federal court, Denise Daniels said the animated film, featuring color-coded characters representing individual human emotions, mirrors a children’s program called “The Moodsters” that she conceived and pitched to Disney every year from 2005 to 2009. Daniels, who lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area…

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Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

June 19, 2017 By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Now that Bill Cosby’s first sex assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer’s retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his…

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