McALLEN, Texas (CN) - Gloria Trevi says TV Azteca defamed her in "a nefarious campaign" by republishing criminal allegations of which she had been cleared in the courts. The singer claims the TV network tried to destroy her after she "embarrassed" it by refusing to sign a deal to become "its excusive superstar."  

     WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Abitibi Bowater, the world's largest newsprint maker, filed for bankruptcy, listing more than $2 billion in debts. Demand for newsprint in the United States has fallen by nearly 50% since its peak in 1987. The recession whacked demand as newspaper circulation tumbled in 2008, and demand for newsprint is expected to continue plummeting this year.


     JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CN) - Jersey City wants $1.1 million from toothpaste giant Colgate-Palmolive Co. for the company's old clock. The toothpaste maker allegedly promised $1 million, plus $20,000 a year, if the city would maintain and operate the historic clock. But the city hasn't seen a dime. 

     OMG! OMG! OMG!
     You'd better be careful when saying OMG.
     A nurse in Long Beach, California has sued the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center because she says she was fired for saying "Oh My God" to herself - "under her breath."
     In theory, God could hear her say that and, at least according to the lawsuit, the chief of nursing at the hospital heard her too and got mad.
     The offending phrase allegedly was uttered while the plaintiff was stuck with a group of others in a malfunctioning elevator and a patient who was supposed to be headed for intensive care announced he was having chest pains.
     Sounds like an OMG! moment to me.
     Now here's the best part of the suit:
     " 'Oh My God' is a religious phrase protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     "A belief in God is a central tenet of many religions and is protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     "Both plaintiff's direct supervisor and her supervisor's supervisor indicated that the religious utterance was the reason for her termination."
     Yes, muttering OMG was a religious act.
     I'm much more spiritual than I thought I was.
     
     REPLACING SADDAM. Never bring incriminating evidence with you to meetings with the government.
     That may seem self-evident, but apparently it's not.
     I refer you to yet another head-shaking Iraq war tale outlined in an entertaining ruling from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District called United States of America v. Custer Battles, LLC in which we learn that the defendants were called to a meeting about the quality of their services.
     Then this happened: "After this meeting ended, Battles accidentally left behind an astonishing spreadsheet, which contained rows listing items invoiced under the Dinar Exchange Contract and separate columns listing the 'Actual Cost' for the items and the amount 'Invoiced' for the items."
     Oops.
     Now are you wondering what a "dinar exchange contract" might be?
     It seems Iraqi money had Saddam Hussein's picture on it and the U. S. administrator decided that it should be replaced.
     Said the ruling: "The exchange was a massive undertaking. The new dinars were shipped into Iraq on 28 fully-loaded Boeing 747 cargo planes, and the exchange required the services of multiple contractors, ranging from providers of currency-counting machines to transportation providers."
     The dinar is finally free from oppression.
     
     DEPT. OF IRONY. I offer for your amusement, the following words and one phrase: "impuissant," "perscrutation," "sockdolager," and "free-floating bubble of discretion."
     Pretty cool, huh?
     The nifty language comes from a U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruling by Judge Bruce Selyer called In Re Sony BMG Music Entertainment in which the court said that a civil trial over allegedly illegal file-sharing of music on the Internet could not be webcast live on the Internet.
     The music company doesn't want to share its trial for free either.
     The logical next step: trial pirates illegally sharing court hearing downloads.
     The Internet is so much fun.

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A coastal geologist testified in Federal Court on Monday that the Army Corps of Engineers had been warned that flaws in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet posed disastrous scenarios, including the likelihood of "catastrophic damage to urban areas by a hurricane surge coming up this waterway," from as far back as the 1950s - well before the channel was built.

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Lawyers argued before the Supreme Court Tuesday whether the Fourth Amendment right of a 13-year-old girl was violated when she was strip searched by a school nurse, as the court decides where to draw the line between backpack searches and cavity searches.  

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - David Williams, the former president and CEO of Morgan Peabody, misappropriated "millions of dollars" in three fraudulent securities offerings, and was "the sole owner of the two issuers of the offerings," the SEC says in Federal Court. 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Three alleged FARC guerillas face federal charges of conspiring to aid Colombia's leftist rebel army, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Ejercito del Pueblo (the FARC), which the Department of State has designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization.  

     KNOXVILLE (CN) - After her husband was murdered by being shot in the back, Settlers Life Insurance refused to pay his widow's claim because, the insurer said, he had a "pre-existing medical condition," the widow says in Knox County Court. 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Kellogg agreed to settle an FTC complaint that accused the world's biggest cereal maker of falsely advertising that its Frosted Mini-Wheats were "clinically shown to improve kids' attentiveness by nearly 20 percent." Under terms of the agreement, Kellogg agrees not to do such a thing again.  

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the FBI blew off its FOIA request for documents about the agency's mass surveillance of U.S. Muslim groups. The CAIR says it learned of the program when the Union-Tribune reported on May 22, 2008 that workers at Camp Pendleton's Strategic Technical Operations Center "had been stealing classified surveillance files and giving them to local law enforcement agencies and defense contractors," according to the federal complaint. 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - PepsiCo is squeezing out shareholders in its second-largest bottler, PepsiAmericas, in a "self-dealing ... coercive and unfair merger" at an unfair price, PepsiAmericas shareholders claim in Hennepin County Court. PepsiCo on Monday offered about $6 billion to buy back its two biggest U.S. bottlers and distributors - the Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas - which Pepsi spun off 10 years ago.  

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Film producer Joseph DiPalma claims a group surreptitiously created a "shadow company" to seize control of the movie "Shannon's Rainbow," and is trying to make distribution deals for it, which he produced and in which he invested $1 million.

     BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) - The Freed & Weiss law firm withheld attorney's fees for a series of class actions and failed to disclose a secret agreement in those cases to other firms working the cases, two law firms claim in St. Clair County Court. 

     MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (CN) - Federal regulators improperly gave their blessing to a residential subdivision near Surfside Beach, S.C. without so much as a site visit, environmentalists. And they did so even though the developers, Deertrack Golf, said they planned to fill or alter "virtually every square inch" of water and wetlands on the 84.6 acre property, nearby property owners say. 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The ringleader of a $24 million fraud that ripped off more than 50 financial institutions was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison. Tahir Ali Khan and 14 other co-defendants were charged with running a scam using fake identification documents to establish credit for sham companies they owned. In sentencing Khan, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said he had been involved in "a vast array of crimes, of frauds and thefts, extending well over a decade."

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The Winnemem Wintu Tribe says the Department of the Interior is letting bikers and campers desecrate sacred sites on and near the McCloud River in Shasta County. The Winnemem are not recognized as a tribe, they say in their federal claim. 

     CHARLESTON, W. Va. (CN) - DuPont and Lucite International will pay the United States and West Virginia $1 million each for violating the Clean Air Act at a sulfuric acid plant that Lucite owns and DuPont operated Belle, W. Va. The companies also agreed to shut down the plant that pumped sulfur dioxide, sulfuric acid mist, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. 

     CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) - AT&T Advertising and Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages intentionally printed false information about a business after its physician-owner refused to renew a $58,000 ad, the doctor claims in St. Louis County Court. 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The SEC today suspended trading in six firms' shares for their failure to file required reports. The companies affected are Act Manufacturing, Aerovox nka New Bedford Capacitor, Agility Capital, Air Water International Corp. fka Universal Communications Systems, Allegiant Physician Services, and Alpha Microsystems.

     (CN) - A man who claims Iran participated in the assassination of his brother cannot collect a $312 million judgment by trying to attach a $2.8 million settlement awarded to the Iranian Ministry of Defense in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.  

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The federal government's role in False Claims Act cases was the subject of argument in the Supreme Court Tuesday in a quirky tax challenge brought by a New Yorker.

     (CN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the Federal Circuit's framework for reviewing claims that the Department of Veterans' Affairs failed to properly notify veterans about what information or evidence they needed to substantiate a benefits claim. The 6-3 majority called the "harmless-error" framework "too complex and rigid."  

     (CN) - Nine U.S. Forest Service-approved timber sale and restoration projects in Montana's Kootenai National Forest meet federal environmental standards, the 9th Circuit ruled.  

     (CN) - A New Jersey teacher can proceed with a defamation lawsuit against a teacher who accused her of threatening to kill everyone in her class, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled. 

     (CN) - The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Tuesday that police need a warrant to search the vehicle of someone they arrest, unless officers have reason to believe that the suspect might try to grab a weapon or destroy evidence in the car, or that the car contains evidence related to the arrest. 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Arguments over a class action filed 17 years ago were heard Monday in the Supreme Court, in a case in which the mother of a Spanish-speaking child sued the Nogales school system in Arizona for its poor language program, and the state then underfunded court-ordered efforts to improve the language teaching.

     (CN) - The Peoria Unified School District will allow a 14-year-old student to wear a rainbow-colored wristband bearing the words "Rainbows are gay," after receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona demanding that the district let him wear it.  

     (CN) - The 9th Circuit withdrew and replaced its previous ruling that an El Salvador immigrant's three DUI convictions qualify as "particularly serious crimes." After rehearing the case, a three-judge panel revived Hernan Ismael Delgado's petition for asylum. 

     (CN) - A state senator was improperly disciplined for accepting deferred compensation from an energy company, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled. 

     (CN) - A Charleston, W.V., man pleaded guilty on Monday to setting fire to a woman's home because she had black and biracial guests. According to the Justice Department, Daryl Lee Fierce, 69, set fire to the outside wall of the woman's bedroom in July 2007, while she slept.

     (CN) - The 5th Circuit ordered a stockbroker to disgorge the profits he earned through market-timing trades, because he made "material misstatements" with the intent to deceive.  

     (CN) - An online plagiarism-detection service did not violate the copyrights of four high-school students whose teachers required them to submit their essays to the company's digital archive, the 4th Circuit ruled. A three-judge panel held that the service qualified as fair use.  

     (CN) - Au pairs, young women from abroad who work as nannies, will be allowed to return to the United States and be in the nanny program again after they've been out of the country for two years.
 


     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop granting refunds on next-day or second-day Express Delivery if live animals arrive late, because their tardiness is for the animals' safety.  

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has proposed designating parts of the Cook Inlet in Alaska as critical habitat for the endangered beluga whale. 

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     In what appears to be an unprecedented, but clumsy attempt to apply real-world trademark law to virtual reality, the maker of Taser stun guns has sued the creator of the Second Life website for selling virtual Taser products. more

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A writer says the owner of Greenlight Entertainment stole her idea for a reality television series about a "trans American road rally car race."


Richard Siegel says Avatar LLC, of Cardiff, Calif., and Sofia Shafquat, of Encinitas, used his footage of the collapse of the World Trade Centers on a DVD called "DVD Mysteries" without his permission, in a copyright claim in San Diego Federal Court. 

     A woman says Radio One and Rickey Smiley, talk show host on 97.9 "The Beat," invaded her privacy by rebroadcasting a humiliating prank call Smiley made to her a year earlier, though Smiley promised he would not do it without her consent, in Fort Worth Federal Court. 


     The Breeders Association of America is accused of defrauding consumers by charging unconscionable prices for puppies, then reducing the price somewhat and falsely calling it a "special sale," in a class action in Ocean County Court, N.J.  


     Attorney Barry Platnick says songstress Tiffany Evans owes him $74,500 for representing her in negotiations with (nonparty) Sony Music Entertainment, in New York County Court. 

     Dawn Ritchie and Kathryn L. Robyn claim in Los Angeles Superior Court that Rosen Feig Golland & Lunn LLP and Broadband Enterprises swiped their idea for a show called "The Emotional House" and broadcast it as "Therapy for Your Home," on Broadband's "Jen and Barb Mom Life" Web site.
     

     Diane Wargo says she lost her job and received email threats after Mario Lavandeira dba PerezHilton.com posted an email she sent the celebrity blogger, including her email address and her employer's name, in Los Angeles Federal Court.  

     Guardian Media Technologies claims Apex Digital, AT&T, Fujitsu, Verizon and others violated patent on its "automatic censorship of video programs," in Los Angeles Federal Court.
     
     Aldav claims Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Cumulus Media and other violate its patented "advertising rotation systems for radio broadcasts," in Tyler, Texas Federal Court. 

     Warren, Mich. police officers killed a 16-year-old boy by Tasering him after he ran from a traffic stop, his family claims in Ann Arbor Federal Court. 

     US Bank juggles the order of bank transactions to unfairly extract maximum overdraft fees, a class action claims in Portland, Ore., Federal Court. 

     The USA accused Wind River Resources and Dominion Exploration & Production of Clean Air Act violations, in separate complaints in Salt Lake Federal Court. 

     Ross Dress for Less cheats employees on overtime, a class action claims in Alameda County Court, Oakland. 

     Noble Metal Processing dba Pullman Industries, and affiliates, filed for bankruptcy in Detroit, listing more than $100 million in debts.