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December 2011 Archives

Second wrongful death suit in fatal Las Vegas helicopter tour crash

In our Dec. 14 blog post, we discussed a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Las Vegas-area tour company by the relatives of two of the victims of a Dec. 7 helicopter crash. Now the family of the other couple killed in the incident, the Washington Post is reporting. The attorney representing the plaintiffs in both suits said the helicopter made an "erratic and abnormal" flight pattern shortly before going down.

Nevada AG accused of illegally contracting with outside law firm

A foreclosure processing company being sued by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's office for fraud is claiming that its due process rights are being violated in the suit. The company, Lender Processing Services Inc., says that Masto violated Nevada law by contracting out the case to an out-of-state law firm. Masto denies any improprieties by her office in the case.

Record company loses federal appeal against video-sharing website

A ruling from the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals could have implications for similar copyright infringement lawsuits between entertainment industry companies and video-hosting websites. The appellate court ruled against plaintiff UMG Recording, a music company that had sued Veoh Networks Inc., which used to operate a site similar to YouTube.

'Rudy' Ruettiger settles SEC fraud litigation for $382K

A former walk-on for the University of Notre Dame football team whose story of determination inspired millions settled charges filed against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission for nearly $400,000 on Dec. 16. Federal investigators had accused Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger of fraud by running a "classic pump and dump scheme" involving his one-time Las Vegas-based sports nutrition company.

Ownership of 'hot dog girl' picture used by sports book in dispute

Las Vegas residents may recall seeing advertisements promoting Station Casinos' chain of sports books in 2009. The ad, which can be seen in the article linked below, showed a female model in a skimpy top and shorts holding a hot dog and a squeeze bottle of ketchup. The text offered readers specials on hot dogs, beer and shots of alcohol on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Helicopter crash near Las Vegas fatally injures five

The families of a newlywed couple who were killed in an accident while riding in a helicopter operated by a Las Vegas sightseeing company have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company, the Las Vegas Sun is reporting. The husband and wife were two of the five people who died in the Dec. 7 crash, which also included a couple celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Most of the Fontainebleau fraud litigation may proceed - for now

As we discussed in our Nov. 21 blog post, a group of 46 investors and hedge funds have filed a $700 million lawsuit against the developers of the stalled Fontainebleau casino and resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The plaintiffs leveled an array of allegations against Fontainebleau Resorts LLC and Turnberry West Construction Inc. and the companies' executives. For instance, plaintiffs say that the defendants covered up cost overruns and other problems associated with the 2008-9 recession while convincing investors to put more money into the project.

Court punishes casino CEO for not answering deposition questions

The deposition of the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. in connection to an employment law case lasted just 10 minutes. After a federal judge's decision on Dec. 5, the two sides will have a second take - at the defendant's expense.

Jesse Eisenberg lawsuit is 'Camp Hell' for movie producers

Film star Jesse Eisenberg claims that the producers of a low-budget horror movie are deceiving the public with its promotional material, which suggests that he is the star of the movie. In fact, Eisenberg says, he only has a brief cameo in "Camp Hell," making the DVD's cover with his face prominently displayed false advertising. In response to the alleged fraud, Eisenberg has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment, the companies behind "Camp Hell," for $3 million.

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