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May 2012 Archives

TV networks suing Dish Network over commercial-free device

A flurry of federal lawsuits between three of the television networks and a new device being sold by Dish Network could help determine whether TV viewers in Las Vegas will be allowed to watch their favorite shows commercial-free on their DVRs. The lawsuits complain that Dish's new device, the Hopper, violates copyright law by providing a "bootleg" copy of TV shows with the commercials removed.

2 MGM shareholder suits fizzle in Nevada court

Two of six lawsuits against MGM Resorts International directors and officers in Las Vegas were tossed out of court. The derivatives litigation was brought by shareholders in a combined state court action. A judge threw out the case after deciding that shareholders did not make a demand on the MGM board of directors or prove that the effort was not worth trying.

Facebook shareholders sue over allegedly withheld IPO info

Social media company Facebook debuted on Wall Street to great fanfare on May 18, but following the initial public offering the company's stock has tumbled from its $38 IPO price to $32.50 as of early May 24, a more than 14 percent drop.

Developer suing Wayne Newton over stalled Las Vegas museum

Fans of legendary Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton were no doubt excited to hear the 2010 announcement that Newton was planning to turn part of his 39.5-acre compound into a tourist destination dedicated to his decades-long career. Among the attractions were to be a museum located in Newton's mansion, a zoo, theatre and even a car wash.

Report gives 'lemon' car buyer the right to sue in Nevada

Like almost every other state, Nevada has a statute that gives a car buyer the right to sue the dealer or person who sold him or her the car if it turns out to have major, unfixable defects or is otherwise unusable. Such statutes are commonly known as "lemon laws." Nevada's lemon law clearly applies to new vehicles, and appears to cover used vehicles also, though a complication may arise there.

Most of actor's employment lawsuit against company dismissed

Actor and political pundit Ben Stein has lost the majority of his breach of contract lawsuit against a Japanese company after the company backed out of a deal to have Stein star in commercials for computer printers. Stein had filed the litigation against the company, Kyocera Mita, claiming that the company violated his First Amendment rights and broke his employment contract after finding out his views on climate change.

$2 billion judgment against Ford overturned on appeal

Ford Motor Co. is welcoming an appellate court decision overturning a $2 billion ruling against the automaker for allegedly breaching contracts with local pickup truck dealerships over 11 years. In its decision, released May 3, the appellate court agreed with Ford attorneys that the trial court wrongly excluded certain evidence and that the contracts in question were "ambiguous."

Las Vegas Sands says lookalike website is counterfeit

Perhaps it is another sign that you cannot trust everything you see on the Internet: the casino-hotelier Las Vegas Sands Corp. has filed a lawsuit against a website it says copied its own site to commit fraud by luring visitors into buying into an investment opportunity. Sands claims the website looks very similar to the genuine company site, with pictures of the Venetian and Palazzo casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. Unfortunately for Sands, the creators of the website are not known.

Fraud and racketeering claims dismissed against author

Greg Mortenson, the author of "Three Cups of Tea," had been facing claims of fraud and racketeering. The heart of the claims was that the best-selling book about Mortenson's travels in the remote mountains of Pakistan contained lies for the financial benefit of its author.

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