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A delayed General Motors recall that led to at least 13 deaths was caused by "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" throughout the company, an internal report released Thursday said.

GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announced that 15 employees -- many of them senior legal and engineering executives -- have been dismissed and five more have been disciplined after the probe by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas.

Valukas' report, described by Barra as "brutally tough and deeply troubling," is attached below.

Barra has confirmed that GM will soon begin compensating victims of crashes linked to the faulty ignition switches that have plagued the company for over a decade, The Associated Press reports. The program is expected to begin taking claims August 1 of this year.

GM officials said that the number of fatalities related to the part defect may rise. Reuters reports that at least 74 people have died in crashes similar to those GM has linked to the faulty switches, based on an analysis of government data.

Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was indeed subjected to racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by Richie Incognito and two other teammates, according to the long-awaited report released by prominent attorney Ted Wells' on Friday.

Incognito was the ringleader of three players who orchestrated "a pattern of harassment" not only on Martin, but also another unidentified young offensive lineman and a member of the team's athletic training staff. Be warned: Wells' 150-page report (attached below) contains some extremely vulgar language.

The harassment by Incognito and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey contributed to Martin's departure from the team in October, according to Ted Wells' 150-page report (attached in full below).

"The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments," Ted Wells states in his summary.

Wells says his inquiry found Martin was taunted and ridiculed almost daily. After Martin left the team in October, Incognito boasted about "breaking Jmart" in a notebook the linemen used to tally fines and bonuses among themselves. When the investigation began, Incognito asked another player to destroy the book, but investigators obtained it.

"As all must surely recognize, the NFL is not an ordinary workplace," the report states. "Professional football is a rough, contact sport played by men of exceptional size, speed, strength and athleticism. But even the largest, strongest and fleetest person may be driven to despair by bullying, taunting and constant insults."

The screenwriter who found Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of a drug overdose denied a supermarket tabloid's claim that he and Hoffman were lovers and has filed suit for $50 million.

The National Enquirer ran a cover story claiming that playwright David Bar Katz was Hoffman's "gay lover." On Wednesday Katz filed a civil suit in New York seeking $5 million in damages and another $45 million in punitive damages.

Katz's lawsuit (attached below) calls the story "a complete fabrication."

"There was no interview," Katz's lawyer claims in the 5-page complaint. "Bar Katz and Hoffman were never lovers. Bar Katz did not see Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died or at any other time. Bar Katz never saw Hoffman use heroin or cocaine."

The suit calls the Enquirer article "one of the most reprehensible examples of yellow journalism" ever.

The National Enquirer has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

"Birther" publisher and founder of conservative website WorldNetDaily, Joseph Farah had his defamation suit against Esquire Magazine dismissed, with the Court upholding the publication's right to political satire.

The suit began in June 2011, when Farah and author Jerome Corsi sued Esquire for running a parody article regarding the release of Corsi's newest book entitled "Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to Be President."

Esquire's offending article, penned by journalist Mark Warren, lambasted Corsi and Farsi -- the book's publisher -- with a fake news story about Farsi pulling the book from shelves, denying its existence, and offering refunds.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed on Tuesday (see below) that Farah and Corsi had no case for defamation, based on the fact that the article was clearly satire and "satirical speech enjoys First Amendment protection."

Considering the article in context, the Court denied that a reasonable reader could have mistaken the article for "real news." In addition, commenting on Farah and Corsi's beliefs that President Obama is ineligible for the presidency (the "Birther" mindset) is also protected political speech.

Ohio Nurse Was 'Worked to Death,' Lawsuit Claims

The family of an Ohio nurse who died in a car accident while driving home from a shift has sued her hospital, alleging that she was “worked to death.”

The wrongful death lawsuit (attached below) claims that stress and extra hours from short-staffing led to the March 16, 2013 death of Beth Jasper, 38. She may have fallen asleep before her car veered off the road, jumped an embankment and struck a tree, attorney Eric Deters told WCPO-TV.

The lawsuit alleges that fatigue from being overworked contributed to Jasper’s death.

The complaint alleges that from 2011 to the time of her death, Jasper’s unit at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati was “regularly understaffed,” causing some nurses to work through breaks and pick up additional shifts.

Jasper’s lawsuit claims that hospital staffers, including Jasper’s supervisor, were aware of the staffing problems. Her supervisor allegedly expressed concern to superiors that Jasper was being “worked to death,” according to the lawsuit.

The Hospital has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

Harper Lee, reclusive author the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has sued her hometown museum claiming improper use of her name and the novel's title.

The author is seeking damages and an injunction against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Ala., which uses the website ToKillaMockingBird.com.

Nelle Harper Lee, 87, won the Pulitzer Prize for her only book, which continues to sell around one million copies a year. It was made into a movie of the same name in 1962, and the lead role of Atticus Finch earned Gregory Peck a "Best Actor" Oscar.

In the lawsuit (attached below), Lee's lawyers claim the museum seeks to profit from the "unauthorized use of protected names and trademarks" of the author and the book's title.

Lee claims Monroeville's "desire to capitalize upon the fame of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is unmistakable." The town logo for Monroeville also features an image of a mockingbird, her lawsuit points out.

Star baseball player Albert Pujols recently sued ex-player Jack Clark for telling radio listeners Pujols took steroids. Clark responded on Monday by challenging Pujols to take a dual lie detector tests to clear his name.

The lie-detector challenge is laid out in one of the snarkiest settlement letters you will ever read (attached below in all its glory).

St. Louis lawyer Al Watkins (representing Clark) pulls no punches in his 5-page diatribe that reads more like a Reddit forum post than a legal document.

Watkins includes a Jack LaLanne juice reference, a recommendation for the best Italian restaurant in the Dominican Republic and some intensely depressing life philosophy from his father.

So will Albert Pujols and Jack Clark actually settle this litigation over a polygraph machine? Pujols apparently has 10 days to respond before the offer is withdrawn, per Watkins' letter. 

Alex Rodriguez Sues Major League Baseball Over 'Witch Hunt'

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball claiming the league is trying to force him from the sport and potentially cost him tens of millions of dollars.

Rodriguez's lawyers accuse MLB of buying the cooperation of the head of an anti-aging clinic at the center of a doping scandal. Rodriguez's complaint (attached below) alleges a "witch hunt" and claims an investigator paid $150,000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez, which were allegedly stolen.

"We vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint," Major League Baseball said in a statement Friday.

Rodriguez's lawsuit, which alleges "tortious interference," comes a few days after Rodriguez's lawyers began appealing MLB's 211-game ban for his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

"The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights," Rodriguez said in a statement of his own.

California passed a first-of-its-kind state law outlawing "revenge porn," the distribution of private, explicit photos or video of other people on the Internet to humiliate them.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law (attached below) that makes it a misdemeanor to post images online after breakups. Offenders may face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for a first offense.

Senate Bill 255, which takes effect immediately, makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation.

"Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims," the bill's author, Sen. Anthony Cannella, said in a statement. "Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted."

The National Football League has agreed to a landmark, global settlement of lawsuits filed by more than 4,000 ex-players with alleged injuries ranging from advanced dementia to head trauma.

Dozens of lawsuits have accused the League of glorifying NFL violence while ignoring health risks and failing to warn players that repeated concussions could lead to brain damage, suicide or depression.

The settlement details came via court-ordered mediation with mediator Layn Phillips, according to the attached press release. The settlement must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the deal is final. The text of Judge Brody's order was released Thursday.

The $765 million settlement would be used for medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and a program of medical research for retired players and their families, according to the announcement. The NFL also agreed to pay legal fees.