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Lumosity Game Maker Settles Over False Health Claims in Ads

Advertisers must limit their claims by law. They can't just say a certain snake oil will cure all ills without any evidence to support it. When they do, the advertiser pays. Lumosity, a company that claims to transform science into games, was advertising the preventative health powers of its gaming products and caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The company has settled with the agency and will pay consumers $2 million. It also owes a $50 million penalty, which has been suspended because it cannot pay, and the company is barred from continuing to claim that its games stave off dementia and dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Texas Film Incentive Denied to 'Machete Kills' Filmmakers

A federal court this week killed claims by the Machete Kills filmmakers that a Texas film incentive program was unconstitutional and violated its right to free speech by denying them grants. The filmmakers argued that prior dismissal of their claims in a Texas court were erroneous, but they failed to convince the feds.

Machete Kills is the sequel to the very popular Machete, starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro. But if Texas doesn't want to incentivize more Machete movies, that's okay says the federal court.

The Big 4: Major Cases and Legal Issues of 2015

Legally speaking, this year is most likely to be remembered for the recognition of same-sex marriage in the summer of 2015. But there were other big cases, and even some small ones that could mean big things to many people, that are also worth review.

Let's look at some of the major legal issues of 2015 and how they played out in the courts.

Supreme Court Decides Arbitration Is Appropriate in DirecTV Case

The Supreme Court this week ruled that California DirecTV customers cannot sue the company in a class action but must resolve disputes in arbitration. The ruling is considered a blow to consumers by some, including two of the Justices on the bench, reports The New York Times.

The case arose from a 2008 lawsuit brought by two customers who objected to DirecTV's early termination fees and sought to represent a class of similar customers. But in 2011, after the Supreme Court allowed companies to use their contracts to forbid class actions, DirecTV asked a state court judge in California to dismiss the lawsuit and require arbitration. This week, the Supreme Court confirmed that arbitration is appropriate. But some are unhappy about it, including some Supreme Court Justices.

UPS Settles Delivery Fraud Claims for $4 Million

Guaranteed next-day on-time delivery was a false claim and now United Parcel Service is paying. UPS workers illegally recorded inaccurate delivery times on packages sent by government customers, prompting a $4 million settlement, the New York State Attorney General announced yesterday.

The shipping giant violated the false claims acts of 14 states and three major US cities. NY AG Eric Schneiderman stated, "Corporations that improperly profit at the expense of taxpayers will be held to account."

The Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments for its October term on Monday, and if you want a rundown of the biggest cases on the docket this month, we've got it for you.

But just as important as the cases that the Court will hear this term are those that it won't. By declining to review certain cases on appeal, the Supreme Court is essentially saying the lower court got it right, or there is no issue for the highest court in the land to figure out. Here are some of the big cases the Supreme Court passed on:

StarKist is offering aggrieved customers the option of $25 in cash or $50 in tuna in order to settle a class action lawsuit that accused the tuna company of shorting the amount of fish in its cans.

The total payout will come to about $8 million, although StarKist has not admitted any fault.

Don't you just hate it when the cable company keeps calling you and won't let up? Well, don't just take it sitting down -- sue them!

Araceli King, of Irving, Texas, won a big victory over the Time Warner Cable Inc. last week in her lawsuit against the company over annoying and harassing robocalls.

Time after time, Obamacare has withstood challenges before the Supreme Court.

This time, opponents of the law tried to use four words in the 2,700 page bill to bring the law down. Yesterday, they failed.

You work all year to grow grapes and make raisins. Then, the government says you have to give them some of those raisins for free! Are you happy about that?

Well, the government can no longer exploit raisin growers for free sweet snacks after the Supreme Court sided with raisin farmers in the case of Horne v. Department of Agriculture.