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PayPal has filed a lawsuit against Google over Google's new mobile payment system. In the lawsuit, PayPal alleges that one of its former executives who now works for Google violated PayPal's trade secrets by leading the development of the new payment system. PayPal also claims that the executive violated his duty to the PayPal by interviewing for the position at Google while simultaneously negotiating a Google-PayPal contract.

Facebook Calls Ceglia Ownership Lawsuit a "Fraud"

Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, have responded to a lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia alleging that a contract with Zuckerberg gives Ceglia a 50 percent stake in the social networking giant. In their answer to Ceglia's complaint, Zuckerberg and Facebook call the suit "a brazen and outrageous fraud on the Court" by an "inveterate scam artist."

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Labor Law

A circuit court judge in Wisconsin has struck down the state's controversial labor law after finding that the legislature violated Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law when it approved the legislation since it met on only two hours notice in a location that was not accessible to the public.  The law, which sparked days of protest across the state, removed collective bargaining rights from most public employees, except in the negotiation of salaries.

Oil Speculators Accused of Market Manipulation

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a lawsuit against several oil speculators and their agents and employees alleging that the speculators manipulated, and attempted to manipulate, the contract prices for crude oil derivatives. The suit, filed under the Commodity Exchange Act, accuses the defendants of keeping prices of certain crude oil supplies artificially high while they short-sold a series of derivatives based on those inflated crude prices.

Bryan Stow and Family Sue LA Dodgers & Frank McCourt

The family of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan left with brain damage after a brutal attack outside Dodger stadium, has sued the Los Angeles Dodgers, team owner Frank McCourt Jr., and a host of business entities affiliated with the Dodgers and Dodger stadium.

The complaint alleges that Dodger stadium experiences more criminal behavior than any venue in major league baseball, and that despite knowledge of this and knowledge of the heated rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants, the Dodgers organization cut back in security at the stadium and allowed facilities like the parking lot to lapse into disrepair. The plaintiffs claim that by failing to provide adequate security and proper lighting, the Dodgers caused the circumstances in which Stow's attackers targeted him, and in which stadium personnel took 10 to 15 minutes to respond.

EEOC Lawsuit Against Starbucks for Firing a Dwarf

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks alleging that the company failed to provide reasonable accommodation for one of its baristas and ultimately fired her because of her disability, dwarfism.

Appeals Court Reinstates NFL Lockout During Appeal

A panel of the 8th Circuit has reinstated the NFL player lockout after finding that the NFL would suffer an irreparable harm without a stay of the lower court's order enjoining the lockout. The court also determined that the NFL's case was likely to succeed on the merits since the district court probably did not have jurisdiction to issue the injunction in the first place.
After his conviction on 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud, Raj Rajaratnam received a court order to submit to home detention and electronic monitoring while awaiting sentencing.

Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

A federal judge in Utah has imposed a temporary restraining order against the implementation of Utah's controversial H.B. 497 immigration law. Judge Clark Waddoups gave the order upon finding that the plaintiffs, a coalition of rights organizations, had presented sufficient evidence to support their claim that H.B. 497 would violate their constitutional rights.

DoJ Begins Antitrust Inquiry Into BCS

The head of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, Christine Varney, has sent a letter to the president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, with questions concerning the possible anti-competitive nature of the BCS and the NCAA's future plans to create a playoff system for college football.

Civil Rights Groups Challenge Utah Immigration Law

The ACLU and several other civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of Utah's new comprehensive immigration law on the grounds that the new law is unconstitutional. The Utah law, among other things, requires law enforcement officers to verify the citizenship of individuals they interact with. The plaintiffs claim that the new law will subject minority groups in the state to racial profiling.

US Sues Deutsche Bank for Mortgage Fraud

The United States has filed a civil lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and MortgageIT alleging that the entities lied to enter into a government insurance program for mortgages. The suit also claims that the companies recklessly selected mortgages without considering whether the borrowers could make the mortgage payments.