It took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute convicted murderer Joseph Wood on Wednesday, leading the state's governor to call for a "full review of the process." 

     Despite finding the practice unsafe in 1977, the Food and Drug Administration cannot be forced into a process to withdraw approval of feeding cattle low levels of antibiotics, the 2nd Circuit ruled in a split decision. 

     In the first rulings of their kind, the European Court of Human Rights found Poland liable for enabling the CIA torture of two suspected terrorists in a forest north of Warsaw, and letting them be sent to Guantanamo Bay to potentially face a "flagrantly unfair trial" by military commission. 

     The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.


     A state judge on Wednesday sentenced former Bell City Councilman George Cole to 180 days home confinement for his part in the public corruption case that almost bankrupted the city.

     Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of lying about where they lived so that Alarcon could run for his seat in L.A.'s 7th City Council District.

     America's Best Value Inns fired an employee for being "disruptive" the day she cooperated with a Department of Labor investigation into minimum wage violations, she claims in Federal Court. 

     The Minnesota attorney general accused the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University of consumer fraud and deceptive trade, in Hennepin County Court. 


     A teacher claims she was assaulted and sexually battered by a vice principal at Adolfo Camarillo High School, and that the Oxnard Union High School District has a policy of merely transferring employees who are accused of such things, in Superior Court. 

     Warren, Mich., and its mayor refused an atheist permission to set up a "Reason Station" in the atrium of the City Hall, though it allowed believers to set up a "Prayer Station" there, an atheist claims in Federal Court. 


     Street artist David Anasagasti pka Ahol Sniffs Glue claims in Federal Court that American Eagle Outfitters are using his copyrighted murals in a worldwide advertising campaign.

     Directors are selling Protective Life Insurance Corp. too cheaply through an unfair process to Dai-Ichi Life Insurance, for $5.7 billion, or $70 a share, shareholders claim in Chancery Court. 

     The European Commission fined Norwegian salmon processor Marine Harvest $27 million for taking over rival Morpol without prior approval from EU merger regulators.

     The Los Angeles Times sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for records on two registered sex offenders who are accused of raping and murdering four women while on parole. 

     Poland violated the EU's human rights laws when it allowed the CIA to torture two men at secret black sites within its borders, a unanimous European Court of Human Rights held Thursday. 

     Florida's attorney general claims in court that the American Children's Cancer Association offered a $2.1 million waterfront "dream home" in a raffle that turned out to be a "fundraising scheme." 

     A Texas judge's bizarre habit of locking spectators out of his in-session courtroom is an unconstitutional denial of access, an attorney claims in court.

     Apple and Nokia blasted Samsung for hiding behind privilege in a fight over sanctions for leaking secret licensing agreements to hundreds of its employees worldwide. 

     After an en banc hearing, a splintered 7th Circuit was unable to reach a majority opinion on the constitutionality of an ordinance that imposed a $30 fee on everyone arrested in a Chicago suburb. 

     A firearms expert testified in court Wednesday that bullets recovered from the movie theater massacre crime scene in Aurora, Colo. were linked to guns that law enforcement believes were used by accused mass murderer James Holmes.


     The CFO of Neogenix Oncology and a group of attorneys sidestepped SEC regulations, exposed the company to $31 million in liabilities and drove the company to bankruptcy, the biotech company claims in Federal Court. 

     Eighteen minority Austin police officers claim in court that they were forced out of the elite Organized Crime Division because of their ages and races. 

     A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in a $5.8 million oil and gas Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 45 investors.

     Local electric rates will jump by $155 million in the next three years unless New York reconsiders a plan to keep a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant operating in the Finger Lakes, ratepayers and their advocates claim in court. 


     The Royal Canadian Mounted Police must pay $19 million in damages for its promise to house security staff on cruise ships during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a federal judge ruled. 

     An individual investor cannot show she was directly injured by Panda Express's secret deal with Tony Rezko, the real estate mogul convicted of running a pay-to-play political influence scheme, the 7th Circuit ruled this week. 

     Wind power companies suing the United States for $226 million in renewable-energy tax credits must allow Uncle Sam to determine rebate amounts through discovery, a federal judge held. 

     The U.S. Judiciary says it will save more than $1 million a year by relocating a Miami bankruptcy court to a nearby federal courthouse.

     In two lawsuits, the Illinois attorney general accused "distressed property consultants" of consumer fraud: Nationwide Marketing aka Nationwide 8 Marketing and Axel Alvarez in one case, and LMA Processing aka Loan Modification Assistance aka United Processing Center and Alex Perea in the other, in Cook County Court. 

     A Nebraska man who was wrongfully convicted of murder may not have received enough compensation, the state's highest court ruled. 

     The sellers of homes do not have to disclose "psychological stigmas," such as murders, to prospective buyers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled. 

     A Mexican citizen cannot recover more than $16 million in taxes collected by the U.S. from his gambling winnings by claiming his slot-machine betting was a business, a federal judge ruled. 

     A Brooklyn man was slapped with a felony tax fraud conviction and a $500,000 civil judgment for swiping donations through bogus charities in Israel that he claimed were intended for terror attack victims, cancer patients and the poor.

     A female prison counselor may sue Indiana for discrimination after it fired her for having an affair with another employee, but allowed her male partner to continue working, the 7th Circuit ruled. 

     A man wrongly convicted of a robbery who spent nearly twelve years in prison after being wrongly convicted of robbery cannot pursue due process claims against the police officers who charged him, the Fourth Circuit ruled. 

     A broker must pay $1.3 million in disgorgement to the Securities and Exchange Commission for selling unregistered penny stock, a federal judge ruled. 

     A federal judge awarded attorneys for a family that sued a Pennsylvania school district over their daughter's right to join the boys' wrestling team only half the fees requested, finding the lawyers' work duplicated that of a legal advocacy group. 

     Federal authorities arrested three women, two residents of the United States, Wednesday on charges of transferring money to al-Shabaab insurgency in Somalia.

     The family of a Marine who killed himself while on duty in Greece cannot pursue an emotional distress claim against the U.S. for its failure to tell them their son's heart was removed, and lost, during an autopsy, a federal judge ruled. 

     Paint giant Benjamin Moore fired back at a former black employee who claimed that a series of paint colors sported racist names, calling his claims in a libel counterclaim "nothing more than a proverbial grinding of the axe." 

     A California parolee must be resentenced for his most recent crimes because he was not told that he had the right to speak before being sent back to prison, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

     The Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to require businesses that grind raw beef to keep source records. 

     Massage Envy Franchising can pay $504,000 to settle a class action alleging that it forced therapists to pay for liability insurance, a federal judge ruled. 

     A pilot who claims he had an affair with actor John Travolta can fight the validity of a confidentiality agreement in order to write a kiss-and-tell book, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday. 

     A provider of retirement plans for members of the American Bar Association does not qualify for tax-exempt status, the 7th Circuit ruled. 

     Kentucky's Office for the Blind may yet enjoin the contract process for attendant services at Fort Campbell's dining facility, the 6th Circuit ruled. 

     Ceva fails to pay hourly and overtime wages, or to provide meal and rest breaks, a class claims.

 


     Sam Keller, Electronic Arts and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday amended their $60 million settlement to streamline the class notice and claims process. 

     A week after a missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a key committee of permanent representatives to the EU Council added more names to the roster of people and corporations being sanctioned for actively supporting Russia's destabilization of eastern Ukraine, the council said Thursday.


     The Museum of the Bible, devoted to the collection of the family that owns Hobby Lobby, breached contract and abused process to evict a design studio with a long-term lease in the building the Bible Museum just bought, Sagart Studio claims in an $8.8 million complaint in Superior Court. 


     The Arizona attorney general accuses Phoenix attorney Brent Randall Phillips and his Phillips Law Center dba Randall Law Group of consumer fraud in "mortgage assistance relief," in Maricopa County Court. 

     Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. claims Summit County's bar on Tesoro's planned underground oil pipeline is unconstitutional, in Federal Court. 

     Four retired corrections officers sued the District of Columbia for refusing to recognize them as former law enforcement officers, and hence eligible for concealed-carry gun permits, in Federal Court.  


     Songwriters Garfield Baker and Byron Smith claim Warner/Chappell Music et al. owe them royalties for their tune "Don't Stop the Rock," in Miami-Dade County Court. 

     Nexus Display Technologies claims Sony, LG Electronics and ViewSonic violate three or more patents, in separate federal complaints.