Managers went after Oracle and Microsoft in the latest round of high-tech antitrust lawsuits alleging no poaching and no cold-call agreements. 

     Accountants allowed the theft of more than $4 million by a school employee by ignoring numerous compliance problems, the district claims in court. 

     A Florida mother lost her bid to sue a local television station that covered her daughter's arrest on charges of abusing fellow teens on Facebook. 

     A more than 95 percent stock drop and bankruptcy befell a company after its supply deal with Apple never materialized, a federal shareholder class action alleges. 


     The receiver for R. Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme can go after the Tiger Woods Foundation charity for $500,000 in alleged fraudulent transfers, a federal judge ruled. 

     Why do we laugh?
     Or do we?
     Upon writing these words, my brain - such as it is - thought, "James Thurber must have said that."
     I searched and searched through aging yellowed books with broken spines no longer held together with glueless tape that crumbled in my hands. I searched the Internet to see whether Thurber had said that.
     Took me the better part of an hour. By which time I could no longer see the humor in it.
     It reminded me of the time I thought I had committed plagiarism.
     I had just been hired as an editor at a daily newspaper. As far too many editors do, I abused the privilege to become a columnist.
     Well, the publisher came by one day and said we needed a column - exactly one column - for an advertising insert.
     So I wrote a column about fishing.
     We had a long lead time on the ad insert - a couple of weeks to paste up the pathetic copy in between the ads.
     The only thing I remember about that column was that I claimed to have caught a jug-eared punt - a fictitious fish whose name I invented.
     A day or two before the ad insert ran, I was reading an old Thurber book at home, and I saw that he had written pretty much the same column I did - 60 years ago.
     Thank God for rubber sheets.
     I thought I would be fired.
     But I didn't do it! I thought. I didn't know!
     Thurber, by the way, never mentioned the jug-eared punt. He just wrote a column about fishing, which was similar, in many ways, to my column about fishing.
     Well, how many fishing stories are there?
     About two, I think. Out of 900,000,000.
     But as a newly hired newspaper editor - and columnist - I was sure the Forces of Evil (the publisher) would track me down and can my sorry butt for ripping off a 60-year-old column from a dead guy.
     I sweated through that week. Day after day as I showed up at work at 6 a.m. (afternoon papers still existed then) I felt the axe descending upon my neck.
     Should I confess? I thought.
     Should I go to the publisher and tell him all?
     But what was there to tell him?
     This was decades before the scandals involving plagiarism and wholesale lies by reporters and columnists for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and so on.
     I was a young editor then. I still had a conscience.
     I thought I was guilty. Of something.
     Of thinking, and writing, the same thing another guy had thought 60 years ago. And of putting it in an ad insert.
     They never caught me. I got away with it. With ... well, think about it.
     The reason I bring this up is because it reminds me of Theodor Mommsen's "History of Rome" - the story of the ruin of the Roman Republic.
     It seems to me that the U.S. Senate today is plagiarizing from the Roman Senate during the collapse of the republic - its incompetence, corruption, venality and cowardice.
     Maybe our Senate doesn't know it, though I suspect they do.

     The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday morning said it will allow Texas to enforce its strict voter identification law in the November election. 

     Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can't trample free-speech rights, Rudy Giuliani told a judge.

     Just as he was found personally liable for operating an investment school without a license, a model hit Donald Trump with a federal labor class action. 

     Connecticut Democrats and Gov. Dannel Malloy violated state election law by sending out a mailer with federal funds, the Connecticut Republican Party told a federal judge Friday. 

     Blame for a "shocking" calculation error that left Walgreen's with a $1.1 billion earnings forecast reduction was improperly laid on the CFO, he claims in court. 

     A "Top Chef" contestant says in court that the Miami Herald defamed him by quoting his ex-wife as saying that he abandoned her and their 2-year-old daughter.


     Argentina is in flagrant violation of a court order to repay $724 million to an entity that bought its debts for pennies on the dollar, a federal complaint alleges.

     A contestant from Bravo's reality show "Matchmaker Millionaire" beat and choked a woman after he met her through an online matchmaking app, she claims in court.

     Federal law prevents Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies from raiding businesses under two Arizona identity theft laws, civil rights lawyers argued during a hearing Thursday.

     Disclosing health-inspection certifications related to the transportation of primates through Massachusetts does not threaten public safety, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims in court. 

     A lab's fraudulent fee-forgiving scheme cost Cigna and Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. $84 million, the insurers claim in Federal Court. 


     A woman died after Wells Fargo locked her out of her home in foreclosure proceedings, leaving her unable to plug in the oxygen concentrator she needed to live, her daughter claims in court. 

     City officials have all but snuffed out a popular marijuana celebration in Arcata, Calif., a self-described "cannabis activist and attorney" claims in a federal lawsuit. 


     The sons of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman claim in court that Floyd Mayweather Jr. forced them to fight against another boxer for his reality TV program and bet on at least one of the unsanctioned fights. 

     After months of settlement talks, Detroit may have reached a deal with its last holdout creditor.

     Weighing public fears of Ebola and civil liberties, the Dallas County Commissioners Court declined to declare a local emergency or impose control orders on health care workers who cared for the late Thomas Eric Duncan.

     A California man attending an Easter Seals event was forced into a closet, where another man made him "remove his shirt, wear a bra," and then stabbed him, the astonished visitor claims in court. 

     Austin, Texas can enter agreements with ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, the City Council decided Thursday.

     A "fatigued" Grand Canyon tour bus driver fell asleep at the wheel while speeding, injuring his passengers and killing himself, eight people claimed this week in two lawsuits. 

     Top officers of WMI, Washington Mutual Bank's parent company, wasted half a billion dollars by transferring assets to the doomed bank just two weeks before it was seized by federal regulators, unsecured creditors claim in court. 

     A one-time employee of the Laogai Research Foundation failed to prove his former employer misused grant funds and engaged in improper lobbying. 

     A woman who fell into a snow-covered sinkhole at Mount Rainier National Park can pursue negligence claims against the U.S. government, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday. 

     R.J. Reynolds wasn't allowed to show at trial that alcohol abuse contributed to a smoker's death, so it won't have to pay a jury award to the dead man's wife. 

      The Republics of Iran and Sudan must pay $622 million to the victims of the simultaneous attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. 

     A federal jury awarded $97 million to the family of a former mayor of tiny Cottageville, S.C., who authorities say was shot to death by a police officer.

     A Florida-based defense technology firm may press claims a prospective merger partner accepted $1.4 million while its CEO was secretly working to sink the deal. 

     Opponents of a new casino in Madera County, Calif., can introduce evidence they say shows the U.S. Interior Secretary overstepped her authority in approving a critical gaming compact. 

     A Libertarian candidate for Florida governor failed to meet the polling threshold for participating in a debate in Broward County. 

     A handful of same-sex couples married in Pima County on Friday within hours of a federal judge striking down the state's discriminatory ban on the practice. 

     A Raleigh, N.C., man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

     A Missouri attorney was sentenced Thursday to 44 months in federal prison for defrauding clients and his own mother.

     Claims that an East Coast health clinic used fraud and extortion to squeeze out a business partner in Boise do not constitute a pattern of racketeering, a federal judge ruled. 

     Civil rights groups will appeal after the D.C. Circuit Judicial Council found it unclear whether 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones told Ivy Leaguers that certain races are "predisposed to crime." 

     A case where New Yorkers used local zoning codes to keep hydrofracking at bay will not face rehearing, the state's high court said.


     A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the murder of a teenager after an argument over loud music.

     Police in Enfield, Conn. tased, beat and sicced a K-9 unit on a sleepwalking man who accidently entered the wrong house, the man claims in court. 

     A Tennessee inmate faces five more years in prison after he allegedly sent a threatening letter to an assistant district attorney, claiming it contained anthrax.

     "Troubling conduct" by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher should not disqualify the powerful firm from a developer's environmental fight with Con Edison, a federal judge said Thursday. 

     Lord Corp. tried to head off discrimination complaints by warning staff that costly litigation could affect their salaries, a federal action alleges. 


     Arkansas voters should have the final say on whether liquor sales should be legal statewide, the state Supreme Court ruled. 

     A Fresno County Superior Court judge is facing an official accusation that he helped an acquaintance accused of spousal abuse get out of jail without bond. 

     A widow says her husband died within four months of his multiple myeloma diagnosis, allegedly contracted from his exposure to dangerous chemicals.

     A father died of pancreatic cancer induced by Amylin Pharmaceuticals' and Eli Lilly's diabetes drug Byetta, sold by Walgreen, his family claims in Superior Court. 


     Cantares Corp. et al. owe $380,000 for concerts by "Los Tigres del Norte," Monterey Artists claims in Superior Court.

     Microsoft, Motorola, Sony, Blackberry et al. violate a patent on a "wireless multiplex data transmission system," Magnacross claims in 10 federal lawsuits.