BP Class Action


     GALVESTON, Texas - A federal class action demands $10 billion from BP. The class claims BP spewed more than 250 tons of toxic chemicals from its Texas City refinery, then "lied to the authorities, the press, and the general public," as its "standard practice."

Medical Rights

     WASHINGTON - Disabled people who want to live at home rather than in an institution filed a federal class action against the District of Columbia, which provides them few, if any, opportunity to do this.

Blue Cross

     SAN ANTONIO - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas refused to cover a cochlear implant device for a couple's son, "for choosing a provider not covered even though no other provider existed," the couple claims in Bexar County Court.

Media

     NEW ORLEANS - Trout Point Lodge, a Canadian resort, claims the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and other media outlets defamed it and its co-plaintiffs, Vaughn Perret, and Charles Leary, in Federal Court.

Bogus!

     MIAMI - Michael Montali uses his company, Arvitas, to falsely claim affiliation with, or approval from the state, and threatens businesses with fines and punishment if they do not cough up "outrageous amounts," Florida says in Dade County Court.

Civil Rights

     UTICA, N.Y. - A federal class action claims the Oneida County Department of Social Services has a policy of "deterring, discouraging, and preventing persons from filing applications for food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance and emergency assistance, in violation of federal and state law and regulations."

Attorney Fees

     MANHATTAN - Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann et al. demand $22 million from Abbey Spanier Rodd Abrams & Paradis et al., in a dispute over the Adelphia Communications securities class action, and the lead plaintiffs in it, in New York County Court.

Boss of the Week

     SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Gary Whitney, of Whitney's Auto & RV Care Center, "sexually assaulted and battered" his office manager after sending everyone else home early, deducted 4 hours from her paycheck after she escaped, then told her "she knew 'what she had to do' to get the wages paid," she claims in Ventura County Court.

Environment


     PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The U.S. EPA is killing the Chiricahua leopard frog, the spikedace, the Loach minnow and other endangered species by recertifying the pesticide Rotenone for use in and around Arizona lakes and rivers, the Council for Endangered Species Act Reliability claims in Federal Court.

Snowmobiles

     BUTTE, Mont. - Beaverhead County, the Anaconda Snowmobile Club and a slew of others sued the U.S. Forest Service in the perennial fight for fewer restrictions on "motorized recreation" (snowmobiles) in national forests, this time, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Indian Law

     SAN DIEGO - Non-Indian owners of Automotive Specialists, a towing and impound service, on non-Indian land rented from a non-Indian, claim the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, which wants the land for their casino, have harassed them, blocked entrance to their business, and falsely claim jurisdiction over it, demanding that complaints, such as this one, be held in tribal court.

Tech Patent

     ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Gradient Enterprises claims Skype Technologies violates a patent for Voice over Internet Protocol communications.

Show Biz

     SALT LAKE CITY - Tony Saiki claims Mike Stidham dba Ultimate Combat Experience owes him $40,500 for his work filming and producing the "Ultimate Combat Experience."

Movies

     SALT LAKE CITY - Incentive Films sued Koan Inc. in a dispute over the Danny Glover film "Age of Dragons," which is based on "Moby Dick."