Kung Fu Panda


     BOSTON (CN) - Jayme Gordon claims Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures based their "Kung Fu Panda" movie and franchise on his "Kung Fu Panda Power" stories and drawings from the early 1990s.

Pump and Dump


     SAN DIEGO - Sakwinder Singh Narwal hired three PR guys to run a pump and dump scheme in (nonparty) Pax Energy shares, from which the four defendants skimmed $595,000, the SEC says. It sued Narwal and the bosses of (nonparty) Del Mar Corporate Communications, Justin Beck, Brian Hill and Larry Downs.

Shareholders Challenge
Sale of Stock Exchange

      MANHATTAN - Shareholders say NYSE EuroNext is selling itself too cheaply to Deutsche Borse - for 0.47 shares of the new company for each NYSE share - in a deal valued at $10 billion.

Zimmer Sues Lawyers


     SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Zimmer claims three law firms - Kresch Legal Services, of Michigan; and Pulaski & Middleman, and Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell, both of Texas - are defaming it and tortiously interfering by running ads with false claims about its NexGen knee implants, "in order to attract potential clients for personal injury cases."

Driving While Black


     GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A college student claims Towns County sheriff's deputies stopped and searched him for half an hour for driving while black - with a white woman.

16 Years

     BROOKLYN - Jabbar Collins sued New York City, nine members of the Kings County District Attorney's Office and two NYPD cops, after spending 16 years in prison for a conviction allegedly based on perjury, coercion of false testimony and suppression of evidence, which the judge who freed him called "shameful."

UT Tower

     AUSTIN - The University of Texas sued Tower Car Wash for building a 60-foot replica of the UT Tower, a 307-foot landmark, and using the tower image in ads and promos.

Bribery

     NEW ORLEANS - Shareholders sued Tidewater, and the directors of the offshore oil services company, for paying $1.7 million in bribes in Azerbaijan and Nigeria, costing it another $15.4 million in civil and criminal penalties in the United States.

$700 Million

     MANHATTAN - Allstate claims WaMu, JPMorgan, Bear Stearns and their creatures sold it $700 million in mortgage-backed securities under a litany of representations the defendants knew were false.

Ponzi

     SHERMAN, Texas - Larry Benny Groover, of Gunter, Texas, duped 22 people in a $1.4 million Ponzi scheme, and swiped half of the money, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission says.

$600 Million

     BALTIMORE - Power Plant Entertainment Casino Resorts Indiana and others demand $600 million from Ross Mangano, chairman of Indianapolis Downs, and a slew of other defendants, including The Maryland Jockey Club, in a dispute over fees and rights to build and manage a casino in Maryland.

Amazon Class Action

     LOS ANGELES - A Superior Court class action claims Amazon.com illegally collects personal information from customers "for such purposes as marketing and advertising."

Shareholder Class Action

     WILMINGTON, Del. - Shareholders say RehabCare Group is selling itself too cheaply to Kindred Healthcare, for $1.3 billion, or $26 plus .471 shares of Kindred stock for each RehabCare share.

Stanford Ponzi

     DALLAS - In four complaints, the court-appointed receiver for Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme demands a total of $1.5 million from four former members of the Stanford International Advisory Board, including $620,000 from Courtney Blackman.

Euro TV

     LOS ANGELES - Universal Studios claims Euro TV owes it more than 1.9 million euros for licensing fees for TV shows and movies, including "Law & Order" and "Jurassic Park," in Superior Court.

Dirty Girls

      WORCESTER, Mass. - Dirty Girl Disposal claims it hired J&C Photo to photograph models for a 2001 "Dirty Girl calendar," and the photographers made side deals with some women so the photogs could use the photos themselves.