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Advertisers seeking $67.8 billion in damages for overpaying for Facebook ads will get to defend their claims in court, as a judge said it's too premature to dismiss the case without expert testimony.

by Maria Dinzeo

Twenty-six countries decided to donate $1.5 billion to Ukrainian military initiatives in a first step to sustain aid for what many predict will be a long-term conflict with Russia.

by Lasse Sørensen

Pigs provide an abundant and inexpensive way to return sight to the sightless.

by Kendra Leon

It was do-or-die day for over 820 bills languishing in the California Assembly on Thursday.

by Natalie Hanson

Attorney General Merrick Garland said he personally approved the FBI search warrant of former President Donald Trump's south Florida home.

by Emily Zantow

After a group of voters fought against the secretary of state's decision that she can run for reelection, the Republican firebrand seeks to prevent future challenges to her eligibility.

by Megan Butler

Courts

A jury convicted Peterson of killing his wife and unborn son on Christmas Eve, 20 years ago.

by Alanna Madden

In a hearing on Thursday, the judge said he was leaning toward granting the Anti-SLAPP motion, which would strike the lawsuit filed against Bridgers.

by Hillel Aron

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“The way that Penguin was integrated into Random House should not be the model, in my view, of how a Penguin Random House acquisition of Simon & Schuster should be handled if we want to maintain a robust marketplace for authors,” longtime literary agent Christy Fletcher said Wednesday.

by Emily Zantow

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The Texas governor said he wasn't sure he could access a Dropbox account containing redistricting materials. Civil rights groups say he hasn't tried.

by Stephen Paulsen

Lawyers for four children who brought the case pushed for deliberations to continue, but the presiding judge said jurors were sincere in their unsuccessful attempts to arrive at a unanimous verdict.

by Andy Olesko

The first thing California needs to do, Newsom said, is to reform permit processes that take "years and years and years."

by Madalyn Wright

The residents claim the city is concentrating the homeless in an area, and not enforcing the rule of law.

by Michael McDaniel

Conservationists in the 'extinction capital of the world' are concerned that the lack of critical habitats may hurtle endangered species into uncontrolled extinction.

by Candace Cheung

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A jury delivered a mixed-bag verdict in the case of Ahmad Abouammo, a former twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia, finding him guilty of acting on behalf of Saudi Arabia in exchange for a luxury watch and cash, but did not find him culpable for the conduct of a co-worker who was also charged.

by Maria Dinzeo

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Rulings

by Lorraine Bailey

The Ninth Circuit struck a defamation suit brought against two reporters with the Center for Investigative Reporting who published stories on the alleged misuse of federal grant money by two charitable organizations, ruling the groups qualify as limited-purpose public figures and the reporters did not act with malice.

The Ninth Circuit ruled a retired U.S. Air Force general and current Blue Origin executive director must face a former U.S. Army colonel’s suit claiming he sexually assaulted her while the two were attending the Reagan National Defense Forum.

The Sixth Circuit upheld the dismissal of racketeering claims filed by General Motors against Fiat Chrysler claiming it engaged in corrupt labor relations with the United Auto Works union, finding GM cannot show bribes directly led to its increased labor costs.

The Second Circuit vacated a ruling requiring Citibank turn over $1.6 billion held by the Kuwait Finance House Malaysia to the family of Robert Levinson, the FBI/DEA agent captured and tortured by Iranian security forces. The lower court failed to establish that the bank was an agency or instrumentality of Iran.

A federal judge granted a newspaper publisher’s request for an injunction against the owner of a news app called NewsBreak, which searches the internet for content and fully reproduced the newspaper’s articles on Android devices. The app cannot claim that its blatant copying of the newspaper’s original reporting is fair use because there is nothing transformative about its display of the articles.

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by Courthouse News editors

Bartenders who worked at the 2022 U.S. Open golf tournament filed a class action accusing Aramark of keeping tens of thousands of dollars in tips meant for them.

Affordable housing advocates complain the San Francisco Board of Supervisors put an initiative on the ballot that is "cynically designed to counter" a citizen measure that is more likely to attract developers to build more affordable housing.

Federal prosecutors claim a man used the name Desilu — the production company behind "I Love Lucy" and the original "Star Trek" — to bilk would-be investors to the tune of $331,000.

A class claims in federal court that the Dallas Mavericks and the team’s billionaire owner Mark Cuban lied about the cryptocurrency brokerage firm Voyager being commission-free in order to get an unfair advantage over competitors.

Twenty-five Texas cities led by Dallas claim Disney, Hulu and Netflix have failed to pay millions of dollars in franchise fees dating back to 2007.

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