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     The Federal Communications Commission has unreasonably delayed updating broadcast rules to promote minority and female ownership, the Third Circuit ruled. 

     The Justice Department has intervened in a civil lawsuit accusing Prime Healthcare Services of submitting false claims to the federal government as part of a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme.

     Ohio handgun owners with concealed-carry licenses no longer need to pass a second background check before purchasing a gun.

     The surviving members of Led Zeppelin will defend themselves against claims that they ripped off parts of "Stairway to Heaven" in person, according to papers filed in Federal Court this week.


     Sunstroke and rattlesnakes are not the only dangers of the Arizona desert: there's always a chance you can get your foot caught in a ceiling fan while country dancing. 


     Stepping in after more than 1,500 civil lawsuits, California's attorney general sued Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon on Tuesday, claiming they sold pelvic mesh implants knowing that the devices lead to severe complications and injuries in women. 

     Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has removed Police Chief Larry O'Dea from duty over allegations that O'Dea lied to investigators about shooting a friend on an April hunting trip at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

     A French court has acquitted a former Foreign Legion commander who took part in an outlawed anti-migrant protest in February in Calais, a northern port city hosting a sprawling migrant camp.

     The statement of rights and responsibilities Facebook provides fails to specify the applicability of one provision in New Jersey, a violation of state law, a class claims.

 

     Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland claims in court that the Justin Bieber song "Sorry" infringes on the copyright to her song "Ring the Bell." 

     The Ninth Circuit agreed Thursday to let M-Qube and Mobile Messenger arbitrate a class action premium text subscriptions allegedly made without consent. 

     Federal regulators did not adequately address whether a proposed wind-turbine project in southeastern Oregon would adversely impact the area's greater sage grouse population, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday. 

     A jury on Thursday found Google did not infringe Oracle's copyrights by using 37 Java interfaces in its Android smartphone system because it was fair use.

     Michigan's elimination of straight-party voting, a 125-year-old tradition where one mark indicates support of all party candidates, has unnecessarily complicated Election Day, voters claim in a federal complaint. 

     Environmental groups claim that a planned 28,000-home development in the small town of Benson, Arizona, will destroy the San Pedro River and the endangered species that rely on its rare habitat. 

     A history textbook that describes Mexican-Americans as bent on the destruction of Western civilization has raised concerns about how the Texas State Board of Education solicits and vets books for public schools.

     At the start of a trial Tuesday on exploding gender-prediction tests, the court heard testimony from one mother who sustained chemical burns. 

     Protesters and city officials Wednesday blamed a small group of troublemakers for the violence that broke out at a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night, and some protesters say the ire was directed more at Albuquerque police than at Trump.

     Black patrons of a French Quarter cafe claim in court they were served a helping of racist epithets when they were given their receipt by their white waiter. 

     Texas and 10 other states sued the Obama administration Wednesday, challenging its mandate that public schools let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that "match their chosen 'gender identity.'" 

     A police patrol commander must face claims that he blocked a Christian from expressing religious views at an Irish Festival, the Eighth Circuit ruled. 

     Organizers of the massive 2014 drinking party Crawl for Cancer face a lawsuit from a woman who was nearly killed that night by a drunken driver. 

     Since wiretap law does not create a private cause of action against a foreign state, a federal judge dismissed claims that Ethiopia spied on a U.S. citizen active in the country's diaspora. 

     Two doctors submitted false health care claims to insurance companies over a five-year period, laundered the money and pocketed it, according to an indictment filed by the United States and unsealed Tuesday. 

     Connecticut cannot execute a killer it had on death row when lawmakers abolished the death penalty, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. 

     Much of the record in the case that allowed insurance titan MetLife to shed its too big to fail designation will remain under seal, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

     A federal judge blocked the effort by Ohio's Republican-controlled Legislature to defund facilities that provide women with legal abortions. 

     Giving more than $11 million in state grants to two religious schools violates New Jersey law, the state's appeals court ruled Thursday. 

     Complaints against Catholic hospitals filed with the U.S. government belong in the public record, the American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge. 

     A mental health provider breached its contract with a Michigan agency by giving big bonuses to executives while running its business in the red, the agency claims in court. 

     A police SWAT team in suburban Tacoma shot a man to death as he held his 4-year-old son in an "outrageous" attack, his family claims in Federal Court. 

     Washington's attorney general sued the owners of a bankrupt student loan consolidation company, claiming they paid themselves millions of dollars while charging illegal fees to struggling students. 


     A professional bicycle racing team sued its owner and manager, claiming he blamed their missing paychecks on washed-up sponsorships, though he was stuffing his own pockets in a Ponzi scheme. 

     European Union lawmakers want tougher limits set on the U.S. using information about EU citizens that's exchanged under a new trans-Atlantic data agreement.

     France did not give the French Petroleum Institute an economic advantage by making it a "legal person" governed by public law, the European General Court ruled Thursday, annulling a European Commission decision.

     Directors are selling Ingram Micro too cheaply through an unfair process to the HNA Group and Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., for $38.90 a share or $6 billion, shareholders claim in Delaware Chancery Court. 

     A man sued K&M Express II for punitive damages, claiming he was injured when a trucker smashed into him with his 18-wheeler as the trucker was "trying to relieve himself while driving on cruise control," in Liberty County Court. 


     Baylor University demoted school President Ken Starr and fired football coach Art Briles on Thursday in the wake of a damning external review of how the religious school handled sexual assault complaints against its football players.

     An oil company whose leaky well could discharge oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the next century hasn't tried hard enough to stop the leaks, the federal government said in court papers this week.


     A Valspar shareholder claims in a class action that the company didn't disclose crucial material information about the fairness of its proposed merger with Sherwin-Williams. 


     Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday in a retaliation case from former employees of San Diego-based Scantibodies Laboratory, who say they were fired for trying to comply with FDA guidelines on collecting blood plasma.

     Pending home sales and durable goods orders are up, and jobless benefit claims are down, according to reports released Thursday.

     Serbia's prime minister has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow amid reports that the Kremlin is worried about the Balkan country's attempts to join the European Union and other Western organizations like NATO.

     French police have searched McDonald's headquarters outside Paris after a probe was opened for alleged aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering against the local branch of the fast-food giant.

     Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer turned reality television star, has reached the magic number of delegates necessary to officially clinche the GOP presidential nomination.

     A lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday that he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord's life without paying him.

     Spanish police say they seized 74 illegally hunted African elephant tusks worth an estimated $222,000 and arrested a man who was trying to legalize possession of them so they could be sold.