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Interest on escrow

MANHATTAN — The Second Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision affecting two class-action lawsuits against Bank of America, which allegedly should have paid interest on escrow accounts it held for home mortgages. New York rules setting a 2% minimum interest rate on such accounts do not apply because an 1864 federal law preempts the state laws.

Pearl Jam chomp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida found that two off-duty sheriff deputies did not have probable cause to arrest a concertgoer who allegedly twice bit a woman on the back during a Pearl Jam concert in 2016. The case is closed pending mediation and settlement, however.

Meow Wolf

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge in New Mexico found in favor of the art installation company Meow Wolf on a copyright infringement claim brought by the artist of the towering “Space Owl.” She sought compensation for published images of the installation, but the venue has “implied license” to display the work as it pleases.

Courthouse doors slam in US against relic-restitution fight

The heirs of two Holocaust victims reached the end of the road in their quest to take control of the Guelph Treasure, a collection of 42 religious artifacts said to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler.

Judge denies bail for Rushdie’s attacker, bars interviews

Iran's late supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued an edict in 1989 demanding Rushdie's death over his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims consider blasphemous.

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

In 1989, Iran’s supreme leader issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, demanding the author's death, and while Iran has not focused on Rushdie in recent years, the decree still stands.