‘Deathmatch’ Wrestling

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that professional wrestling personality Jim Cornette may pursue his trademark and right of publicity claims against “deathmatch” wrestler Brandon Graver, known as “G-Raver,” relating to a T-shirt design “G-Raver” sells that features a design resembling Cornette “gagged and bleeding, with tattoo needles sticking out of his head.”

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Uniform Policy

A federal court in Massachusetts granted default judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a suit against Aviation Port Services, which fired six Muslim women after denying them a religious accommodation to its uniform policy. The women, who worked at Boston’s Logan Airport, were not permitted to wear long skirts and were fired for refusing to wear knee-length skirts or pants.   

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Ficheras

An appeals court in Texas upheld a ruling in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to cancel a bar’s alcoholic beverage permit based on the presence of “ficheras,” who are women that sit with male customers at bars, get them to buy a drink for an inflated price, and receive a ticket or cash from the bar for each drink they help sell.

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Livestock Hair Care

A cattle hair care product maker won a permanent injunction in federal court in Alabama against a local high schooler it had employed and his father and family friend. The former employee took a photo of the product’s formula and the founder of the company stumbled upon what he believed to be a counterfeiting operation. The student and other defendants are prohibited from working in the livestock hair care industry for three years.

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Court Documents

The Washington Supreme Court vacated a writ of mandamus that compelled a court clerk to comply with a rule the judges of Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court issued ordering clerks to maintain paper files of court documents. The clerk prefers to maintain the records electronically and prints out a copy of an electric file when a judge requests a paper version.

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Black Site Evidence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Guantanamo detainee Ammar al Baluchi – facing capital charges relating to the planning of the 9/11 attacks – who seeks evidence from an alleged CIA “black site” where he claims he was tortured. The government, which plans to decommission the site, has provided “digital and photographic” evidence of the site, and Baluchi has not shown that those representations are insufficient.

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