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A federal jury has awarded $650,000 in damages to a Massachusetts construction worker who said his employer retaliated against him after he was injured on the job by sparking an immigration investigation that led to his arrest. The jury Tuesday ordered Tara Construction and its owner to pay the compensation to José Martin Paz Flores, referred to as Paz in court documents. The U.S. Department of Labor sued on behalf of Paz in March 2019, alleging the company retaliated against the worker because he was in the U.S. illegally, which is a violation of federal law. The company is considering an appeal.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
A settlement agreement has been reached on the eve of a second trial pitting the Kardashian family against former reality TV star Blac Chyna. Jury selection had been set to begin Monday in the trial over Chyna’s allegations that her former fiance Rob Kardashian maliciously posted nude photos of her in 2017 after their tumultuous breakup. But court documents show the parties told the judge a settlement deal had been struck. A judge had separated Chyna's allegations against Rob Kardashian from her defamation allegations against his mother and sisters, which got their own trial. The Kardashians won that case when jurors found they hadn't done Chyna harm.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — After two days of deliberations in which they reached verdicts on nearly all of the questions put before them, jur…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside his clothing shop in a calculated, premeditated fashion by a man upset over a …
Lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell say she should face no more than four to five years in prison at sentencing later this month for her role in financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex abuse of teenage girls. They said in court papers Wednesday that Maxwell should not face all the punishment Epstein deserved. They wrote that her life has been ruined and she has faced onerous and punitive jail conditions even though she's not an heiress, villain or vapid socialite. Epstein took his own life in August 2019 while awaiting a sex trafficking trial in Manhattan. Prosecutors declined comment through a spokesperson.
Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million after a contentious six-week libel trial in her first post-verdict interview. She told Savannah Guthrie of NBC's “Today” in a clip aired Monday that she understood how the jury reached its conclusion and said Depp is a “beloved character and people feel they know him.” She called her ex-husband a “fantastic actor” and decried social media, calling her treatment online unfair. “Today” plans to air more of its interview with Heard on Tuesday and Wednesday. Depp sued Heard for libel in Virginia over a December 2018 Washington Post piece in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
A father accused of bribing a Georgetown University tennis coach to help get his daughter into the school is set to face jurors in the final case linked to the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal to go to trial. Amin Khoury isn’t accused of working with the mastermind of the scheme that landed TV actresses, prominent businessmen and other wealthy parents behind bars. Authorities say instead Khoury used another middleman to pay off then-Georgetown coach Gordon Ernst in exchange for Ernst recruiting Khoury’s daughter to the tennis team even though she wasn’t a Georgetown-caliber player. Jury selection begins on Tuesday in Boston federal court.
Georgia’s top elections official has entered a courthouse in Atlanta where he was summoned to appear before a special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to meddle in the 2020 election. Subpoenas obtained by The Associated Press said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office has been asked for any documentation surrounding a phone call in which Trump asked his fellow Republican to find enough votes for him to win Georgia. Trump directed his anger at Raffensperger after he refused to bend to pressure to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’ a narrow presidential election victory in the state.
A jury sided with Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. The verdict issued Wednesday awarded the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor more than $10 million Wednesday and vindicated his allegations that Heard lied about Depp abusing her before and during their brief marriage. But in a split decision, the jury also found that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers, who accused her of creating a detailed hoax that included roughing up their apartment to look worse for police. The jury awarded her $2 million in damages.