Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.
The company, based in Corona, says it’s being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe. Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials. Read More
Apparently being bizarre and eccentric doesn’t stop in public because, according to The Sun, Lady Gaga is now being sued by a former assistant who claims she was forced to sleep with her. However, it’s not that twisted. Read More
FX Crowley, a candidate for supervisor in District 7, has mailed out his pro-woman flier, “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” in which he lists his fancy endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Read More
The mother of a Seattle man who died in a confrontation with San Francisco police at a transit stop in the Bayview district last year has filed a federal wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against The City.
Police have said that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, apparently shot himself during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who sought to detain him for alleged fare evasion July 16, 2011. Read More
Two emergency dispatchers have reached a tentative $762,000 settlement in a lawsuit against San Francisco for employment retaliation, harassment, gender discrimination and violation of the federal Stored Communications Act.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in October 2010, paints a troubling picture of the Department of Emergency Management, which handles 911 dispatch. Read More
The former boss of insurance giant AIG, Hank Greenberg, is suing the federal government for at least $25 billion. The lawsuit claims AIG was underpaid and charged too high interest when Washington spent $130 billion to bail out the company in 2008. However, even three years after the bailout, AIG’s market worth is still less than the money the feds paid to save it. The government’s remaining $50 billion stock holdings are only worth about $30 billion. Read More
WHAT: A Harvard study of 1991-2005 data on nearly 41,000 physicians found that 99 percent of doctors in “high-risk” specialties faced a malpractice lawsuit by the time they were 65. For “low-risk” fields, claims still got filed against 75 percent of doctors. Read More
A final, sordid chapter in the tort litigation over Vioxx — Merck’s arthritis drug accused of increasing heart attack risk — ended as a judge divvied up $315 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys who worked on the lawsuit.
This was in addition to the more than $1.2 billion already paid to such attorneys. When you add in what Merck paid to plaintiffs and for its own attorneys, Vioxx litigation cost the company more than $7 billion. Read More
Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., a freshman congressman who campaigned heavily on fiscal responsibility issues, is being sued by his ex-wife for $117,437 in allegedly unpaid child support. The lawsuit charges that Walsh loaned his campaign $35,000 and paid himself back at least $14,200 while claiming to be unemployed and without money. Read More
San Francisco officials awarded a $112 million garbage contract to one company by using a process that stunk, according to a lawsuit filed this week by a competing trash disposal company.
The lawsuit comes as a Board of Supervisors committee is set to approve a 10-year contract with Recology today to dispose of waste in the company’s landfill in Yuba County. Read More