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Man Sues Facebook for Disabling Account, Claims Religious Discrimination

A Staten Island man has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network shut down his account without explanation. The plaintiff, Mustafa Fteja, reportedly discovered that his account had been disabled back in September after he was repeatedly unable to log in. The 30-year old says that he contacted Facebook for an explanation, but only received automated responses. ...

California Court: Work E-Mails Aren't Protected Under Attorney-Client Privilege

If you're a California resident planning on filing a lawsuit against your employer, you probably shouldn't communicate with your lawyer via your work e-mail account -- because whatever you say won't be protected under attorney-client privilege. Yesterday, the Sacramento Third Appellate District court ruled that e-mails sent from work accounts can't be considered legally confidential, because se...

Man Files $150 Million Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks for Emotional Distress

Julian Assange may not want to face the rest of his legal problems, but there is a suit against him and WikiLeaks being filed in Florida that the self-appointed defender of freedom is almost guaranteed to win. David Pitchford has filed a typo-laden, $150 million lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks, claiming the release of the sensitive data has caused him severe emotional distress. Among his li...

Nursing Student Expelled Over Facebook Photo, Promptly Files Lawsuit

Last month, a nursing student was expelled from a community college in Kansas after posting to Facebook a photo of herself standing next to a human placenta. The student, 22-year old Doyle Byrnes, reportedly took the photo during a lab session, led by Johnson County Community College nursing instructor Amber Delphia. Four other students posed alongside the placenta, but it was Byrnes's photo that ...

Julian Assange Needs $1.5 Million Book Deal to Pay His Lawyers

Julian Assange isn't writing a memoir for himself. He's doing it for his lawyers. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the WikiLeaks founder said he expects to earn at least $1.5 million in book deals, and confirmed that he would use a lot of it to pay his mounting legal fees. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he explained. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds [$307,400] fo...

Former Marketer Now Scourge of Spammers Everywhere

Everyone hates spam, but few hate it quite as much as Daniel Balsam does. Eight years ago, Balsam suddenly decided that he'd seen enough spam pollute his inbox, and decided to do something about it. He quit his job in marketing, created a website called Danhatesspam.com, went to law school, and devoted his career to bringing spammers to justice. Since then, he's taken myriad spammers to court, an...

Man Faces Prison for Reading His Wife's E-Mails

Share Leon Walker recently discovered that his wife was having an affair, after he read some of her e-mails. Doing so, however, may just land him in prison. Last year, Walker reportedly hacked into his wife's Gmail account, using a laptop that the couple shared. He then found out that his wife, Clara, was having an affair with her second husband, who previously had been arrested for beating th...

'Judges Must Die' Blogger Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison

A man from New Jersey has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges on his blog. Right-wing blogger Hal Turner reportedly took issue with a 2009 ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed legal challenges to handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. Disgusted with the decision, Turner took to his blog, where he decl...

Winklevoss Twins Sued by Ex-Partner Over Facebook Settlement

Share It's not a good week to be a Winklevoss. Today, Time magazine crowned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as its 'Person of the Year,' just a few days after the embattled brothers launched a new legal campaign against their former Harvard classmate and longtime nemesis. And, as if that didn't rub enough salt in their wounds, they now have an entirely new courtroom war to wage, against a guy who cl...

Guilty Plea Entered in Landmark Domain Theft Case

In 2005, New Jersey resident Daniel Goncalves allegedly hacked into the e-mail account of domain name squatter investor Albert Angel, and used the information he found to transfer ownership of the domain P2P.com to his GoDaddy account. Shortly thereafter, Goncalves flipped the domain on eBay for $111,000 to NBA star Mark Madsen, who was unaware that the domain had been stolen. Goncalves attempted...

Domain Seizures Highlight Trouble With Being a Music Blogger

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 82 websites, most of which were shut down for selling counterfeit designer handbags and sunglasses. But caught up in the massive virtual raid were several music blogs, including OnSmash.com, RapGodFathers.com and rmx4u.com. The sites were shut down for posting copyrighted material without the permission ...

Cypress Hill Sideman Sues 'Grand Theft Auto' for Impersonation

As Michael "Shagg" Washington's attorney would have you believe, Rockstar Games used his client's likeness in 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,' without his consent or knowledge. Washington, who is said to have been a backup singer for Cypress Hill (although we aren't able to confirm this), claimed in a complaint filed Monday that Rockstar used him as a sort of advisor for the game. "After almost tw...

Winklevii Want More Money From Zuckerberg, Because They Really Need It

Poor Winklevoss twins. First, Mark Zuckerberg "stole" their idea for Facebook, and turned it into a billion-dollar social networking empire. Then, in 2008, Zuck had the gall to compromise on a $65 million settlement -- which, in these troubled economic times, isn't nearly enough to put bread on Tyler and Cameron's dinner table. That's why the square-jawed twins have relaunched their legal campaig...

Axl Rose Sues Activision for $20 Million Over Slash's Appearance in 'Guitar Hero III'

Stop the presses! Axl Rose is having a conniption about something! The sole proprietor of Guns N' Roses has filed suit against Activision, demanding $20 million and claiming that the company broke a written agreement by featuring Slash alongside Rose in 'Guitar Hero III.' Filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, the suit also claims that Activision is in breach of contract due to its use of Velvet Revolver s...

Collection Agency Gets Served Over Dubious Facebook Practices

Collection agencies have been snooping around on social networking sites for years. Despite the privacy issues involved, prying debt collectors have apparently managed to avoid any lawsuits -- until now. Florida resident Melanie Beacham recently filed suit against MarkOne because she feels the collection agency publicly harassed and embarrassed her on Facebook. Beacham reportedly fell behind on...