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Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | Back issues
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Sports bar sexual harassment

DALLAS — A federal court in Texas denied a former sports bar boss’s motion for summary judgment after he was accused of forcing an employee into a sexual relationship and firing her for refusing to have sex with him. He says the relationship was consensual, but she documented some evidence of retaliation: she told her that if she felt discriminated against, she could hire a lawyer and “pay his retainer with [her] tits,” for example.

Ashley Biden’s diary

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny the claim of journalist’s privilege for some of the electronic devices seized from the homes of James O’Keefe, Eric Cochran and Spencer Meads, who were all involved with Project Veritas. Their claim to privilege went out the window when Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander admitted to stealing the diary of Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley, which was left behind in a Florida house. The cloak of confidentiality in offering the diary to Project Veritas for cash disappeared with the pair’s guilty plea.

Top cop replacement OK’d

LAFAYETTE, La. — A federal court in Louisiana ruled against the former police chief of Lafayette, a Black man who was fired after only 10 months of service. Several factors “doom” his claims: He could not show discriminatory intent by “factions” that allegedly called him the “woke” “Black Lives Matter Chief,” and his successor as the leader of the 78% white, 22% Black police force is another Black man.

Affordable drug deliveries

GULFPORT, Miss. — Pharmaceutical companies in Mississippi failed to secure a preliminary injunction in federal court against the state’s Defending Affordable Prescription Drug Costs Act, which requires manufacturers participating in Medicare and Medicaid Part B to deliver drugs sold through the discounted federal Section 340B program to certain contract pharmacies. They say this explodes their responsibilities, but they couldn’t show the court they are likely to win on the merits.

Google pixel peeping

SAN FRANCISCO — Google beat privacy claims brought by a dozen citizens who argued in California federal court that its pixel tracking tech intercepted their private health care info. Google was clear in warning health care providers not to use the tech inappropriately and the patients’ claims are too vague to survive; they sued only Google, not the health care firm that improperly used the software.

Hunter Biden drops Fox suit

MANHATTAN (CN) — Hunter Biden dropped his revenge porn lawsuit against Fox News, which had aired a miniseries in October 2022 simulating what a criminal trial against the president’s son might look like. Biden’s voluntary dismissal motion does not mention why he is dropping the claims.