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August 6, 2020

The attorney general of New York has filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association.

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday announced she has filed a lawsuit against the NRA "to dissolve the organization in its entirety for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct," alleging the pro-gun group is "fraught with fraud and abuse" and that senior leadership diverted millions of dollars "into their own pockets."

Four defendants are named in the lawsuit, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who James described as the "central figure behind this scheme." James has accused the defendants of failing "to follow numerous state and federal laws, which contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years." They allegedly put millions of dollars from the non-profit organization to personal use, including for "lavish" trips.

James also accused the NRA of "awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty."

The New York attorney general had been investigating the NRA for 18 months. The attorney general of Washington, D.C. on Thursday also announced a lawsuit against the NRA Foundation for alleged misuse of charitable funds.

President Trump on Thursday decried James' lawsuit as "terrible," recommending the NRA "move to Texas and live a very good and beautiful life." Brendan Morrow

July 24, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are continuing to fight for their privacy in court.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have filed a lawsuit over photos of their 14-month-old son, Archie, alleging paparazzi used drones and telephoto lenses to photograph him in their backyard in Los Angeles, The New York Times reports. The invasion of privacy lawsuit doesn't name the defendants, as Harry and Meghan don't know the identities of the photographers.

"The photos at issue are not news," the lawsuit says. "They are not in the public interest. They are harassment."

The lawsuit criticizes tabloids' "relentless and quite frankly shocking" actions and says that The Daily Mail revealed where they were staying in Los Angeles and in Canada, the Times reports. Harry and Meghan's lawyer said in a statement that they're "filing this lawsuit to protect their young son's right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions," per CNN.

This comes after Meghan Markle, who along with Prince Harry stepped back from the royal family earlier this year, previously filed a lawsuit against a British tabloid that published parts of a private letter she wrote to her father. In January, Harry and Meghan also warned about possible legal action against paparazzi, with their lawyers saying in a letter that "there are serious safety concerns about how the paparazzi are driving and the risk to life they pose." Brendan Morrow

July 20, 2020

The Florida Education Association — the state's largest teachers' union — filed a lawsuit on Monday against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), alleging that by hurrying to fully reopen all public schools in August, he is violating a Florida law meant to keep schools "safe and secure."

Coronavirus cases are surging in the state, with Florida reporting more than 10,000 new infections on Monday. DeSantis has recommended that all Florida public schools reopen to their full capacity, and earlier this month, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order for the fall semester requiring all schools to be open for five days a week. Corcoran said schools provide everything from academic learning to socialization, and Florida can't hit its "full economic stride" until the schools are all reopened.

The suit — which names DeSantis, Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, and the Florida State Board of Education — attempts to block the order. In a statement, Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram said DeSantis "needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one. The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control." Catherine Garcia

July 16, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council in an attempt to block a face mask recommendation.

On Wednesday, Kemp banned cities and counties from enforcing mask mandates. Last week, with the number of coronavirus cases rising, Bottoms reverted the city back to its Phase 1 reopening guidelines — residents are being encouraged to stay home, and told they should wear face masks if out in public. Restaurants are also being asked to close their dining rooms, and it's recommended non-essential city facilities shutter.

In a statement Thursday, Kemp said the lawsuit "is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times. These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth."

Bottoms tweeted in response, "3,104 Georgians have died and I and my family are amongst the 106k who have tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, I have been sued by @GovKemp for a mask mandate. A better use of taxpayer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing." She followed-up with another tweet, saying, "Reading is fundamental. @GovKemp is suing Atlanta over RECOMMENDED guidelines." Catherine Garcia

July 15, 2020

George Floyd's family has filed a civil lawsuit following his death in police custody.

Attorneys representing Floyd's family on Wednesday announced they have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers involved in his death, CNN reports. Floyd, a Black man, was killed in police custody in May after a police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes while he said that he couldn't breathe.

"It was not just the knee of officer Derek Chauvin on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, but it was the knee of the entire Minneapolis Police Department on the neck of George Floyd that killed him," attorney Ben Crump said in a press conference.

Crump in a statement also said that Minneapolis "has a history of policies, procedures and deliberate indifference that violates the rights of arrestees, particularly Black men, and highlights the need for officer training and discipline."

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, is seeking damages and "for a receiver to be appointed to ensure that the city properly trains and supervises its police officers in the future," The Associated Press writes.

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, and the three other officers involved in his death were charged as well. Floyd's killing sparked outrage across the country and a wave of protests against policy brutality. Brendan Morrow

June 23, 2020

President Trump's brother, Robert Trump, asked a court on Tuesday to block the publication of a tell-all book written by their niece, Mary Trump, The New York Times reports.

Robert Trump filed a request in New York for a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, arguing that she is violating a nondisclosure agreement signed in 2001, following a settlement over the estate of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr. In an interview with Axios last week, the president said his niece signed a "very powerful" nondisclosure agreement, and she is "not allowed to write a book."

In Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, Mary Trump — the daughter of Trump's late brother, Fred Trump Jr. – is expected to reveal that she was the primary source for the Times' investigation into the president's taxes. In a statement, Robert Trump said he is "deeply disappointed" by her decision to write the book, and feels her actions are "truly a disgrace."

Mary Trump's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said in a statement the Trump family is "trying to suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance. They are pursuing this unlawful prior restraint because they do not want the public to know the truth. The courts will not tolerate this brazen violation of the First Amendment." Too Much and Never Enough is scheduled for release on July 28. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2020

George Zimmerman, who in 2013 was acquitted after being charged with murder for his fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has filed a lawsuit against two Democratic presidential candidates seeking $265 million in damages. The complaint, reported Wednesday, accuses Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of defamation.

At issue are tweets each candidate posted on what would have been Martin's 25th birthday in early February:

The posts were made "for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman's expense," the lawsuit filing claims, arguing the timing was merely "a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers."

Zimmerman is already suing Martin's family, including his mother, whom Warren tagged in her tweet. That lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages and alleges falsified testimony. Bonnie Kristian

February 12, 2020

Nissan has slapped its former CEO, who fled Japan while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges, with a civil lawsuit.

The automaker is suing former chair and CEO Carlos Ghosn in Japan for 10 billion yen, or $90 million, saying it's seeking to recover damages from his alleged financial misconduct and fraud, The New York Times reports.

Ghosn at the end of last year evaded Japanese authorities and fled to Lebanon while facing charges of financial misconduct, including allegedly underreporting his income. At the time, the former Nissan executive, who has denied the charges, said he had "not fled justice — I have escaped injustice and political persecution."

Nissan had already filed a civil case against Ghosn in the British Virgin Islands; this new lawsuit concerns the costs of what Nissan alleges to be Ghosn's "corrupt practices" and of the company's internal investigation, The Associated Press reports.

After Ghosn's news conference last month placing blame on Nissan, the company on Wednesday also threatened to pursue more legal action against him for his "groundless and defamatory" remarks, Reuters reports. In response to the lawsuit Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ghosn told the Times, "Nissan's maneuvers continue." Brendan Morrow

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