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Week In Review

By Giancarla Sambo

Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:


Alec Baldwin Is Charged Again With Involuntary Manslaughter

A grand jury in New Mexico indicted the actor in the shooting death of the cinematographer on the film “Rust,” months after the original case against him was dismissed.

Lawsuit Claims James Dolan Pressured Woman Into Sex

In the court filing, the woman also says Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a 2014 encounter that she believes was set up by  Dolan. Both men denied her accusations.

Madonna Sued for Late Concert Start Times; Fans Allege ‘Deceptive Trade Practices’ and ‘False Advertisement’

New York City residents accuse Madonna, the Barclays Center, and Live Nation of “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices” in a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court.

Disney Settles Lawsuit With Film Financier TSG Entertainment

Attorneys for Disney and film-financing firm TSG Entertainment jointly filed a request for dismissal in Los Angeles Superior Court, indicating that the dueling parties have agreed to end their legal dispute. While details of the settlement have not been disclosed, representatives for both Disney and TSG confirmed that “the matter has been resolved.”

Las Veas Show ‘MJ Live’ Sues Michael Jackson Estate Over Trademark Dispute

Disagreements between the parties began when 'MJ Live' alleged that the Jackson estate threatened legal action against the show for use of the late pop star's likeness.

Sofia Vergara, Netflix Sued: Griselda Blanco's Family Seeks to Stop Release of ‘Griselda’

The estate for Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, who is the subject of an upcoming Netflix miniseries starring Sofía Vergara, is suing the streaming service and the actor/producer in an attempt to halt the show's release later this month.

James Van Der Beek Loses Lawsuit Against Sirius XM Over Podcast Deal

According to new legal documents obtained by The Blast, Stitcher Media, LLC and Sirius XM Radio, Inc. have won the lawsuit filed by James Van Der Beek, who claimed the deal they made was a "lucrative business opportunity."


N.Y. Reconsiders Capitol Artworks That Offend Native Americans

Gov. Kathy Hochul has ordered a review of art in the Capitol that depicts Native Americans, often in ways that glorify violence against Indigenous people.

Chicago’s Art Institute is Fighting the Return of an Egon Schiele Painting to a Holocaust Victim’s Estate, Saying it was Legally Acquired

New York prosecutors returned two pieces of art they say were stolen by Nazis from a Jewish performer and collector murdered in the Holocaust. The artworks were surrendered by museums in Pittsburgh and Ohio, but prosecutors are still fighting in court to recover a third artwork by the same artist, Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, that was seized from a Chicago museum at the same time.

Brazilian Police Make Arrest in Killing of New York Art Dealer

According to the police, the suspect knew Brent Sikkema and was arrested at a gas station about 600 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro.

South African Government Seeks to Halt Auction of Mandela Items

The government said that it is seeking to appeal a court ruling that had allowed the proposed online auction of some of Nelson Mandela’s belongings to move forward.

Italian Culture Official Investigated in Stolen Art Case

Prosecutors believe a painting the deputy culture minister, Vittorio Sgarbi, put on display in 2021 was in fact stolen in 2013. He says it’s a different version.

Court Rules Against Returning Nazi-Looted Pissarro Painting to Jewish Family

Sold in exchange for exit visas in 1939, the estimated $30 million masterpiece will stay at a Spanish museum


NCAA Changes Stance on Punishment for NIL Violations

Last week, the NCAA announced that it will impose significant sanctions against Florida State University’s football team regarding name, image, and likeness (NIL) violations committed during the 2022-23 academic year.

ACC Claims Florida State Should Be Excluded From Conference Business in Amended Lawsuit

The latest legal filing centers around the conference seeking a declaratory judgment that its grant of media rights are valid and enforceable contracts.

Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Palmer Suing Family Friend for Allegedly Defrauding Him of Nearly $1 Million

Palmer claims the man got almost $1 Million in loans and disappeared.

A Deal Is Struck in a Long-Running Quarrel. Over Donkey Kong.

Billy Mitchell’s records will be listed in an “historical database” but not the leaderboard, ending a dispute familiar from the 2007 documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”

Spanish Tennis Great Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Found Guilty of Fraud but Will Avoid Prison

The Barcelona-based court found that Sanchez Vicario and her former husband had hidden assets in an attempt to avoid paying a multi-million euro debt to Banque de Luxembourg.

Benzema Sues French Interior Minister for Defamation

After the Ballon d'Or winner posted on his social media that he was "sending all my prayers to the inhabitants of Gaza", French Minister Gérald Darmanin accused the French international of having "notorious links" with the "Muslim Brotherhood".

Bangladesh Cricketer Banned for Two Years in Alleged Bribery Case

Nasir Hossain has admitted to failing to disclose possible "corrupt conduct" and has been banned from playing cricket until April 2025, according to authorities. Seven players and officials are also being investigated for corrupt behavior and match-fixing during the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League.


As Trump Continues to Insult E. Jean Carroll, 2nd Defamation Trial Opens

The writer has already won a $5 million verdict from Trump’s his sexual abuse and his subsequent denials, but the former president still claims he does not know who she is.

Sports Illustrated Thrown Into Chaos With Mass Layoffs

The announcement left in doubt what lies ahead for the venerable publication, with some staff members dismissed immediately and others told they would keep their jobs for at least 90 days.

Microsoft Executives’ Emails Hacked by Group Tied to Russian Intelligence

The hackers appeared to be trying to learn what the company knew about them, according to a regulatory filing.

First Black Women to Cover the White House Are Honored in the Briefing Room

Alice Dunnigan and Ethel L. Payne had to fight sexism and racism to cover one of the most prominent beats in the world. Now they are being honored for their contributions to journalism.

Leah Remini v. Scientology: The Latest in the Actress's Defamation and Harassment Lawsuit

On Jan. 16, there was a three-hour hearing in the case at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. Judge Randolph M. Hammock tentatively ruled in the Church of Scientology's favor that some of the “King of Queens” actress and Scientology critic's defamation claims would be stricken from the lawsuit, according to Courthouse News Service. However, most of her harassment claims would remain in place and the case would proceed.

Google Updates Chrome Incognito Tab Message Following Lawsuit

Google has updated its message for its Chrome “incognito mode” after settling a class-action privacy lawsuit last month that alleged the company collected data from users using the feature.

Apple Ordered To Stop Importing Watches With Blood Oxygen Feature While Lawsuit Plays Out

A federal appeals court ruled that Apple cannot import its Apple Watch models that include a blood oxygen feature while an appeal of a ban implemented by the International Trade Commission plays out in court—the latest blow to Apple as it battles a patent infringement case over its watch technology.

Musk Demands Bigger Stake in Tesla as Price for A.I. Work

Elon Musk, the electric car company’s chief executive, said he would “build [AI] products outside of Tesla” unless the board raises his stake to 25%.

Prince Harry Withdraws Libel Claim Against Mail on Sunday Publisher

The prince had been suing Associated Newspapers over a 2022 article suggesting he misled the public over his security arrangements, claiming it was defamatory.

Iran Adds Prison Time for Nobel Winner and Frees 2 Journalists on Bail

Narges Mohammadi, the jailed human rights activist, was sentenced to additional prison time, while journalists who reported on the death of Mahsa Amini were freed for now.

Thailand Imposes Longest-Ever Sentence for Criticizing Royalty

An activist received 50 years in prison for sharing TV and film content on social media that violated the country’s law against defaming its monarchy.

General News

A Death Row Lawyer Blunders. Must His Client Pay the Price?

The Supreme Court will consider whether to hear an appeal from an inmate who says his lawyer filed shoddy papers, including a brief saying the inmate must lose.

Conservative Justices Appear Skeptical of Agencies’ Regulatory Power, the Case Has a Hidden Conservative Backer

The Supreme Court considered whether to overrule the seminal 1984 Chevron decision, which requires judges to defer to agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous statutes. The case, to be argued by lawyers linked to the petrochemicals billionaire Charles Koch, could sharply curtail the government’s regulatory authority.

Congress Clears Stopgap Spending Bill for Biden, Moving to Avert Shutdown

Hours after the Senate passed the measure, the House followed suit, with Democrats supplying the bulk of the votes, a day before funding for some government agencies was slated to lapse.

Trump Scores Record Win in Iowa; DeSantis Finishes a Distant 2nd

Donald J. Trump’s triumph puts him a step closer to the rematch he wants with President Biden. The surprising finish by Ron DeSantis revived his candidacy momentarily, although he dropped out soon after, as did Vivek Ramaswamy.

As Trump Treats Trials Like Rallies, Judges Study How to Rein Him In

One judge was reluctantly permissive. Another came down hard. Their contrasting approaches may inform the jurists overseeing the former president’s criminal trials.

Drought Touches a Quarter of Humanity, U.N. Says, Disrupting Lives Globally

The crisis, worsened partly by climate change, has been accompanied by soaring food prices and could have consequences for hunger, elections, and migration worldwide.

Justice Department Finds ‘Unimaginable Failure’ in Uvalde Police Response

In a report, the Department blames “cascading failures of leadership, decision-making, tactics, policy and training” in the Texas school shooting that left 21 people dead.

Gov. Hochul Unveils 2024 Budget with $2.4B for Migrant Spending

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to spend $2.4 billion to cover costs associated with the ongoing wave of migrants arriving in New York City as part of her $233 billion state budget proposal.

Maine Secretary of State to Appeal Ruling on Her Decision to Exclude Trump From Ballot

Shenna Bellows said she intended to appeal the ruling by a state Superior Court judge that placed on hold her decision to exclude Donald Trump from the Republican primary ballot.

Judge Blocks JetBlue From Acquiring Spirit Airlines

The ruling is a victory for the Justice Department, which had argued that the merger would reduce competition.

Trump Signals Plans to Go After Intelligence Community in Document Case

Court papers filed by his lawyers, formally a request for discovery evidence, sounded at times more like political talking points.

Trump Claims Immunity Extends Even to Acts That ‘Cross the Line’

In a social media post, Trump appeared to take a stance that went even further than his lawyers have in court about the scope of immunity from prosecution that a president should enjoy.

Stocks Are in a Bull Market. What Does That Mean?

It doesn’t mean that stocks will continue to rise indefinitely, but it does reflect a generally optimistic outlook on Wall Street.

‘America Is Under Attack’: Inside the Anti-D.E.I. Crusade

The backlash against “wokeism” has led a growing number of states to ban D.E.I. programs at public universities. Thousands of emails and other documents reveal the playbook — and grievances — behind one strand of the anti-D.E.I. campaign.

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