Judge Dismisses Most of Tennessee Mosque Construction Lawsuit

A judge has thrown out most of a lawsuit seeking to halt the construction of a mosque on the outskirts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

According to court documents, Chancellor Robert Corlew III ruled this week that 17 plaintiffs challenging soning approval for construction of a new Islamic Center of Murfreesboror failed to prove they are being harmed by the project. The lawsuit was filed in September and claimed the plaintiffs had “been and will be irreparably harmed by the risk of terrorism generated by proselytizing for Islam and teaching the practices of Sharia law.”

Corlew dismissed most of the lawsuit this week, saying the plaintiffs have “not demonstrated a loss different from that which is common to all citizens of Rutherford County.” The only part of the lawsuit that remains is the question of whether the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission gave adequate notice before approving the mosque’s site plan. County officials advertised the meeting in the Murfreesboro Post, a free weekly newspaper that plaintiffs claim does not meet qualifications for a “newspaper of general circulation.”

If you are involved in a similar lawsuit, please contact the Des Moines Construction Law Attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600.



Lawsuits Filed Over Sony Data Breach

More than 25 breach of contract lawsuits have been filed against Sony Corp. after a recent data breach.

According to Westlaw legal database, at least 25 lawsuits have been filed against Sony in the U.S. over the theft of user data from the PlayStation game network. The lawsuits accuse Sony of negligence and breach of contract for allowing the personal data of more than 100 million users to be compromised and stolen.

Sony has been criticized for not telling customers quickly enough that their personal data had been compromised last month. The company said it is possible that whoever broke into Sony’s system stole about 12.3 million credit card numbers.

The company has apologized to its customers. A Sony representative declined to comment on the lawsuits.

If your business has been named in a breach of contract lawsuit, please contact the Des Moines Business Litigation Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (877) 327-2600.

 



Ed Schultz Contract Dispute Leads to Lawsuit

Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” has been named in a breach of contract lawsuit which claims he never properly compensated an NBC employee for helping him secure the TV deal.

According to the lawsuit, Shultz and Michael Queen worked together in 2008 to pursue a TV deal, which fell through. In 2009, Schultz was hired by MSNBC. The lawsuit claims Schultz said he would pay Queen what he was owed for their work together, but never did.

“We pitched a TV idea to various network executives, produced a TV pilot, secured an apartment in D.C. for Ed and his wife Wendy, and even gave them a car to drive free for three months,” Queen said in a press release. “We picked them up at the airport, and went shopping for them – all while helping them become millionaires, and we received nothing for our efforts.”

Schultz’s lawyer, Jeffrey Landa said Schultz would aggressively fight the lawsuit, saying “Ed paid in full for every center [Queen] spent.” Landa also said there was never any contract between the two men.

If you are involved in a similar business dispute, please contact a Des Moines contract dispute lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (877) 327-2600.

 



International Coal Hit with $104.1M Verdict in Coal Supply Lawsuit

International Coal Group Inc. has been found liable for $104.1 million in a breach of contract lawsuit.

According to court documents, International Coal breached a coal supply contract with Allegheny Energy Supply and Monogahela Power Company when it declared force majeure and temporarily idled a West Virginia mine in the third quarter of 2006. The lawsuit also claimed that Wolf Run, an International Coal subsidiary, continued to breach the contract by failing to ship the volumes of coal referenced in the agreement after the mine idling.

“We are disappointed in the court’s ruling today,” International Coal Senior Vice-President and General Counsel Roger Nicholson said. “[ICG] believe that the court misinterpreted both the factual underpinnings of the case as well as the applicable law. We intend to avail ourselves of post-verdict remedies and to appeal the ruling, if necessary.

If you are involved in a business dispute, please contact a Des Moines Business Attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (877) 327-2600.



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