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.”

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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.

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$15 Million Breach of Contract Lawsuit Filed Against Nancy Grace

Television personality Nancy Grace has been named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former colleague.

The lawsuit was filed by Patricia Caruso last month in the Supreme Court of New York. According to the complaint, Caruso and Grace started developing a television series in early 2008. Caruso claims that Grace committed to cooperate in the development of the series, called “Grace’s Cases,” and promised not to proceed unless Caruso was retained and credited as an executive producer.

The lawsuit claims CBS mad Grace an offer to shoot a pilot for the show in May 2009, after months of network pitching under Caruso’s direction. According to the lawsuit, CBS sold the series, now called “Swift Justice With Nancy Grace,” in October 2009. In the Spring of 2010, however, the lawsuit alleges Grace signed on to host the series without Caruso as executive producer.

Caruso is seeking $15 million in damages, in addition to court costs.

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Money trading business owner charged with fraud

The owner of a money transfer business has been accused of fraud after luring in investors with fake business deals and guaranteeing monthly returns that the investors never received.

The man, who owned and operated Shidaal Express Inc., told investors that they would received $500 for every $10,000 that they invested. He also led investors to believe that he was in experienced stock trader that had being doing it for many years and that there maximum loss would be less than 20 percent of their investment. In reality, the man lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the stock market and traded his losses by paying investors.

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Iowa cracks down on identity theft and fraud

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a person who uses false identification to commit a fraudulent act can be found guilty of identity theft.

This court decision was decided after a man who was an illegal immigrant used a California woman’s identification number and was caught by authorities.

The state law goes against the federal law in stating that the identification that is being used must only belong to another person and that it was being used to commit fraud. The federal law states that the person caught using the identification must know that it belongs to another person.

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Cosmed Group, Inc settles dispute

Cosmed Group, Inc settled a patent dispute against Napasol AG. Cosmed Group filed a suit against Napasol for infringement of its patent rights.

Cosmed Group, a leader in steam pasteurizing was awarded a United States Patent in 2004 for their natural vacuum and steamer. In exchange for the settle, Napasol will license the Cosmed products.

An official from Cosmed has said that he the company is ready to put the dispute behind them and they are happy that they are receiving acknowledgment for their patented items.

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Man sentenced to 27 years for financial fraud

A federal judge sentenced a man, a former manager of a kosher meat packing plant, to 27 years in prison for financial fraud and illegal immigration charges.

The raid of the man’s Postville plant lead to immigration charges and bankruptcy of Agriprocessors, deportation of many illegal immigrants. The man was charged with 86 counts of financial fraud revolving around a mishandled loan from First Bank Business Capital of St. Louis.

The judge claimed that the man misled the bank repeatedly and ordered employees to create fake invoices and moved cash into secret accounts. The judge found that this behavior caused the bank to lose $26 million.

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Customers out thousands of dollars after wind power business fails

A Shenandoah-based wind power firm permanently closed Monday with no plans to refund money to its customers.

The business’ owners were denied a loan from the city when they opened the wind power company in 2009 after a background investigation showed they filed for bankruptcy in Branson, MO in 2005, owing more than $800,000 for other businesses. One of the owners blamed the company’s failure on malfunctioning parts produced in a Chinese factory. Former workers report that most of the employees lacked training in wind generators and electrical work and instead learned skills from other workers.

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