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The “Other” Hotel California

Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place, such a lovely face — in Mexico? It turns out there is an 11 room hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico that has been misleading visitors into believing their establishment actually helped serve as inspiration for the 1976 hit song by the Eagles. The hotel claims on their website to...
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Ultra-Luxurious Music Festival Faces 8 Lawsuits

Patrons attending the inaugural weekend of Fyre Festival were extremely disappointed to find an experience much different than they were expecting. An epic, high-profile VIP event went very wrong after poor planning and disorganization plagued the event created by Ja Rule and entrepreneur, Billy McFarland. After celebrities and influencers were paid to advertise on their...
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Bose Accused of Spying on Customers

  ♦  A class-action lawsuit has been filed against headphone company Bose claiming that their Bose Connect app has been collecting and distributing customers’ data without their knowledge. According to the suit, the app does more than just connect the popular headphones to their music–it also allows access to the user’s complete listening history to...
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Wise Sued for Underfilling Potato Chip Bags

Two customers are suing the maker of Wise potato chips for filling their bags less than halfway, tricking them into overpaying. Sameline Alce and Desiré Nugent claim in their lawsuit filed Monday night that Wise Foods systematically underfills bags, leaving them anywhere from 58 to 75 percent empty. Alec and Nugent said that they would...
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Tupac’s Lawyer Files Suit For Rapper’s Memorabilia

Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s mother, is suing to recover Tupac’s passport, driver’s license, clothing, jewelry, and handwritten items including lyrics and scripts. The estate is suing an auction house called Moments in Time and two other individuals who have kept some of the late rapper’s mementos. The celebrity attorney representing the estate, Howard King, claims...
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Skier Sues “Negligent” Snowboarder

A woman from California sued a snowboarder who collided with her on Jan. 17 at Vail Ski Resort in the Denver U.S. District Court last Thursday. Hsu Chiang Chou was skiing on the Star trail, an intermediate run on Vail Mountain, when she was struck from behind by a snowboarding Philip Moroco II. The incident...
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Forever 21 Sues For Copyright Infringement

In an ironic turn of events, Forever 21 has taken a copyright infringement lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The retail company, which has notably been suspected of imitating other designers on several occasions, has filed suit against C. Luce and CornerStone Apparel (operating as Papaya Clothing) for using...
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Defective Hatching Toy Gets Class-Action Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit has begun against Spin Master following the failure of many of their popular Hatchimal toys to operate correctly. The suit comes after a holiday season that left many children unable to enjoy their presents. It claims that Spin Master used a fraudulent marketing scheme in order to sell millions of toys that...
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Kandoo® Flushable Wipes Class Action Settlement

A Lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the San Francisco a law firm, claiming that the wipes in question should not have been labeled “flushable” or as “sewer and specific safe.” The lawsuit likewise, claims that the wipes do not dissolve quickly enough. Therefore, the wipes are not suitable for flushing, since it can cause...
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Coca-Cola Lawsuit Claims Company has Deceived Consumers

Sugary sweets and beverages can be delicious, but sometimes too much can be a bad thing. It is important for one to know the health risks when consuming high sugary treats and beverages. Consumers rely on companies selling said products to report the truth. However, that is not always the case with many, such as...
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