Ben Stein Vs. Kyocera

With today's 10-second tease video with Matthew Broderick hinting at a "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" sequel, it is only fitting to take a close look at Ben Stein's ongoing legal battle with Kyocera. Stein, who played the memorable high school teacher in the 1986 movie ("Bueller? Bueller?) was set to film a commercial for Kyocera, the producer of cameras, copiers, printers, mobile phones, and the like.

Ben Stein Sues Kyocera Corp. for Religious Discrimination

Lawsuit Claims Film 'Drive' Is Anti-Semitic


 A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit over the film "Drive," charging that the trailer was misleading and that the movie is anti-Semitic.

Miller Urges Busch Settlement

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City Council Speaker Gifford Miller is calling on the city to settle the civil suit brought by the family of Gidone Busch, who was shot by police in Borough Park in 1999. "The Busch family has suffered a great deal and the sensible thing to do is settle the case," Miller, a Democratic candidate for mayor, said in a recent interview.

Kosher For Passover Lawsuit

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As thousands of Jewish families prepare to feast on the finest kosher for Passover fare at hotels and resorts around the world this month, an unusual ruling in Manhattan Civil Court has paved the way for a kosher catering group to try to recover $24,050 in a breach of contract claim against a Brooklyn man.

YU Changes Housing Policy

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After a four-year battle to maintain control over who can share living quarters at its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University quietly changed its policy this month, avoiding a trial in the lawsuit brought by lesbian students who claimed discrimination. Under the previous policy, unmarried couples were allowed to share housing only if both parties were students at the college.

Terror Funders Take A Hit

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A federal appeals court ruling in the civil case of an American teen murdered in Israel is being viewed as a major step forward in the growing courtroom battle against terrorists and their sponsors. A tribunal of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago last week unanimously upheld the $200 million suit brought by Stanley and Joyce Boim against two U.S.-based Islamic organizations they allege funded the terrorists who killed their son, David, in 1996.

Time Up On Crown Heights Appeal

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After five extensions of a deadline, federal prosecutors no longer have the option of seeking to reinstate the conviction of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the death of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots a decade ago. The clock ran out Friday, with no request from the Justice Department to present further arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel had ruled that Nelson was convicted by a racially gerrymandered jury. The appeals court will now return the case to Federal District Court in Brooklyn for a retrial.

New Push For Workplace Protection

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Even as he announced the settlement of discrimination claims against two major corporations, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer last week called for enacting the most comprehensive law in the nation to strictly define the accommodation employers must make for workers' religious observance. "The statute that is in place is inadequate at its root," said Spitzer, who was joined by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at a press conference Thursday. "We need a better law or we will not be able to protect the rights of workers the way they need to be protected."

Coroner Backs Witnesses In Borough Park Shooting

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An expert medical examiner has corroborated witness accounts that Gideon Busch was not charging at police when they shot him to death in a controversial August 1999 incident in Borough Park, recent court documents reveal. Suffolk County Medical Examiner Charles Wetli, who is to testify for New York City in a civil suit this fall, told lawyers for both sides during a deposition that the hammer-wielding Busch was "standing straight when he was first shot and his upper right arm was close to his chest."

Lies Alleged As Busch Civil Trial Nears

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City lawyers are expected to argue in Brooklyn Federal Court next month that witnesses to the 1999 shooting of a disturbed man in Borough Park collaborated on their story. But lawyers representing the family of Gideon Busch in a civil suit believe it was the six police officers who gunned him down that conspired on their version of events. No charges were brought against the cops, although members of the Borough Park community insist Busch was not threatening the officers when they opened fire on Aug. 30, 1999, striking the hammer-wielding man 12 times.
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