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‘Sesame Street’ creators sue makers of raunchy puppet film

LOS ANGELES: The creators of “Sesame Street” have filed a lawsuit against the distributor of an upcoming raunchy Hollywood film “The Happytime Murders” to halt an advertising tagline that it claims falsely associates itself with the children’s television show. An early trailer release for the film shows Muppet-like characters engaged in sex, coarse language, drugs, and violence. But it's not the film's use of profane puppets that "Sesame Street" is upset about. It's the tagline used in the film's marketing campaign --…

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and its wholly-owned services Instagram and WhatsApp are named as defendants in the lawsuit. The company said it intends to fight the lawsuit. "We…

Chicago set to become first US city to sue Trump team over immigration crackdown

CHICAGO/NEW YORK: Chicago will sue the Trump administration over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, escalating a pushback against a federal immigration crackdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Sunday. The federal lawsuit comes less than two weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Justice Department would bar cities from a certain grant program unless they allow immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provide 48 hours' notice before…

Clooney vows to sue French magazine over twins’ photos

LOS ANGELES: George Clooney on Friday said he would take legal action against a French magazine that published the first photos of his newborn twins. The "Ocean's Eleven" actor said photographers from Voici magazine "scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home." Clooney said in a statement that the photographers and the magazine "will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it." Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal,…

Passenger dragged from United Airlines plane likely to sue, his lawyer says

CHICAGO: The passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a public relations nightmare for the carrier, will likely sue the company, his attorney said on Thursday. "For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us," Thomas Demetrio told a news conference in Chicago. "Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably." He said the law stated that passengers could not be ejected from planes with unreasonable force. David Dao, a…

Man sues Uber for revealing affair to his wife

PARIS: Ride-hailing service Uber has been in the news of late – and not for good reasons all the time. In a latest controversy, a French businessman is suing the company after the app revealed his extra-marital affair to his wife. A French businessman is suing the company for €45m (£38.3m) after a bug in its app allegedly allowed the man’s wife to track his extramarital affair. According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the man claims the app sent notifications detailing his pick up points, destinations and times to his…