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Legal action filed against Vanuatu's President

The former chairman of Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, registered the constitutional application against President Tallis.

It argues the Constitution has no provisions for the Head of State to pardon convictions, only sentences.

Natuman and Salwai were convicted during their reigns as prime minister in two separate legislatures.

Vohor, on the other hand, was sent to jail when he was Member of Parliament for Santo Rural constituency.

 

Photo file Vanuatu President Obed Moses Tallis

     

US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child's hair

Jimmy Hoffmeyer's lawsuit says the constitutional rights of his mixed-race daughter have been violated.

He has pulled his daughter out of the school.

An investigation by the school district concluded in July that while the teacher had broken school policy she had not acted with racial bias.

She was reprimanded but allowed to keep her job at Ganiard Elementary School in Mount Pleasant.

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming of Black Widow

The superhero film set a box office record for the COVID-19 pandemic when it came out this month, grossing $218m (£157m) on its first weekend.

But box office receipts then fell sharply and Ms Johansson argues she was deprived of potential earnings.

Disney did not comment immediately on the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.

Ms Johansson says she was promised by Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, that Black Widow would be a "theatrical release", and that she had understood this to mean a traditional "window" of time would pass before it would be streamed.

Facebook faces mass legal action over data leak

About 530 million people had some personal information leaked, including, in some cases, phone numbers.

A digital privacy group is preparing to take a case to the Irish courts on behalf of EU citizens affected.

Facebook denies wrongdoing, saying the data was "scraped" from publicly available information on the site.

Antoin Ó Lachtnain, director of Digital Rights Ireland (DRI), warned other tech giants its move could be the beginning of a domino effect.

"This will be the first mass action of its kind but we're sure it won't be the last," he said.

Theme park sues Taylor Swift over Evermore album name

The theme park's owners said Swift's Evermore release had caused confusion about whether the two were linked.

The Utah venue said there was a "dramatic departure from typical levels" of traffic on its website in the week after the album's release.

Swift's lawyers responded that "there is no basis" for the claim.

They wrote in a letter filed in court: "Moreover, your client has suffered no damages whatsoever and, in fact, has openly stated that Ms Swift's album release creates a 'marketing opportunity' for your client's troubled theme park."

Pogba to take legal action over ‘total fake’ reports

Pogba was reported to be quitting the France national team over comments made by the country's president, Emmanuel Macron, about Islam.

World Cup winner Pogba, who is Muslim, has 10 goals and 72 caps for France.

"Absolutely 100% unfounded news about me are going around, stating things I have never said or thought," he said.

McDonald's sues ex-boss Easterbrook over alleged sexual relationships

The company fired Mr Easterbrook last year after finding he had a consensual relationship with an employee.

But the firm says further investigation found the British executive had three additional relationships with staff, about which he lied to the board.

McDonald's is suing to recover his pay-off, reportedly worth $40m (£35m).

The fast food giant prohibits "any kind of intimate relationship between employees in a direct or indirect reporting relationship".

Missouri sues Chinese government over coronavirus handling

In the lawsuit, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges China did little to stop the spread of the virus.

Mr Schmitt claims Missouri residents have suffered possibly tens of billions of dollars in economic damages.

China's foreign ministry denounced the move, saying the "frivolous lawsuit has no factual or legal basis".

A spokesperson said: "Really absurd. Based on the principle of sovereign equality, US courts have NO jurisdiction over the Chinese government."

Real Wolf of Wall Street sues film studio for $300m

Belfort was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, which was Oscar-nominated and a box office success.

He claims Red Granite Productions lied about being "legitimately funded" when he sold the rights to his story.

The company's lawyer described Belfort's lawsuit as "desperate and supremely ironic".

Red Granite Productions co-founder Riza Aziz was arrested on suspicion of money laundering last year.

Jay-Z sues on behalf of Mississippi prisoners 'in peril

The action claims the men's lives "are in peril" due to "understaffing and neglect" in Mississippi's prisons.

Jay-Z launched the action through Team Roc, the philanthropic division of his entertainment empire Roc Nation.

It comes after five prisoners were killed in attacks in the state's prisons in one week over the New Year.

The lawsuit alleges chronic underfunding and understaffing has resulted in "prisons where violence reigns" and an "unthinkable" spate of deaths.

'Living in squalor'