A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 2-8.


Sorority Sues Former Member After ‘Sacred’ Secrets Leak to Seattle Web Comic

Levi Pulkkinen | Seattlepi.com

A national sorority has sued a former member claiming she leaked “sacred” secrets on a Seattle-based web comic. Attorneys for Phi Sigma Sigma claim the woman shared “secret information” about the sorority’s rituals. In publicizing the sorority’s secret handshake, robe colors and other practices, they contend, the former member violated her contract with the collegiate sorority.

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N.J. Unions, Christie Administration Clash over Pensions before Supreme Court

Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media

New Jersey’s public worker unions and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration fought over billions of dollars in pension funding before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case with far-reaching implications for hundreds of thousands of workers and state budgets this year and beyond.

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Blue Moon is Not Craft Beer, Just Crafty Marketing, Lawsuit Claims

New York Post

Blue Moon, a sweet Belgian wheat ale that has risen to the top as one of the country’s best beers, is brewed by MillerCoors. But a lot of people still think it’s a “craft” beer. Now, one California man is taking matters into his own hands, filing a class action against MillerCoors, charging that the beer giant misleads customers by marketing Blue Moon as a craft beer.

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Cop Sues Starbucks After Free Coffee Spills, Burns Him

Associated Press

A Raleigh police officer who got a free cup of Starbucks coffee is suing the company for $50,000 after he spilled it and got burned.

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NJ Woman Sues United Over Disclosure

Richard Newman | The Record

A West Orange woman paid United Airlines $7.99 earlier this year to watch in-flight DirectTV on a four-hour flight from Puerto Rico to Newark. However, the system worked for only about 10 minutes toward the end of the Feb. 21 flight, while approaching Newark, according to a $5 million class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Newark by Cary M. David of West Orange.

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2 Figures Are No-Shows In NJ Bridge Closing Suit

Martin Bricketto | Law360

Two figures engulfed in criminal charges from the George Washington Bridge scandal have failed to defend themselves against consolidated putative class actions claiming the September 2013 closure of access lanes to the bridge and resulting traffic congestion trampled the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, according to a court entry Monday.

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