Broadway Composer Harold Arlen’s Estate Files Lawsuit Against Apple, Amazon, Google, and More For Selling Unauthorized Copies of His Music

According to Forbes, the son and estate of Broadway composer Harold Arlen has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Pandora, for selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of his music.
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Aetna settles lawsuit at heart of California investigation

Aetna has settled a lawsuit in which a company medical director said under oath that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny coverage — testimony that prompted an investigation by the California insurance commissioner.


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A Chinese court ruled that a blog operator must apologize and pay nearly $ 30,000 to real estate developer Soho China for reputational damage.
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Johnny Depp Is Suing Ex-Wife Amber Heard for $50 Million in a Defamation Lawsuit

(FAIRFAX, Va.) — Actress Amber Heard asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a $ 50 million defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Johnny Depp filed over an op-ed about domestic violence she wrote in The Washington Post.

In the motion filed in the Circuit Court of Fairfax, Virginia, Heard reiterates her allegations that Depp abused her before and during their marriage and includes exhibits such as photos of her with bruises on her face and scars on her arms, images of damage she says Depp did to their home, screenshots of text messages describing the incidents at the time, and excerpts of her divorce deposition describing domestic abuse.

“Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard,” her attorney Eric George said in a statement. “Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publicly harass Ms. Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse. It is long past time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to end.”

Depp’s lawsuit, filed last month, called the ongoing allegations of domestic abuse “categorically and demonstrably false.”

“They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career,” the lawsuit states, claiming that “she is the perpetrator.”

Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, said he was reviewing the new filing. He said previously that he and Depp looked forward to providing evidence that would clear Depp’s name.

The Post piece by Heard, published in December, does not mention Depp by name or describe any incidents, but it discusses the societal plight of those who speak up about domestic abuse.

“I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath,” the 32-year-old actress wrote, adding that she felt as though she was “on trial in the court of public opinion.”

But Depp’s lawsuit says it was clear Heard was talking about him, and that it worsened the damage the allegations had already done to his career.

The lawsuit states Depp, 55, has suffered financial losses because of the accusations, including being dropped from his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

Heard’s lawyers also argued that the lawsuit should be moved to Los Angeles because that’s where the relevant events took place.

Heard first accused Depp of domestic violence in May 2016, the year after they were married. They were divorced in 2017.

The actress, whose credits include “Aquaman” and “Justice League,” met Depp on the set of their 2011 film “The Rum Diary.”


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Bill Cosby settles defamation lawsuit brought by seven women

Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby on Friday settled a federal defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who said the former actor and comedian sexually assaulted them and wrongly called them liars when they went public with their charges years later.
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DOJ says lawsuit seeking Mueller report shouldn’t ‘circumvent this orderly process’ of Barr’s planned release

The Justice Department on Friday hit back at the first lawsuit seeking the full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying, in essence, that they’re already working on it.


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Inside the Lawsuit Threatening Rent the Runway’s $1 Billion Business

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When CEO Brittany Johnson heard that fashion brands were refusing to sell to her clothing rental startup FashionPass because they had entered into exclusive agreements with Rent the Runway, she felt “almost flattered.”

“[I thought] ‘Whoa, Rent the Runway actually sees us as a competitor? This is crazy!” Johnson told The Daily Beast.

After all, Rent the Runway is a heavyweight in the fledgling industry of clothing subscription services. The model allows customers to book an outfit for a day at a fraction of the retail cost, and return the piece after wearing it once. Just this week, Forbes reported that Rent the Runway, which was founded 10 years ago, had hit $ 1 billion in valuation.

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Insurer skips doctors and sends massive checks to patients, prompting million-dollar lawsuit

A woman received nearly $ 375,000 from Anthem for treatment at a rehab facility, according to a lawsuit. Another woman tells CNN a family member got more than $ 240,000 from Anthem after surgery with an out-of-network doctor. One medical ethicist says insurers paying patients directly, instead of providers, is “insane.”


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Kim Kardashian Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Fast-Fashion Site She Accuses of ”Ripping Off” Her Clothes

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16 states file lawsuit to stop Trump’s national emergency declaration

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, Becerra told CNN’s Kate Bolduan Monday.


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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Ordered to Pay $2.8 Million in Lawsuit

Billy McFarland has been ordered to pay EHL Funding the $ 2.8 million he was loaned for the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

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EHL Funding sued Billy McFarland and Ja Rule over the $ 3 million they loaned to the pair in the weeks leading up to Fyre Festival, and they’ve won a default judgment because McFarland reportedly never responded to the lawsuit. Considering he’s currently serving a six year sentence for wire fraud, however, it’s not completely surprising. The judge has ordered McFarland to give EHL back $ 2,891,600 and 30 percent interest. This fine doesn’t include EHL’s attorney fees, which McFarland will also need to pay.

Ja Rule, on the other hand, is getting off easy. The judge involved in the case did not order him to pay back any of the money, instead placing the blame squarely on McFarland. Speaking with TMZ about the lawsuit, he responded, “this is FAKE NEWS GUYS LOL.” Since he responded to the lawsuit, it’s unclear if he will be hit with any fines in the future.

Ever since the documentaries premiered on their respective streaming services, Ja Rule has defended his actions and has maintained that he never intended to harm anyone. “I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???,” he tweeted. He recently allowed fans to curse him out during a New Jersey concert, encouraging the audience to yell back, “Fuck Ja Rule.” 

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Lawsuit Details How The Sackler Family Allegedly Built An OxyContin Fortune

The first nine months of 2013 started off as a banner year for the Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, the addictive opioid pain medication. Purdue Pharma paid the family $ 400 million from its profits during that time, claims a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general.

However, when profits dropped in the fourth quarter, the family allegedly supported the company’s intense push to increase sales representatives’ visits to doctors and other prescribers.

Purdue had hired a consulting firm to help reps target “high-prescribing” doctors, including several in Massachusetts. One physician in a town south of Boston wrote an additional 167 prescriptions for OxyContin after sales representatives increased their visits, according to the latest version of the lawsuit filed Thursday in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.

The lawsuit claims Purdue paid members of the Sackler family more than $ 4 billion between 2008 and 2016. Eight members of the family who served on the board or as executives as well as several directors and officers with Purdue are named in the lawsuit. This is the first lawsuit among hundreds of others that were previously filed across the country to charge the Sacklers with personally profiting from the harm and death of people taking the company’s opioids.

WBUR along with several other media sued Purdue Pharma to force the release of previously redacted information that was filed in the Massachusetts Superior Court case. When a judge ordered the records to be released with few, if any, redactions this week, Purdue filed two appeals and lost.

The complaint filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says that former Purdue Pharma CEO Richard Sackler allegedly suggested the family sell the company or, if they weren’t able to find a buyer, to milk the drugmaker’s profits and “distribute more free cash flow” to themselves.

That was in 2008, one year after Purdue pleaded guilty to a felony and agreed to stop misrepresenting the addictive potential of its highly profitable painkiller, OxyContin.

At a board meeting in June 2008, the complaint says, the Sacklers voted to pay themselves $ 250 million. Another payment in September totaled $ 199 million.

The company continued to receive complaints about OxyContin similar to those that led to the 2007 guilty plea, according to unredacted documents filed in the case.

While the company settled lawsuits in 2009 totaling $ 2.7 million brought by family members of those who had been harmed by OxyContin throughout the country, the company amped up its marketing of the drug to physicians by spending $ 121.6 million on sales reps for the coming year. The Sacklers paid themselves $ 335 million that year.

The lawsuit claims Sackler family members directed efforts to boost sales. An attorney for the family and other board directors is challenging the authority to make that claim in Massachusetts. A motion on jurisdiction in the case hasn’t been heard. That attorney hasn’t responded to a request for comment on the most recent allegations.

Purdue Pharma, in a statement, said the complaint filed by Healey is “part of a continuing effort to single out Purdue, blame it for the entire opioid crisis, and try the case in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system.”

Purdue went on to charge Healey with attempting to “vilify” Purdue in a complaint “riddled with demonstrably inaccurate allegations.” Purdue said it has more than 65 initiatives aimed at reducing the misuse of prescription opioids. The company says Healey fails to acknowledge that most opioid overdose deaths are currently the result of fentanyl.

Purdue fought the release of many sections of the 274-page complaint. Attorneys for the company said at a hearing on Jan. 25 that they had agreed to release much more information in Massachusetts than has been cleared by a judge overseeing hundreds of cases consolidated in Ohio. Purdue filed both state and federal appeals this week to block release of the compensation figures and other information about Purdue’s plan to expand into drugs to treat opioid addiction.

The attorney general’s complaint says that in a ploy to distance themselves from the emerging statistics and studies that showed OxyContin’s addictive characteristics, the Sacklers approved public marketing plans that labeled people hurt by opioids as “junkies” and “criminals.”

Richard Sackler allegedly wrote that Purdue should “hammer” them in every way possible.

While Purdue Pharma publicly denied its opioids were addictive, internally company officials were acknowledging it and devising a plan to profit off them even more, the complaint states.

Kathe Sackler, a board member, pitched “Project Tango,” a secret plan to grow Purdue beyond providing painkillers by also providing a drug, Suboxone, to treat those addicted.

“Addictive opioids and opioid addiction are ‘naturally linked,’” she allegedly wrote in September 2014.

According to the lawsuit, Purdue staff wrote: “It is an attractive market. Large unmet need for vulnerable, underserved and stigmatized patient population suffering from substance abuse, dependence and addiction.”

They predicted that 40-60 percent of the patients buying Suboxone for the first time would relapse and have to take it again, which meant more revenue.

Purdue never went through with it, but Attorney General Healey contends this and other internal documents show the family’s greed and disregard for the welfare of patients.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The rapper Nelly is asking a federal court in St. Louis to dismiss a British woman’s lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted her after a concert in England.

The lawsuit was filed in November in the rapper’s hometown. The woman accuses Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., of assaulting her in December 2017. The woman is identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit.

Nelly wasn’t criminally charged and has denied the allegations. His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, filed a response to the lawsuit Thursday, saying the woman shouldn’t be allowed to remain anonymous.

The lawsuit is the second such case against the rapper. In September, Nelly settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged he raped her on his tour bus in suburban Seattle. Prosecutors decided against charging him, citing a lack of cooperation by his accuser.

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“It’s My Name” Rihanna’s Father Responds To Lawsuit Against Him

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Earlier this week, we reported that Rihanna was suing her father, Ronald Fenty for capitalizing off her family name. Apparently, Mr. Fenty opened up an entire company—Fenty Entertainment and was attempting to book gigs for her to perform.

Since then, Ronald Fenty has learned of the lawsuit and responded to it. In an interview with OK! Mr. Fenty said:

“She is? Suing me? Why would she sue me? It’s my name! She’s never going to sue me- I’ll have to fight it! Thing is she doesn’t have the time to deal with all this stuff herself, so it is someone else that will be doing it. She’s working hard on her album at the moment. I don’t think she’d sue me.”

He continued, “This is all news to me. They sent something to Fenty Entertainment, it was a letter from Roc Nation I think, but my lawyer said it was OK. They said they preferred me not to use the name, but they didn’t say I couldn’t.”

As we reported earlier, Rihanna is suing Mr. Fenty because Mr. Fenty launched a company and have been acting as agents on Rihanna’s behalf, including booking gigs across the nation and even in other countries. Mr. Fenty said that he ran the bookings past Roc Nation and claims they knew what he was doing.

In addition to work with this daughter Fenty was also attempting to trademark the name for a line of boutique hotels. But the application was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rihanna’s lawsuit claimed that she had sent several cease and desist letters to her father. But he’s ignored them.

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Netflix faces lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

Chooseco, LLC trademarked “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the 1980s and has sold hundreds of millions of books using the branding ever since. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. 

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Indeed, the phrase “choose your own adventure” has been almost inextricably linked to Bandersnatch, either through Netflix’s own efforts or the mark’s ubiquity as established by Chooseco. The company has filed for at least $ 25 million for “infringement, dilution, and unfair competition” and demands that Netflix remove any “choose your own adventure” references relating to Bandersnatch. Chooseco wants to be distanced from the darkness and morbidity of Black Mirror (honestly, so do we). Read more…

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Mariah Carey Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit with Her Former Manager Stella Bulochnikov

Mariah Carey can finally close a rather tumultuous chapter after settling with former manager Stella Bulochnikov.

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“The parties [have] reached a mutually agreed resolution to this matter,” an attorney for Bulochnikov told the outlet.

Bulochnikov has agreed to “discontinue this action against Mariah Carey with prejudice, with each party to bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs,” according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

At this time, it is not clear whether the deal includes a financial settlement but the lawsuit sought unspecified damages, Page Six said.

Representatives for Carey and Bulochnikov did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

We’re glad that’s over.

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Elon Musk Hopes To Block Ex Grimes & Azealia Banks From Tweet Lawsuit Hearing

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Elon Musk triggered a fraud investigation and a fine from the Securities Exchange Commission after he fired off a tweet that he was going to take his company Tesla public at $ 420 per share. At the time, the tweet was made with his ex-girlfriend Grimes and Azealia Banks in his presence and investors in a lawsuit against him with to subpoena the women but Musk’s legal team is hoping to block the move.

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“It is readily apparent that this is more of an effort to sensationalize these proceedings than a legitimate attempt to preserve evidence,” attorney Dean Kristy said in a filing Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

The Tesla shareholders say the former girlfriend, Canadian singer Claire Elise Boucher, also known as Grimes, may have first-hand knowledge about what Musk was thinking Aug. 7 when he shocked the world with a tweet: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $ 420. Funding secured.”

The investors claim Musk and Tesla manipulated the company’s share price. They allege Musk lied about funding to push the shares higher and ambush short sellers betting against the company.

The investors cite news media accounts placing Musk in the company of Boucher, and rapper Azealia Banks, around the time of the tweet. They contend it’s not unreasonable to subpoena Boucher and Banks to ensure the preservation of anything in writing that might be relevant to the lawsuit — Twitter and Instagram messages in particular.

Banks responded to news of the filing by Musk’s attorney, writing, “This is going to get extremely ugly” before deleting the post.

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Democrats Fight Back Against Lawsuit Threatening Health Law

Democrats on Thursday officially launched their pushback against a December federal court decision that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

A group of 17 Democratic state attorneys general formally appealed the Dec. 14 decision in Texas v. U.S. issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. In the case filed by 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors, O’Connor ruled that when Congress in 2017 reduced the tax penalty for not having insurance to zero, the rest of the law became invalidated.

“Our coalition of attorneys general has been working around the clock to challenge the decision from the Northern District of Texas that threatens our entire health care system,” said California AG Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Democratic group. “This case could impact children, seniors, women, families and workers who have their own insurance through employers,” he said.

The far-reaching impact of invalidating the law cannot be overstated. Even Republican health efforts — including many Trump administration initiatives — would be threatened by the disappearance of the ACA.

There was a brief lag between O’Connor’s opinion and the Democrats’ appeal because the judge did not issue last month’s ruling as a formal, final decision, given it didn’t address other aspects of the GOP challenge. At the request of the Democratic attorneys general, on Dec. 30 the judge finalized his findings for this part of the case, and clarified that the law would remain in effect during the appeals process.

Separately, the brand-new Democratic majority in the U.S. House voted to support the appeal of the decision on their first day in charge of the chamber.

They approved language authorizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to intervene, otherwise appear, or take any other steps in any other cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as the ACA.

House Democrats also filed a motion to intervene in the defense of the ACA against the GOP-led lawsuit.

Republicans on the House floor were not impressed. “That effort does not preserve preexisting conditions,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), now the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on the floor. Walden, who helped lead the GOP’s unsuccessful “repeal-and-replace” effort in the last Congress, suggested that lawmakers should instead pass a law reaffirming the preexisting condition protections.

Some backers of the law agreed with Walden. “The House should pass a bill. Send it to the Senate. See what happens,” tweeted University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley.

In an op-ed written with fellow Michigan law professor Richard Primus, Bagley said Congress could more effectively remove the legal threat to the law by raising the mandate penalty to a dollar, by repealing the mandate entirely or by clarifying that eliminating the mandate penalty does not require the invalidation of the rest of the law.

“Any of these solutions could be accomplished in a one-sentence statute, and any one of them would end the Texas lawsuit,” they wrote.

California Healthline’s California politics correspondent Samantha Young contributed to this report.

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Elon Musk scrambles to keep Grimes, Azealia Banks out of investor lawsuit

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One of Netflix’s most popular shows gets hit with a defamation lawsuit

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Amidst a seeming avalanche of new content that can at times feel overwhelming, Making a Murderer unquestionably remains one of the most riveting and addicting series to ever air on Netflix. The true-crime documentary debuted in late 2015 and quickly became a runaway hit for the streaming giant.

The series essentially focuses on the trial and ultimate conviction of Steven Avery for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. What makes the documentary so compelling is that the murder investigation and Avery’s subsequent trial was riddled with a number of questionable actions from the likes of lawyers, police, and other investigators who helped put Avery behind bars. Now, about three years since the series debuted, one of the policemen who was cast in a particularly unflattering light is suing Netflix and the show’s producers for defamation.

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The decision to take on the ‘Scary Terry’ moniker and sell merchandise might have landed Celtics guard Terry Rozier in hot water. The shirts Rozier sold, which utilized the ‘Scream’ mask, led to a lawsuit from the owners of the intellectual property. 

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This FTC Lawsuit Could Help Protect You from Health Insurance Scammers

A new lawsuit accuses a Florida-based company of misleading tens of thousands of customers nationwide into thinking they were buying health insurance, leaving the customers on their own to pay sizable medical bills.

The suit was filed against six corporations operating out of the same Hollywood, Florida, address and Steven J. Dorfman, who owned or was affiliated with all of them.

“Defendants prey on consumers who are seeking comprehensive health insurance,” the Federal Trade Commission wrote in the suit.

One woman received $ 61,000 in hospital bills she was assured her policy would pick up, but not a dime was covered, the Federal Trade Commission alleges.

Simple Health Plans — which operated under a dozen other names — and several other companies were shut down temporarily by a federal judge in South Florida last week after being sued by the commission.

Dorfman’s attorney, Ryan O’Quinn, told the Miami Herald that Dorfman “vigorously denies” the allegations and “looks forward to having an opportunity to defend himself in the appropriate forum.”

How the Alleged Health Insurance Scam Works

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Simple Health Plans and its affiliates accepted premiums of as much as $ 500 per month, plus a one-time enrollment fee of up to $ 175, for sham insurance coverage. The companies have taken in more than $ 100 million in the past three years, according to the suit.

The commission is asking a judge for a temporary restraining order that would permit a receiver to seize assets the government believes were bought using corporate funds. They include more than $ 1.1 million in luxury jewelry-store purchases and three cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars combined.

Simple Health Plans marketed a product it claimed was a PPO (preferred provider organization), deceiving consumers into believing that their plans covered pre-existing conditions as required by the Affordable Care Act, the government alleges. PPOs are health insurance plans that contract with medical professionals to provide care to policyholders at a reduced rate.

In fact, the products sold through Simple Health Plans were not health insurance, but medical discount or wellness program memberships or limited benefit plans — also known as limited benefit indemnity plans — that don’t cover pre-existing conditions or prescription drugs, the Federal Trade Commission says.

A typical plan paid for a maximum of three annual doctor visits at $ 50 each and a maximum of $ 100 a day for a hospital stay — both a fraction of the real cost. A telemarketer told an undercover investigator that he would pay between $ 4 and $ 12 for a diabetes drug that actually would have cost between $ 850 and $ 900, court documents show.

When customers agreed to sign up, they were transferred from a telemarketer to another employee for a “verification process” and pressured to commit even if they didn’t understand contract language that was read or sent to them by email or text, the lawsuit alleges.

“There is a vast difference between what Defendants promise consumers and what consumers actually get,” according to the suit.

Health Benefits One, Health Center Management, Innovative Customer Care, Simple Insurance Leads and Senior Benefits One also are named in the complaint, filed Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

How to Avoid Falling for Health Insurance Scams

So, how can you protect yourself?

The Federal Trade Commission has advice for spotting a host of health care scams — including medical discount scams, phony insurance agents, con artists who insist you must divulge personal information to get a new Medicare or other health insurance ID card and fraudsters who offer to help you shop for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

If you suspect a health-insurance scam, call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or email the agency.

Shop directly in the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage under the Affordable Care Act or see The Penny Hoarder guide on how to enroll.

Susan Jacobson is an editor at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes about health and wellness.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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T.I. and his business partner are being sued for securities fraud after a group of investors claim they poured over $ 1.3 million in a cryptocurrency the duo launched — and all they got was flat broke in return.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the 25 investors claim the rapper and a guy named Ryan Felton used “social media, celebrity endorsements, and well-known industry experts to create the false impression that FLiK Tokens were a valuable liquid investment.”

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As part of their efforts to drive up the price, the investors claim T.I. and Felton made it seem like Kevin Hart was going to be the face of FLiK and even “owner of the business.”

Felton even got Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to invest and “created fake online posts on behalf of Mark Cuban in order to manipulate the value of FLiK Tokens.”

Then in late 2017, a massive “dump” of FLiK tokens caused a significant drop in their value, the report states.

“Felton explained that the devaluation was caused, at least in part, because T.I. had given FLiK tokens to members of his family and friends who had sold massive amounts on coinexchange.com causing rapid devaluation,” the plaintiffs state.

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WikiLeaks has brought in some legal muscle to defend it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee over Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign.

New York attorney Joshua Dratel made a name for himself representing high-profile defendants in complex federal cases, including terrorism prosecutions, and he was the first civilian lawyer to represent a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. He’s best known for defending Ross Ulbricht, who, as “Dread Pirate Roberts” founded the notorious darknet drug market Silk Road. In 2015 a jury convicted Ulbricht of money laundering, hacking, narcotics trafficking, and other charges, and Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison.

On Wednesday, Dratel notified the Manhattan judge overseeing the DNC lawsuit that he would be representing WikiLeaks.

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