The Life of an Amazon Driver; Suing Amazon as a Small Book Retailer; and MORE! … In the News 04/01/2021

The Life of an Amazon Driver; Suing Amazon as a Small Book Retailer; and MORE! … In the News 04/01/2021

Attempted Robberies, Being Followed, Peeing in Bottles – Life as an Amazon Driver…
I’m an Amazon delivery driver who’s had to pee in water bottles and eat lunch in my van. I hate the new surveillance cameras and feel like I’m always being watched.
“I get a ‘distracted driver’ notification even if I’m changing the radio station or drinking water. Sometimes if I turn my head away from the front of the van, I’ll get a ding.”

A David and Goliath Story
Amazon colluded with publishers to fix book prices, class-action suit alleges
“The lawsuit states that these most-favored nation clauses, along with other terms favorable to Amazon, have created a moat that defends the online retailer’s position while also keeping wholesale prices artificially high, which benefits the Big Five.”

TV Station and Reporter Facing Lawsuit From Parole Board Chair
Virginia Parole Chair Files Libel Suit Over Coverage of Prisoner Release Scandal
“Chapman further alleges Burkett’s story claimed without a source or explanation that Inspector General Michael Westfall found that Chapman and her predecessor ‘both violated multiple state codes and policies and violated the constitution of Virginia.’”

(Australia) One Omitted Fact can Land You in Court
Christian Porter Defamation Case: Minister’s Lawyers Accuse ABC of Omitting Material that Cast Doubt on Rape Claim
“He brought a defamation case against both the ABC and Milligan, arguing it contained false and defamatory imputations including that he (mature content warning)…”

That guy is a jerk!
Artforum Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With Amanda Schmitt, Who Accused Former Publisher of Sexual Misconduct
“The New York-based arts magazine Artforum has settled an unlawful retaliation lawsuit brought by its former employee Amanda Schmitt in 2017 for an undisclosed amount.”

Note that the publisher AND author were sued.
Abramovich files defamation lawsuit against author and publisher of Putin’s People book
“Russian businessman Roman Abramovich has lodged a lawsuit against the HarperCollins publishing company, which published a book Putin’s People this spring, written by former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton.”

*Copyright infringement
She never responded and court only awarded the photographer $750!
Is The Best Defense To A Copyright Infringement Claim No Defense At All?
“As a result of Vergara’s failure to respond, the Court entered her default, and Brewer subsequently moved the court for a default judgment. Although Brewer alleged that he was seeking up to $150,000 in statutory damages, his motion only sought $5,000 in statutory damages, $455 in attorney’s fees, and $440 in costs.”

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