Whispers and Warnings – 08/10/2016

Whispers and Warnings – 08/10/2016

Amazon gets sued…again.
Amazon ‘Prime Now’ Drivers Sue Company For Misclassification, Wage Theft
“The drivers claim that they’ve been misclassified as independent contractors, even though their jobs really have all of the features of being employees. They report to an Amazon facility at specific times, check in and out with a dispatcher, and are not allowed to refuse assignments.”

And, Amazon sues ex-employee…
Amazon (AMZN) Sues Former Vice President of Operations
“Amazon sued Valdez on grounds that he has violated a non-competition agreement signed in 1999 and again in 2012 while working with the company. According to this agreement, Valdez was not supposed to get involved in competition with Amazon for 18 months immediately following his cessation of employment with the company.”

When an author’s words don’t necessarily reflect their actions…
Tyndale Postpones Publication of Ex-Pastor’s Book
“In a July 10 statement on Noble’s firing, NewSpring cited ‘unfortunate choices and decisions that have caused much concern’ regarding his personal behavior, including his ‘posture toward his marriage, increased reliance on alcohol, and other behaviors.’

Yes, self-publishing dreams can and do come true!
How ‘Diary of an Oxygen Thief’ Went from Self-Published Obscurity to Bestsellerdom
“The slim novel, which details the travails of a broken-hearted, alcoholic, and bitter misogynist (who is also an unreliable narrator), was self-published in 2006. After selling nearly 100,000 copies—predominantly in trade paperback and e-book—the book was acquired by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint in May.”

Bill Cosby is a JERK and his lawyers are MORONS!
Judge tosses parts of Cosby’s lawsuit over secrecy promises
“The confidential settlement agreement is ‘unenforceable as against public policy’ if it prevents those who signed it from voluntarily talking to law enforcement about possible crimes, Robreno wrote.”

Bizarre case…
Rape row man loses libel action against grieving father
“A man accused of raping a woman who subsequently committed suicide has lost his High Court libel action against her father.
Mr Economou had responded to the rape claim by bringing a £200,000 private prosecution against Ms de Freitas, which was then taken up by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Eleanor de Freitas took her own life at her parents’ home three days before the start of her trial…”

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