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National Labor Relations Board Rules Against McDonald’s in Mistreatment of Workers

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Earlier this year, we brought to you the news about some tyrant franchisee of McDonald’s who forced his team to work 25 hours in a row. And if they complained, Mr. Happy threatened to have them deported.

Labor rights advocates nationwide have never been fans of the Golden Arches because of stories like that, but now, they believe justice has been served with a side of hash browns.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just made their year by claiming that McDonald’s has been complicit in behavior like this.

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RHONJ Teresa Giudice Sues Former Lawyer, Blames Him for Jail Time

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It’s official.

Someone has figured out how to get retribution for a failed legal defense — sue the attorney that failed. 

Former “Real Housewife” of New Jersey Teresa Giudice, and her betrothed Joe, are leaving the small screen for a small room including three hots and a cot. ICYMI, they are going to prison because while they claimed they were bankrupt in 2009, they kinda didn’t disclose millions of dollars of rental income they thought the U.S. government wouldn’t notice.

And now it’s the lawyer’s fault?!

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Bill Cosby Breaks Silence to Thank Notable Defenders on Twitter

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More than twenty women have now accused Bill Cosby of sexual misbehavior. Yesterday one of those women filed the first lawsuit against the entertainer, but Cosby, 77, has been defiantly silent as the story snowballs.

His silence ended yesterday evening when two people he knows and adores did what no one else is willing to do at this point: they defended him.

The two people are Jill Scott (left) and Whoopi Goldberg (right). And in this odd world of virality, he did them a solid on Twitter.

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Conde Nast Just Learned How Much Interns Are Worth: $5.8 Million

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It’s been said that the internship of today is the job interview of tomorrow.

Very true; however, internships are often the misunderstood placement in any firm these days. Many are post-grad folk looking for exposure, looking for an opportunity to impress, and…well, let’s be honest, they are looking for a check.

They have been living on Ramen noodles and leftovers, because internships are high-demand, high-stress, high-drama positions that could leave you working a full-time agency job. However, when they don’t end up that way, it feels like slave labor. Namely if you weren’t paid.

Conde Nast Publications knows that feeling because 7,500 former indentured servants sued the powerhouse for $5.8 millionAnd they won. 

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Former Partner Sues Canada’s Largest PR Group

Today we learned, via an anonymous source, of a motion filed last month against National Public Relations, the self-described “largest public relations consultancy in Canada.”

The suit is being filed by a Richard Zeidel, who was until recently an SVP/partner at Canadian digital agency Sonic Boom, in which National holds a majority stake (the motion calls National “a power broker in Quebec politics”). The RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, respectively, is the parent company of National.

Here’s a copy of the motion:

In short, it accuses the firm’s parent company of using the defendant to better position itself for a pending merger/acquisition and then pushing him out.

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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Facebook Sues DEA Over Fake Profile Pages

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Facebook has tried, almost to a fault, to protect the identities of its users — as long as they’re real. See, for example, the site’s recent conflict that ended with the network allowing some users who dress as members of the opposite gender to use their stage names online.

The drama was based around fake profiles, which are highly frowned upon in Zuckerberg’s environment.

Recently, Facebook poked the Drug Enforcement Agency because it wants “assurances” that the feds are no longer using fake profile pages to conduct investigations. Read more

To Protect and Serve…Yourself? NYPD Allegedly Steals from Suspect

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was THIS close to becoming a police officer.

Back when radio and news weren’t paying too well, I spent six years working as a police dispatcher in North Texas. Even taught a little self-defense. However, PR was calling me and I answered. Nonetheless, I love those boys and girls in blue.

No one really knows what those civil heroes deal with on a daily basis. In most cases, the folk who cause drama for the police simply suck. That said, when I see different videos like the one after the jump — which allegedly shows an NYPD officer stealing $1,300 from a suspect – I want to forget all of that.

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Aunt Jemima Sued for $2 Billion by Descendants of the Real ‘Mammy’

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Everyone is up in arms about the NFL team in Washington, and for good reason. Cries of racism have littered the nation’s capital and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office for months. However, since the Commish is busy tackling an out-of-control crisis issue with domestic violence, #ChangeTheMascot has been shelved for a while.

Another mascot has risen to prominence recently, but it has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with your morning breakfast. Yes, we’re talking about Aunt Jemima.

The bandana-wrapped woman hearkens back to an earlier time in America — a time when people ate together as a family,  talked at the table instead of playing with mobile devices…and had a slave to do everything while they sat there.

Sure, it’s been a while since 1865 but the great-grandsons of the real Aunt Jemima are suing Quaker Oats for $2 billion of the pancake empire. Yes, that’s a lotta dough. (S0rry.)

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Mom Sues Sperm Bank Over the Race of the Donor

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Meet Jennifer Cramblett of Ohio.

She’s the woman on the right. The woman on the left is her partner Amanda Zinkon. It’s nice to live in a world where we can see what is portrayed as a happy “lesbian couple” and not think twice about it. But this story is a bit more complicated.

The girl in the middle looking all pixelated is Payton, their daughter. She is now the center of an uncomfortable lawsuit. Mom Jennifer decided to sue the sperm bank that inseminated her because the “donation” was from a black man; hence, Payton is biracial.

And wait until you read her reason for the lawsuit…

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