Is Johnny Depp’s career kaput? What about his lawsuit against Amber Heard


Johnny Depp has lost his libel case in the London against The Sun newspaper. They described him as a wife beater, in reference to ex, Amber Heard.

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Now that Johnny Depp has lost a British libel case when a judge declared the tabloid label “wife beater” was mostly true, what happens to his heretofore boffo Hollywood career?

And what happens to his $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, scheduled to be tried in a civil court in Fairfax, Virginia, outside Washington D.C., in May?

You might well assume that Depp’s career is in ruins, his reputation irretrievably damaged. But not necessarily, say some public-relations experts, and so far, the evidence is mixed.

Besides that, Depp’s last few movies, aside from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, were flops at the box office even before the imbroglio with his ex-wife.

You might also assume his lawsuit

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University of Delaware faces second lawsuit seeking COVID-19 refunds


A hectic weekend was turned into a socially-distanced several days as only a portion of the student body returns to live on campus.

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There are now two lawsuits seeking tuition and fee refunds from the University of Delaware for the pandemic-marred spring semester.

A new lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of a woman who was a student at the university in the spring semester. It claims the school breached its contract with students by not offering adequate tuition and fee refunds after ending in-person classes and services in response to the pandemic last spring. 

Similar to a lawsuit filed in August, the new complaint also seeks class-action status to more broadly represent spring 2020 semester students who paid tuition and fees they feel should have been reimbursed. 

It was filed by attorneys with the Cross & Simon firm in Wilmington, as well as attorneys

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$73 million settlement reached in University of California sex abuse lawsuit

The University of California system submitted a $73 million settlement proposal on Monday for a lawsuit in which seven women accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse.

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$73 million settlement reached in University of California sex abuse lawsuit

The proposed settlement could allow more than 6,600 patients of James Heaps to receive a portion, even if the patients have not accused the former University of California, Los Angeles gynecologist of sexual misconduct, The Associated Press reported. A federal judge needs to agree with the submitted deal.

Heaps’s former patients have said he participated in misconduct between 1983 and 2018 at the time he worked at the UCLA student health center and UCLA Medical Center.

The 63-year-old doctor, whose medical license has been suspended amid the lawsuit, denies the allegations that he made sexually inappropriate comments, touched women sexually during exams without wearing gloves and simulated

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Sacred Heart University settles lawsuit with family after student died during pancake-eating contest

BRIDGEPORT — Sacred Heart University has agreed to pay a settlement to the family of a 20-year-old college student who fatally choked while participating in a pancake-eating contest at the university in 2017.

The settlement — the details of which are not being disclosed — ends a lawsuit against the university that was filed in state Superior Court in April 2019.

Twenty-year-old Caitlin Nelson died after taking part in an on-campus, school-sanctioned pancake-eating contest for charity in March 2017.

Caitlin Nelson in 2016.

William Bloss, who represents the Nelson family in the lawsuit, confirmed Thursday that the case was resolved but declined further comment.

Deborah Noack, a spokeswoman for the university, declined comment.

Nelson, of Clark, N.J., whose father was a Port Authority police officer killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was studying to become a social worker. She was active with “America’s Camp,” a retreat for children who lost a parent in

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Ex-Hawkeye football players moving forward with lawsuit against Iowa


Eight former Iowa football players intend to move forward with a lawsuit against the university over alleged racial discrimination and mistreatment during their time in the Hawkeye program.

As part of that decision, the players have withdrawn their demands of a settlement.

The ex-players’ attorneys notified University of Iowa general counsel Carroll Reasoner via e-mail of their plans Tuesday morning. The letter has been obtained by the Des Moines Register.

In an Oct. 5 letter sent to the university on behalf of former players Maurice Fleming, Andre Harris, Marcel Joly, Kevonte Martin-Manley, Aaron Mends, Jonathan Parker, Reggie Spearman and Akrum Wadley, Tulsa-based attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons demanded $20 million in compensation and for the firings of athletics director Gary Barta, head football coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, among other structural changes aimed at prioritizing improved treatment of Black players.

Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa football program is at the

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Western Michigan University settles lawsuit with Black employee who claims white coworker pretended to lynch him

KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University settled a lawsuit filed by a Black staff member alleging a white coworker tied a noose and mocked lynching him at a diversity and inclusion meeting.

The university and Smith Moore, the staff member, reached an agreement for an undisclosed amount of money, WMU announced in a news release Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The federal lawsuit was filed on Monday, Aug. 24, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. In it, the university describes “behavior of a now-former employee that was racially charged, inappropriate and offensive.”

Moore, a Black man, claims that Mitchell Beare, a white man, came up behind him at a diversity and inclusion meeting Aug. 25, 2017, and looped a rope in the shape of a noose behind him. Moore turned around and saw that Beare was moving to put the loop around his neck when other coworkers shouted

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Jerry Falwell, Jr. Files Lawsuit Against Liberty University

LU leaders accepted lies about Falwell with no investigation and damaged his legacy and reputation following forced resignation, according to Complaint filed by Quinn Emanuel

LYNCHBURG, Virginia, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Jerry Falwell, Jr., the former President and Chancellor of Liberty University, sued the school founded by his father, Dr. Jerry Falwell, which Falwell, Jr. saved from financial collapse and built into the leading Evangelical Christian university in the world over his 13-year stewardship as President.

In his Complaint filed in the Commonwealth of Virginia Circuit Court for the City of Lynchburg, Mr. Falwell claims that Liberty University needlessly injured and damaged his reputation through a series of statements, published in print and spoken in large public forums and streamed online, following his forced resignation from the University.

According to the Complaint, these statements had the effect of affirming false claims that an

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