Emma Sulkowicz and Friends Carried Mattress During Columbia Graduation

Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who accused fellow student Paul Nungesser of rape and then carried a mattress all year in protest of the administration’s handling of her claims, carried that mattress onstage during Tuesday’s commencement exercises. Sulkowicz was helped by several friends; the audience cheered as they… » 5/19/15 1:45pm Tuesday 1:45pm

Accused Rapist in 'Mattress Girl' Case Sues Columbia University

Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of rape by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, whose mattress-carrying protest drew national attention, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the school. Nungesser accuses the university of failing to protect him from what he calls Sulkowicz’s “harassment… » 4/24/15 10:15am 4/24/15 10:15am

West Virginia Judge Throws Out 'Sensational' Anti-Abortion Lawsuit 

A lawsuit against a West Virginia abortion clinic that was a huge talking point on anti-abortion websites has been dismissed by a judge “with prejudice,” which means it can never be refiled. The lawsuit, filed by a Charleston woman named Itai Gravely with the help of the Family Policy Council, claimed that a botched… » 4/22/15 4:30pm 4/22/15 4:30pm

SeaWorld Is Currently Being Pummeled By Lawsuits 

Two years after the premiere of Blackfish and five years after a captive orca killed his trainer during a performance, SeaWorld is still sputtering along, somehow. Although attendance has fallen by 4.2 percent and shares are down 40 percent, its parks still brought in 22.4 million visitors last year and the… » 4/14/15 6:45pm 4/14/15 6:45pm

Fraternity to Pursue 'All Available Legal Action' Against Rolling Stone

The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi has announced it will pursue “all available legal action” against Rolling Stone magazine for its debunked and now fully retracted story about an alleged gang rape at the frat’s UVA house. In a statement, Phi Psi called the story “a sad example of the decline of… » 4/06/15 1:30pm 4/06/15 1:30pm

'They Made it Into a Joke': A Q&A With a Brain-Injured Dominatrix

In August of 2008, just as 17-year-old Alissa Afonina was preparing to enter the twelfth grade, a car accident upended her life and drastically re-arranged her future. Afonina, her mother Alla, and her brother were riding along the Trans-Canada highway, in a car driven by her stepfather, Peter Jansson. Jansson was… » 3/11/15 2:30pm 3/11/15 2:30pm

Oregon: We Have The Right To Access A Rape Victim's Medical Records 

The University of Oregon is being sued by a student who claims that after she was raped by three basketball players, the school tailored and delayed their discipline so the men could play in the NCAA tournament. Those allegations alone sound horrible (Oregon denies them), but they've taken a disturbing twist: the… » 3/03/15 5:56pm 3/03/15 5:56pm

Lawsuit Calls Mergermarket a Gropey 'Boys Club' with a 'Hot List'

A new federal lawsuit alleges that Mergermarket, a respected financial news and data company, is a "boy's club," rife with blatant and aggressive sexual harassment. The two women who filed suit say male employees circulated a "hot list" of the company's most fuckable women and that unwanted sexual touching at… » 2/26/15 3:20pm 2/26/15 3:20pm

Woman Sues Because Massage-Promising Magic Tights Were 'Just Socks'

A Queens woman is suing hosiery company Kushyfoot—"the first brand in women's hosiery to incorporate the ancient healing art of Reflexology in its products"—alleging deceptive business practices because the shaping tights she purchased did not, in fact, deliver a magical fatigue-lifting massage. Sadly, they were "just… » 1/15/15 12:30pm 1/15/15 12:30pm