A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against author Greg Mortenson, calling claims "flimsy and speculative" that the humanitarian and his publisher lied in his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools" to boost book sales.
The civil lawsuit by four people who bought Mortenson's books said they were cheated out of about $15 each because the books were labeled as nonfiction accounts of how Mortenson came to build schools in Central Asia. They asked U.S. Dist. Judge Sam Haddon to order Mortenson and publisher Penguin Group (USA) to refund all money from Mortenson's book sales.
The lawsuit was filed after "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer reported last year that Mortenson fabricated parts of those books. The plaintiffs said Mortenson, co-author David Oliver Relin, Penguin and Central Asia Institute were involved in a fraud and racketeering conspiracy to build Mortenson into a false hero to sell books and raise money for CAI, the charity Mortenson co-founded.
Haddon ruled that their racketeering allegations "are fraught with shortcomings" and the plaintiffs' "overly broad" claims that they bought the books because they were supposed to be true aren't supported in the lawsuit.
911 call is released in Hudson case
Moments after finding her mother's body, the sister of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson sobs as she pleads for help in a disturbing 911 recording released to the news media Monday.
"Oh my God.... Somebody's killed my mother," Julia Hudson says, while a dispatcher tries to get her to calm down and repeat her address. "She's on the floor and I see blood coming from her head."
Cook County Judge Charles Burns released the tape after a request by the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times Media and The Associated Press. The tape was played in open court last week during the trial of William Balfour, who is accused of killing the actress' mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008.
Designer sees red solely
Would a red-soled stiletto by any other name than Christian Louboutin look as sweet? Certainly not for the French designer, who passionately defended his suit to protect his famous glossy red-soled shoes Monday.
Louboutin was in London to open a museum exhibit marking his brand's 20th anniversary, and hit out at fellow French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent and its parent company PPR, whom he is suing for trademark infringement.
"What PPR does via Yves Saint Laurent is breaking my trademark, which I find incredibly offensive," he said.
Second daughter for Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard have welcomed a second daughter.
Gyllenhaal's publicist said Monday that the actress gave birth to Gloria Ray April 19 in New York, but gave no other details.
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