Larry Neumeister

About 1 700 readers ask for A Million Little Pieces refund

About 1 700 people asked to be reimbursed for buying James Frey's largely fabricated best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, a lawyer said as a judge approved a settlement with disgruntled readers. United States District Judge Richard Holwell said on Friday that the settlement was ''most fair, adequate and reasonable''.

Do you like American lawsuits?

Fresh off their latest tour that included shows at the Oppikoppi music festival and elsewhere in South Africa, 1980s folk-punk favourites the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in a United States court after bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano on Wednesday.

How cool is that?

Groovy is over, hip is square, far out is long gone. Don't worry, though -- it's cool. ''Cool'' remains the gold standard of slang in the 21st century, as reliable as a blue-chip stock, surviving like few expressions ever in the constantly evolving English language. It has kept its cool through the centuries -- even as its meaning changed drastically.

Arthur Andersen settles WorldCom investors lawsuit

Arthur Andersen denied wrongdoing on Monday after reaching a settlement with WorldCom investors who had accused the telecommunications company's former outside auditor of failing to protect them from WorldCom's historic $11-billion accounting fraud.

SA men reeled into New York court on fish smuggling charges

The head of companies that allegedly smuggled Chilean sea bass and rock lobsters from South Africa to the United States for at least 15 years pleaded innocent on Wednesday to smuggling charges.

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