Clubhouse is being sued for trademark infringement by a sports networking site. Experts are divided on whether the case will succeed.

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Clubhouse launched in 2020.

  • Clubhouse has been sued for trademark infringement by an Arizona company running “TheClubhouse.”
  • Alpha Exploration Co., which launched Clubhouse, hasn’t trademarked the name, experts said.
  • The complaint sought to bar Alpha Exploration Co. from using the name for its app.
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A trademark lawsuit filed against audio-chat app Clubhouse raised questions about whether the company sought to protect its name via a US trademark.

“It is interesting that Clubhouse, a company valued at $4 billion, has no registered trademark and appears not to have even applied for registration in the US,” said Christine Haight Farley, a professor at American University Washington College of Law.

Alpha Exploration Co., which launched the invite-only Clubhouse app last spring, was issued a summons last week, according to court documents.

SBS Consulting Group said in its complaint that the Clubhouse app infringed on the trademark it received for “TheClubhouse,” a networking site for sports business professionals.

The complaint sought a trial and damages. It also sought to bar Alpha Exploration Co. from using the name for its app.

The complaint, filed in US district court in Arizona, said the overlap between the two services included both content and features.

The sports consulting firm’s website listed more than a hundred clients at the NBA, MLB, NHL, and other pro sports leagues. Its complaint included screenshots of the Clubhouse app, which had rooms titled “Pro Sports Network” and “Sports Biz Professionals.”

“Included in AEC’s ‘CLUBHOUSE’ topics of interests and clubs are a variety of networking, career growth, and sports business categories selections,” the complaint said.

The Chicago law firm representing SBS Consulting Group declined to comment on the complaint. Clubhouse didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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The social audio app Clubhouse on an iPhone.

Clubhouse downloads skyrocketed this year, hitting 9.6 million in February, before declining in the months since, according to Sensor Tower. Last week, it launched an Android version of its app.

It’s common for a quickly growing company like Clubhouse to attract lawsuits, some of which may be opportunistic or without merit, said Michael Atkins, a Seattle trademark lawyer, who teaches at the University of Washington School of Law.

SBS Consulting Group launched its “TheClubhouse” site in November 2018. It filed its registration for “THECLUBHOUSE” in May 2019 and the trademark was granted in December of that year. On its website, the name is styled as “theClubhouse.”

Because the Clubhouse app was the second to the market with its Clubhouse name, the case will center on whether there was the possibility for “reverse confusion.” That’s when a smaller company trademarks its name, which subsequently gets confused by consumers with a newer, bigger rival.

“By flooding the market with advertising and superior name recognition, it really deprives the first mover of the ability to exploit and grow their trademark, because everyone now is thinking that their trademark is the more well-known company’s trademark,” Atkins said via phone from Spain, where he’s waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The homepage for TheClubhouse, SBS Consulting Group’s networking site.

The complaint noted that Alpha Exploration Co. hadn’t submitted an application for its name. It added that the company’s executives would have found SBS Consulting Group’s trademark if they had searched the government’s trademark database.

In addition, the complaint said Alpha Exploration Co. seemed to have either “willfully blinded itself” or “acted willfully and intentionally” to infringe on the trademark.

Experts who spoke to Insider were undecided on whether the complaint from SBS Consulting Group had merit.

“On the one hand, these two companies seem like they have some plausible overlap in terms of their services,” said Mark P. McKenna, a professor at Notre Dame Law School.

He added: “On the other hand, ‘TheClubhouse’ seems like a pretty weak mark to me – there are a lot of companies using some version of ‘clubhouse’ for different kinds of things, so we’d need to think the conflict between these two was pretty significant for there to be a claim.”

Haight Farley, of American University, said the SBS Consulting Group’s trademark was the “most problematic” of several “clubhouse” trademarks, because their products had the most in common with the Clubhouse app.

“Essentially, each company provides a digital space for users to meet,” she said. “But beyond that the similarities end.”

Atkins compared the lawsuit with a landmark “reverse confusion” case from the 1990s, when A&H Sportswear Co. successfully sued bigger rival Victoria’s Secret. The smaller company made Miraclesuit swimwear. It argued that Victoria’s Secret had infringed on its trademark with products like The Miracle Bra.

“They might be hoping for a payday to make that problem go away for Clubhouse,” Atkins said. “Also, it could be legitimate in terms of that reverse confusion scenario.”

It’s not too late for Clubhouse to file for its own trademark, he added.

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After Tesla increased the price of a Solar Roof project by more than $30,000, the customers explain why they have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introducing the Powerwall in 2015.

  • A Pennsylvania lawsuit said Tesla was in breach of its contract after raising a Solar Roof price.
  • The suit, filed by Philip Dahlin and Mary Arndtsen, said it would seek federal class-action status.
  • The increase “was a significant disappointment,” Dahlin told Insider.
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More than half a year after Philip Dahlin and Mary Arndtsen signed a contract with Tesla to install a Solar Roof on their home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the couple received a message from the company.

Tesla said their price would now be $78,352.66, up from the $46,084.80 price they’d agreed upon.

“Our budget was based on the contract that we had, so it was not something that we had prepared for,” Dahlin told Insider this week via phone.

Dahlin and Arndsten in late April filed a lawsuit against Tesla in US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The suit said the tech giant was in breach of its contract. It also said the company violated consumer protection acts covering home improvement and trade practices.

The lawsuit was filed amid a growing chorus of customers speaking up about Tesla unilaterally increasing their prices – some by as much as 70% – after they’d signed contracts for Solar Roofs and energy-storage batteries called Powerwalls.

An article in the Uniform Commercial Code allows buyers and sellers to modify agreements after they’re signed, said D. A. Jeremy Telman, a contracts professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law, after reviewing the Pennsylvania complaint and a lightly redacted Tesla contract.

“However, both parties must consent to the changes. That seems here not to have been the case,” Telman said.

Tesla was issued a summons on May 3, according to the Pennsylvania court. The company had not filed a response as of Saturday afternoon. An email from Insider wasn’t returned.

Elon Musk, chief executive, addressed customer concerns during the company’s Q1 earnings call in late April, saying, “We did find that we basically made some significant mistakes in assessment of difficulty of certain roofs.”

The lawsuit seeks class-action status

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A Tesla rep explains the Powerwall technology.

The Pennsylvania couple’s complaint said it would seek class-action status.

Their attorney, Peter Muhic, of LeVan Muhic Stapleton, said he’d heard from “numerous” homeowners in situations similar to Dahlin and Arndtsen. He declined to give a specific number.

“They advertise a very unique product that they claim is much better than other competing products,” Muhic told Insider on Thursday. “And we believe that they need to honor their contracts, and they have to perform as they had promised and agreed.”

Muhic would have to file a motion to have the case formally certified as a class action. The complaint said there are more than 100 potential class members who had signed contracts totalling more than $5 million.

A copy of a Tesla Solar Roof contact filed alongside the complaint included an arbitration agreement between the parties. That clause could be a roadblock for the case to gain class-action status, said Gregory Klass, associate dean and professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

“Tesla’s arbitration clause almost certainly forestalls this class action under current Supreme Court precedent,” he said on Friday, citing a 2011 case, AT&T v. Concepcion.

In the legal complaint, Muhic wrote that the arbitration clause would be struck down as invalid under Pennsylvania law, in part because of the way it had been formatted on the page. He wrote that the clause also “does not contain a separate line for each party to indicate assent.”

Connecticut homeowners say Tesla also raised their price

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A Solar Roof and Tesla Powerwall.

In Weston, Connecticut, Jay and Robin Fortin signed a contract in January to install a Solar Roof on their 1955 colonial home. They agreed on a price of about $62,000 in their contract, Jay Fortin told Insider on Friday. His wife signed the contract.

When a tech came to study their home, the price jumped up about $6,600, because Tesla would have to change the type of wood beneath their shingles, he said. Then, in April, the couple received a message from Tesla, letting them know the price had gone up to about $91,000.

“I’m not going to pay the new price,” Fortin said on Friday. “We can’t. The whole thing made sense for us because we needed a new roof anyway, and we wanted backup power.”

He later added: “I wish we hadn’t gotten involved with the whole thing, tell you the truth.”

Fortin said he reached out to Muhic after learning of the complaint. Fortin hasn’t taken legal action, but said he’d consider joining a class-action lawsuit.

In Pennsylvania, Dahlin signed the contract with Tesla for a total price of $46,919.20 on September 17, 2020, according to a copy filed with the court. The couple paid a $100 deposit. After subtracting the deposit and an energy rebate, they would owe $46,084.80 after the installation, according to the contract.

The couple refinanced their home, where they’ve lived since 2006, to pay for the project. The contract said the roof would be installed within 180 days.

“We were pretty excited about the prospects,” said Dahlin, who works in sustainability. “Also, just generating our own energy to charge the Tesla we already had, the car.”

During the following 180 days, the couple heard little from Tesla.

On March 24, the couple received an email from Tesla, saying: “We have increased the price of Solar Roof and have added adjustments for individual roof complexity.”

On April 23, they learned that the price had been increased to $78,352.66, according to their complaint.

Said Dahlin, “And then when we did get the email, it was a significant disappointment, obviously.”

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US Justice Department expresses ‘concerns’ over the GOP’s Arizona election audit being conducted by Cyber Ninjas

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Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan, left, a Florida-based consultancy, talks about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as a Cyber Ninjas IT technician demonstrates a ballot scan during a news conference Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Phoenix. The equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden and the 2.1 million ballots were moved to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden’s victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results.

  • The US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division says it has “concerns” over Arizona’s 2020 election audit.
  • The concerns were raised in a letter to state Sen. Karen Fann, a Republican.
  • Voting rights groups last month asked the Justice Department to intervene.
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The US Department of Justice has reviewed details that “raise concerns” about the integrity of the Republican-led audit in Maricopa County, telling the president of Arizona’s state senate that the effort may violate federal law.

The audit, taking place at a sports arena in Phoenix, is being conducted by a private firm, Cyber Ninjas, that has no experience in elections and is led by a man who promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The firm was chosen to lead the effort by state Sen. Karen Fann, over the objections of Maricopa County’s local Republican officials – and after two audits were already conducted last year.

President Joe Biden won the county by more than 45,000 votes.

In a May 5 letter to Sen. Fann, obtained by local news station KNXV’s Garrett Archer, the Department of Justice’s Pamela S. Karlan, principal deputy assistant attorney general with the Civil Rights Division, said Cyber Ninjas’ involvement may be illegal.

“Federal law creates a duty to safeguard and preserve federal election records,” Karlan wrote. The department is concerned that this is not happening in Maricopa County, where the records “are no longer under the ultimate control of elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors, and are at risk of damage or loss.”

The department’s second area of concern is Cyber Ninjas’ stated intent to “identify voter registrations that did not make sense, and then knock on doors to confirm if valid voters actually lived at the stated address.” This, Karlan wrote, “raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters,” which is prohibited by federal statutes.

The letter closes by asking for a response on what steps the Arizona Senate will take to ensure the audit does not break federal law. It comes the same day that one audit official told reporters he was attempting to find traces of “bamboo” on voters’ ballots to prove a conspiracy theory that they came from southeast Asia.

Sen. Fann did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The Department of Justice’s letter comes about a week after a coalition of voting rights groups had requested such an intervention, as Insider reported.

In an interview last month, the head of the Arizona Democratic Party, state Rep. Raquel Terán, said that Cyber Ninjas was engaged in a “sham audit” intended to justify new restrictions on voting.

Local Democrats welcomed Wednesday’s intervention.

“We are glad that the DOJ is engaged and monitoring this sham,” Alex Alvarez, a party spokesperson, told Insider.

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Dominion is accusing Sidney Powell of promoting ‘defamatory falsehoods’ to attract money and fame

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Sidney Powell participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

  • Dominion is accusing attorney Sidney Powell of lying about the company to earn money and sell books.
  • It made the argument in a court filing on Monday as part of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit.
  • Powell’s lawyers argued her conspiracy theories were not meant to be taken as statements of fact.
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Sidney Powell doesn’t think any “reasonable person” who listened to her claims about the 2020 election – and donated to her stated effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory – would believe what she was saying on television “were truly statements of fact.” That is what her attorneys argued last month in an attempt to beat back a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from the company she accused of rigging the vote.

On Monday, Dominion Voting Systems fired back. In a court filing, it accused the far-right conspiracy theorist of spreading lies about the company and the integrity of US democracy in order to sell books and make money. And it accused her of seeking to evade responsibility by inventing a new standard for libel whereby one could get away with defamation merely by committing it on Fox News.

“After lying about the evidence supporting her claims,” Dominion’s legal team said, “Powell now asks this court to create unprecedented immunity for attorneys to wage televised disinformation campaigns.”

The company, which filed its lawsuit in US federal court in January, is seeking $1.3 billion in damages.

After the November election, Powell, a former federal prosecutor who now sells autographed books and T-shirts on her website, alleged it was the loser of the 2020 election, Donald Trump, who in fact “won by a landslide” (Biden beat the former president by more than 7 million votes).

Her claims were cosigned by the Republican Party and endorsed by the former president, although his campaign later distanced itself from Powell as her outlandish assertions increased their legal vulnerability. (Rudy Giuliani, too, is now being sued by the company for his part in “a viral disinformation campaign.)

Among other things, Powell falsely asserted she had evidence Dominion “was created to produce altered voting results in Venezuela for Hugo Chavez,” and that it had been imported to the US to do the same for Democrats. “We’re collecting evidence now from various whistleblowers that are aware of substantial sums of money being given to family members of state officials who bought this software,” she stated.

To support her claims against Dominion, she filed an affidavit from Ron Watkins, the owner of a conspiracy-theory message board, 8kun, that gained infamy as the home of the “QAnon” hoax.

Powell’s attorneys now assert this was all merely the heated rhetoric of a political campaign, not intended to be actionable statements of fact. But Dominion’s legal team says that is no defense – and that Powell harmed the company for personal profit, using “defamatory falsehoods to solicit funds … and to garner media attention,” which in turn helped her sell “additional copies of her book and drummed up additional potential clients.”

If Powell has any evidence to back up her claims, Dominion is inviting her to show them to the court.

“She either has a video of Dominion’s founder admitting that he can change a million votes or she does not (she does not),” the company’s lawyers state. “Dominion was either created in Venezuela to rig elections or it was not (it was not). Dominion either rigged the 2020 election by weighting, flipping, switching, and trashing votes or it did not (it did not). Dominion either bribed officials or it did not (it did not).”

Dominion’s legal filing comes just days after one of its executives reached a settlement with Newsmax, a right-wing media organization that alleged the company’s head of security had rigged the election himself. On its cable television network, Newsmax informed its viewers that it in fact had “no evidence” to support the allegation.

But retractions never garner the same amount of attention as an initial, inflammatory claim. A recent CNN poll found that while a large majority of Americans accept Biden’s victory as the product of a free and fair election, 70% of Republicans believe his presidency is illegitimate.

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The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a ‘journalist’

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Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. records himself during the insurrection on January 6, 2021.

  • Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. claimed to be at the insurrection as a civil rights auditor and journalist.
  • Several now-deleted recordings show him encouraging the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol.
  • An Insider investigation reveals that he was motivated by far-right, conspiratorial beliefs.
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Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie and an unauthorized ‘PRESS ACCESS’ lanyard around his neck, Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. captured one of America’s darkest days on camera.

Unlike legitimate reporters who kept a safe distance from the rioters, the 60-year-old YouTuber was in the midst of the chaos of January 6.

As the pro-Trump mob around him attacked police officers with stolen batons and riot shields, Morgan recorded himself and others whooping and cheering as the storming of the Capitol took place.

Watch Morgan’s participation in the Capitol insurrection in a video obtained by Insider.

“Forward, march,” he yelled several times in a since-deleted video from his “Political Trance Tribune” YouTube page.

“Go through the windows,” Morgan urged the mass of insurrectionists.

Now, the man who claimed to be there as an “independent journalist” is charged with four counts for his role in the Capitol riots, including aiding and abetting the deadly insurrection.

Read more: A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a ’60 Minutes’ interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.

Morgan’s work as a ‘civil rights auditor’

Morgan traveled from Texas to attend the Capitol riot. His main source of income is tree removal which, according to his business’s website, he got into after struggling to keep a full-time job because of a “sleep disorder.”

He only became an arborist to bankroll the launch of his internet marketing career, he wrote on the website. This, so far, has been unsuccessful. Two businesses he set up now appear to be defunct.

In recent years, he has been dedicated to growing a YouTube following for his channel – “Political Trance Tribune” – posting ‘civil rights audits’ on it for nine years. The page has nurtured a small but reasonably engaged following; 3,600 subscribers and over 100,000 views.

Civil rights auditing, or First Amendment auditing, involves individuals recording government officials in action. Auditors go to post offices, city council meetings, and crime scenes to test how officials react when they get the cameras rolling.

If officials allow filming to take place on public property, they pass the audit. If they refuse, they fail the audit and they end up being exposed on YouTube channels. Auditors say they are there to exercise their First Amendment rights but, as the Daily Beast reported in 2019, dramatic confrontations can lead to YouTube fame.

Many of the run-ins published on Morgan’s channel involve tense, dramatic interactions with police officers.

Morgan, who is described in his affidavit as an “independent journalist and a civil rights auditor,” is often seen deliberately aggravating law enforcement officers. This aligns with his anti-cop views, as expressed in a now-deleted YouTube video seen by Insider. “I happen to think we need to abolish the police,” he said in the clip from January.

Other clips show him being threatened with prosecution for provoking officers. On one occasion, Texas’ Montgomery County Court records show that an incident led to his arrest.

He was placed in Montgomery County Jail on June 9, 202o, for “interfering with traffic control and scene securement efforts,” according to an arrest warrant seen by Insider.

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Andrew Jackson Morgan was arrested for interfering with the public duties of a peace officer on June 9, 2020.

He believes that 9/11 was an ‘inside false flag job’

Morgan’s anti-police views are part of a wider set of conspiratorial and far-right views.

On his private Facebook page, Morgan shared posts that denied the climate crisis, challenged the fact that former President Barack Obama was born in the US, and called 9/11 an “inside false flag job.” He also frequently shared posts by the far-right publication Breitbart News and conspiracist website InfoWars.

More recently on Political Trance Tribune’s Facebook page, Morgan showed allegiance to QAnon – the disproven and discredited conspiracy theory. Some posts are captioned with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which stands for the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all.”

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A post on the Facebook page for Andrew Jackson Morgan’s YouTube page shows support for QAnon.

A video of Morgan attending a rally for then-President Donald Trump in Houston in 2018 also uses this caption.

Despite attending Trump rallies, Morgan appears to have made a small donation to a Democratic cause a year later. A man of the same name and sharing the same zip code donated $5 to ‘Friends of Andrew Yang’ on September 17, 2019, via left-leaning fundraiser ActBlue, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

However, the vast majority of his posts are supportive of Trump and critical of former President Barack Obama.

Before the January 6 riots, his last post shows Morgan attending dinner with fellow civil rights auditors, several of whom are believed to have traveled with him to Washington, DC.

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A facebook post of eight civil rights auditors having dinner together in Mobile, Alabama in December, 2020.

Unauthorized press passes are being used to mount legal defenses

According to his affidavit, Morgan told an FBI special agent in March that he had traveled from Maxwell, Texas, to Washington, DC on January 6 to witness “something unprecedented.”

He claimed that he merely wanted to record the event, according to court documents.

“Me and several other auditors, we were gonna go, and I said I really want to be there to report,” Morgan claimed in a now-deleted video posted after January 6 and seen by Insider.

He traveled to the Capitol with five other civil rights auditors who sometimes referred to themselves as “independent patriots,” his wife, Sheila Morgan, told special agents.

One was Matthew Wrosch, also known as the Michigan Constitutional Crusader, who provided Morgan and several others with unofficial press lanyards before the riots. This was to show that the men were “journalists” who were “disseminating information to the public,” he told Insider.

The passes, however, were not authorized by any recognized body and do not count as media credentials. Nonetheless, these homemade passes and claims of being journalists are being used as evidence by several defendants to mount First Amendment free speech defenses in court, Insider previously reported.

Wrosch said that he had no intentions of actively participating in the riots. “In my eyes, we were just supposed to observe and record,” he said. “When it’s a government unrest kind of thing, we’re not supposed to say s–t. We’re just supposed to watch what’s happening and record it.”

But while Wrosch stayed “fifty feet away” at all times and “didn’t get up close and get in the fray,” Morgan joined the melee of rioters as they forced their way into one of the Capitol’s entrances.

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Footage recorded by Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. shows rioters break a Capitol building window on January 6, 2021.

In an hour of self-recorded videos seen by Insider, Morgan shows himself to be sandwiched between insurrectionists as they smash a Capitol window and fight with police officers. He can be heard throughout, encouraging them, yelling “keep moving” and “send helmets forward.”

Several times, Morgan can be heard begging to be shot and teargassed. “I’m here first, y’all gonna slide in right behind me,” he said. “I’m gonna take the bullet first. I want the bullet. Give me my bullet.”

He urged people to “hold the line” and repeatedly asked to be let into the Capitol.Hell yeah, we’re going over. We’re going in that building,” he said.

‘I bought into the provocateurs’ trap.’

A couple of days after the deadly insurrection, Morgan did a two-hour-long live stream about why he joined in with the storming of the Capitol. Insider recovered the footage.

In the live stream, he explained to his subscribers what had initially inspired him to attend. “I went on January 6 with the knowledge and belief that the election was rigged,” he said.

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Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. does a live stream in the aftermath of the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.

He then spoke, at length, about the media being a “Nazi propaganda machine,” and ‘Q’ being right.

The 60-year-old did admit that he joined the mob in pushing their way into the Capitol. “When I got up to the doorway, I participated in the heave-ho, heave-ho,” he said. It felt like the “right thing at the moment,” he added.

Morgan apologized several times for falling into “antifa’s trap” and blamed his actions on “emotion” and “herd mentality.”

“I was wrong,” he said. “When I went on that Capitol grounds and ‘antifa’ sent that message out that what we’re there for is to take the Capitol, I bought into it. I bought into the provocateurs’ trap.”

There is no evidence of ‘antifa’ being responsible for the violence during the Capitol riots.

Morgan told his subscribers that he was prepared for any potential punishment. “If I did something heinous and wrong and I have to pay for it, I’m a grown man, I can pay for it,” he said. “I’m not gonna scream and holler and cry. I did what I did out of a pure heart and pure intent. I wish I hadn’t done it. I wish I hadn’t fallen into antifa’s trap.”

He is charged with aiding and abetting the insurrection

Morgan may soon “pay for it.”

His videos were supplied to the FBI on January 19 and he was then identified by special agents. On April 9, he surrendered to Austin agents and was charged for his role in the insurrection.

Morgan is now accused of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstruction of an official proceeding, and aiding and abetting. If convicted, he could face several years in jail.

Experts say that a legal defense claiming to be a journalist is unlikely to stand in court.

Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, told the Associated Press that journalists need to be credentialed and cannot claim to be reporting if there is evidence to suggest they were encouraging the violent mob.

For Morgan, the lessons learned from the events of January 6 might have come too late.

“I’ve learned a lot,” he said in his live stream. “From this day on, my auditing is gonna be a lot different.”

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ICE said to transfer women out of detention center that became infamous over allegations of forced sterilization

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women.

  • ICE has transferred out the last women at Irwin County Detention Center, according to a lawyer for former detainees.
  • The agency did not respond to multiple requests to confirm the development.
  • The privately run facility attracted international scrutiny last year over claims of forced sterilization.
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An immigration detention center in Georgia where dozens of people alleged they were subjected to unnecessary medical procedures without their consent is no longer detaining any women, according a lawyer for some former detainees.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including its field office in Atlanta, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Irwin County Detention Center outside Atlanta was the subject of a congressional investigation last year after a nurse at the privately-run facility, Dawn Wooten, alleged that women there were being sterilized without their consent.

A review of medical records, as well as interviews with immigrants detained there, found that women underwent an unusually large number of gynecological procedures, many alleging they were performed without informed consent. Last year, the Mexican government confirmed at least one of its citizens had been the victim of an unauthorized surgery while detained there.

“Do I still have ovaries?” one person asked after waking up from an operation, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Can I still have kids?”

ICE states it only has records of two women undergoing hysterectomies. But dozens of women are now taking part in a class-action lawsuit against Dr. Mahendra Amin, the gynecologist who performed the surgeries, alleging medical malpractice that in some cases is alleged to have been tantamount to sexual assault. Amin is not board certified and LaSalle Corrections, the for-profit company that runs the detention center, has severed its relationship with him.

“ICE knew about this as far back as 2018 and yet they did nothing,” Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director at Project South, the group that publicized the whistleblower complaint in September 2020, told Insider. “I think the explanation there is the dehumanization of the Black and brown immigrant women at this detention center.”

Some of those women have since been deported; the majority have been released; and about 80 to 100 men are still there, according to Shahshahani, who is co-counsel on the lawsuit.

Removing the women who were still being detained in Irwin County is an acknowledgement, Shahshahani said, that the critics were right. Still, where some of these women have gone is not seen as much of an upgrade.

The Stewart Detention Center, about 140 miles south of Atlanta, is run by CoreCivic, one of the largest for-profit prison companies. While the facility has over the years developed a reputation for medical neglect, Shahshahani believes it’s been picked – after not hosting women for more than a decade – because it lacks the infamy that now taints the Irwin County Detention Center.

Detention Watch Network, a group that advocates shuttering immigration detention centers altogether, is calling for the women to be released.

“The Irwin detention center is emblematic of how the immigration detention system as a whole is inherently abusive, unjust and fatally flawed beyond repair,” Setareh Ghandehari, the group’s advocacy director, said in a statement. “The Biden administration must shut down detention centers immediately and end detention contracts.”

As of 2019, ICE had contracts with 106 privately run detention facilities, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General. The vast majority of detained immigrants are being held in for-profit ventures.

During a speech Thursday, not far from the Irwin County Detention Center, activists interrupted President Joe Biden, demanding that he “abolish private detention.”

“Private detention centers should not exist,” Biden responded, “and we are working to close all of them.”

But that is not what is happening. A week after taking office, Biden signed an executive order requiring the Department of Justice to phase out its use of for-profit prisons – but the order does not not extend to ICE.

On Friday, the Miami Herald reported the Biden administration is conducting negotiations with GEO Group, a private prison company, about renewing a contract to run an ICE detention center in Florida.

“They say the right thing, which is welcome,” Shahshahani told Insider, “but they need to follow that up with action.”

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What is Arbitration in Law: Its Procedure & Significance

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Chipotle has been sued by New York City over claims it violated scheduling sick leave laws, and now owes over $150 million to workers

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West 169th Street Chipotle.

  • New York City is suing Chipotle over accusations of violating labor laws.
  • The complaint says Chipotle owes workers more than $150 million.
  • Chipotle called the case a “dramatic overreach.”
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New York City has sued Chipotle, accusing the restaurant chain of labor law violations regarding workers’ schedules at dozens of stores, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The city is accusing Chipotle of hundreds of thousands of violations of the Fair Workweek Law, which mandates that workers must have 14 day advance notice of schedules or extra pay, and that workers must have a certain break period between shifts or receive an extra $100, Noam Scheiber at The New York Times first reported.

Chipotle failed to give New York City workers sufficient notice or extra pay, the Times said, citing the complaint. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing officially filed the suit.

Chipotle confirmed to Insider that the city had filed the suit.

“We make it a practice to not comment on litigation and will not do so in this case, except to say the proceeding filed today by DCWP is a dramatic overreach and Chipotle will vigorously defend itself. Chipotle remains committed to its employees and their right to a fair, just, and humane work environment that provides opportunities to all,” Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for the company, told Insider in a statement.

This complaint is the largest ever brought by New York City under the Fair Workweek law, according to the Time. Workers are owed more than $150 million for the violations, plus more in legal penalties, the Times reported.

The lawsuit is over labor practices between November 2017 and September 2019. It says that Chipotle has attempted to comply with the law since 2019 but violations are ongoing.

“Since we first filed our case against Chipotle, we have unfortunately learned that those initial charges were just the tip of the iceberg,” department commissioner Lorelei Salas said in a statement.

The lawsuit also accuses Chipotle of illegally denying requests for time off or not paying them for time that they took, a violation of New York City’s paid sick leave law, the Times reported. All of the 6,500 Chipotle employees in New York City were affected by scheduling and sick leave violations, according to the complaint.

Chipotle continues to expand even as COVID hit the restaurant industry hard. In the first quarter of 2021, the chain opened 35 net locations, and digital sales exploded with 133% growth. Chipotle attributed much of its growth to Chipotlanes, the fast casual chain’s version of drive-thrus. More than half of the new Chipotle locations had drive-thrus this quarter, and the company says they “perform very well and are helping enhance guest access and convenience, as well as increase new restaurant sales, margins, and returns.”

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The Trump Organization’s longtime CFO reportedly said he keeps his distance from the ‘legal side’ of its financial matters

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Allen Weisselberg stands behind Donald Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump in 2017.

  • The Trump Organization CFO reportedly distanced himself from “legal” aspects of its money matters.
  • “That’s not my thing,” Allen Weisselberg said in a deposition, the New York Daily News reported.
  • The 2015 deposition hadn’t previously been reported, according to the Daily News.
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Allen Weisselberg, former President Donald Trump’s longtime financial guru, said he maintains distance from the “legal side” of the family business’ finances, according to reports.

“That’s not my thing,” Weisselberg said in a 2015 deposition over Trump University, which was unearthed by the New York Daily News for a Sunday cover story.

Weisselberg, CFO of The Trump Organization, has served the Trump family since the 1973. During Trump’s time in office, Weisselberg was the only person outside the family to oversee his trust.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which was scrutinizing the company’s finances, reportedly attempted to “flip” Weisselberg as part of its investigation.

During the 2015 deposition, Weisselberg answered questions about how much he knew about potential wrongdoing the company, the Daily News reported. He was “eavesdropping” on some legal-related conversations but backed away, the report said.

He reportedly said: “Throughout all of our entities, people do know it’s important to involve me when it comes to financial matters because later on if things don’t prove out to be where they should be, they’ll have to deal with me on answering the question as to why.”

Insider has reached out to The Trump Organization for comment.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee in 2019 that Weisselberg could shed light on the payments made to Stormy Daniels and others.

Weisselberg “knows of every dime that leaves the building,” former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski wrote in a co-authored book, according to Politico.

Weisselberg’s eldest son, Barry Weisselberg, was also associated with the Trump Organization.

Weisselberg’s ex-daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, earlier this year was cooperating with the investigation by the Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.

After her divorce from Barry Weisselberg, Jennifer Weisselberg reportedly gave prosecutors seven boxes of Trump Organization documents.

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Six people were killed by police in the 24 hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder

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Police officers on October 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder on Tuesday.
  • In the 24 hours afterward, police across America fatally shot six people.
  • Chauvin was convicted over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.
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In the 24 hours after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder, at least six people died at the hands of police, the Associated Press reported.

On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020. Video from his arrest showed Chauvin kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

In the day that followed, police across America killed six people.

The circumstances of the six incidents varied and some of the cases garnered national attention, including the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus.

Bryant was shot and killed after police responded to a call about an attempted stabbing.

In Worcester, Massachusetts, Phet Gouvonvong, 31, called 911 and said he had a bomb when police responded and Gouvonvong moved towards police, he was shot and died at the scene, the Telegram & Gazette.

Andrew Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was shot and killed as deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The identities of the two men killed in San Antonio are unknown. One was killed during an altercation on a bus where police said he had a gun, but it’s unclear if he ever fired it, KENS 5 reported. The second was killed after he began shooting at officers who were responding to a call that someone had killed a person working in a shed outside the caller’s home, the AP reported.

In Escondido, California, a white man was killed after police said he charged at officers with a 2-foot metal pole, KTLA reported. The victim was known to law enforcement and was homeless and mentally ill.

It’s not clear if any officers in these fatal shootings will face legal charges like Chauvin, who was convicted mainly because of a video that showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

“We are in a moment of reckoning,” Rachael Rollins, district attorney for Boston and surrounding communities told the AP.

“If we can be strategic and come together,” she said, “we can make profound changes, profound.”

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