Attorneys for Bill Cosby on Monday appealed a judge's decision to unseal court files that quote him at length about his sexual proclivities, including giving women Benadryl and Quaaludes before sexual encounters. 

     A jury properly convicted a Brazilian man who raped six women in near Oakland while pretending to be a police officer, a state appeals court ruled. 

     A man was pulled into a wood chipper and decapitated because the Vermeer Corp. made the machine without safety features, his widow and seven children claim in court. 

     Anthem Blue Cross refuses to cover a revolutionary new treatment that can cure most cases of hepatitis C within 12 weeks, according to a new federal class action. 

     Secrecy.
     What is it good for?
     I'm not telling.
     No, just kidding. I don't know the answer. Maybe you can tell me.
     I've been thinking about this because of several things that happened (or that I noticed happening) last week.
     First off, one of Bill Cosby's lawyers expressed outrage - OUTRAGE!, damn it - that someone released a deposition in a case that had been settled confidentially.
     Then the Ashley Madison site for adultery hobbyists got hacked.
     Then I spotted an article about the Irish government considering allowing adopted people access to their birth certificates.
     You may be wondering why I'm looking at articles about the Irish government. I can't explain it - my mind wanders.
     But back to my point - what do these secrecy stories have in common?
     The people benefiting from secrecy are the bad guys - Cosby, adulterers, parents who give up their kids. OK, that last group isn't necessarily bad, but their kids are definitely the good guys.
     So what's the benefit of secrecy if you're not a bad or at least questionable guy?
     Some of you may be saying that government and large corporations need to keep things secret - but listen to yourself.
     Government and large corporations? Are those the good guys?
     Think torture, mass surveillance, mass merchandising of Twinkies.
     You see what I mean.
     I realize I have a professional bias when it comes to this topic. As a professional journalist, naturally I'm in favor of secrets: the more, the better.
     If there were no secrets to uncover, I'd be out of a job.
     But I'm going to take the noble, selfless road here and offer the obvious solution to this societal problem: complete openness.
     We can't be harmed by secrets if there are none.
     Fortunately, mechanisms are already in place for this revolution. We shouldn't be complaining about the National Security Agency listening to everybody - we should be encouraging it and putting the results online.
     (Ironic aside: The NSA is an organization that exposes secrets and it got mad because its secret was exposed. What goes around ...)
     Google and Amazon and pretty much every other big company should do the same as the NSA.
     No more dirty secrets, an incentive not to do bad things, and a return to paper currency because you certainly couldn't use credit for anything.
     We should also encourage heads of state to openly spy on each other and become Facebook friends.
     It will be a better world.
     By the way, if you're really fond of secrets and don't want to give them up, you can declare something secret even though it's been around for everyone to read.
     Really. You can.
     Maybe.
     A least a spokesperson for the Hillary Clinton campaign who issued a statement on Twitter last week seemed to think so. To wit: "Any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted."
     So forget anything you read.
     Hmm. Maybe we'd all be happier if we had shorter attention spans and forgot things immediately.
     I know we want to bomb someone for something, but I can't think of a good reason ...
     We need to encourage more addicting television, smart phones and video games.
     There will be peace in our time.

     Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM and the Ford Motor Co. in the United States because there is no evidence any of the corporations' alleged offenses occurred here, the Second Circuit ruled Monday. 

     The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency repeatedly broke state underground storage-tank laws and has agreed to a $1.35 million settlement, California's water regulator said Monday.

     New Jersey public employee unions are once again doing battle with Gov. Chris Christie over pension funding, but this time their tactic is a simple one: a giant collections lawsuit for breach of contract. 

     A judge on Friday dismissed a terminally ill woman's lawsuit challenging California laws that prohibit doctors from prescribing life-ending drugs. 

     Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill that would expand legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people under the federal Civil Rights Act.

     A Maryland company must face claims over injuries allegedly caused by a roulette wheel because its website says it owns the casino in question and it may have run TV ads in neighboring Washington, D.C., a federal judge ruled. 


     A class action claims the "100 % beef" hot dogs Burger King has just started selling in select stores in Maryland and Michigan aren't all they're cracked up to be. 


     The Doobie Brothers do not cite the etymology of the term "doobie" in their trademark lawsuit against the Doobie Decimal System rock band, though the slang term predated the band by a few years. 


     The Building Industry Association sued Oakland, Calif., claiming its Public Arts Requirements Ordinance is an unconstitutional imposition of forced speech. 

     An Oregon wind farm sued Portland General Electric Co., demanding that it buy the wind power on a schedule approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

     San Francisco's recent ordinance to regulate soda and other sugary drinks is unconstitutional, the American Beverage Association claims in Federal Court. 

     Plummeting contributions will force St. Jude's Ranch for Children to cut back services for 652 at-risk youths unless it can dip into an endowment, the charity claims in court. 

     Two so-called "animal rights activists" were arrested Friday and charged with terrorizing the fur industry by releasing thousands of mink from farms across the country.

     Newport Beach attorney Gino Paul Pietro had a bad week, being sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for two fraud schemes in Southern California.

     Kaavo claims Amazon.com violates its cloud computer patent, in Federal Court. 

     Four companies that dominate the parking heater market for truckers conspire to fix prices, a rival says; click headline to see parties to the case. 

     A blast that killed a woman and leveled several homes was caused by the negligence of a utility company and its subcontractor, which did not evacuate residents before a broken gas line exploded, a lawsuit claims. 

     California's ban on the possession and sale of shark fins does not conflict with federal laws governing interstate commerce and fisheries management, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday. 


     The maker of the Keurig single-cup coffee system must face a securities fraud class-action lawsuit, the Second Circuit ruled on Friday. 

     Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was fined a record $105 million over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of its vehicles, the National Highway Safety Administration announced.


     Professional gambler Phil Ivey, accused last year of cheating an Atlantic City casino, has countersued, saying the cards he used in the alleged scam were intentionally destroyed to sabotage his legal defense. 

     The D.C. Circuit on Friday revived a Texas bank's constitutional challenge to the federal agency charged with protecting consumers in their dealings with banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions. 

     Washington state's stock-and-dispense rules requiring pharmacies to dispense emergency contraceptives do not violate pharmacists' religious freedom, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled. 

      Embattled New York Assemblyman Sheldon Silver cannot recast allegations of extorting millions in bribes and kickbacks as merely self-dealing and coercion, a federal judge ruled Friday. 

     A farm whose calf wandered into the road is not liable for the car-collision death of a woman who tried to help the animal, a New York court ruled. 

     A consumer advocacy organization claims a popular spice distributor is misleading the public about how much pepper is actually in its containers. 

     A federal appeals court dealt a setback to a class suing Volvo over defective sunroof drainage systems, sending class certification back to a lower court for clarification. 

     Prince Rogers Nelson et al. violated copyright on a tune called "Phone Sex," James M. Brandon claims in Federal Court. 

     AT&T violates a safe-driving patent that cuts off wireless phone service when a driver exceeds a certain speed, Nira Schwartz-Woods claims in Federal Court. 

     Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek announced plans to push for a significant increase in the state minimum wage, to $13.50 by 2018.

     Attorneys for former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger on Monday asked a First Circuit panel to toss his 2013 conviction on multiple charges, claiming his trial was unfair.

     A federal judge on Monday tentatively rejected a filmmaker's claims that actress Elizabeth Banks copied his screenplay for her comedy film "Walk of Shame."

     Hundreds of women who claim to have been victims of peeping tom Georgetown rabbi convinced a federal judge on Monday to move their respective class actions back to D.C. Superior Court.

     A federal judge ruled that car and cash forfeiture claimants can pursue certain due process claims against Washington, D.C. police for alleged violations that occurred under old rules.  

     Many of the world's biggest banks manipulated Treasury Department auctions on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to sell securities, futures and options at inflated prices, a securities class action claims. 

     A California woman who claims a bakery owner fired her on a whim must be reinstated, a federal judge ruled. 

     A children's leukemia charity must be dissolved for devoting less than 1 percent of its revenue to cancer patients, the state of New York argues. 

     A Texas appeals court on Friday threw out one of two felony abuse of power charges hanging over former Gov. Rick Perry based on the Republican presidential candidate's contention that it violates the First Amendment. 

     The U.S. Transportation Department is investigating whether five airlines bumped up airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia on May 12 disrupted rail service.

     Hillshire Corp. fka Sara Lee discriminated against black employees for 10 years at a Texas plant, the EEOC claims in Federal Court. 

     Directors are selling Mark West Energy too cheaply through an unfair process to MPLX and Marathon Corp., in a cash and stock deal valued at $20 billion, shareholders claim in Chancery Court. 

     All 197 people who got salmonella food poisoning in June ate at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, N.C., two such customers claim in Davidson County Court.