Fifty Shades pulled from library shelves
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey from shelves or deciding not to order the best-seller at all, saying its too steamy or too poorly written.
Even in the age of e-books and tablets, banning a book from a public library still carries weight because libraries still play such a vital role in providing people access to books.
When a book is removed from the shelf, folks who cant afford a Nook or a Kindle, the book is no longer available to them, said Deborah Caldwell Stone, the deputy director of the American Library Associations office for intellectual freedom.
Fifty Shades of Grey, a novel about bondage, wild sex and yes, love, has been called mommy porn because of its popularity among middle-aged women. It has become so well-known that Saturday Night Live performed a skit about it, joking that a Kindle with Fifty Shades uploaded on it was the perfect Mothers Day gift.
Honda wins appeal of hybrid judgment
LOS ANGELES A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small-claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.
Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray II ruled Tuesday on Hondas appeal of a court commissioners award of $9,867 to Heather Peters.
Peters had opted out of a class-action settlement giving about 200,000 owners between $100 and $200 each, plus a rebate if they buy a new Honda. She elected instead to sue the automaker on her own.
Peters, a lawyer, also urged Honda owners to take the small-claims route as she did, and her initial success led about 1,700 other hybrid owners to opt out of the class-action settlement. It wasnt clear how many have filed similar small claims actions, but Honda said Wednesday it had prevailed in 16 of 17 cases across the nation since January.