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  • Family of Electrocuted 7-Year-Old Sues Pool Companies

    06/25/2014 3:11:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 6/24/14
    The father of a 7-year-old boy who died when he was electrocuted in the family’s pool has filed a lawsuit against the company that made the pool light and the one that serviced the family’s swimming pool. Calder Sloan died on April 17 when he jumped into his family’s pool and was electrocuted. The child’s death was wake-up call to many pool owners around South Florida.
  • Woman Sues Gloria Estefan’s Miami Eatery

    10/28/2013 7:02:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 10/27/13
    A woman is suing Gloria Estefan's Miami restaurant "Bongo's Cuban Cafe". Gerry Ann Yanks called it a dangerous place....claims she was disfigured at the eatery.
  • Florida sues companies over 2010 oil spill [Third Anniversary was Saturday]

    04/22/2013 8:28:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/21/13 | Mariano Castillo
    The state of Florida on Saturday filed a lawsuit against BP and Halliburton over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit argues that Florida is entitled to the revenues it lost because of the spill. These include a long list of lost taxes -- sales, corporate, cigarette, liquor -- and other forms of revenue...
  • Brooklyn Judge Slams Birther Lawsuit As 'Fanciful, Delusional And Irrational' (177k In Sanctions)

    Brooklyn judge slams birther lawsuit as 'fanciful, delusional and irrational' and orders theorist to pay $177G. A birther's lawsuit was born of a crackpot theory. That’s what an irritated Brooklyn judge said in slapping a preeminent conspiracy theorist with a hefty bill for filing “a frivolous” suit and wasting the court’s time. Christopher Earl Strunk sought to have President Obama disqualified as a candidate. The author of some 20 other lawsuits — most of which have been dismissed — Strunk was ordered to pay $167,707 in attorney fees plus a $10,000 sanction for the 2011 lawsuit that named Obama, New...
  • Dead Teen Sued for Losing Control of Flying Body Parts

    01/08/2012 8:55:24 AM PST · by BraveMan · 99 replies · 2+ views
    The Stir ^ | December 30, 2011 | Lindsay Mannering
    You think you've heard it all until I tell you that an appeals court in Illinois recently ruled that a woman is allowed to sue a dead teen's estate for injuries caused by his flying body parts. The 18-year-old boy was running across the Amtrak tracks to catch another train but didn't make it -- he was hit by an oncoming train going 70 mph and his body was torn apart by the force and flung onto a nearby passengers' waiting platform. The woman, 58, was struck by a sizable chunk of the boy's body and was knocked to the...
  • Woman arrested after being 'caught having sex with 15-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day'

    12/04/2011 4:09:05 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 232 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2011 | NA
    A Texas woman was arrested after relatives said they caught her having sex with a 15-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day. The scene unfolded at a family gathering held on the holiday at a house in Oakridge Forest Lane in Spring. Police arrested Amanda Billiris, 23, after relatives said they witnessed her having sexual intercourse with the boy, the arrest report states. The avid motorcycle racer has been charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, reports the Houston Courier. According to the Texas Penal Code, if convicted, she faces between two to 20 years in prison. Ms Billaris...
  • "Armed Citizen" Blog Re-Launches; Self-Defense Site Rebounds From Lawsuit

    01/04/2011 4:37:19 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 43 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 4, 2011 | David Burnett
    The Armed Citizen is back online! TheArmedCitizen.com, the premiere website for chronicling civilian defensive gun use re-launched on New Year’s Day following five months of down time. The site, founded by historian and author Clayton Cramer, fell prey to a frivolous lawsuit from a company known as Righthaven, a legal firm which partners with online newspapers to sue blogs that rebroadcast stories or images from the publications. “It’s basically legal extortion,” said co-blogger David Burnett. “They print their stories online with all kinds of buttons inviting you to share the story on the web. If you repost the story with...
  • Health group sues McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

    12/15/2010 8:48:08 AM PST · by KingofZion · 58 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle (AP) ^ | December 15, 2010 | Associated Press
    A California mother and The Center for Science in the Public Interest have sued McDonald's Corp. trying to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children. *** They claim McDonald's decision to markets its meals directly to young children violates several consumer protection laws because it exploits a child's vulnerability. McDonald's is facing increased scrutiny for the practice. San Francisco recently became the first city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that don't met nutritional guidlines. A similiar ordinance was passed Santa Clara County.
  • Big changes proposed for Alaska ethics law

    08/05/2009 10:02:42 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 15 replies · 1,514+ views
    ADN ^ | August 5, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    Alaska's attorney general is recommending sweeping changes to state ethics law and the process of dealing with complaints against public officials, following multiple complaints against former Gov. Sarah Palin that she cited as a reason for leaving office. Attorney General Daniel Sullivan said Wednesday the changes, which would apply only to the state's administrative branch, would discourage abuse of the law. His opinion comes two weeks after an ethics investigator's confidential report on a complaint against Palin was leaked to The Associated Press.
  • Bay County woman sues Starbucks over hot coffee

    06/01/2009 4:44:50 PM PDT · by MichiganMan · 83 replies · 1,840+ views
    The Bay City Times ^ | 6-01-2009 | Tom Gilchrist
    Bay City, Michigan - In 1994, a jury awarded a New Mexico woman $2.9 million after she was burned by spilled McDonald's coffee. Now a Bay County woman claims she's steamed at Starbucks for the same reason. Irene Bruno alleges she endured severe burns and permanent scars three years ago when a worker at a Midland County Starbucks Coffee outlet improperly secured a lid on a large cup of coffee, causing the hot liquid to spill onto Bruno's lap, inner thighs and legs. Bruno, in a lawsuit filed in May in U.S. District Court, claims the lid on the coffee...
  • Yet Another Ethics Complaint Filed Against Sarah Palin (Anklebiters Still Attacking Her)

    04/22/2009 5:19:27 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 25 replies · 808+ views
    Alaska Report ^ | April 22, 2009 | R. A. Mansour
    An ethics complaint against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be filed this afternoon asserting that Palin’s involvement with SarahPAC constitutes "outside employment" and "misuse of official position." Anchorage resident Sondra Tompkins, child disability advocate and mother of a special needs child, is filing the complaint after observing Governor Palin repeatedly display "a pattern of unethical behavior." Sondra believes that the tipping point for her was Sarah Palin's most recent abdication of her role as Governor and apparent conflict-of-interest when she spoke at two outside events in Indiana rather than work with the Alaska Legislature during the most critical time, the...
  • O'Reilly: I'll Promote and Contribute to Palin Legal Defense Fund

    04/01/2009 12:01:12 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 21 replies · 2,891+ views
    O'Reilly via C4P ^ | March 31, 2009 | Videmus Omnia
    Bill O'Reilly did a segment on all the frivolous ethics charges against Governor Palin, and the legal bills they're causing her to rack up. After Lis Wiehl pointed out that politicians are not allowed to advertise these funds, and that the max contribution is $1000, O'Reilly promised that he would advertise the fund so she wouldn't have to, and contribute $1000 himself. Here is Bill making his promise (forward to 1:00 to start): Video at Link
  • Free Speech, Fewer Lawsuits - A Fight Worth Fighting

    03/15/2009 4:27:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 681+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2009 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    In a time of massive Ponzi schemes and widespread financial turmoil, it is important for people to feel they can speak up when they believe that something improper is being done.  The protection of free speech was given a big boost this past week with a $545,000 settlement, which wrapped-up over three-and-a-half years of court cases. During that time, Elizabeth Enney lost both parents, survived a fifth heart surgery and paid more than $300,000 to defend herself against two libel lawsuits ultimately found to have been without any basis in law or fact.  The lawsuits were described by Enney’s lawyer,...
  • Vermont candidate to prosecute Bush if she wins

    09/19/2008 5:16:30 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 68 replies · 242+ views
    yahoo/AP ^ | Fri Sep 19, 3:45 AM ET | Vermont candidate to prosecute Bush if she wins By JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 19,
    BURLINGTON, Vt. - Lots of political candidates make campaign promises. But not like Charlotte Dennett's. ADVERTISEMENT Dennett, 61, the Progressive Party's candidate for Vermont Attorney General, said Thursday she will prosecute President Bush for murder if she's elected Nov. 4. Dennett, an attorney and investigative journalist, says Bush must be held accountable for the deaths of thousands of people in Iraq — U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. She believes the Vermont attorney general would have jurisdiction to do so.
  • Hearing Impaired Customer Suing McDonald's

    07/16/2008 2:46:12 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 110 replies · 478+ views
    Omaha, NE (KFAB-AM) - McDonald's is all ears after a lawsuit from a customer hard of hearing. Karen Tumeh recently visited a McDonald's in Omaha and tried to place an order at the pick up window at the drive thru. Tumeh is hearing impaired and she states that she could not understand the speaker at the order menu board. The restaurant told her that she had to go back to the menu board to place her order or come inside. The lawsuit would force McDonald's to make special accommodations for those hearing impaired so they too could use the drive-thru....
  • Judge dismisses rendition suit against Boeing subsidiary

    02/13/2008 8:11:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 70+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/13/08 | Paul Elias - ap
    A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit that accused a Boeing Co. subsidiary of illegally helping the CIA secretly fly terrorism suspects to overseas prisons to be tortured. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware ruled that national security could be jeopardized if the lawsuit was allowed to go forward. CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden had earlier invoked the government's so-called "state secrets privilege," which lets intelligence agencies bar the use of evidence in court cases that jeopardize national security. In public and confidential statements filed with the court, Hayden urged the judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by...
  • Westmoreland grocery bag case heads for trial

    02/15/2007 8:44:42 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 17 replies · 737+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | 15 February 2007 | Rich Cholodofsky
    A Westmoreland County jury in May will decide whether foot injuries suffered by a Mt. Pleasant woman were caused by an overstuffed bag of canned goods packed at a local Wal-Mart. Judge Daniel J. Ackerman on Wednesday scheduled the civil trial, which stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago by Brenda Sager and her husband, Ronald. The couple claim the retail giant was liable for injuries sustained when a plastic bag broke open and its contents crushed her right foot. In the lawsuit, the Sagers contend that on Dec. 11, 2003, a clerk at the East Huntingdon Wal-Mart improperly...
  • Black stars harassed, suit alleges (something here to amuse and/or offend everbody!)

    01/17/2007 9:32:14 AM PST · by GMMAC · 48 replies · 1,718+ views
    Toronto Globe & Mail ^ | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | Oliver Moore
    Black stars harassed, suit alleges OLIVER MOORE Toronto Globe and Mail Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Two former federal ministers and 95 border guards are among those named in a $900-million lawsuit filed by the owner of Murdercap Records, who alleges routine harassment of black hip-hop stars trying to enter Canada. Jerome Almon said last night that he had escaped extra scrutiny only a few times out of hundreds of border crossings since the late 1990s. Often, he added, whites nearby were treated with greater respect. "I don't see this as any different than what Martin Luther King and Rosa...
  • Man accused of raping 14-year old may join MySpace.com suit (outraged yet?)

    06/22/2006 9:58:34 AM PDT · by WinOne4TheGipper · 47 replies · 1,405+ views
    590 KLBJ ^ | 6/21/06 | Unknown
    Myspace.com may be in more legal trouble now that an accused sex offender may also want to sue the site. The 19-year old Buda man who is accused of having sex with a 14-year old Austin girl, he reportedly met on Myspace.com, says he didn't know it was against the law to have sex with the teenager. Peter Solis also says he wouldn't be in this trouble if it hadn't been for the social networking website and his lawyer, Adam Reposa agrees. The 14-year old girl's mother is suing the website for 30-million dollars for lack of securiy. Now Reposa...
  • Lawyer Sues Restaurant Over Daily Special Faxes

    05/23/2006 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 94 replies · 1,679+ views
    LOCAL6.COM ^ | 05/22/2006
    OLDSMAR, Fla. -- A Tampa lawyer is suing a sandwich shop for sending daily specials by fax. Attorney William Ebsary said he just got tired of unsolicited faxes of the eatery's menu and decided to do something about it. Ebsary has squared off in small claims court against Twins Luncheon restaurant in Oldsmar, about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. He said the restaurant sent faxes to his office even after a certified letter asked that they stop. Ebsary sued the restaurant in February using a law designed to punish those who engage in "fax blasting." He is seeking between $5,000...
  • Man Sues Angels over 2005 Mother's Day Promotion

    05/11/2006 10:26:31 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 43 replies · 978+ views
    espn.com ^ | 5/11/06 | Associated Press
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A man who was denied a red nylon tote bag during a Mother's Day promotion at an Angels baseball game has filed a sex and age discrimination lawsuit against the team. The class action claim filed by Michael Cohn, a Los Angeles psychologist, alleges that thousands of males and fans under age 18 are entitled to $4,000 in damages each because they were treated unequally at last May's promotion. Women over 18 received the gifts. Angel officials said Cohn was the only person who complained about the giveaway and that the team is proud of its...
  • Federal judge says lawsuit against store is for the birds

    01/05/2006 5:04:27 PM PST · by demsux · 26 replies · 788+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 01/04/2006 | Michael Shaw
    The matter of the malevolent robin is no longer a federal case. U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl on Tuesday dismissed a Centreville woman's suit alleging that a bird attacked and seriously injured her while she was shopping at Lowe's Home Center in Fairview Heights.
  • House Cracks Down on Frivolous Lawsuits

    10/27/2005 7:25:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 630+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Oct 27 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed a bill that would take away lawyers' licenses if they repeatedly file frivolous lawsuits, the latest in a Republican drive to crack down on what they consider costly abuses of the legal system. Supporters of the bill, which passed 228-184, said lawsuits deemed baseless by a judge for flimsy facts or faulty interpretations of the law are a waste of court time and often a bonanza for lawyers — rather than a chance to recoup legitimate damages for clients. In a statement, the White House called the bill "a step in the right...
  • Gun grabbers don't let facts stand in the way

    10/25/2005 7:21:37 AM PDT · by holymoly · 9 replies · 686+ views
    FortWayne.com ^ | Tue, Oct. 25, 2005 | J.R. LABBE
    It's hard to imagine that The New York Times' editorial page could misconstrue an issue involving guns, seeing as how the writers of the Gray Lady's editorials are so open-minded about the Second Amendment. (That, dear readers, would be sarcasm.) An offering last week about legislation before the U.S. House that would protect gun manufacturers from nuisance lawsuits posited: "This extraordinary shield, written to the diktat of the National Rifle Association, is so sweeping that it would have barred the D.C. sniper settlement and other valid negligence claims." Hmm. Sounds like an editorial written to the diktat of the Brady...
  • A big shield for National Rifle Association (Gag Alert)

    08/03/2005 8:28:10 AM PDT · by holymoly · 38 replies · 818+ views
    North Jersey Media Group ^ | Wednesday, August 3, 2005 | ?
    Last week, the Senate approved a bill that would make the average citizen less safe. The gun-industry immunity bill passed 65-31 by the Senate on Friday and virtually assured passage in the House would shield gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits by people hurt by firearms. At a time when the country is on perpetual high alert because of the terrorist threat, the bill is dangerous for any number of reasons. Instead of making it more difficult for criminals to obtain guns, this bill would make it easier. Manufacturers and dealers whose negligent business practices let weapons fall into the...
  • Hatch moves to end Legacy fight

    07/28/2005 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies · 423+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 7/28/2005 | Thomas Burr
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch is seeking to thwart further litigation over the Legacy Highway by pushing Congress to accept as final environmental studies on the planned 14-mile, four-lane highway between North Salt Lake and Farmington. Backed by other Utah Republicans in Washington, the attempted end run around the courts comes amid settlement negotiations between officials at the Utah Department of Transportation and environmental groups pressing for a different highway route or transit alternatives to spare Great Salt Lake wetlands. Hatch plans to insert into the transportation bill, which is nearing its final vote, language that would halt any court...
  • My Trough Runneth Over - (Washington pigs at the copious gov't feed lot; you're paying for this!)

    04/22/2005 10:30:05 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 492+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | APRIL 21, 2005 | JOE MARIANI
    Perhaps you're wondering what the Appalachian Fruit Laboratory in Kearneysville WV wants to do with $3,638,000 of your hard-earned tax dollars. Maybe you want to know why animal waste management in Bowling Green KY costs the federal government $2,300,000. (What are those animals eating -- too much of that Appalachian Fruit?) Possibly you just want to know why $100,000 of the money you send to the IRS is going to teach Iowans who want to plant trees in the Trees Forever Program about the injuries snow can do to those trees. I'm more concerned with the damage pork-barrel projects like...
  • Destroying the Economy One Lawsuit at a Time

    03/28/2005 10:18:37 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 12 replies · 590+ views
    CFP ^ | March 28, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    I suspect most Americans think that the $368 billion penalty extracted from the tobacco industry was inherently unfair. They sell a product that is legal. State governments benefit from the taxes on the sale of that product. Some States even invest in tobacco companies to benefit their pension funds. People may freely choose to either purchase the product or not. Smokers voluntarily assume the inherent and widely known risk of using that product. The verdict against the industry simply does not pass the smell test. For years now we have been hearing about outrageous amounts of money being awarded to...
  • This year's Stella Awards

    02/26/2005 5:12:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 835+ views
    Political Humor List ^ | February 25, 2005 | Rich Martin
    This would be funny if it weren't true. Congress has passed legislation curbing legal insanity several times, but the prez vetoed it. This is the Legal Reform legislation since Bush took office. Gotta wonder where the loop holes are. As I type this, listening to Jerry Doyle on the radio, he's is telling even a worse abuse. I'll tack it on the end of this message. Rich Martin Editor, Slick eZine   FW: This year's Stella Awards] From: Keith Carter [email deleted]   THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM It's once again time to review the winners of...
  • Governor Benson Signs Pro-RKBA Legislation

    01/11/2005 8:04:53 AM PST · by robertpaulsen · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Gun Owners of New Hampshire ^ | January 11, 2005 | GONH
    Governor Craig Benson conducted a ceremonial signing of two important bills that the New Hampshire legislature passed by large margins. The ceremony was attended by a large number of state legislators, including the sponsors of the bills, senior representatives of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and the New Hampshire Sportsmen's Political Action League, New Hampshire-based manufacturers Ruger and SIGarms, the owner of Riley’s Sport Shop, the president of Savage Arms, the state coordinator of Second Amendment Sisters, and the president and several of the directors of Gun Owners of New Hampshire, the state NRA affiliate. HB 811 makes New Hampshire...
  • Lawyers are bad medicine - (President spoke on this today in major speech)

    01/05/2005 12:26:35 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 412+ views
    PACIFIC RESEARCH.ORG ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2004 | SALLY C. PIPES
    If told that Congress could pass a bill that would reduce health care costs by 9 percent, more than $100 billion a year, without canceling a single doctor's appointment, shutting one facility or cutting anyone actually working in the medical profession, most Americans would react with three rapid-fire questions: "What is it?" "What are they waiting for?" and "What gives?" The bill is medical malpractice reform. The House has twice passed reform, only to have it killed in the Senate by the powerful friends of the generous trial-lawyer lobby. And yet, under such reform the only thing Americans would give...
  • Schwarzenegger twice used law he blames for frivolous lawsuits

    10/05/2004 4:52:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is backing a campaign to limit lawsuits filed under the state's unfair competition law, has used that law to file suits to stop the use of his image in ads and bobblehead dolls. That makes the governor a hypocrite, said opponents of Proposition 64, the Nov. 2 ballot measure that would limit unfair competition suits. "If the governor feels it's OK to file lawsuits under this law to protect his image, why isn't it OK to file a case under the statute ... when water and air are threatened with contamination but no...
  • Kerry Misleads on Medicare

    09/20/2004 11:19:16 AM PDT · by forty_years · 8 replies · 1,371+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | September 20, 2004 | Andrew Jaffee
    On Monday, December 8, 2003, President Bush signed into law a Medicare prescription drug benefits package designed to help American seniors pay for their medications. This month, the Kerry campaign released a TV ad attacking President Bush’s Medicare record stating, “The very next day George Bush imposes the biggest Medicare premium increase in history while prescription drug costs still skyrocket.” There are several problems with this ad, namely that fact that 1) Kerry skipped the December 8 vote and 2) Kerry voted to support the increase in Medicare premiums that he now criticizes. The Kerry campaign offers no specifics on...
  • House Hopes to Quell Frivolous Suits

    09/14/2004 1:28:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 771+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/04 | Jim Abrams - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans pushed through legislation Tuesday aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits. The Republicans prodded Democrats with statements by the Democratic presidential team of John Kerry (news - web sites) and John Edwards (news - web sites) in favor of tougher sanctions against lawyers who abuse the system. Most Democrats were not persuaded, and voted against the bill. They said it went too far in limiting access to the courts and was a campaign-season distraction from more important matters before Congress. The bill passed, 229-174, sending it to an uncertain fate in the Senate. Democrats did succeed in blocking...
  • Bush Campaign Rejects Kerry Complaint As 'frivolous'

    08/20/2004 4:51:48 PM PDT · by ambrose · 35 replies · 1,480+ views
    AFP ^ | 8-20
    Bush Campaign Rejects Kerry Complaint As 'frivolous' AFP: 8/20/2004 ARLINGTON, Virginia, Aug 20 (AFP) - President George W. Bush's campaign on Friday described as "frivolous" a formal complaint by Senator John Kerry's camp alleging that a group attacking the Democratic challenger's Vietnam War record had illegal ties to Bush's reelection bid. "This is a frivolous complaint that even John Kerry's chief strategist has said they have no evidence to support," said spokesman Steve Schmidt at Bush campaign headquarters in this town across the Potomac River from Washington. He contended it was Kerry's campaign that was using tax-exempt groups to boost...
  • Is FEC Lawsuit A Sign?

    08/21/2004 6:54:28 PM PDT · by NDJeep · 23 replies · 701+ views
    Self | 08/21/04 | NDJeep
    I'm pretty concerned about the sign that SKerry and the DNC is sending by launching a high profile frivolous lawsuit. We are in an era of desperate need to reform our legal system as it is through tort reform legislation. Clintoon and his "band of lawyers" set the precedent of a lot of wasted legal manuevering during their 8 years. I truly believe had John SKerry been in office during 9/11 we would be mired with every nation being sued through an international court system as retribution for attacking our country. Granted there are times when yes, "the pen is...
  • Hungry world 'must eat less meat'

    08/15/2004 9:25:33 AM PDT · by traumer · 190 replies · 2,641+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 August, 2004
    World water supplies will not be enough for our descendants to enjoy the sort of diet the West eats now, experts say. The World Water Week in Stockholm will be told the growth in demand for meat and dairy products is unsustainable. Animals need much more water than grain to produce the same amount of food, and ending malnutrition and feeding even more mouths will take still more water. Scientists say the world will have to change its consumption patterns to have any realistic hope of feeding itself. Losing the race The World Water Week conference is held annually in...
  • THE RAW DEAL: John Kerry Blocking Reform Of Frivolous Lawsuits

    06/24/2004 3:18:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 365+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 23, 2004
    "John Kerry has repeatedly blocked reform of frivolous lawsuits and his obstruction is resulting in higher healthcare costs of up to $100 billion per year for patients across the country." -Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman Frivolous Lawsuits Cost Americans Billions Medical Liability Lawsuits Cost Between $65 Billion And $108 Billion Per Year. (July 25, 2002 HHS study: "Confronting the New Health Care Crisis: Improving Health Care Quality and Lowering Costs By Fixing Our Medical Liability System"; www.hhs.gov)Kerry Opposes Lawsuit Reform Kerry Is A "Longtime Opponent Of Damage Caps And Product Liability Reform." "Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a longtime opponent...
  • CA: Governor faces tough choices on lawsuit initiative

    05/09/2004 9:21:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/9/04 | Gary Delsohn
    A hotly contested initiative headed for the November ballot puts California's new governor in a position he's yet to face - taking sides in a fight between two powerful constituencies that are convinced he's on their side. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is already on record supporting the primary aim of the California Chamber of Commerce-backed measure to "reform" the state's Unfair Business Competition Law. "We will get rid of the shakedown lawsuits," he told 2,000 people at a chamber breakfast in Sacramento last week, invoking the name of the chamber-led "Coalition Against Shakedown Lawsuits" that circulated petitions for the initiative. "We...
  • Man Sues US Airways After He Drank Alcohol, Fell Down Escalator

    04/01/2004 4:14:10 AM PST · by cardinal4 · 1 replies · 119+ views
    AP ^ | Published: Mar 31, 2004 | The Associated Press
    BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A West Virginia man who fell down an escalator at an airport sued US Airways, alleging the airline didn't warn him about the adverse affects of drinking alcohol on a plane. Floyd W. Shuler, 61, filed the lawsuit against Virginia-based US Airways Inc., in circuit court in Fort Myers. Shuler, who has lived part-time on Marco Island, said in the suit that US Airways was negligent by failing to warn him the effects of alcohol are greater at night on airline passengers. The suit, filed Friday, also alleges that the company did not properly maintain...
  • 82 plaintiffs sue Union Carbide Old Colo. uranium mills blamed for host of illnesses

    02/03/2004 4:51:13 PM PST · by buffyt · 2 replies · 258+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 24, 2004 | By John Accola
    A group of descendents and former residents of two now-defunct uranium mining towns in southwestern Colorado are suing Union Carbide Corp., blaming the company's "utterly intolerable" environmental practices for a host of suspected mill-related illnesses and genetic disorders. The lawsuit, filed in Denver federal court Friday by a Wyoming law firm headed by renowned personal injury attorney Gerry -Spence, lists 82 plaintiffs, many of whom were raised and schooled in Uravan and Long Park before the towns were leveled and declared Superfund cleanup sites in the mid-1980s. Many road maps no longer show the two neighboring ghost towns in...
  • Republican Chiropractor Tries to Kill Florida Tort Reform

    07/12/2003 5:16:06 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 2 replies · 137+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | July 12, 2003 | Diane Hirth
    Senate Majority Whip Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, said, "The political pressures being put on this body are most unfortunate" and suggested the one-time count of 14 senators for Bush's malpractice positions was eroding. Dockery voted against the Senate's bill Friday because she favors a lower cap on "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice lawsuits than the Senate's $1.5 million limit, which grows to $6 million in instances of catastrophic injury. Yet she thanked King for "never applying pressure to me." "If anyone is wasting the taxpayers' money, it's because we're being called back," said Dockery, referring to Bush's call for...
  • Ex-cop, a convicted molester, may sue City of Rochester (for not stopping him earlier?!?)

    07/03/2003 4:31:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies · 346+ views
    Democrat and Chronicle ^ | (July 3, 2003) | By Rick Armon
    ROCHESTER NY— A former city police officer convicted this spring of sexually abusing eight women is threatening to sue the city and Police Department, claiming he was inadequately supervised, poorly trained and maliciously prosecuted. Clint Jackson, who is serving a two-year sentence in the Livingston County Jail, made the allegations in a hand-written notice of claim filed with the city. “While working as a police officer, I was being inadequately supervised leading to my loss of employment,” he wrote. “I had been poorly trained to do my job,” he added. City Attorney Linda Kingsley called the claim absurd, especially the...
  • SF lawyer says he's dropping suit against Oreo cookies

    05/14/2003 4:43:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 55 replies · 553+ views
    AP via SF Gate ^ | May 14, 2003 | RON HARRIS, Associated Press Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The move to outlaw Oreo cookies in California crumbled Wednesday when the lawyer who tried to ban the tasty snack foods said he had decided to drop his suit.
  • Family of Rhode Island Nightclub Victim Sues Anheuser-Busch, Clear Channel

    03/12/2003 7:32:29 AM PST · by Houmatt · 35 replies · 530+ views
    Hoover's Online ^ | March 11, 2003 8:27am | unknown
    Mar. 11--PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The family of a woman who died in the West Warwick, R.I., nightclub fire contends in a lawsuit that two large corporations are partly responsible, Anheuser-Busch and Clear Channel Communications. The brewery sponsored the Feb. 20 concert at The Station nightclub, the suit said, and delivered "a batch of Budweiser" through a local distributor, so patrons "could have the freshest beer they were ever likely to have," a perk mentioned regularly by a disk jockey from WHJY who introduced the band Great White. "A number of interns" from that radio station, owned by broadcasting giant Clear Channel, distributed...
  • Jackson woman sues airline

    12/24/2002 4:20:00 AM PST · by Cagey · 11 replies · 271+ views
    Asbury Park Press ^ | 12-24-2002 | NINA RIZZO
    <p>TOMS RIVER- A Jackson woman who claims she suffered second-degree burns when a flight attendant spilled hot tea on her right arm is suing Continental Airlines for damages.</p> <p>Michelle E. Ruditsky, of Reese Court, filed the lawsuit yesterday in state Superior Court, Toms River, claiming that flight attendant Tawanda Stewart "negligently and carelessly spilled a large cup of hot tea" on her right forearm.</p>
  • Guilty! The Case Against Trial Lawyers

    12/09/2002 7:42:13 AM PST · by sfwarrior · 97 replies · 774+ views
    SF Gate (Chronicle) ^ | December 9th, 2002 | Adam Sparks
    Lawyers have the only profession with a virtual cottage industry of mean-spirited jokes aimed against them. The lawyer jokes were created as a peaceful outlet to vent the extreme frustration many Americans feel about a system that's rigged to benefit lawyers at the expense of citizens. This is not a new sentiment. Back in the '50s, the Three Stooges had a skit in which they played lawyers. Their law firm was called Dewey, Cheatem and Howe. There's much support for this sentiment, and the corrupt legal system does indeed need a huge overhaul. Taxpayers don't know whether they're criminals or...