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  • Liberal activists try to get Jesus portrait removed from courthouse; residents revolt

    09/28/2015 7:06:08 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    Allen West ^ | 9/28/2015 | Ashley Edwardson
    We’ve often reported here on the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) to remove all vestiges of “religious” symbols in public places – and by religious, it’s really only the Christian religion they object to. Their actions extend to public schools, military facilities and public offices. Most recently, FFRFF has drawn a red line in the sand in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Jesus must go. For some time, the FRFF has been trying to get a picture of Jesus removed from the courthouse. There’s just one little problem. FRFF can’t find anyone in Breathitt County to act as their...
  • Gay Man Files $70M Suit Against Bible Publishers Over ‘Homosexual verses' (2008)

    07/09/2015 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 94 replies
    A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday, the same day a judge refused to appoint him a lawyer for his suit against Thomas Nelson, The Grand Rapids Press reported. “The Court has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these...
  • 56 percent of all patent lawsuits are made by patent trolls

    04/13/2013 5:56:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 4/11/13 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: According to a new, comprehensive report by Lex Machina, more than half of all patent lawsuits in the US now come from patent trolls.Patent lawsuits are used as weapons in business wars between companies such as Oracle vs. Google and Apple vs. Samsung. Behind the intellectual property (IP) headlines, however, Lex Machina, a Silicon Valley startup, has found that patent troll lawsuits have increased from 24 percent of cases filed in 2007 to 56% in 2012. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a "patent troll uses patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming...
  • Ohio Woman Sues For $500 Billion After Her Car Is Towed

    06/09/2012 11:15:39 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    While some might consider towing, impounding and disposing of a 2002 Saturn to be an act of automotive mercy, one Ohio woman believes the damages and losses incurred when it happened to her are worth a whopping $500 Billion. You read that right, Michelle Mathis believes the Columbus Department of Public Safety's Impound Unit owes her billions of dollars as a result of the way they treated her automotive Tupperware Saturn. According to court documents obtained by Mathis is seeking $500 billion in compensatory damages and. oh why not, another $20 million in punitive damages. The whole incident began...
  • TN GOP targets 'frivolous' lawsuits - Tennessee GOP warns filers they could face high fees

    04/29/2012 7:52:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 4/29/12 | Duane W. Gang
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  • Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2011 Announced!

    01/01/2012 10:59:04 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 25 replies
    Faces of Lawsuit Abuse ^ | 1/1/2012 | Facesoflawsuitabuse
    The U.S. has been the undisputed lawsuit capital of the world for some time. And while the courts play a central role in resolving disputes and maintaining a civil society, that function isn’t easy when they are packed with frivolous suits. Ridiculous lawsuits clog up our legal system’s dwindling resources, taking time away from legitimate grievances to devote to the vindictive, the hypocritical, the irresponsible, and the outright absurd. With that in mind, has compiled some of the most egregious examples of frivolous and abusive litigation from around the country and asked you to tell us which ones were...
  • Texas makes losers pay for frivolous lawsuits

    06/05/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | Sunday June, 5 2011 | Editorial
    It’s no wonder that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has recently been the focus of speculation about whether he might run for president in 2012. Texas has been on an economic roll since 2001, creating far more new jobs than any other state in the nation even as its population increased to 25 million. Love him or hate him, Perry is in his fourth term in Austin and thus deserves a big chunk of the credit for many of the good things happening in the Lone Star State. Texas also has implemented some of the nation’s most significant state-level reforms aimed...
  • Texting woman falls in fountain, files lawsuit

    01/20/2011 1:09:07 PM PST · by speciallybland · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/19/2011
    FRESNO, California (KFSN) -- Earlier this week ABC30 showed you video of a woman who mistakenly fell into the fountain at a Pennsylvania mall, because she was distracted by text messaging. Well now that woman is suing the mall for not helping her. The video has received more than 1.5 million views since it went viral on YouTube last week. The woman in the video, Cathy Cruz Marrero, doesn't think the video is very funny. She claims she could have gotten seriously hurt and that the security guards should have helped instead of laugh. "I'm just like dumbfounded. And all...
  • Small Businesses Share Stories of Frivolous Lawsuits ( )

    12/22/2009 5:32:22 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 696+ views
    PR News Wire ^ | December 10th | ILR
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two small business owners and the founder of a nonprofit organization - all targets of abusive lawsuits - are speaking out about their legal ordeals at as part of a nationwide public awareness campaign launched today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) that demonstrates how abusive lawsuits affect real people in very real ways.
  • Gary Kreep To File 9 New Birther Lawsuits

    10/16/2009 11:04:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 117 replies · 3,600+ views
    For Goodness Sakes ^ | 10/16/09 | staff
    Eight all at once and one separately. He’s not giving out details at this time, but says he has lawyers working on the briefs. Kreep has become much more outspoken about Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., even while not mentioning her name. He trashed the main complaint she wrote for their case Barnett v. Obama to hell, calling it “terrible,” at the mildest. Andrea Shea King blog talk radio.
  • ACORN’s Mistake Invoking Linda Tripp in ACORN vs. O’Keefe, Giles and

    10/13/2009 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 9 replies · 1,484+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 13, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    Last week, Bertha Lewis, the chief-organizer at ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, cited Linda Tripp when she spoke about ACORN’s lawsuit against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and at Washington’s National Press Club. ACORN’s lawsuit accuses O’Keefe and Giles, whose pimp and prostitute undercover operation captured ACORN workers, on video counseling them on how to cheat tax laws among other potential crimes, of violating Maryland law that requires two-party consent for electronic surveillance., the news website, is also named as a defendant for first posting the video. “It is illegal, as Linda Tripp will tell...

    09/24/2009 11:00:46 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 31 replies · 2,224+ views ^ | 09-24-09 | Sean Hannity
    'Prostitute' responds to ACORN lawsuit View article...
  • ACORN files suit against filmmakers

    09/23/2009 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 219 replies · 8,953+ views ^ | Sept. 23, 2009 | JAKE SHERMAN
    ACORN filed suit today in Maryland against conservative filmmakers James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and conservative Web site for secretly taping the organization’s employees at its Baltimore office. In the complaint, ACORN alleges that the filmmakers entered into the organization’s offices in July with a “hidden camera and microphone” and taped employees Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams. Both employees are listed as plaintiffs on the complaint, filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. ACORN is seeking $500,000 for each employee and $1 million for the organization in damages.
  • ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers

    09/23/2009 4:11:11 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 70 replies · 3,306+ views
    Google Hosted News ^ | September 23, 2009 | BEN NUCKOLS
    <p>BALTIMORE — Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.</p> <p>The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to create sound recordings.</p>
  • ACORN Sues Breitbart: ACORN Falls into Another Breitbart Trap?

    09/23/2009 6:31:43 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 164 replies · 7,708+ views
    DBKP ^ | September 23, 2009 | Mondo Frazier
    ACORN CIVIL SUIT MAY PULL BACK THE CURTAIN ON ACORN ITSELFRemember less than two weeks ago, James O'Keefe dared ACORN to sue? On September 13, during an appearance on FOX News, O'Keefe, the young independent filmmaker who went undercover with partner, Hannah Giles, demanded an ACORN apology and practically called the tangled web of community organizers "wimps"--or worse. The independent filmmaker whose hidden-camera videos prompted the firing of four ACORN workers is demanding an apology from ACORN for calling his work a fabricated "scam" and daring the activist group to take legal action against him. "Bring it on," filmmaker James...
  • Panic in D.C.? Justice urges birth suit tossed

    09/07/2009 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Boucheau · 44 replies · 2,675+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 09-07-09 | WND
    The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal judge in California to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of president.
  • Alinsky Perfected Pt. VII: Serial whiner, Andree Mcleod files her sixth complaint

    07/22/2009 4:46:32 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 894+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-22-09 | Mataharley
    As yet more proof that Andree Mcleod not only has no respect for Alaskan law, nor the taxpayers wallets, this loser of human has now filed her sixth attempt to throw mud at Sarah to see if she can get anything to stick. To say hell hath no fury may be an understatement when it comes to this one... You might also recall Ms. Mcleod (photo to left) was also the same wacko that appointed herself the state government employees fashion facist... complaining there was just "too much cleavage" being shown by the staffers. Just a week before she walks...
  • '60 Minutes' Promotes $27-Billion Leftist 'Fraud' Efforts Against Chevron

    05/04/2009 4:41:05 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 9 replies · 1,049+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    When $27 billion is at stake, some companies would pay big bucks to win a PR battle, but one side of an environmental lawsuit doesn't have to, since CBS is pushing its position for free. On CBS's May 3 "60 Minutes," correspondent Scott Pelley, who once compared global-warming skepticism to Holocaust denial, gave the plaintiff of a $27-billion frivolous lawsuit against Chevron a public relations victory with his report. Pelley's report featured a suit filed by the Amazon Defense Coalition, a group described as "eco-radicals," who are trying to squeeze $27 billion from Chevron for environmental cleanup that the nation's...
  • Another Ethics Complaint Rejected

    07/15/2009 7:12:01 PM PDT · by curth · 51 replies · 3,244+ views
    Office Of Alaska Governor Palin ^ | 7/15/09 | Governor Palin
    Another Ethics Complaint Rejected July 15, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - The Alaska Personnel Board has rejected another ethics complaint lodged against Governor Sarah Palin. The complaint alleged that the governor misused state time by accepting media interviews. The complaint also alleged that Governor Palin was paid for television and radio interviews. Governor Palin has not been paid for media interviews. This complaint was filed by Raymond Alvin Ward on July 9. It was rejected in part because it was not properly notarized. In addition, Personnel Board Chairman Debra English said the board had already determined media interviews did not violate...
  • Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material'

    07/04/2009 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Al B. · 114 replies · 7,417+ views
    Politico ^ | July 4, 2009 | Jonathan Martin
    Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation. In an extraordinary four-page letter, Alaska-based attorney Thomas Van Flein warns of severe consequences should speculation that until now has largely been confined to blogs about whether Palin embezzled funds in the construction of a Wasilla, Alaska, sports arena find its way into print. “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and...
  • Free Speech, Fewer Lawsuits - A Fight Worth Fighting

    03/15/2009 4:27:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 681+ views ^ | 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,...
  • Judge Allows Ban of Book Depicting Happy Cuban Communist Children

    02/05/2009 10:40:13 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 513+ views
    Judge Allows Ban of Book Depicting Happy Cuban Communist Children Thursday, February 05, 2009 ATLANTA — Miami school officials can remove from library shelves a book about Cuba that depicts smiling children in communist uniforms but avoids mention of problems in the country, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Miami-Dade County School District wouldn't be infringing freedom of speech rights by removing 49 copies of "Vamos a Cuba" and its English-language version, "A Visit to Cuba," from its libraries. The board has argued that the books, for children ages 5 to...
  • Obama Born In The U.S. ? New Facts And Questions Say; 'Probably Not!'

    02/05/2009 7:52:01 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 1,478 replies · 24,933+ views
    Source? Sherlock Holmes | MB26
    Obama Born In The U.S. ? New Facts Say; “Probably Not!” Let me be the first to admit that I have been a constant debunker of the “Obama Born Overseas” stories. How could it be possible? How could the DNC, Hillary, Edwards, the RNC, McCain, Romney, AP, BBC, ABC, FNC, etc, (and every 100th listing in the DC phone book) not have checked this out to its last level of possibility? Well, it appears that they didn’t! Everyone assumed “the other guy did it.” Forget for the moment all the clues left by the high-priced Obama and DNC legal teams....
  • Brockhausen v. Andrade: Judge: “This Court has no Jurisdiction”; Update: US Attorneys...

    01/23/2009 12:07:59 PM PST · by rxsid · 235 replies · 5,864+ views
    The Right Side Of Life ^ | 1/23/2009 | rxsid
    Brockhausen v. Andrade: Judge: “This Court has no Jurisdiction”; Update: US Attorneys Getting Involved [snip} Quote: " I wanted to thank everybody for concern and well wishes. I just got ome from TX after some 48 hours with only 3 hours of sleep. TX judge Burt Carnes has allowed me to represent Jody Brockhausen against Secretary of State of TX, he has signed my application to represent her Pro Hac Vice (out of state attorney), but his decision was that he has no jurisdiction to hear the case in the state court. It looked like his mind was made even...
  • Caldecott fourth bore plan challenged by lawsuit

    12/28/2008 1:04:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 1,129+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2008 | Denis Cuff
    Color the brake lights red as the column of cars backs up from the Caldecott Tunnel, the often bottled-up gateway between Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Color drivers' moods red as the congestion worsens over a span of 45 years. Many drivers are looking forward to relief from a long-planned $420 million fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, but a lawsuit by Alameda County neighborhood groups and a bicycling advocacy organization could delay the project scheduled to begin in the summer and finish in 2014. A ruling on the lawsuit is expected soon from Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank...
  • First Court Hearing on Obama's Birth Certificate on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008

    11/16/2008 11:57:09 PM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies · 3,764+ views
    Right Side News ^ | November 16, 2008 | Andy Martin
    Andy Martin is in Honolulu this weekend preparing for the first court hearing on the Obama birth certificate controversy. His press release is as follows: This will be the first court hearing anywhere on access to the original, 1961 certificate. The only state that has jurisdiction over such a lawsuit is Hawai'i, because Hawai'i officials are the custodians of the 1961 typewritten paperwork. Before we get to the back story, let me start with a disclaimer. I have no idea what the judge will do on Tuesday. I make no predictions, except one: I will prepare to the best of...
  • Inmate Sues Jail, Blames It For His Escapes

    01/06/2008 5:21:25 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 232+ views
    Denver Channel ^ | January 4, 2008 | Staff
    DENVER -- An inmate who twice escaped from the Pueblo County jail filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, alleging that guards abused him and didn't do enough to stop him from breaking out. Scott Anthony Gomez, Jr. alleges that guards have sprayed him with pepper spray, shot him with a stun gun, and beaten and kicked him without provocation. He also claims that employees of the Pueblo County sheriff's department got other inmates to assault him. The suit in U.S. District Court in Denver was filed against Pueblo County, former sheriff Dan Corsentino, current sheriff Kirk Taylor, six guards and their...
  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse

    01/02/2008 12:44:18 PM PST · by MrLegalReform · 7 replies · 277+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 12/20/2007 | Lisa Rickard
    “There’s got to be a line drawn in the sand and we’ve got to start doing something about this, because it’s just gone way too far.” Those are the words of Randy Baumgarten, a second-generation small business owner, speaking of the impact frivolous lawsuits have on small businesses like his own. Randy is one of several people featured on the Web site which ILR launched this week. All of their stories bring home the sad reality that lawsuit abuse hurts families and small businesses.
  • Lawyers use campaign cash to buy friends in high places

    09/21/2007 11:56:35 AM PDT · by One_American · 3 replies · 137+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Sep 21, 2007 3:00 AM | Mark Tapscott and Cheryl K. Chumley, The Examiner
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - When the American Association for Justice — formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association — held its national convention in Chicago in July, members were treated to rousing speeches from five leading Democratic presidential candidates. Chicago was the perfect place for an AAJ convention because Cook County, Ill., ranks fourth on the American Tort Reform Association’s ranking of “Judicial Hellholes,” places where judges often apply the law and court procedures to favor liability lawyers at the expense — literally — of defendants.....
  • Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers Sues God

    09/17/2007 2:23:12 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 67 replies · 278+ views
    KETV-News ^ | 9-17-07
    State Senator Ernie Chambers Sues God Chambers says its to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. UPDATED: 3:04 pm CDT September 17, 2007 OMAHA, Neb -- State Senator Ernie Chambers is suing God. He says it to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Chambers says senators periodically have offered bills prohibiting the filing of certain types of suits. He says his main objection is the constitution requires that the doors to the courthouse be open to all. Chambers said, "Thus anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody - even God." Chambers said he decided to file this lawsuit after a...
  • Pants Suit May End, But Broken Lawsuit System Will Remain

    06/18/2007 12:02:54 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 21 replies · 1,082+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 6/18/2007 | Lisa Rickard
    Even if they win, the Chungs lose. If they are fortunate, the judge will require Pearson to repay the tens of thousands of dollars they've spent in legal defense costs. But even if that happens, this frivolous lawsuit will still have cost them years of stress and unwanted attention and time away from running their family business. For them, the American dream has turned into a nightmare, thanks to the broken lawsuit system.
  • Judge Tosses $30M Suit Against MySpace

    02/14/2007 6:25:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 547+ views
    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the social networking Web site MySpace filed by the family of a 13-year-old girl who says she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old man she met online. The $30 million lawsuit accused the site of having no measures to protect children who use it. The lawsuit also named MySpace's parent company, News Corp., and the 19-year-old, whose criminal case has not yet gone to trial. In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said MySpace is protected under the Communications Decency Act and cannot be expected to verify the age of...
  • Arrest over Cheney barb triggers lawsuit

    10/12/2006 10:00:11 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 526 replies · 7,658+ views
    The Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 3, 2006 | Charlie Brennan
    [... snip ...] Attorney David Lane said that on June 16, Steve Howards was walking his 7-year-old son to a piano practice, when he saw Cheney surrounded by a group of people in an outdoor mall area, shaking hands and posing for pictures with several people. According to the lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in Denver, Howards and his son walked to about two-to-three feet from where Cheney was standing, and said to the vice president, "I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible," or words to that effect, then walked on. Ten minutes later, according to Howards' lawsuit,...
  • Accused Burglar Sues Homeowner Who Shot Him

    09/23/2006 10:14:36 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 69 replies · 2,238+ views
    MADISON, Wis. -- An accused burglar who fell through the roof of a Janesville home and was shot is now suing the homeowner who shot him. Kurt Prochaska was arrested last October and charged with burglary, WISC-TV reported. The homeowner, Michael Rainiero, said he shot Prochaska after he refused to leave the house. Prochaska's lawsuit claimed Rainiero used excessive force and that he intentionally shot him in the back, trying to sever his spinal cord. The Rock County district attorney believed Rainiero acted in self-defense and never pursued charges against him.
  • Inmate sues for falling from bunk

    08/26/2006 10:06:46 PM PDT · by jdm · 10 replies · 439+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-27-06
    An inmate at an Oxfordshire jail is suing the Prison Service after he cut himself falling from the top bunk in his cell. The prisoner at Bullingdon near Bicester, told prisoners' magazine, Inside Time, bunk beds were "an accident waiting to happen". He suggested inmates should not be compelled to sleep on the top bunk. The Prison Service said it was trying to meet the needs of prisoners who felt unsafe sleeping on the top bunk. 'Bad gash' A spokesman said: "Prisoners who sleep in bunk beds have been advised for some time on how to use them safely and...
  • Local man sues Jordan, Nike for resemblance

    07/06/2006 7:32:55 PM PDT · by Inspectorette · 45 replies · 1,990+ views
    KGW-TV, Portland ^ | Thursday, July 6, 2006 | Pat Dooris
    A Northeast Portland man is suing basketball superstar Michael Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight for a combined $832 million. Allen Heckard filed the suit himself, June 29th in Washington County Court. Heckard says he’s been mistaken as Michael Jordan nearly every day over the past 15 years and he’s tired of it. “I'm constantly being accused of looking like Michael and it makes it very uncomfortable for me,” said Heckard. Heckard is suing Jordan for defamation and permanent injury and emotional pain and suffering. He’s suing Knight for defamation and permanent injury for promoting Jordan and making him one...
  • Judge Calls SCO's Lack Of Evidence Against IBM 'Inexcusable'

    06/30/2006 11:15:21 AM PDT · by steve-b · 15 replies · 1,097+ views
    Computer Business Review ^ | 6/30/06 | Matthew Aslett
    SCO Group Inc has willfully failed to comply with the orders of the court hearing its breach of contact and copyright case against IBM Corp, according to the Magistrate Judge, who has declared the company's failure to detail its evidence against IBM 'inexcusable'.... "Given the amount of code that SCO has received in discovery the court finds it inexcusable that SCO is in essence still not placing all the details on the table," wrote Judge Wells. "Certainly if an individual was stopped and accused of shoplifting after walking out of Neiman Marcus they would expect to be eventually told what...
  • Apple sued over hearing loss in iPod buyers

    02/01/2006 4:46:00 PM PST · by LouAvul · 57 replies · 1,601+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-1-06
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An owner of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music player filed a federal lawsuit against the computer maker, claiming the device causes hearing loss in people who use it. The portable music players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, which seeks class action status. The suit, filed on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., seeks compensation for unspecified plaintiffs' damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer. Apple has...
  • 'Magnets' for tort lawsuits criticized

    01/01/2006 12:13:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 566+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/1/6 | Guy Taylor
    <p>Certain state courts in Texas, Illinois, West Virginia and Florida are sought out the most by "litigation tourists," who are guided by personal-injury lawyers to jurisdictions they know will produce a victory, according to a recent report by a national tort-reform interest group. Courts in Rio Grande Valley and on the Gulf Coast of Texas; Cook, Madison and St. Clair counties, Ill.; West Virginia; and South Florida hear a disproportionate number of cases filed by plaintiffs "who neither lived nor were injured in these jurisdictions," says the report by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), a group of more than 300 businesses, corporations and municipalities. Jefferson County, Texas, which includes the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur on the Gulf Coast, is "a notorious class-action magnet," according to the report, "Judicial Hellholes 2005." Between 1998 and 2002, the number of class-action lawsuits filed in the county increased by 82 percent, although only 13 percent of defendants and 64 percent of the named plaintiffs in the cases were residents of the county, the report says. Texas often is held out as a flagship state by tort-reform advocates because of a series of policies to restrict legal penalties in such cases enacted when President Bush was the state's governor. "Unfortunately, 'judicial hellholes' continue to exist in Texas," ATRA President Sherman Joyce said after the report's release. "Judges in these Texas jurisdictions continue to fail to apply the laws set forth by a decade of reforms enacted in this state." The Dec. 13 report cites a number of factors contributing to the designation, including the "willingness of courts to expand liability through novel legal theories" and the "prevalence of forum shopping."</p>
  • Florida utility sued for hurricane blackouts

    11/18/2005 9:48:09 AM PST · by ncountylee · 20 replies · 594+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 Nov 2005 | Jim Loney
    MIAMI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - A Florida businessman has sued Florida Power & Light over Hurricane Wilma's massive blackouts, accusing the state's largest power company of gross negligence in failing to maintain power poles and other equipment. Wilma, which hit Florida on Oct. 24, knocked out electricity to about 3.2 million FPL customers, leaving nearly 6.5 million people without lights, refrigeration or air conditioning, some for weeks. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court, seeks class-action status for the millions of people affected and alleges FPL, a unit of FPL Group Inc. , violated a statutory duty...
  • No day at the beach: Love sues Wilson

    11/04/2005 8:25:49 PM PST · by MikeD · 37 replies · 473+ views
    CNN ^ | November 4, 2005 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Love's lawyer hopes the lawsuit won't mar their good vibrations. Love filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday accusing Wilson of promoting his 2004 album, "Smile," in a manner that "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the 'Smile' album itself."
  • 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...
  • Personal Lie-ability

    10/13/2005 3:42:04 AM PDT · by Smile-n-Win · 5 replies · 558+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | October 9, 2005 | Carter Laren
    When faced with a new battle, the enemies of gun manufactures, tobacco companies, fast food chains, and free enterprise in general usually adhere to the following well-tested pattern for whipping-up some public sympathy: Step 1: Identify people who knowingly and willfully caused harm to themselves or others. For example, a good selection would be someone who smoked for 30 years despite the large warning with the word "cancer" prominently featured on the side of every single pack of cigarettes they ever touched. Another good selection would be someone who loaded a Beretta 92, walked into a 7-Eleven, and shot the...
  • Stupidity trumps safety

    10/10/2005 12:18:00 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 927+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 9, 2005 | Editorial
    A drunken freshman at the University of Kansas thwarts the school's smoking ban by crawling out on the ledge outside of his dormitory, where he lights up, takes a drag and falls seven stories to his death. As much as most people would see this as a cleansing of the gene pool, the trial lawyers see this as another opportunity to exploit tragedy for personal enrichment. The teenager's family has sued the school, claiming it should have done more to protect their son from his own stupidity. The lawsuit naturally doesn't detail what precautionary steps should have been taken, nor...
  • UK lawsuit filed against IDF chiefs

    09/13/2005 7:49:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 206+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/13/5 | SHANI ROSENFELDER AND JPOST STAFF
    An Israeli left wing group has filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against Chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and his predecessor, Lt.-Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya'alon, for their involvement in the 2002 assassination of Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh. Halutz has been shrouded in controversy ever since July 2002, when under his command as head of the Air Force, a war plane dropped a one-ton bomb in downtown Gaza City on the apartment building of Shehadeh, killing 15 civilians along with Shehadeh, and wounding 150. In addition, the Yesh Gvul group announced that it was withdrawing a petition it...
  • Muslim group sues critic for $1.35 million

    08/22/2005 5:31:34 AM PDT · by hildy123 · 70 replies · 2,389+ views | April 8, 2004
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a $1.35 million lawsuit against the founder of a website that accuses the controversial lobby group of supporting terrorism. The Washington, D.C.-based CAIR charges five statements made by its Internet critic, Anti-CAIR, amount to "libelous defamation." CAIR seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages in addition to its legal fees and interest. Anti-CAIR's founder is Andrew Whitehead, 46, a retired Navy enlisted man in Virginia Beach, Va., who says he simply wants to see CAIR "go away." He told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper last week he has no money,...
  • Congress asked to probe ACLU Accused of 'widespread use of frivolous lawsuits'

    08/07/2005 7:50:46 AM PDT · by Embraer2004 · 38 replies · 882+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/5/05 | Staff World Net Daily
    Congress asked to probe ACLU Accused of 'widespread use of frivolous lawsuits' © 2005 Following the ACLU's legal action against New York City for allegedly violating citizens' rights by random searches on subways, Congress is being asked to probe the group for "widespread use of frivolous lawsuits." "The ACLU's abuse of the legal system is criminal," said Don Swarthout, president of Christians Reviving America's Values, an advocacy group asking for the investigation. Calling it a "fund-raising stunt," Swarthout asserted the American Civil Liberties Union's action may also be dangerous to the citizens of New York City. "These searches are...
  • Their aim was true: with Democratic support, Senate passes gun lawsuit ban

    08/07/2005 3:53:22 PM PDT · by RightDemocrat · 44 replies · 1,151+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 08/05/2005 | Editorial
    A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun-makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard- pressed to keep fighting. Many would go out of business, profits would decline for others, and the high costs imposed by endless litigation would drive up the costs of guns and make it more difficult for many people to afford to buy them. It was a cynical strategy, but one that is about to end. A shift in political winds has changed the dynamic. A gain of...
  • Congress asked to probe ACLU: Accused of 'widespread use of frivolous lawsuits'

    08/05/2005 10:13:53 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 26 replies · 933+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/5/05 | World Net Daily
    Following the ACLU's legal action against New York City for allegedly violating citizens' rights by random searches on subways, Congress is being asked to probe the group for "widespread use of frivolous lawsuits." "The ACLU's abuse of the legal system is criminal," said Don Swarthout, president of Christians Reviving America's Values, an advocacy group asking for the investigation. Calling it a "fund-raising stunt," Swarthout asserted the American Civil Liberties Union's action may also be dangerous to the citizens of New York City. "These searches are part of a well-thought-out security plan and may stop a terrorist from walking onto the...
  • $42M suit in 11 entrant deaths dismissed

    07/14/2005 7:06:37 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 43 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 07.14.2005 | Michael Marizco
    A federal judge has dismissed a $42 million lawsuit filed by the families of 11 of the 14 illegal entrants who died four years ago while trying to cross the desert through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The bodies were found May 23, 2001, in the desert southeast of Yuma, some naked, others covered in vomit. Some victims had tried to bury themselves in the sand to escape the sun. Their smuggler made it 20 more miles before collapsing. He and 11 others survived. The lawsuit, filed in April 2003, sought to place the blame for the deaths squarely...