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  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • California Courts Move to Blacklist Boy Scouts

    04/22/2014 1:14:35 PM PDT · by walford · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | WND Staff
    A move is under way in the California court system to ban judges from belonging to the Boys Scouts of America because the youth organization discriminates against homosexuals. A proposed rule change by the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics would make the BSA no longer “excepted from the category of organizations that practice ‘invidious discrimination’ on the basis of sexual orientation.” Last May, the BSA’s National Council voted to allow acknowledged homosexuals to be in the program but not in leadership. It’s the ban on “gay” leaders that has prompted the California courts’ action.
  • General Mills scraps controversial new legal terms

    04/20/2014 10:57:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
    General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. The company, which owns Cheerios, Progresso and Yoplait, had posted a notice on its website notifying visitors of a change to its legal terms—visitors using its websites or engaging with it online in a variety of other ways meant they would have to give up their right to sue. Instead, the new terms said, people would need to have disputes resolved through informal negotiation or arbitration. …
  • Virginia’s Highest Court Denies Access to Climate Scientist’s Emails

    04/19/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JACOB GERSHMAN
    Virginia’s highest court has denied a conservative group’s effort to force the University of Virginia to turn over emails from a controversial climate scientist who worked at the school. The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday held that the public university wasn’t obligated under the state’s freedom of information law to release thousands of emails that Penn State researcher Michael Mann wrote while he was a UVA professor several years ago. Mr. Mann in 2009 came under scrutiny among global warming skeptics after hackers leaked thousands of email exchanges between the professor and other researchers that suggested that the scientists sought...
  • The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    04/16/2014 9:40:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the IRS’s ability to implement ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies and mandate penalties in the 34 states with federally established health “exchanges.” Though the IRS prevailed at the district-court level, its allies have been inadvertently undermining the agency’s case ever since. First, a little background. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 clearly, repeatedly, and consistently says that the above-mentioned subsidies and penalties are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS breezed...
  • HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit - Signature is on ‘misstatements’

    04/16/2014 2:38:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/15/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to lead the country’s health care overhaul, remains entangled in a lawsuit brought by shareholders of MetLife accusing her of misleading investors as a director of one of the country’s biggest insurance companies. The federal lawsuit, filed in New York, says the company used a Social Security death index to stop making payments when beneficiaries died, but the company wasn’t as diligent about using the database to track deaths of its policyholders, which triggers payouts, the lawsuit said. Last year, a judge refused to toss a federal lawsuit against the company, including claims against...
  • Federal agency vows to continue legal action after ending Nevada ranch standoff

    04/13/2014 6:22:58 AM PDT · by libstripper · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2014 | Edmund DeMarche, Matt Finn, & AP
    The Bureau of Land Management vowed Saturday that it would continue its legal fight to remove illegal cattle from a rural Nevada range after ending a tense weeklong standoff with a rancher and his supporters. "After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, [rancher Cliven] Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially," a statement from the bureau said. "We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service...
  • Va. college ‘free speech zones’ latest to fall

    04/12/2014 11:08:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2014 11:47 AM EDT | Larry O’Dell
    The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college “free speech zones” is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the case on hold until May 2 while a new policy and settlement details are negotiated. Judicial history and recent legislative developments suggested Parks had...
  • Protesting Obamacare 60's Style

    04/11/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | April 11, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    No, I'm not suggesting anyone should burn a draft card (or the student union) or stage a sit-in in the office of Secretary Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius. Those who feel Obamacare will adversely affect them should conduct a "sue-in". They should file individual lawsuits challenging the law on grounds it will harm them as individuals. The class action lawsuits various states filed against the law didn't force the courts to deal with the hardships the law would create for some individuals. Individual cases can present the courts with actual evidence of individuals who would be adversely affected being forced to purchase...
  • San Diego Man Sues U.S. Government Over a Penny

    04/09/2014 7:34:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 9, 2014 | Christian De La Rosa
    <p>SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man and an antique shop owner in La Jolla have entered a legal battle with the U.S. government over a penny.</p> <p>When Randy Lawrence brought his rare penny to the La Jolla Coin Shop he was pleasantly surprised. The coin is one of a kind; a Denver minted, aluminum penny, estimated to be worth about $250,000.</p>
  • Report: Lawsuit alleges Rockets players harassed gay catering worker

    04/04/2014 8:41:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    A food catering worker in Brooklyn alleges in a lawsuit that Houston Rockets players heaved anti-gay insults his way while setting up a buffet in the team's locker room last season at Barclays Center, the Daily News reported Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, alleges 28-year-old Rasean Tate heard these comments while his back was turned: "Get this f***** out of here!" and "He's trying to catch a sneaky peeky!"
  • Chevron Takes Battle To Radical Environmentalist Lobby

    04/03/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Litigation: After thwarting a $9.5 billion judgment from an Ecuadorean court, Chevron is going after the entire edifice of environmentalist enablers who make such junk lawsuits possible. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch. To the surprise of many, the oil giant is suing the tony, white-shoe law firm of Patton Boggs for alleged unethical involvement in an all-out legal attack by environmentalists over rainforest pollution in Ecuador. Chevron accuses the oh-so-respected firm of lying, concealing inconvenient facts, running a public smear campaign and miscellaneous other flim-flammery, all for the sake of the dollar signs spinning in their eyes. This poses...
  • Twitter sues Turkey over service ban

    03/26/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Twitter has filed lawsuits in several Turkish courts to challenge an access ban on its service recently pushed through by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The move comes on the same day an Ankara administrative court moved to suspend the ban. “It’s now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter. Throughout this time, we’ve been engaged in a discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns, inform them about how our platform and policies work, and try and bring this situation to a resolution,” Hurriyet Daily cited Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, as saying on the social...
  • The War on Hobby Lobby: Obama wants to win this to prove a point.

    03/25/2014 10:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Rich Lowry
    Not too long ago, the Greens of Oklahoma City were law-abiding people running an arts-and-crafts chain called Hobby Lobby. They weren’t disturbing the peace, or denying anyone his or her rights. They were minding their own business — quite successfully and in keeping with their Christian faith. The roughly 600 Hobby Lobby stores stock Christian products, close on Sundays, and play Christian music. Then one day Uncle Sam showed up to make an offer that the Greens couldn’t refuse — literally. As part of Obamacare, federal law demands that the chain cover contraceptives that the Greens consider abortifacients. The family...
  • High court to weigh limits of religious liberty in O-Care case

    03/23/2014 2:09:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama’s signature healthcare law is headed back to the Supreme Court in a high-stakes case that could redefine the limits of religious freedom in the United States. The high court on Tuesday will hear challenges to ObamaCare’s contentious “birth control mandate,” which requires companies to offer contraceptive services to workers as part of their insurance coverage. If successful, the challenge could peel away a significant portion of the mandate, potentially affecting preventive health coverage for millions of women and striking a major blow to the law itself. But the court’s ruling could also have far-reaching implications for religious liberty...
  • Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit (Mike Adams wins!)

    03/20/2014 7:44:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-20-2014 | Robby Soave
    First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views. Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com. In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed. Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech...
  • Principal who told kids not to speak Spanish will lose job

    03/19/2014 10:05:24 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Chron ^ | 3/19/2014
    HEMPSTEAD - The Hempstead school board won't renew the contract of a principal who instructed her students not to speak Spanish, in a rapidly-evolving district where more than half of the students, like many Texas schools, are now Hispanic. Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave in December after reportedly announcing, via intercom, that students were not to speak Spanish on the school's campus. The Hispanic population of the rural area, roughly 50 miles northwest of Houston, is growing quickly, and Latino advocates say that it's important to allow Spanish in public schools. "When you...
  • Millionaire gay couple is suing to force a church to hold their wedding

    03/18/2014 3:00:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://thelibertarianrepublic.com ^ | march 18, 2014 | faith braverman
    A wealthy gay couple has decided to launch a lawsuit to force their church to perform their wedding. The Drewitt-Barlows, a millionaire couple from the U.K, stated, “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.” Both attend St. John the Baptist church, a branch of the Church of England, and have been in a civil partnership since 2006. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said that he and his partner Tony, “feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married. “It is no...
  • NYC to pay $98 million to settle case alleging FDNY discriminated against minority applicants

    03/18/2014 4:18:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 18, 2014
    New York City reached an historic settlement with the Vulcan Society of black firefighters, agreeing to pay $98 million in back pay and benefits to minority FDNY applicants without acknowledging intentional discrimination at the fire department.
  • Mother agrees to $725,000 settlement in Saginaw police shooting

    03/17/2014 5:21:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    MLive ^ | 3-17-14 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — The mother of Milton Hall, a homeless Saginaw man shot and killed by Saginaw police officers in 2012, has settled her federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city and nine police officers, her attorneys say. Jewel Hall on Friday, March 14, settled her case in U.S. District Court in Bay City, according to a press release sent from Hall's Detroit attorneys. Hall settled the case for $725,000, according to her Saginaw attorney, Debra Freid. Hall's "primary motivation was to make sure that this never happens to another family," Freid told The Saginaw News. The dollar amount is...
  • VANITY: Christians Need To Place Floats or March in Every gay Parade. When Denied entry, sue, etc

    03/17/2014 2:16:40 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 44 replies
    3-17-14 | NLZ
    I am so old I recall the gay movement starting off with it's no one's business what occurs in the bedroom. And they did not want to be an in your face movement. Well , we now see that what occurs in the bedroom is now demanding to occur in public and they are very much an in everyone's face movement. Time for push back. Christians need to enter all gay parades to represent Christ's views. Have a prayer float. And IF denied entry use the same tactics gays use : pressure corporations and use the courts.
  • Enough! Patriot lawsuit demands money from IRS

    03/15/2014 7:02:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 3-15-2014 | Bob Unruh
    March 15, 2014 Enough! Patriot lawsuit demands money from IRS Tea party challenges 'crushing bureaucracy' unleashed on those who disagree with Obama Bob Unruh Just imagine sending to the Internal Revenue Service a bill for: Actual damages for violating the Privacy Act. The costs of complying with additional demands for information about an application. Loss of donors. Loss of membership fees. Damages for the violation of constitutional rights. Damages for loss of the benefit of tax-exempt status. Damages for impairment of constitutionally protected rights. Punitive damages. Litigation costs. Attorneys’ fees. And more. A case of that kind has been filed,...
  • Woman Finds Huge Silverfish Bug in Soup Served in New York Restaurant

    03/15/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | |March 14, 2014 | Will Lerner
    It’s been a rough week in terms of eaters finding disgusting things in their food. There was Jon Hughes of North Wales, who found a dead shrew inside his bag of potato chips , and Robin Sandusky of New York who found a lizard’s head and arm inside her salad . Making this a trifecta is Natalie Estrella, who found a large, disgusting bug in her soup from a New York restaurant, as WPIX 11 News reports. After finding the bug (and taking a picture), she alerted her waiter. The waiter took the soup away and disposed of the bug,...
  • 'Pawn Stars' store melts down $50K in gold coins

    03/14/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    UPI ^ | March 14, 2014 | Danielle Haynes
    March. 14 (UPI) -- A Nevada man filed a criminal complaint alleging his niece stole and sold his $50,000 coin collection to reality TV's Pawn Stars, which then melted the gold down. David Walters filed the complaint with the Clark County Justice Court on Nov. 27, and by time police notified the pawn shop on Dec. 5, the gold pieces had already been melted down, Radar Online reported.
  • ‘Spoiled’ 18-year-old Cheerleader Moving Back in With Parents After Judge Throws Out Her Lawsuit

    03/13/2014 9:38:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/12/2014
    A New Jersey cheerleader who sued her parents for child support after she moved out was today pictured leaving her family's home with her mother after returning to the house this week. In an apparent sign that the family were attempting to return to normality after their embarrassment, Rachel Canning, 18, climbed into her car to head to school on Thursday while her mother Elizabeth climbed into a separate vehicle. They were followed by her father Sean and a younger sibling. Rachel returned to the Morris County home with her tail between her legs on Tuesday night after a judge...
  • Illegal Alien Suing First Responders Who Rescued Him From Drowning (Video)

    03/13/2014 5:24:59 PM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 03-13-2014 | Brian Hayes
    "I need money". Greedy illegal alien Roy Ortiz is suing those who saved his life.- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsLast month we profiled an illegal alien felon who made nearly $200,000 by mass-filing frivolous lawsuits against L.A. restaurants. But that was just a creep trying to game the system, and the system (shamefully) letting him. This is truly disgusting. An illegal alien in Colorado is suing several first responders who took part in rescuing him last September, when he became trapped in his car during a flash flood. You heard that right. They saved Roy Ortiz' life --...
  • Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

    03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    chicagotribune.com/Reuters ^ | 3/13/2014 | Amanda Becker
    Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in a U.S. court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost. The lawsuit marks the latest fallout from a hard-fought contest at VW's plant in Chattanooga, where workers voted 712-626 last month not to join the UAW. The union is asking federal regulators to scrap that result and hold a new election. Filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the complaint alleges VW provided "thing of...
  • Judge Judy files suit against Connecticut lawyer

    03/12/2014 5:54:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 8:14 PM EDT
    Television’s Judge Judy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Connecticut personal-injury lawyer, alleging that he used her image without authorization in advertisements that falsely suggested she had endorsed his firm. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Hartford attorney John Haymond and his firm. Judith Sheindlin, a retired Family Court judge who has starred in “Judge Judy” for 18 years, said this is the first time she has filed a lawsuit against anyone. She said the unauthorized use of her name and image is “outrageous” and requires action. …
  • NRA, 19 States, 34 Congressmen Sue New Jersey Over Gun Law

    03/11/2014 5:24:32 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 March 2014 | Bob Adelmann
    NRA, 19 States, 34 Congressmen Sue New Jersey Over Gun Law 11 March 2014 Last month, the NRA, 19 states, and 34 U.S. Representatives asked the Supreme Court to review a New Jersey gun law....
  • Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car

    03/11/2014 7:35:08 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Alyssa Newcomb
    A Colorado man, despite acknowledging that he's lucky to be alive after being trapped in a submerged car, has filed an intent to sue his rescuers for half a million dollars. Roy Ortiz filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for a tentative $500,000 as a "preservative" measure, his attorney, Ed Ferszt, told ABCNews.com. Ferszt said the county should have closed the road during floods in September. He said the first responders were also included because they did not realize Ortiz was trapped in the car until they prepared to lift it out of the...
  • Fired for Gay Marriage, Seattle-Area Catholic School Official Sues

    03/08/2014 4:14:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/7/14 | Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters
    (Reuters) - A suburban Seattle Catholic school vice principal who was fired in December for violating religious doctrine by marrying his same-sex partner, on Friday sued the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle for wrongful dismissal. Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic School, said he took the job after reading a school policy, since removed from its website, that it does not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation or marital status. His ouster, which led to student protests followed by the school president's resignation, is an example of tension between the increasing...
  • Transgender male sues for $2.5 million and the right to compete against women at CrossFit Games

    03/08/2014 6:37:02 AM PST · by massmike · 61 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 03/08/2014 | BEN JOHNSON
    A transgender man is suing a strength competition for $2.5 million after CrossFit denied him the right to compete against women. Chloie Jonnson, who was born male, wants to test his brawn against female athletes in the CrossFit Games, a grueling series of contests designed to find the world's most fit competitors. When a female rival raised questions about Jonnson being considered a woman, CrossFit said he must compete as a man. Jonnson had a sex-change operation in 2006 and is legally recognized in the state of California as a woman. Incensed, he filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the...
  • 'Vette Owner Wails Over 11,000-Mile Joyride

    03/07/2014 9:08:04 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 3-6-14 | Cameron Langford
    HOUSTON (CN) - A Texas auto shop worker liked a customer's Corvette so much he put 11,000 miles on it before ditching it at a stranger's house, the car owner claims in court. Tim Paisley sued Frank E. Coleman dba Frank's Vettes in Harris County Court. Paisley says in the lawsuit that he was a longtime client of Frank's Vettes when in the spring of 2012 the shop's worker Marco Ruiz talked him into letting Ruiz upgrade the interior of his 1984 Corvette. Ruiz is not a defendant in the lawsuit. "Ruiz had limited permission to drive the vehicle from...
  • Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal

    03/06/2014 7:28:04 AM PST · by edcoil · 46 replies
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.
  • South by Southwest’s unpaid labor problem: Why it’s risking a class action lawsuit (3000 unpaid)

    03/06/2014 7:36:47 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 | Charles Davis
    ...As of 2010, SXSW Inc. had just 75 paid employees, including those working part-time. ..,These thousands of volunteers “are the faces of SXSW,” according to the company, and without them this year’s conference simply couldn’t happen. ...SXSW may have an argument that its internship program is legal; that its program is only available to those getting college credit certainly helps. When it comes to volunteers, however, the Department of Labor says there is no argument at all: Individuals “may not volunteer services to for-profit private sector employers.” ...The artists who come to SXSW aren’t compensated much better. Plane tickets and...
  • George Zimmerman: I want to quit fighting in court with Angela Corey (So he can get on w/suing NBC)

    03/04/2014 10:42:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 4, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD — Former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman says he's done fighting in court with Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. In paperwork filed at the Seminole County criminal courthouse Feb. 20, Zimmerman says he is giving up his promised fight to make the state pay his legal bills. He's also wants to put an end to his lawyers' fight with prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, whom they had asked a judge to punish, alleging unethical behavior, including hiding evidence. If Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson agrees, that would clear the way for Zimmerman to move forward with his defamation suit against...
  • Judge rules against New Jersey teen suing parents for tuition support

    03/04/2014 3:33:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/04/2014
    MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. - A New Jersey couple does not have to pay for their 18-year-old daughter's college education, a judge ruled Tuesday, CBS New York reports. Judge Peter Bogaard denied Rachel Canning's request $600 a month in support, high school tuition back pay, college tuition and legal fees. But he said he would revisit the issue of college tuition at the end of April, about a month after her financial aid forms are due. Earlier her lawyer said the parents of the high school honor student should have sought help for their daughter rather than cutting her off financially...
  • McDonald's napkin lawsuit: Man suing McDonald's for only giving one napkin

    03/04/2014 7:41:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    A man named Webster Lucas is so upset with McDonald's that he has decided to file a lawsuit against them for $1.5 million, but it's not for any reason you could possibly imagine. TMZ reported on Feb. 27, 2014, that the California man is suing McDonald's because they gave him only one napkin with the meal that he ordered and received. Lucas contacted the general manager via email and said that he was suffering from "undue mental anguish" and that stopped him from going to work. He also says that the general manager tried to make amends by offering him...
  • Humanist group sues to remove cross-shaped WWI memorial in Maryland

    03/04/2014 4:05:27 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 4, 2014
    A humanist advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit to remove a cross-shaped World War I memorial in Prince George's County, alleging the display violates the First Amendment. The American Humanist Association says it does not object to the fact that the Bladensburg Cross memorializes soldiers, but rather the placement of the Christian symbol on property owned by a government agency, The Daily Record reported. "We are certainly recommending coming up with a monument inclusive of all religious groups," said Monica Miller, a lawyer with the association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center. In 2012, the group sent a letter to the...
  • New Jersey honor student sues parents for school fees after they cut her off at age 18

    03/04/2014 6:37:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/03/2014 | BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    An 18-year-old New Jersey honor student and cheerleader has been tossed from her parents’ Lincoln Park home, but demands that her mother and father continue to pay her private high school and impending college costs — as well as her mounting lawyer fees, according to her lawsuit. Rachel Canning claims she’s been out of her parents’ home since her 18th birthday, Nov. 1, after her parents vowed to cut her off “from all support both financially and emotionally.” But Sean and Elizabeth Canning say their “spoiled” college-bound daughter doesn’t live by their house rules and left the home because she...
  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

    03/04/2014 4:35:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 03, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution. “The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to...
  • Teen Sues Parents for Cash, College Tuition. Does She Have a Case?

    03/03/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/3/2014 | Beth Greenfield
    A New Jersey teenager claiming that her mother and father tossed her out of their home and cut her off financially is suing them for immediate support, current private-school fees and future college tuition. The parents, meanwhile, say that daughter Rachel Canning, 18, moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules. “We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife,” Rachel's father, Sean Canning, a town administrator and retired police officer, tells the Daily Record. “We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into...
  • American Atheists Lawsuit Against 'World Trade Center Cross' Goes Before Appeals Court

    03/03/2014 10:05:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week. American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property. Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Measuring 17 feet tall and approximately 4,000 pounds, the piece of debris became known as the World Trade...
  • Blind Woman Suing Nudist Community that Told Her to Get Rid of Service Dog

    02/28/2014 8:11:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 28, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Blind woman suing nudist community that told her to get rid of service dog In 2011, a medical condition caused Lutz, Florida woman Sharon Fowler to lose her vision. Legally blind, she had to acquire a service dog, named Laura. Ms. Fowler and her husband, Craig, moved into the Paradise Lakes Condominiums complex in 2012 with Laura. However, after they had settled in, Sharongot a letter from the property’s management that was very upsetting, as WTSP 10 News reports. She was told that because Laura, a black Labrador, was over the 25-pound weight limit, she needed to go. This, despite...
  • Class action suit slams city’s property tax system as discriminating against blacks, Hispanics

    02/28/2014 6:56:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Corinne Lestch
    The city’s property tax system has long been criticized for favoring homeowners over renters, but a bombshell lawsuit filed Wednesday charges that it discriminates against blacks and Hispanics as well. The allegation, if upheld, could force a radical overhaul in how property taxes are levied — potentially forcing homeowners to pay billions of dollars more each year. “The state would have to alter the property tax system to address the disparities, which would change the distributions of property tax burdens,” said Doug Turetsky of the Independent Budget Office.
  • McDonald's sued for $1.5 mil by customer after employee called 'Angel' only gave him one NAPKIN

    02/28/2014 12:26:11 PM PST · by matt04 · 54 replies
    A McDonald's customer is suing the fast food restaurant for $1.5million because he was given only one napkin with his meal. Webster Lucas claims he is now unable to work because of the 'undue mental anguish' and 'emotional distress' caused by the incident. He launched the lawsuit following a row with the store manager at the outlet in Pacoima, California, on January 29. Tempers seem to have flared after Mr Lucas complained that he had received just a single paper towel with his Quarter Pounder Deluxe. Mr Lucas, who is African-American, says the he was racially abused by the manager...
  • Same-sex marriage now legally recognized in KY

    02/27/2014 12:27:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 2:44 PM EST | Brett Barroquere
    A federal judge on Thursday signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. It makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.” Same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn’t affect a related lawsuit seeking to...
  • SCOTUS Rejects NRA Challenges To Gun Law Age Limits

    02/25/2014 5:15:40 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://personalliberty.com ^ | february 25, 2014
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected two National Rifle Association challenges to laws that ban gun permits to people under 21. The rejections came in one-line orders without comment. One of the rejected cases brought by the NRA challenged a Texas law that bans those under 21 from getting a gun permit. The other NRA challenge was to a Federal law that restricts selling handguns to people under 21. “Given the number of laws enacted by the federal government, states, and localities in the years when a mistaken understanding of the Second Amendment held sway, one would have expected a...
  • Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

    02/25/2014 10:10:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court's decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges. The first case involved a challenge by the NRA to a Texas law that prevents 18-20 year olds from carrying handguns in public. It also raised the broader question of whether there is a broad right under the Second Amendment to bear arms in...
  • Michigan’s gay marriage ban going to trial

    02/24/2014 5:15:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 7:40 PM EST | Ed White
    Michigan’s nearly decade-old ban on gay marriage is going to trial Tuesday, with two weeks set aside for testimony from experts about whether there’s a legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to a man and a woman. Same-sex couples poised for a favorable ruling last fall had lined up for marriage licenses across Michigan, only to be stunned when U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said he wanted to hold a trial. Since then, judges in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia have struck down bans on gay marriage. At least 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow it. …