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  • Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million by Feds Over Drawstrings

    08/26/2013 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/26/13
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a “message” by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to “report immediately” to the federal government that they were selling children’s clothing with drawstrings. Ross Stores, Inc. settled with the agency in June, agreeing to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty after they “knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it sold or held for sale, about 23,000 children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings at the neck or waist.” The company said it settled to avoid costly litigation and denies...
  • Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks

    03/07/2012 11:46:31 AM PST · by Redcat · 22 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 5, 2012 | Richard Fausset
    Reporting from Atlanta— A former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against the matronly celebrity cook, accusing her of condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in her high-profile culinary empire. The suit also accuses Deen of casually referring to black people with a racial epithet. The civil complaint, which was filed Monday in state court in Savannah, Ga., was brought by Lisa T. Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, one of five restaurants in Deen's group. The Savannah-based oyster house is co-owned by Deen and her brother, Earl W....
  • Perry Campaign Sues to Get on Virginia Ballot

    12/28/2011 1:52:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | December 27, 2011 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign said on Tuesday that it is filing a lawsuit to get on the ballot in the Virginia primary election after state officials announced last week that he failed to turn in the requisite 10,000 signatures. "Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multicandidate election,” said Perry campaign Communications Director Ray Sullivan in a statement. “We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide...
  • Perry files emergency motion to get name on Va. primary ballot

    12/28/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | December 28, 2011 | Andrew Cain
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry today filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond seeking an injunction ordering the State Board of Elections to print presidential primary ballots with his name. Perry filed suit in federal court Tuesday challenging his exclusion from the March 6 primary ballot, naming the three members of the elections board and Pat Mullins, chairman of the state Republican Party. Perry is urging a judge to bar the elections board and Mullins from enforcing the state residency requirement for people who collect petition signatures for ballot access.
  • Perry filed an emergency motion seeking temporary restraining order on VA ballot printing

    12/28/2011 12:36:41 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    December 28, 2011 | Vanity
    Perry's lawyers said a preliminary injunction was necessary since the deadline to print ballots in Virginia will be in two to three weeks. “In the absence of a preliminary injunction, plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm,” per filing. The case is Perry v. Judd, 3:11-cv-856, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond.
  • BREAKING: Rick Perry Files Lawsuit To Get On Virginia Primary Ballot

    12/27/2011 3:48:28 PM PST · by TBBT · 249 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 12/27/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has filed suit in federal court against the Virginia Republican Party and the Virginia Board of Elections in order to gain a spot on the Commonwealth's primary ballot. Perry was excluded after the party found he had not submitted enough valid signatures by the deadline last Thursday. His campaign submitted 6,000 of the required 10,000, according to the suit. The lawsuit alleges that Perry's 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the requirement that those circulating the petitions also be eligible or registered voters of Virginia. Failure to get on the ballot is a major...
  • A Case, of Identity Thieving

    10/05/2011 2:32:15 PM PDT · by Skepolitic · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/3/2011 | "Totally Meghan McCain"
    A Case, of Identity Thieving Attention, young people!! I am writing, this column to inform you that, there is someone on the Internet who is FALSELY IMPERSONATING me, Totally Meghan McCain. This person, clearly not having been matriculated – from a prestigious university like Colombia, as I had, is making me look like a TOTAL IDIOT. When I realized this, I was HORRIFIC. (PS – Am I, the only one who realizes, that word is completely sexist? It, was probably invented by some pasty old white male – Republican – instead of being invented, by someone cool like my dad)....
  • Just How Demeaning Is It To Be A Lawyer? Just Ask The One Working For Meghan McCain.

    10/05/2011 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Skepolitic · 18 replies
    popehat.com ^ | 10/2/2011 | ken
    Potentially, very. Just ask Albin H. Gess of the Costa Mesa branch of the firm Snell & Wilmer. He’s making stupid and meritless censorious threats on behalf of Meghan McCain. Gess, or I, or most other lawyers could tell you that it is occasionally deeply revolting and embarrassing to be a lawyer, particularly at a big firm. Why? Well, because clients — especially clients with much money and influence — will sometimes demand that you do loathsome and humiliating things — sometimes thuggish and fundamentally un-American things. I’m not talking about illegal things, nor am I talking about grasping at...
  • Righthaven says it might have to file for bankruptcy

    09/09/2011 11:01:04 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    vegas.inc ^ | Sept 9, 2011 | By Steven Green
    Despite its backing by the billionaire Warren Stephens family, Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC warned today it may have to file for bankruptcy because of a series of setbacks in its litigation campaign. The warning came in an emergency request by Righthaven to a federal judge in Las Vegas that he stay his order that Righthaven pay $34,045 in legal fees to attorneys who successfully defended Kentucky message board poster Wayne Hoehn against a Righthaven lawsuit. Righthaven has already appealed U.S. District Judge Philip Pro’s fee award to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Righthaven is also...
  • MSNBC's Chris Jansing: Is Rick Perry 'Too Far Off Even for the GOP?'

    08/24/2011 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 134 replies
    News Busters ^ | August 24. 2011 | Scott Whitlock
    Guest hosting for Chris Matthews on Tuesday, MSNBC's Chris Jansing derided Rick Perry, wondering if the Republican presidential candidate is "too far off even for the GOP?" Jansing, who normally hosts supposedly straight news coverage for the cable network, attempted to generate controversy over statements Perry made on civil rights. A MSNBC graphic for the segment, mocked, "I have a scheme." According to Jansing, Perry's problem answer came in "comparing" the civil rights to cutting corporate tax rates. Here's Perry's full answer: RICK PERRY: America's gone a long way from the standpoint of civil rights and thank God we have....
  • Another Day, And Another Smackdown For Righthaven: Told To Pay Up For Misleading The Court

    07/15/2011 5:50:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    TechDirt.com ^ | 7/15/11
    Yes, another day and another judicial smackdown for Righthaven. In the case before Judge Roger Hunt, where he dismissed Righthaven for its sham copyright assignment claims and threatened sanctions against the company, it appears that Judge Hunt was not convinced by Righthaven's grovelling, that it was all the fault of former in-house attorneys, who failed to disclose that Stephens Media had a 50% stake in the outcome of any of these lawsuits. Hunt has gone forward with the sanctions, telling Righthaven to pay $5,000 for misleading the court. It seems that defendants in the 200+ other lawsuits now have reasons...
  • Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million

    06/29/2011 2:36:33 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    blogs.forbes.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Jeff Bercovici
    Farah, the CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, and Corsi, author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President,” have filed suit against Hearst, Esquire magazine and writer Mark Warren over a satirical article that they say defamed them and damaged their business interests. They’re seeking compensatory damages of $100 million and punitive damages of $20 million, plus legal costs. [Update: As a commenter points out, that's only for one of the five counts; the full amount sought totals more than $285 million.]
  • A "Normal Party" and the Difference Between Bush and Perry

    07/11/2011 3:30:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 5, 2011 | Jonathon S. Tobin, Contentions
    According to the New York Times’ David Brooks, Republican hardliners against tax increases are turning the GOP into a “psychological protest” rather than a “normal political party.” Brooks is upset that after having forced Democrats to come far closer to their position on taxes and spending in order to cut a deal to extend the national debt ceiling, there is little chance the House majority will embrace what he considers to be “the deal of the century.” To Brooks, the Democrats’ offer on the debt ceiling is the “Mother of All No-Brainers,” and his anger at the GOP’s insistence that...
  • Catholic University of America unfazed by legal threat over dorm change (to single sex)

    06/22/2011 7:53:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/22/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2011 / 02:37 am (CNA).- The Catholic University of America says its plan to house men and women separately will withstand any legal challenge from John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women's bathrooms. In a June 21 statement provided to CNA, the university said it “has not received service of any legal proceedings from Professor John Banzhaf regarding the University’s plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.” Earlier this week, a Fox affiliate in the District reported that Prof. Banzhaf had issued the school an “intent-to-sue” notice because of the plan. The...
  • Pro-Perry web ads hit N.H.

    06/13/2011 10:40:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | June 13, 2011 | Politico
    The pro-business conservative group Americans for Job Security has bought up online ads in New Hampshire, touting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's work enacting "loser pays" tort reform laws. The web ads link to an AJS petition highlighting Perry's economic record: "Texas is leading the nation in job creation because of its pro-growth economic policies. In the last two years Texas, led by Gov. Rick Perry, has created more jobs than any other state . Loser-pays tort reform removes a harmful barrier to job creation." (See one of the web ads here.) AJS president Steve DeMaura, a former executive director of...
  • Woman inspector 'humiliated' by failing riot test wins up to £30k (U.K.)

    06/12/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 41 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 6/12/11 | Robert Verkaik
    For 30 years it has been used to test the fitness of officers who police riots and other outbreaks of serious public disorder. The so-called 'shield run' involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield. But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51, failed to meet the time limit, she claimed she had been left humiliated. She brought a sex and age discrimination case against her force, Greater Manchester Police, and now stands to win up to £30,000 after an employment tribunal ruled in her favour....
  • Righthaven lawsuits backfire, reduce protections for newspapers

    03/19/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 19, 2011 | Steve Green
    One year ago, U.S. newspapers and broadcasters could feel confident they controlled the news content they created. It was understood that competing and special-interest websites couldn't appropriate that content and post it without authorization. When such infringements occurred, they were dealt with swiftly and effectively with a simple phone call or email. Infringing websites typically had re-posted material out of ignorance they were violating the Copyright Act and agreed to remove the material or replace it with a link to the source newspaper or broadcaster. Then along came Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the self-appointed protector of the newspaper industry...
  • Pakistani drone victim suing United States

    12/25/2010 6:46:22 AM PST · by 4Runner · 36 replies · 2+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 25, 2010 | Associated Press
    In June, Philip Alston, the independent U.N. investigator on extrajudicial killings, urged the United States to lay out rules and safeguards, publish figures on civilian casualties and prove it has tried other ways to capture or incapacitate suspects without killing them.
  • Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

    10/04/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Monday, October 04, 2010 - 12:23 PM EDT
    "Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen," Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. "The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict," Decker reports. MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket. Decker reports, "Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale...
  • Victim alleging Tower of Terror is dangerous asks for a new trial

    05/13/2010 11:13:15 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 7 replies · 345+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jason Garcia
    Lawyers representing a stroke victim who claims the stroke was caused by Walt Disney World’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror have asked for a new trial, a week after an Orange County jury decided there was nothing unsafe about the attraction. Lawyers for Marvin Cohen, a now-80-year-old man who said he was injured after riding the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) attraction in 1998, argue that jury members were given inadequate instructions before they began deliberations. Cohen’s team says Orange County Circuit Judge Jose Rodriguez should have permitted the jury to consider a general negligence claim – rather than...
  • Businesswoman Targeted by Blumenthal to Appear on Dan Lavallo Show

    04/25/2010 4:25:03 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 15 replies · 486+ views
    Over the course of his well promoted career – twenty years as Connecticut’s attorney general, and now but a heart-throb away from occupying U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s seat – Richard Blumenthal has sued, in the past 8 years alone, more than a thousand companies. A PFD link to companies that have had court appearances with Blumenthal as a party to the suits can be accessed through a link on the following blog: Blumenthal’s Suits. A recent Republican American editorial notes that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has bitten off far more than he can chew: His most recent annual report shows...
  • Judge Land’s hard on Orly Taitz, Esq. It’ll cost her $20,000

    10/13/2009 10:39:05 AM PDT · by GoldStandard · 162 replies · 7,887+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/13/2009 | Jay Bookman
    U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land, in Columbus, has come down hard on birther attorney Orly Taitz, fining her $20,000 for willfully abusing her right to practice law. I suspect Taitz won’t have that right much longer. “The Court finds that counsel’s conduct was willful and not merely negligent. It demonstrates bad faith on her part. As an attorney, she is deemed to have known better. She owed a duty to follow the rules and to respect the Court. Counsel’s pattern of conduct conclusively establishes that she did not mistakenly violate a provision of law. She knowingly violated Rule 11....
  • ACORN files suit against filmmakers

    09/23/2009 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 219 replies · 8,953+ views
    politico.com ^ | Sept. 23, 2009 | JAKE SHERMAN
    ACORN filed suit today in Maryland against conservative filmmakers James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and conservative Web site Breitbart.com 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.
  • 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...
  • A naked million

    05/24/2009 9:59:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 1,410+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/24/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    In 1992, after he stopped wearing clothes to his UC Berkeley classes, Andrew Martinez was something of a walking only-in-Berserkeley joke as the campus' own Naked Guy. But his life was no laughing matter. Around 1997, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In 2003, he was arrested for assaulting a staff member at a halfway house where he was a resident. He spent the next 21/2 years in Santa Clara County jail, its acute psychiatric unit, Napa and Atascadero state hospitals - until at age 33, he killed himself by suffocating himself with a plastic bag in a jail cell on...
  • Judge refers lawyer for prosecution in Dole fraud

    05/09/2009 2:09:32 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 945+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 9, 2009 | Linda Deutsch
    A judge said Friday that she's referring a Los Angeles lawyer to federal prosecutors and the State Bar over his involvement in lawsuits that she found were part of a massive fraud by purported Nicaraguan banana workers against U.S. food giant Dole. Superior Court Judge Victoria Chaney said that attorney Juan Dominguez, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Dole, would be subject to charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, defrauding a court, conspiring to extort a United States company and possibly federal racketeering violations. She also ordered Dominguez to appear in her courtroom on June 15 for...
  • Texas Man Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hooters for Not Hiring Male Waiters

    04/22/2009 7:55:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies · 1,887+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/21/09
    A Texas man has reportedly settled a class action lawsuit against Hooters for refusing to hire men as food servers. Nikolai Grushevski filed a complaint against Hooters of America in January alleging its Corpus Christi franchisee would not hire him as a waiter because the position was being limited to females by an employer "who merely wishes to exploit female sexuality as a marketing tool to attract customers and insure profitability." Hooters argued a “bona-fide occupational qualification” defense, which applies when the “essence of the business operation would be undermined if the business eliminated its discriminatory policy,” according to Onpointnews.com....
  • PA man with 'transgender' drivers license able to use women's changing room in Kmart

    03/26/2009 12:10:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies · 1,505+ views
    MassResistance.org ^ | 3/26/2009 | n/a
    Here's where it's going . . . March 19, 2009 Last summer the Philadelphia police forced a Kmart to allow a man to use the women's changing rooms, because he presented a drivers license listing his sex as "female." However, he was clearly a man and the Kmart manager would not allow into the changing rooms. But the policeman ordered to store to do it. After the incident, a complaint was filed against Kmart with the city's Human Relations Commission. The store manager was apparently forced to apologize and told a homosexual newspaper "I guarantee you this won't happen again."
  • 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...
  • Missouri voter sues over McCain campaign “hate speech”

    10/17/2008 2:46:20 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 74 replies · 1,678+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10\17\08 | Carey Gillam
    KANSAS CITY - Missouri voter Mary Kay Green has had enough. The supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama filed a lawsuit this week over what she claims is dangerous “hate speech” coming from the rival campaign of Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Green, a 66-year-old grandmother and “semi-retired” civil rights attorney, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Kansas City this week accusing McCain, his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and their campaign manager Rick Davis of “intentionally, recklessly and irresponsibly” portraying Obama “as un-American, a terrorist by association, and ‘not like us,’ a non-white individual.” Palin,...
  • $54 Million 'Pants' Lawsuit Headed Back to Court

    09/11/2008 8:57:25 AM PDT · by steve-b · 37 replies · 1,070+ views
    News7 (ABC) ^ | 9/10/08
    The multi-million-dollar legal battle over a pair of missing pants that put a D.C. dry cleaner out of business is headed back to court, shocking many in the dry-cleaning and legal communities. A three-judge appellate court panel has agreed to hear an appeal of the case next month, more than a year after a judge ruled against the plaintiff, former D.C. Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson. Pearson sued the owners of Custom Cleaners for $67 million in 2005 after it misplaced a pair of his pants. Pearson demanded the family pay $1,000, the cost of the entire suit, according to...
  • Law firm Jones Day sues to stop the Internet

    09/03/2008 6:08:53 PM PDT · by houstonastros · 15 replies · 258+ views
    National Law Journal ^ | 9-3-08 | Lynne Marek
    Imagine if you had to get permission before you linked to the Web site of companies, people or organizations. If “permission-based” linking was a requirement - blogging and much other Internet activity as we know it (even mainstream media news sites) would cease to exist. Well, if the lawsuit of one major law firm against an Internet news publication succeeds, that “permission-based” linking may become the law…and effectively kill the Internet.
  • Radio host Michael Savage's suit against Islamic group in court

    03/07/2008 12:59:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 729+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/7/8 | PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer
    San Francisco (AP) -- A federal judge said Friday that she was leaning toward tossing out conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage's copyright theft lawsuit against an Islamic lobbying group who used portions of the popular program to solicit donations and call for an advertising boycott of "The Savage Nation." U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she would likely let Savage's attorney submit a revised lawsuit in attempt to keep the case alive, but she found the other side's arguments "persuasive." Savage sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, after it posted on its Web site a 4-minute...
  • 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 IAmLawsuitAbuse.org Web site which ILR launched this week. All of their stories bring home the sad reality that lawsuit abuse hurts families and small businesses.
  • With Democrats in control, trial lobby makes headway

    12/13/2007 11:08:22 AM PST · by MrLegalReform · 1 replies · 148+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/2007 | Jim Snyder
    The trial bar, on the defensive when Republicans ran Congress, is moving to make up lost ground on a variety of fronts now that Democrats are in charge, including through a bill-by-bill campaign to keep federal agencies from overriding tougher state consumer protection laws. The bar’s main lobbying group, the American Association of Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, has already had some successes this year in its effort to block what’s referred to as federal regulatory preemption. The ascension of Democrats in Congress, who receive more than 90 percent of AAJ’s political donations, could...
  • The Trial Bar on Trial [WS Journal must read alert]

    11/29/2007 10:38:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 261+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 30, 2007
    The barons of the tort bar must have thought 2007 would be a very good year: Some of their biggest cases (Katrina, Enron) were set to pay out, and a Democratic Congress meant no more worries about legal reform. Talk about reversal of fortune: As the year ends, we are witnessing nothing short of the dismantling of what are alleged to be major tort criminal enterprises. Bill Lerach, the king of class actions, stands disgraced as an admitted felon. His former partners at Milberg Weiss face trial for being part of the same kickback scheme as Lerach. Federal prosecutors continue...
  • PBS Telling Teachers to Violate First Amendment, Group Says

    11/13/2007 1:40:53 PM PST · by yoe · 270 replies · 1,266+ views
    CNSN News ^ | November 13, 2007 | Randy Hall
    A packet for educators issued by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in conjunction with the NOVA program "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" encourages teaching practices that are probably unconstitutional, a conservative organization stated on Tuesday. "The NOVA/PBS teaching guide encourages the injection of religion into classroom teaching about evolution in a way that likely would violate current Supreme Court precedents about the First Amendment's Establishment Clause," said John West, vice president for public policy and legal affairs at the Discovery Institute, in a news release. The 22-page document is a companion piece to the two-hour NOVA docudrama, "Judgment Day,"...
  • Judge tosses out evolution lawsuit

    09/13/2007 6:02:12 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 695 replies · 4,123+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | September 13, 2007 | Laurel Rosenhall
    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the Roseville Joint Union High School District that was filed by a Granite Bay man unhappy with how evolution was being taught in his children's school. The father, Larry Caldwell, spent much of 2003 and 2004 trying to persuade the Roseville high school district to alter its biology curriculum to include arguments against evolution. After many meetings and discussions about his proposals, the school board rejected them. Caldwell then sued the district, four administrators and two school board members, alleging they had violated his constitutional rights in the process of considering...
  • Lesbian Couple Files Complaint against Church for Refusing Civil Union Ceremony

    07/10/2007 8:27:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 29 replies · 1,361+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | July 10, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    OCEAN GROVE, New Jersey (LifeSiteNews.com) - A New Jersey lesbian couple has filed a civil rights complaint against a Christian seaside retreat association that refused to facilitate their "civil union."Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster filed the complaint June 19 with the state attorney general's office on the grounds of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation after the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association declined the use of their Boardwalk Pavilion for their civil union ceremony, planned for September. Bernstein and Paster demanded "whatever relief is provided by law" including unspecified "compensatory damages for economic loss, humiliation, [and] mental pain." New...
  • Judge now wants just $54M from cleaner

    06/06/2007 10:14:59 AM PDT · by freespirited · 34 replies · 1,210+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/6/07 | LUBNA TAKRURI
    WASHINGTON - A judge who was seeking $67 million from a dry cleaners that lost his pants has loosened the belt on his lawsuit. Now, he's asking for only $54 million, according to a May 30 court filing in D.C. Superior Court. Roy L. Pearson, a District of Columbia administrative law judge, first sued Custom Cleaners over a pair of pants that went missing two years ago. He was seeking about $65 million under the D.C. consumer protection act and almost $2 million in common law claims. He is now focusing his claims on signs in the shop that have...
  • No window desk? That'll cost you $33M, she says in suit

    05/26/2007 1:16:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies · 1,954+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Mike Jaccarino
    She's definitely not a woman for all seasons. A Connecticut secretary who suffers from the "winter blues" is suing her ex-employers for $33 million, claiming they wouldn't give her a well-lit desk with a window view. Caryl Dontfraid says she has seasonal affective disorder, which causes depression during the fall and winter and can be alleviated by exposure to bright light. "She wanted to work closer to a window with good light," her attorney, Robert Campos-Marquetti told the Daily News. "This is a request that could have been easily accommodated." Dontfraid was cited as an "exemplary employee" for Binder &...
  • Lawsuit filed against SuperTarget

    04/27/2007 8:16:35 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 04/27/2007 | Scott Jason
    ATWATER — A former Save Mart produce manager is suing the city and a developer hoping to derail plans for a proposed SuperTarget that will include a grocery store. Steve Hernandez, a 53-year-old Atwater resident, said he was contacted by Bay Area attorneys who said they needed a local resident to use for the lawsuit, which was filed Monday. "I'm just like the middle man," said the grocery worker of 32 years. "I don't even know who they are, but they talked me into doing it."
  • Con man does it again, from prison

    04/26/2007 10:13:08 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 4 replies · 1,081+ views
    Newsday ^ | 4/25/07 | Robert Kessler
    Some confidence men apparently keep trying even when they're locked in a prison cell. Alan Scott, 53, already serving eight years for bank fraud and check forgery at the federal prison in Minersville, Pa., has pleaded guilty to orchestrating, from his cell, a scheme that cheated two Long Island businesses out of $200,000.
  • Just the Truth? Why the Republicans Have Changed Their Tune [DNC Press Release.......]

    03/22/2007 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 689+ views
    Just the Truth? Why the Republicans Have Changed Their Tune Over the years, Republicans have held hearings on Bill Clinton’s Christmas card list and called for answers on Socks the Cat’s fan mail. Yet they continue to stonewall attempts to question key players in the scandal surrounding the apparently politically-motivated firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. Despite emails showing that top White House advisers such as Harriet Miers and Karl Rove were involved in the decision, the White House has cited executive privilege and placed restrictions on their cooperation with Congress such as demanding closed-door hearings with no transcripts and even...
  • Mother of Runaway Proud of Son's Moxie

    01/24/2007 6:37:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies · 1,072+ views
    Lakewood, Wash. - The mother of a 9-year-old boy who boarded flights from Seattle to Texas and is suspected of leading police on a high-speed chase said in a television interview that she was stunned but proud of her son's actions. "He just showed me that, 'Mom, I'm going to achieve anything I want to do. I'm going to just do it.' So he did it, from driving a car to getting on an airplane," said Sakinah Booker on the syndicated TV show "Inside Edition," which was to air Wednesday. In the interview, her son, Semaj, describes using a man's...
  • A Mangled Hand, A 'Heroes' Suit, And NBC

    10/17/2006 2:05:29 PM PDT · by steve-b · 33 replies · 1,226+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/17/06 | Paul R. La Monica
    NBC is getting sued by a garbage disposal maker that claims the network's new hit show "Heroes" casts its product in a negative light. You can't make this stuff up. Apparently, the first episode of "Heroes" shows one of the characters, a cheerleader who is blessed with the power of indestructibility (must come in handy when being at the top of those human pyramids), sticking her hand into a garbage disposal and getting it all mangled. A few seconds later her hand heals. What's the big deal? The brand name of the machine in question is visible in the scene....
  • Republican 'W' flap heads to court

    09/11/2006 12:56:37 PM PDT · by PDR · 32 replies · 2,108+ views
    UPI ^ | September 11, 2006
    A Texas man claims the Republican National Committee stole his W logo and he wants millions of dollars in damages. Jerry Gossett of Wichita Falls filed a copyright infringement suit against the committee and Spalding Group, a Louisville, Ky., consulting firm that designed the official W logo for the 2004 campaign, the Houston Chronicle reports. A federal judge in Texarkana scheduled trial for Nov. 7. Gossett copyrighted his logo in 2001. The design includes a capital W. with a period, a U.S. flag with two creases in it flying somewhat downward to the right and the number 43. The design...
  • Boy Charged For Meowing At Neighbor Lady

    08/23/2006 11:49:41 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 185 replies · 3,606+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | August 23, 2006 | AP
    Boy Charged For Meowing At Neighbor Lady Family Gave Cat Away After Neighbor's ComplaintsPOSTED: 2:26 pm EDT August 23, 2006 JEANNETTE, Pa. -- Meow. A Pennsylvania judge is being asked to decide whether that word is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment. Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with that crime. Michael Loughner is accused of meowing whenever he sees his 78-year-old neighbor, Alexandria Carasia. The boy's family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained that it was using her flower garden as a litter box. Now, she said, the boy makes meowing sounds every time he...
  • Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor

    02/05/2005 12:26:24 PM PST · by beyond the sea · 68 replies · 1,750+ views
    Yahoonews.com ^ | 2/05/05 | unknown
    DURANGO, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado judge ordered two teen-age girls to pay about $900 for the distress a neighbor said they caused by giving her home-made cookies adorned with paper hearts. The pair were ordered to pay $871.70 plus $39 in court costs after neighbor Wanita Renea Young, 49, filed a lawsuit complaining that the unsolicited cookies, left at her house after the girls knocked on her door, had triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day. Taylor Ostergaard, then 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitte, 18, paid the judgment on Thursday after a small...
  • Shawn Hogan, Hero

    07/25/2006 1:01:09 PM PDT · by steve-b · 3 replies · 755+ views
    Shawn Hogan is taking the download battle to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Wired says Hogan, CEO of Digital Point Solutions, is challenging a lawsuit filed by the MPAA. The suit says Hogan illegally downloaded the film "Meet the Fockers" through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system. Hogan denies the claim and is vowing to take the case to court. So why is this a big deal? In most cases the downloading lawsuits filed by the MPAA and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) never reach the courtroom. According to Wired, many of these lawsuits go unchallenged because defendants...