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  • Teen, mom sue for $30 million

    A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on sued the popular social networking site Monday for $30 million, claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators. The lawsuit claims that the Web site does not require users to verify their age and calls the security measures aimed at preventing strangers from contacting users younger than 16 "utterly ineffective." "MySpace is more concerned about making money than protecting children online," said Adam Loewy, who is representing the girl and her mother in the lawsuit against MySpace, parent...
  • Teen, Mom Sue for $30 Million

    06/19/2006 8:52:02 PM PDT · by · 67 replies · 1,088+ views
    American-Statesman ^ | June 20, 2006 | Claire Osborn
    Teen, Mom Sue for $30 Million; Suit Filed in Travis County Claims Popular Internet Site Fails to Protects Children From Adult Sexual Predators. By Claire Osborn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, June 20, 2006 A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on sued the popular social networking site Monday for $30 million, claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators. The lawsuit claims that the Web site does not require users to verify their age and calls the security measures aimed at preventing strangers from contacting users...
  • Jurors Award $2M in Boy's Lawnmower Death

    06/15/2006 12:44:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 118 replies · 2,990+ views
    AP ^ | 6/15/6
    Roanoke, Va. -- A jury has awarded $2 million to a couple whose 4-year-old son died after being run over by a riding lawn mower at his day care center. The Roanoke Circuit Court jury on Wednesday found the mower's manufacturer liable for the April 2004 death of Justin Simmons. Cleveland-based MTD Products Corp. said it would appeal. "I find it incredulous that a jury no longer cares about common sense and personal responsibility," company attorney John Fitzpatrick said. The jury held MTD responsible for not designing a mower that automatically stops its blades whenever it rolls backward. No such...
  • Altoona Curve to hold Frivolous Lawsuit Night

    05/18/2006 1:28:32 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 38 replies · 885+ views
    CURVE TO HOLD FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT NIGHT JULY 2nd AT BCB May 15, 2006 - ALTOONA- Inspired by a Los Angeles Angels fan who filed a lawsuit against the club because he did not receive a red nylon tote bag as part of the major league club's Mother’s Day promotion last May, the Altoona Curve have announced that they will be holding Salute to Frivolous Lawsuit Night as part of their Sunday, July 2nd game at Blair County Ballpark. The Curve’s salute to all ridiculous lawsuits ever filed will include the following: A Pink Tote Bag Giveaway to the first 137...

    05/08/2006 6:37:28 AM PDT · by steve-b · 80 replies · 1,657+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 5/8/06 | Neal Boortz
    As we get closer to the release of The Da Vinci Code in theatres worldwide we are beginning to see more and more reasons why we need to make sure a firm line between government and religion is drawn .. and stays drawn. Catholic Cardinal Francis Arinze was considered to be a leading candidate for pope in last year's papal election. Now Cardinal Arinze is making waves in another way ... he's suggesting that Catholics around the world file lawsuits against the movie. And just what does Cardinal Arinze see as the basis for a cause of action? Why, he...
  • Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

    04/05/2004 3:53:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 772 replies · 202,406+ views
    April 5, 2004 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Note: Don't post anything at all from the Las Vegas Review Journal or anything from organizations run by Stevens Media, LLC or RightHaven, LLC until the lawsuit brought against us by them is resolved.</p>
  • Google sued as source of porn

    05/05/2006 8:06:01 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 52 replies · 1,456+ views
    Newsday ^ | 5/5/6 | Richard J. Dalton Jr.
    A Nassau County legislator filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming Google Inc. generates "billions of dollars from the pornography trade and illicit profiteers." The lawsuit by four-term legislator Jeffrey Toback (D-Oceanside) calls the Internet search engine the world's largest distributor of child pornography, claiming that child porn is part of the company's business model. Google "continues to put its economic gains ahead of the interests and well-being of America's children," the lawsuit, filed in Nassau State Supreme Court alleges. Google spokesman Steve Langdon said in a statement: "Child pornography is illegal, and Google prohibits it in our products. When we find...
  • Battle Brews As Porn Moves Into Mainstream

    04/01/2006 5:37:42 PM PST · by Panerai · 304 replies · 6,353+ views
    Breitbrat ^ | 04/01/2006 | David Crary
    The industry's VIPs mingle at political galas and Super Bowl parties. Their product is available on cell phones, podcasts, and particularly the Internet _ there it's an attraction like no other, patronized by tens of millions of Americans. It's pornography. And if you're a consumer, John Harmer thinks you're damaging your brain. Harmer is part of a cadre of anti-porn activists seeking new tactics to fight an unprecedented deluge of porn which they see as wrecking countless marriages and warping human sexuality. They are urging federal prosecutors to pursue more obscenity cases and raising funds for high-tech brain research that...
  • ACLU Rebukes Department of Justice Continued Stonewalling on Wiretapping Questions

    03/27/2006 8:43:35 AM PST · by Jay777 · 14 replies · 575+ views
    ACLU ^ | 3/24/2006 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union today condemned the continued refusal of the Justice Department to answer basic questions about the National Security Agency’s warrantless program to wiretap Americans. The Department today sent over its answers to questions about the illegal program from the majority and minority members of the House Judiciary Committee. The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office: “The Department of Justice continues to refuse to give honest answers to basic questions, such as how many Americans have had their phone calls and e-mails listened to or read by...
  • Rachel Corrie's family appeals lawsuit against bulldozer-maker

    03/24/2006 9:50:10 AM PST · by oxcart · 83 replies · 3,226+ views
    SEATTLE -- The parents of a 23-year-old who was killed trying to prevent the demolition of an occupied Palestinian home have appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their lawsuit against Caterpiller Inc., the company that made the bulldozer that ran over her. "He applied the wrong legal standard and ignored the facts," said Maria LaHood, a lawyer with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. Rachel Corrie was killed three years ago by an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer. She was trying to stop him from demolishing a Gaza Strip home while the family was inside; though witnesses said she...
  • Ted Rall Says He Might Sue Ann Coulter

    02/13/2006 12:08:29 PM PST · by stinkerpot65 · 190 replies · 7,118+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | 2/13/06 | Dave Astor
    NEW YORK Columnist Ann Coulter made a provocative remark Friday about "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and editorial cartoonist Ted Rall. Trudeau is shrugging it off, but Rall is considering a lawsuit. Coulter reportedly said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.: "Iran is soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust. So far, only Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau, and The New York Times have made submissions."
  • Lawsuit: iPods May Cause ... eh?

    02/03/2006 6:55:10 AM PST · by steve-b · 14 replies · 600+ views ^ | 2/2/06
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.... The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, on behalf of John Kiel Patterson, of Louisiana. The suit, which Patterson wants certified as a class-action, seeks compensation for unspecified damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer. Patterson's suit said he bought an iPod last year,...
  • King sees tort challenges coming to Tallahassee (RINO goes soft on tort reform - barf alert)

    01/31/2006 6:12:27 AM PST · by eartotheground · 373+ views
    When Sen. Jim King took questions during a recent appearance at the Jacksonville Meninak Club, he could have been asked about anything. But tort reform was an issue that he knew would come up. “I had a feeling I’d be asked about that one,” said King, after an audience member asked him what the state legislature would be doing this year on the issue. The legislature and Florida’s Supreme Court are still wrestling with the implementation of three ballot initiatives passed in 2004 that affected medical malpractice torts. One limited lawyer fees in the cases, another made past malpractice information...
  • Man sues chatroom pals: I was humiliated beyond what 'no man could endure'

    01/12/2006 8:51:09 AM PST · by BJClinton · 117 replies · 3,636+ views
    CourtTV ^ | 01/12/2006 | J.K. Dineen
    Mike Marlowe fully admits that he sometimes gave George Gillespie a hard time in that AOL chatroom. But never in his wildest imagination did he expect to be sued in court for what he characterized as "razzing." "We gave him crap," said Marlowe, a 33-year-old welder in Fayette, Ala. "I'm not going to deny it. I teased him and he teased me back. He gave it back better than he ever got it." A generation ago, such petty personal beefs might have been settled with fists outside the corner bar, but now it's the Internet age — and Ohio resident...
  • (Small Town)Julian hit by legal firestorm

    12/24/2005 6:25:50 AM PST · by radar101 · 56 replies · 1,399+ views
    SAN DIEGO UNION ^ | Dec. 24, 2005 | J. Harry Jones
    Lawyer tells 67 businesses they violate ADA; he wants fee. The letters arrived in the mailboxes of 67 business owners here more than a month ago. San Diego attorney Theodore Pinnock, who describes himself as a "warrior for the disabled," said he was "shocked" to find during a Veterans Day weekend trip to the historic town that many of the stores were in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Wheelchair ramps and handicapped parking spaces were in short supply. Doors weren't wide enough at some businesses. Some bathrooms weren't equipped properly for the disabled. The letters threatened lawsuits against...
  • Jury orders Ford to pay $61 million to teen's family in SUV crash

    11/16/2005 7:56:18 PM PST · by quantim · 40 replies · 1,494+ views
    AP/mlive ^ | 11/16/2005, 10:09 p.m. ET | JENNIFER KAY
    MIAMI (AP) — A jury has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay more than $61 million to the family of a 17-year-old boy killed in a roll-over accident when his friend fell asleep while driving an Explorer.Ford was liable in the accident because it sold a vehicle with poor handling and stability, the jury said Tuesday.The company planned to appeal, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.The family of Lance Crossman Hall claimed Ford knew the Explorer was prone to roll-overs and failed to warn consumers about the vehicle's defects.Ford blamed defective Firestone tires for the Explorer's handling and stability problems, and the...
  • Man Outed on Radio Show to Receive $270K

    08/14/2005 8:09:01 AM PDT · by Byron Norris · 51 replies · 2,388+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man who says he was devastated after he was identified as gay on a national Spanish-language radio show will be paid $270,000 by Univision Radio, an arbitrator has ruled. Roberto Hernandez, 45, was driving to work in 2002 when he received a phone call from a man who said that he met Hernandez at a San Francisco gay bar. The caller then announced that the conversation was being broadcast live on the "Raul Brindis and Pepito Show," based in Houston. Hernandez worked for the local station that broadcast the show, and sold advertising for...
  • Trailer builder, driver sued by survivors of fatal smuggling attempt (Texas)

    08/03/2005 9:28:51 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 49 replies · 1,945+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | August 3, 2005 | GREG BOWEN
    Lawsuits seeking millions in damages have been filed in federal court in Victoria by survivors of seven illegal immigrants who died in Victoria County's infamous 2003 human-smuggling case. The suits allege that the Savanna, Ga.-based Great Dane trailers, manufacturer of the trailer in which the immigrants rode during their ill-fated journey from the Mexican border, failed to install escape latches inside the fully insulated refrigerator trailer, which had no ventilation system. The oversight left the trapped occupants with no access to fresh air, no means of escape, and placed them in danger of suffocation and death, the suits claim. The...
  • Woman Bills Husband for All the Housework She Did

    07/27/2005 12:53:47 PM PDT · by Rastus · 75 replies · 1,936+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 26, 2005 | ABC News
    July 26, 2005 — Can a wife put a price tag on housework? One woman says yes, and is seeking $500,000 for the work she did during 5½ years of marriage. Kathy Thompson previously appeared on "GMA" when she went on strike to get her husband, Gary, to help around the house. Now she wants a divorce, and compensation for her work. "He goes fishing a lot, he doesn't appreciate me I don't think, and so I went on strike," Kathy Thompson said in 2002. The strike ended only when Gary Thompson showed up with flowers, vacation plans and dinner...
  • Mother: Wendy's finger used to settle debt

    05/18/2005 10:03:22 AM PDT · by Dubya · 29 replies · 1,182+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2005 | Associated Press
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man who lost part of his finger in a workplace accident was the source of the fingertip used in an alleged scam against Wendy's restaurants, and gave it away to settle a debt, his mother said. "My son is the victim in this," Brenda Shouey said in an interview published in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle. "I believe he got caught in something, and he didn't understand what was going on." Anna Ayala, 39, was arrested April 21 at her Las Vegas home on suspicion of attempted grand theft for allegedly costing Wendy's millions of dollars...