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  • Theranos' Acting GC Faces Challenges, Opportunity

    10/31/2016 8:33:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    the Recorder ^ | October 17, 2016 | David Ruiz, The Recorder
    SAN FRANCISCO — Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate. "He's got a mess on his hands," said Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro partner Robert Carey in Phoenix, one of many lawyers suing the blood diagnostics company for alleged consumer fraud. Carey's suit is one of six similar, separate suits consolidated in the Northern District of California. Aside from that litigation surplus, Theranos is being investigated for investor and consumer fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, respectively. The...
  • What Kind of Fool am I?

    03/24/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT · by OddLane · 27 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Mark Steyn
    Ever since I ended my joint representation with National Review and fired my lawyers on Boxing Day, the endlessly reprised refrain has been that "Mark Steyn has a fool for a client". As I wrote here: That's an old English joke, of course. Circa 18th century, I believe, when English life was very lightly lawyered. Whether it applies a quarter-millennium on in a sclerotic dungheap of a system that, as my old boss Conrad Black likes to point out, employs as many lawyers as the rest of the planet combined, who between them invoice ten per cent of GDP is...
  • You will believe in the left-wing orthodoxy, and you will like it

    04/04/2016 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/04/16 | Herman Cain
    Using the mechanisms of government, politics, public opinion to pressure you, investigate you, threaten litigation against you or otherwise complicate your life. Banks announce they will not lend money to people who deal in firearms. A major fundraising web site refuses to host campaigns for the targets of ideological harassment. A U.S. senator openly threatens to go after global warming skeptics using a law that was passed to take down the mafia. Governors veto laws designed to protect religious freedom after receiving threats from organizations like the National Football League. And of course, conservative organizations endure harassment from the IRS....
  • 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...
  • WildEarth Guardians' natural habitat is a courtroom ( NM & Colorado )

    07/23/2015 7:16:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | July 21, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Though a relatively small organization with only 26 people on staff, WildEarth Guardians’ litigious nature has established the environmental advocacy group as a dominant voice in the national debate about environmental policy. From 2010 to present, Guardians have initiated a total of 152 cases in federal district courts and 55 in the Circuit Court of Appeals for a total of 207 cases. In 2010 alone they filed 61 claims — an average of about one per week. However, Guardians’ pervasiveness in the courts has not gone without criticism. In a 2012 analysis of WildEarth Guardians' legal activity, the conservative group...
  • Woman sues Starbucks, claims was served poisonous coffee

    08/01/2015 1:35:27 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 64 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    The woman now suffers from Burning Mouth Syndrome, loss of taste, numbness in lips and tongue and oral nerve damage, a lawsuit said. Los Angeles - A US woman has sued famous coffee company Starbucks for more than US $2 million, claiming that she was served coffee which contained cleaning chemicals. Cheryl Kingery from western state of Utah said she suffered severe damage to her esophagus after drinking coffee from a Starbucks cafe just north of Salt Lake City. According to a lawsuit, Kingery ingested a Urnex specialty cleaning product for coffee and espresso equipment. She now suffers from Burning Mouth...
  • U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

    07/27/2015 7:31:57 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2015 | By David Rohde
    NEW YORK--The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the complaint, which was filed with the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The complaint calls on American military officials to remove personnel from court facilities on the base and test them and the base...
  • Alissa Starzak Can Explain Much More Than Alissa Starzak

    12/25/2014 10:20:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 36 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | Sundance
    When asked to explain my belief that Obama’s presidency was a construction created from approximately 10 years of pre-thought exquisitely planned detail, many people are puzzled by my reasoning. If you peel back the layers to the Milli Vanilli roadshow – what you will notice is the strategy of putting specific ideologies into the legal affairs offices of all the “non-political” constructs. The Pentagon office of legal counsel, for example, can handcuff the activity of the Pentagon with legal opinion in opposition to the traditional goals of the organization (See Jeh Johnson). Likewise the CIA office of legal counsel, can...
  • Motor Fuel Lawsuit

    02/16/2015 9:51:12 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 39 replies
    "Persons or entities that purchased gasoline or diesel fuel (“Plaintiffs”) on or after January 1, 2001, in the following States and jurisdictions –– Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (the “States at Issue”) – brought lawsuits claiming that selling motor fuel without disclosing or adjusting for the effects of temperature violates consumer protection and other laws. All of the cases relating to the States at Issue and all...
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    12/19/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Randy Barnett
    I want to second Jonathan’s take on the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska to enjoin the operation of Colorado’s marijuana regulations. Much as I respect Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, I think this suit lacks merit. Among other vices, it seriously misreads the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which I litigated on behalf of Angel Raich and Diane Monson from the filing of the complaint to the oral argument in the Supreme Court. The Court in Raich ruled that Congress had the power to criminalize the noncommercial and wholly intrastate cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana notwithstanding...
  • Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    12/19/2014 10:16:21 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 120 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Co-blogger Jonathan Adler and Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos have pointed out some of the flaws in the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma urging a federal court to invalidate marijuana legalization in neighboring Colorado. In the unlikely event that the plaintiff states prevail, they will also have set a very dangerous precedent – one that conservatives are likely to rue in other areas. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana under state law, in the face of continuing federal prohibition, harms neighboring states because it facilitates the flow of marijuana across their borders and may increase...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Boston Marathon victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation

    04/01/2014 8:56:16 AM PDT · by wtd · 18 replies ^ | April 1, 2014 | BOSTON (AP)
    Boston Marathon victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation BOSTON (AP) - A Saudi Arabian man injured in the Boston Marathon bombings has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glenn Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of calling him "the money man" behind the attack. Abdulrahman Alharbi, 20, said in the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Boston that his reputation was "substantially and severely damaged" as a result of Beck's statements on the air linking him to the bombings. The lawsuit, which also names the broadcast companies connected to Beck's show, seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
  • Lenders' Dilemma: Invest in Tech or Exit Mortgage Business (Throw In Lawsuits Too!)

    10/22/2013 8:25:54 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Kate Berry has a nice article entitled “Lenders’ Dilemma: Invest in Tech or Exit Mortgage Business.“ The cost to originate a home loan is skyrocketing as lenders try to comply with stricter rules to catch problem loans, and some community banks and independent mortgage lenders are now facing a stark choice: invest in technology that would help automate the loan process or exit mortgage lending entirely. Origination costs are expected to rise 11% this year from a year ago, to nearly $5,900 per loan, as lenders scramble to meet tough new requirements from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal...
  • Nationwide drug shortage problem increasing

    03/10/2012 10:46:01 AM PST · by aimhigh · 18 replies ^ | 03/10/2012 | CNN/WCBS
    A nationwide drug shortage that's dogging the food and drug administration is hitting home with first responders. For emergency medical technicians, shortages can mean the difference between life and death. Nationwide, anti-seizure drugs including intravenous Valium, Versed, and Ativan are among the dozens of drugs - including cancer treatments - that are in short supply.
  • 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...
  • Fort Hood shooting victims sue government, accused shooter

    11/06/2012 6:19:24 AM PST · by GoodDay · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 5, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
    (Reuters) - Families and victims of a mass shooting in 2009 at the Fort Hood military base in Texas filed a wrongful death suit on Monday against the U.S. government, the accused gunman and the estate of an alleged al Qaeda leader.
  • Judge criticises warring couple [lawyers] for squandering £1.7 million on bitter divorce battle

    09/19/2012 6:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 19, 2012 | Telegraph reporters
    A couple who squandered £1.7 million during a bitter divorce and custody battle were criticised by a judge driving their marriage "full tilt onto the rocks." Judge Clive Million slammed Anna-Marie Harvey Kavanagh, 47, and her ex-husband Giles Kavanagh, 52, who - despite both being practicing solicitors - have "spent almost all their assets in litigation". The couple were criticised for "wrecking the ship of their marriage, then turning their attention to the lifeboats." "The ship of marriage may founder, but this couple have driven theirs full tilt onto the rocks," he said. The couple who lived in a £3.2m...
  • Woman burned about hot seat at Cowboys Stadium sues Cowboys and Jerry Jones

    08/15/2012 4:40:19 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 77 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 15, 2012 | Elizabeth Campbell
    The Dallas Cowboys are being put on the hot seat for literally having one. Jennelle Carrillo, who lives in Cleburne, is suing the Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones for the third-degree burns she suffered on her buttocks after sitting on a black, marble bench at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium two years ago while waiting for the debut Blue & Silver scrimmage. Carrillo was hospitalized and had to have skin grafts on her derriere, according to a lawsuit filed in Tarrant County civil court late last week. "It was hot enough to produce third-degree burns through her clothing that day,"...
  • America’s Coming Depression

    06/17/2012 12:07:19 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 17, 2012 | Bruce Krasting
    No, I don’t mean an economic depression. I mean an emotional depression. I fear that a funk could hit a significant portion of the population over the next five years. Tens of millions of lives will be affected. There will be substantial economic hardship. Fortunes will be lost. Media empires will be rattled. Some municipalities will face bankruptcy. Universities and colleges across the country will face new funding pressures. The changes that I see coming will reshape a cornerstone of the American way of life. What could possibly cause this? The answer is that American football is in very,...
  • School Withholds Medication, Cites Rules

    05/27/2012 5:01:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 25 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Deltona (Florida) High School student Michael Rudi suffered a potentially life-threatening asthma attack while attending classes. Though an inhaler prescribed by Rudi’s doctor was available, the school nurse withheld it from him because the school could not locate a signed permission form from his parents. The school’s Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, defended the nurse’s action saying that “it’s a matter of liability. If we allow him to medicate himself without having the proper papers filled out and he dies, the parents could sue us. If we follow our rules the blame for any ill consequences falls on...
  • Federal rewrite of labor laws causing a flap down on the farm (Feds, Feds, Feds, Feds..Feds, Feds..)

    12/06/2011 12:25:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2011 | Andrea Billups
    LANSING, Mich. — Sparking outrage across the country’s rural heartland, the Obama administration is proposing rules to curb the ability of children on farms to engage in “corn sex” for pay. Farmers call it corn detasseling, a time-honored but physically demanding chore designed to promote cross-pollination in the field. For decades it has been a way for teens to earn extra spending money — and forge some good-natured field hand camaraderie — for a few weeks each summer. The Obama administration is considering revisions to federal agricultural work rules that effectively would bar teens younger than 16 from engaging in...
  • Parker doctor rushed in after Reno air crash: Dr. Jonathan Apfelbaum recounts story

    11/20/2011 2:24:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Castle Rock News Press (Colorado) ^ | November 19, 2011 | Chris Michlewicz
    ...Bodies were strewn everywhere. Those who were unharmed scrambled in panic as the public address announcer attempted to calm them. That’s when Apfelbaum’s natural instinct kicked in. As an E.R. doc, Apfelbaum has seen his share of carnage. He has been among the first responders to air disasters that left no survivors. However, the aftermath of the Reno crash was unlike anything he had ever seen. Knowing that the available EMS crews would be overwhelmed, he hugged Julia, leapt over a fence and hitched a ride on a cart to get to the scene faster...
  • More Regulations Only Attract More Lawsuits-Cutting Regulations Will Cut Government Litigation Cost

    10/13/2011 12:26:19 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 1 replies
    Self ^ | October 13, 2011 | Stayfree
    The U.S. government spends who knows how many billions via its own lawyers suing everybody under the sun over its own insane gazillions of regulations. And it probably spends a similar huge amount defending challenges to its huge pile of regulations. I suggest aside from saving businesses a lot of wasted money and time, we could dramatically cut the cost of government by: 1)Eliminate most of the govt. depts. and their regulations 2)Eliminate most of the govt. lawyers who enforce them
  • President’s Jobs Bill Would Stimulate Lawsuits

    10/03/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    A key provision of President Obama’s so-called “jobs bill” would establish the failure of any business to hire an unemployed person as a prima facie case of discrimination. Under the bill, any unemployed person who applies for a job that ultimately is filled by hiring someone else who is already employed could sue the employing firm. The firm would have to show that the suing plaintiff could not have done the job for which he wasn’t hired. Critics contend that this provision will encourage litigation and invite nuisance lawsuits. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) said that “passage of the bill would...
  • Perry Stands With Gibson

    10/01/2011 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Missouri News ^ | October 1, 2011
    During a campaign stop in Memphis this week, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry adeptly played to the rhetoric of unrest reverberating around Tennessee and beyond as a result of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s raid on Gibson Guitars. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, himself a critic of the Gibson raid and one of Tennessee’s highest profile Perry supporters, introduced the Texas governor during a lunchtime fundraiser at the Memphis Botanical Gardens. Before striding to the mic, Perry took a quick detour over to the guitar player in the corner of the room. “Let me come over here and make sure...
  • Republicans Go After Asbestos Lawsuit Fraud and Abuse

    09/12/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 18 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 9-12-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The practice of making duplicate claims from asbestos tort and trust systems was hammered by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) during a House subcommittee hearing Friday. Franks said that asbestos litigation has long been - and continues to be - rife with deception and exploitation, negatively effecting asbestos victims, the legal system and the employment of American workers. He noted that it has been five years since Congress provided oversight of asbestos litigation. At the time, widespread fraud in mass asbestos screenings was uncovered. "This massive fraud turned the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history into one of the country's...
  • Drug company lawyer taped trying to foil lawsuit

    08/17/2011 12:36:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:06 PM EDT | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — International business can be an ethical jungle, but it's rare to get details of bare-knuckle tactics on tape. According to a recording and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press, a lawyer in Mexico for a leading U.S. drug manufacturer offered to pay an opposing expert in a lawsuit if he would leave the country on a key court date to undermine the case. *** Baxter said the lawyer was not authorized to make any offers, and it has severed all ties with him. The recording and its disclosure offer an unusual glimpse of fishy maneuvers in...
  • Substitute of Sprite for 7Up Nets Man $12,000 Award

    07/18/2011 9:23:49 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 15 July 2011 | John Semmens
    Michel Thibodeau’s attempt to order 7Up in French during a flight on Air Canada went awry and the flight attendant brought him a Sprite instead. Mr. Thibodeau sued and won an award of $12,000 for “pain and suffering.” The airline was also ordered to apologize. “Even though the airline, as well as most consumers, might find these two lemon-based soft drinks equivalent, that cannot excuse the humiliation and degradation inflicted upon Mr. Thibodeau,” the Federal Court of Canada wrote in its ruling. “Air Canada’s effort to pass this off as a ‘simple mistake’ does not absolve them of responsibility. Neither...
  • Seesaws: A Vanishing Part Of America

    06/17/2011 4:36:33 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 41 replies
    Let's Be Fair! ^ | April 29, 2011 | Bob Dorigo Jones
    Seesaws: A Vanishing Part of America By Bob Dorigo Jones Can you remember the last time you saw a seesaw? I’m talking about an old fashioned teeter-totter – the kind without springs. If you are under the age of thirty, it’s very possible that you’ve never seen one. Although they were once a staple of playgrounds around the country, the lawsuit explosion in America prompted school officials and park superintendents to start removing them in the 1970s and 1980s. Philip Howard, a prominent attorney and the author of the bestselling book, The Death of Common Sense, wrote this about...
  • Traveling evangelist Bethel arrested in Tenn.

    06/06/2011 7:54:07 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 14 replies
    Daily Comet ^ | June 6, 2011 | The Associated Press
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A traveling evangelist who has sometimes aligned with Westboro Baptist Church has been jailed in Tennessee on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.</p> <p>Nashville police Sgt. Robert Haught told WSMV-TV in Nashville that 48-year-old Glynis Bethel, who is associated with Twenty-First Century House of God in Loxley, Ala., pepper sprayed him in the face as he tried to stop her from leaving a scene Saturday.</p>
  • CAIR's Strong-Arm Tactics in the Cradle of Liberty

    04/22/2011 1:19:16 PM PDT · by forty_years
    netWMD ^ | April 22, 2011 | Hillel Zaremba
    Aaron Proctor, a Philadelphia-based libertarian writer, can count himself the latest victim of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that ironically claims to work for civil rights. ... Aaron Proctor has become yet another victim of the dangerous trend of CAIR stifling public discussion of Islamism. Who will be next?
  • Dems & Trial Lawyers: Pushing discovery extortion through proposed Sunshine in Litigation Act

    04/14/2011 7:48:49 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 3 replies
    Liberty Pundits ^ | April 14, 2011 | Clyde Middleton
    Leave it to democrats to always push filling the coffers of their biggest contributors. It’s “full employment” antics for both of them. So they collude to find warm and fuzzy labels for draconian legislation. They may as well tell us, “Oh, Joey and Addie are just moving people around to create employment opportunities,” as we collectively recoil from the horrors of Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler. And, so, the “Sunshine in Litigation Act” has re-entered the legislative calendars of both the House (HR 592) and Senate (S 623).
  • Walmart Gets Punked by Frivolous Lawsuit

    03/29/2011 7:28:50 AM PDT · by sfwarrior · 12 replies ^ | March 29th, 2011 | Adam Sparks
    Walmart is getting sued by 6 women for sex discrimination; this despite the fact that most of the employees are women. The ambulance-chasing shysters fomenting this case succeeded in getting “class” status for their few plaintiffs from the notorious 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the primary tests for certifying a lawsuit as a “class” is for the court to determine whether the named plaintiffs are sufficiently representative of the class. Additionally, the court must determine if actual discrimination occurred and that this discrimination was likely to be widespread and effect a large class; in this case, a half...
  • Wisconsin: DA tells appeals panel hold on union bill should continue

    03/22/2011 3:12:25 PM PDT · by Jean S · 43 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/22/11 | Jason Stein
    Madison — A judge's hold on Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining bill should be kept in place, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne argued Tuesday. In a filing with a state appeals court, the Democratic district attorney argued that the law, which sharply curtails collective bargaining by public workers, is effectively void because a committee violated the state open meetings law in passing it.Without the allegedly improper committee vote, the later passage of the law by the Senate and Assembly "could not and would not have happened," Ozanne argued.
  • ER Doctor's view on the culture of dependence in the rural and urban poor

    01/14/2011 12:38:49 PM PST · by oneprolifewoman · 28 replies
    Emergency Medicine News ^ | January 2011 | Edwin Leap MD
    Jim-Bob's Terrible Confession Edwin Leap MD Cast: Mama, 40; Daddy, 42, Chastity, 19; Jim Bob, 17. Setting: The family is sitting around the table in their subsidized housing discussing the future. Mama is microwaving dinner, as Daddy pops an Oxycontin, which Chastity eyes with interest. Her back has been hurting, too. Background: Jim Bob, ever the black sheep of the family, is on edge. He has news to tell the family, but he knows it won't go well. Chastity knows about it, and is being a typical big sister. A typical big sister, that is, who refuses to work, loves...
  • Court punishes bay area lawyers who called each other 'hack' and 'loser' — and worse

    12/31/2010 1:22:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | December 31, 2010 | Lee Logan
    .........It started in May 2008. Mitchell was representing a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Volkswagen of America. Mooney was the attorney for the car company. The two men couldn't agree on the date of a hearing. The first volley came from the 50-year-old Mooney, who addressed his colleague as "Junior." "Please do not send me any more of these absurd emails. While I am happy to know that you are also the judge in this case, your continued unprofessional & juvenile behavior is not necessary," he writes. Mitchell, 36, responds in kind: "Old Hack: Your unprofessional and otherwise asinine behavior...
  • CIA Pulls Its Chief From Pakistan

    12/18/2010 4:05:59 AM PST · by deks · 30 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | December 18, 2010 | Claire Bigg
    The CIA has recalled it top officer from Pakistan after his cover was blown and his life threatened. The alleged name of the CIA's station chief in Islamabad was revealed by a Pakistani man, Kareem Khan, who has threatened to sue the intelligence agency over the death of his son and brother in a U.S. missile strike. Khan and his lawyers told a news conference in November that they would seek a $500 million payment for his family members' deaths and warned they may sue CIA director Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and the man they identified as...
  • Health group sues McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

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

    11/24/2010 5:07:18 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 21 replies ^ | 11/23/2010 |
    This is not getting in any MSM news. The report is out and it is very interesting. There are alot of facts I was not aware of. (From a quick glance of the report)Two registered democrats (yet paid republican poll watchers) as well as other witnesses stated they felt threatened and were called racial names by the new black panthers individual (s)? Click below to read the report and testimony. Commission Interim Report USCCR.Gov NBPH
  • Lawyers Scramble for BP Claim Funds

    07/01/2010 5:48:57 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 1, 2010 | Dionne Searcey
    Plaintiffs' attorneys are scrambling to avoid being frozen out by a $20 billion fund aimed at compensating Gulf of Mexico oil-spill victims outside of court. The attorneys had hoped litigation against BP PLC and other companies involved in the spill would net them tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in fees. Many quickly turned their attention to the spill in April from what was then the mass tort of the moment, suits against Toyota Motor Corp. tied to unintended acceleration. But the legal landscape shifted dramatically earlier this month when BP agreed to create a $20 billion...
  • U.S. Mulls Legality of Killing American al Qaeda "Turncoat"

    01/25/2010 9:57:42 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 808+ views
    Opportunities to "Take Out" Radical Cleric Anwar Awlaki In Yemen "May Have Been Missed" White House lawyers are mulling the legality of proposed attempts to kill an American citizen, Anwar al Awlaki, who is believed to be part of the leadership of the al Qaeda group in Yemen behind a series of terror strikes, according to two people briefed by U.S. intelligence officials. One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen. A spokesperson said the White House...
  • Targeting Awlaki: A violation of lawfare?

    01/25/2010 9:48:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 496+ views
    Threat Matrix ^ | January 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Bill Roggio
    According to ABC News, the US may have missed an opportunity to kill radical US-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki because those prosecuting the attack feared "the possibility of criminal prosecution without approval in advance from the White House."White House lawyers are mulling the legality of proposed attempts to kill an American citizen, Anwar Awlaki, who is believed to be part of the leadership of the al Qaeda group in Yemen behind a series of terror strikes, according to two people briefed by U.S. intelligence officials. One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed"...
  • Now schools can sue parents

    03/27/2010 8:06:44 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 460+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 28, 2010 | Sharon Labi
    SCHOOL principals in NSW have been advised staff can sue parents who defame and harass them through social networking sites and email. The NSW Primary Principals Association believes the issue has become so serious that the Education Department's legal services chief, Michael Waterhouse, was asked to address principals on taking legal action. The association says it has been told of at least 11 incidents, mostly in the past year, where principals or teachers have been harassed, defamed, intimidated or attacked by parents or community members. In one case, 12 months of harassment culminated in the physical assault of a woman...
  • Toyota hysteria : Horror stories tell us more about our lawsuit mentality rather than facts

    03/18/2010 7:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 572+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/17/2010 | Michael Fumento
    It's a Stephen King novel come to life -- Toyotas are smashing into walls and doctors' offices and taking Prius owners on wild rides at 94 mph, even with the driver "standing on the brakes." Except these tales tell us more about us -- the American media and the American public -- than they do about the cars. Yes, Toyota has at least one problem in some models. Four people tragically died when their car's accelerator got stuck in a floor mat. There may prove to be other problems, too. But the tall tales don't add up. In a
  • Trial Lawyers Inc. K Street: A Report on the Litigation Lobby, 2010

    02/11/2010 4:51:28 PM PST · by EnderWiggins · 1 replies · 108+ views
    America’s litigation-friendly legal system continues to impose a heavy burden on our economy. The annual direct cost of American tort litigation—excluding much securities litigation, punitive damages, and the multibillion-dollar settlement reached between the tobacco companies and the states in 1998—exceeds $250 billion, almost 2 percent of gross domestic product.[1] The indirect costs of excessive litigiousness (for example, the unnecessary tests and procedures characterizing the practice of “defensive” medicine, or the loss of the fruits of research never undertaken on account of the risk of abusive lawsuits) are probably much greater than the direct costs themselves.[2] Of course, tort litigation does...
  • JPMorgan Email Reveals Secret Banker Plot To Rig Markets

    02/04/2010 4:20:24 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 586+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-4-2010 | Lawrence Delevingne
    JPMorgan Email Reveals Secret Banker Plot To Rig Markets Lawrence Delevingne Feb. 4, 2010, 5:49 PM Here's more fodder for people that believe bankers control the world. has an email from June 2008 that raises anti-trust questions for regulators. In the email, JPMorgan appears to collude with Santander not to compete with each other to purchase for troubled banks during the financial crisis in 2008. Written by Jose Cerezo, an investment banker at JPMorgan, the e-mail describes the two bank bosses and a Santander executive board member, Juan Inciarte, talking about several possible acquisitions of interest to both...
  • Why You Hate Lawyers: Exhibit “A” - Ridiculous Lawsuits

    01/05/2010 4:34:00 AM PST · by LikeLight · 15 replies · 1,186+ views
    Is There a Lawyer in the Church? ^ | 1/4/2010 | Stephen Bloom
    The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is out with its annual list of most ridiculous lawsuits.Here's the top five examples of over-the-top legal insanity, in reverse order of ridiculousness:5. Neighbor sues woman for smoking in her own home4. Double-murderer sues to claim his victims’ classic Chevy pickup3. Holocaust denier sues Auschwitz survivor, alleging memoir contains “fantastical tales”2. Tourist sues hotel, claiming swimming pool got daughter pregnant1. Illegal immigrants sue rancher who stopped them on his land at gunpoint and turned them over to Border PatrolThe President of ILR rightly notes, “While ridiculous lawsuits may...
  • Toxic Telephone Poles (wacky enviro lawsuit)

    11/17/2009 2:25:47 PM PST · by KingofZion · 11 replies · 808+ views
    Toxic Tort Litigation Blog ^ | 11/06/2009 | William A. Ruskin
    In a first-of-its-kind litigation, the Ecological Rights Foundation ("ERF") has alleged in a Complaint brought in federal district court in San Francisco that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is in violation of the Clean Water Act ("CWA") and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"). ERF alleges that the treatment of PG&E's utility poles treated with pentachlorophenol ("penta"), a wood preservative, has resulted in contamination of groundwater and surface water throughout four counties in Northern California -- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco, including San Francisco Bay. The suit implicates all of the estimated 300,000 utility poles that...
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends city legal settlements to drug gang

    10/12/2009 10:14:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 629+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 12th 2009 | Erin Einhorn and Michael J. Feeney
    Anthony Lawrence and Shamel King are charged with dealing drugs - but the city doled out $157,500 to them in legal settlements. Mayor Bloomberg Sunday defended city bureaucrats who handed out half a million bucks to members of a violent Brooklyn drug gang who sued the Police Department. "The city gets sued 200 times a week," Bloomberg told the Daily News. "We take as many cases to trial as we possibly can, but we would [go] bankrupt if we tried to defend every one of them." The mayor was reacting to a front-page News exclusive that exposed a city practice...