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  • Boston Marathon victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation

    04/01/2014 8:56:16 AM PDT · by wtd · 18 replies
    Alabamas13.com ^ | 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
    WNEM.com ^ | 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
    biggovernment.com ^ | 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
    usccr.gov ^ | 11/23/2010 | usccr.gov
    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
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | MATTHEW COLE, RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
    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 Forbes.com...
  • 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. TheStreet.com 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. TheStreet.com: 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...
  • Tort Reformed

    09/23/2009 4:53:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,093+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Litigation: The Founding Fathers envisioned the states as laboratories for ideas and choices. If the administration needs a demonstration project for successful tort reform, it need look no further than Mississippi. When President Obama said during his health care speech to Congress that he would "look into" malpractice reform and support "demonstration projects" at the state level, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, a Republican, responded: "If they want a demonstration project, come down to Mississippi. I'll show you a demonstration project." Mississippi enacted tort reform in 2004, including caps on medical malpractice awards. As a result, the number of medical...
  • Alinsky Perfected Pt. VII: Serial whiner, Andree Mcleod files her sixth complaint

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

    07/23/2009 12:06:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 1,042+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Last month, the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University, released "Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA," a report which accuses the media "of ignoring the extensive research of respected scientists and major health agencies in the United States and around the world, which found BPA was not only safe but played an important role in ensuring food safety."   It also confirms what countless previous studies have said; BPA is safe. If you're unfamiliar with Bisphenol A (BPA), it is a chemical used to make lightweight, versatile, durable, high-performance plastics.  It's...
  • Teen Girl Falls In Open Manhole While Texting

    07/11/2009 6:07:33 AM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 117 replies · 3,137+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | Jul 11, 2009 8:40 am US/Eastern | Dave Carlin
    Alexa Longueira Suffers Deep Cuts, Bruises After Landing In Raw Sewage, Blames DEP For Leaving Hole Unattended: Alexa Longueira, a high school sophomore, was walking along Victory Boulevard near Travis Avenue on Staten Island Wednesday evening when she felt the earth move and was plunged into smelly darkness. She said the manhole she fell in to was left open and unattended with no warning signs or orange cones. She said two workers with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection failed to secure the area as they prepared to flush the sewer. "It was just really gross and it...
  • Orly Taitz et al Being Sued by Phillip Berg et al

    05/05/2009 1:16:13 PM PDT · by mrmeangenes · 19 replies · 2,137+ views
    We have seen quite a bit of Orly Taitz - derived material here on FR. The Taitz "crusade" was (as nearly as I can tell) based on original assertions by Phillip Berg -a Hillary Clinton supporter- about the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama for presidential office. Disagreements between the Berg and the Taitz "camps" have come to a boil recently, and a lawsuit has been filed in Federal District Court by Mr. Berg and others. The link provided shows the details of the 85 (?) page complaint for any who may be interested.
  • Legless Chechen Refugee Sues Cowtown Cops

    04/11/2009 7:39:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 641+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | Sat, April 11, 2009
    Being dragged from a car by Calgary police brought back memories for a Chechen refugee of the civil war in which he lost both legs, a lawsuit says. The $350,000 claim, filed by Calgary resident Suleyman Salamov, alleges cops even broke one of his artificial legs before letting him go without even a charge. Salamov's lawsuit says he was a passenger in a car on Feb. 26, 2008, when it was pulled over and the driver arrested. Police stopped the vehicle being driven by Elcha Khazayev, smashed the driver's side window and removed him from the car, the claim says....
  • 12-Year-Old Quebec Girl Sues Dad for Grounding Her…and Wins

    04/10/2009 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Antioch · 22 replies · 1,388+ views
    LifeSite ^ | Thursday April 9, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    QUEBEC, April 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Gatineau father lost an appeal Monday after a lower court ruled last June that he had issued a too severe punishment against his 12-year-old daughter. The case involves a divorced man who says that in 2008 he caught the girl, over whom he had custody, surfing websites he had forbidden and posting "inappropriate pictures of herself" online. The girl's father told her as a consequence that she would not be allowed to go on her class' graduation trip to Quebec City, even though her mother had already given permission for her to do...
  • How to Get $78 From Bank of America [overdraft class action lawsuit]

    01/26/2009 4:30:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 5,869+ views
    Smart Money ^ | 2009-01-26 | Kelli B. Grant
    If you were hit with an overdraft fee from Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) (or one of the banks it acquired) between 2000 and 2007, you may be in for a little cash. Bank of America recently settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged it (and by extension, Fleet Bank, LaSalle Bank and U.S. Trust Company, which it acquired during that period) changed the posting order of transactions and embarked on other activities in order to increase the revenue it received from non-sufficient funds fees, overdraft fees and similar charges. The lawsuit, which was settled for $35 million, also alleged that the...
  • Obama 'Regulatory Czar' has Secret Animal-Rights Agenda, Says Consumer Group

    01/15/2009 5:47:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies · 1,735+ views
    PR Web ^ | 1/15/2009
    Washington, D.C. (Vocus/PRWEB ) January 15, 2009 -- The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom said today that Cass Sunstein, the Harvard University Law School professor tapped by President-elect Obama to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has a secret aim to push a radical animal-rights agenda in the White House. Sunstein supports outlawing sport hunting, giving animals the legal right to file lawsuits, and using government regulations to phase out meat consumption. In a 2007 speech at Harvard University, Sunstein argued in favor of entirely "eliminating current practices such as … meat eating." He also proposed: "We ought...
  • Flight attendant loses in bid to sue Continental

    12/29/2008 2:08:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies · 1,506+ views
    News Day ^ | December 29, 2008 | David Porter
    A former flight attendant for Continental Airlines who was fired for inappropriate behavior on a flight in 2002 has lost an attempt to sue the company for age discrimination. In a ruling released Monday, a state appeals court upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit filed by Melissa Mersmann and ordering her to pay $2,500 in attorneys' fees to Continental. The lawsuit stemmed from events in early 2002, when Mersmann was fired for her conduct during a Feb. 17 flight from Aruba to Newark. In court filings, the company claimed Mersmann "as a result of being intoxicated, engaged in...
  • To Curb Abuse In Civil Court, Loser Must Pay

    12/22/2008 6:08:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 746+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 22, 2008 | Marie Gryphon
    Even as the financial crisis has businesses, consumers and governments pinching pennies, litigation costs in America continue to swell. The direct costs of tort litigation reached $247 billion in 2006, and contract disputes cost many billions more. As a percentage of GDP, Germany spends only half as much on litigation as does the U.S., and France and the United Kingdom spend roughly one-third what we do. While some litigation is necessary, too many American lawsuits are filed by plaintiffs' attorneys who know they have no legal merit, but who hope to extract a settlement payment from the targeted defendant anyway....
  • The Ivory Bench

    10/22/2008 11:19:33 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 128+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 22, 2008 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Ivory Bench by: Malcolm A. Kline, October 22, 2008 It turns out that another modern-day concept bizarre to some of us old-timers—that of judges acting as de facto school boards—also, like so many other exotic trends, has its roots in academia. “Judges commissioned studies when they could not find guidance on school funding issues in their state constitutions,” Wake Forest political scientist John Dinan told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute on October 15. “Judges are looking for a rationale on school finance in academic studies.” Dinan is the author of the book, The American State Constitutional Tradition....