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  • McDonald's napkin lawsuit: Man suing McDonald's for only giving one napkin

    03/04/2014 7:41:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    A man named Webster Lucas is so upset with McDonald's that he has decided to file a lawsuit against them for $1.5 million, but it's not for any reason you could possibly imagine. TMZ reported on Feb. 27, 2014, that the California man is suing McDonald's because they gave him only one napkin with the meal that he ordered and received. Lucas contacted the general manager via email and said that he was suffering from "undue mental anguish" and that stopped him from going to work. He also says that the general manager tried to make amends by offering him...
  • Ventura's deposition in suit against 'American Sniper' author reveals he never read the book

    08/07/2013 4:50:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-6-13 | David Hanners
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura couldn't enumerate just how a Navy SEAL sniper's book defamed him, but he said he'd had a hard time finding work since the book came out. He also said his main complaint about it -- that the late Chris Kyle's tale that he decked Ventura for badmouthing SEALs was untrue -- left him worrying if people think he's a traitor. "Every day of my life, I walk around looking over my shoulder now, wondering who believes that and who doesn't," Ventura said in response to a question from Kyle's lawyer, John Borger.
  • Perry’s ‘loser pays’ is an economic winner

    09/04/2011 10:59:33 AM PDT · by CharlesWayneCT · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2011 | Patrick Gleason and Jason Russell
    Perry made loser pays the law of the land in Texas by signing H.B. 274 in May. ... loser pays makes the legal system more objective and legitimate. “The procedural protections … go a long way toward ensuring that our judicial system dispenses justice according to the merits of the case rather than the size of the wallet,” ... This is not the first time Mr. Perry has tackled necessary pro-growth tort reform. (...) Perry’s landmark 2003 medical liability reforms, which established a burden of proof for punitive damages similar to criminal law by requiring a unanimous jury verdict and...
  • Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry

    08/22/2011 1:48:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | August 22, 2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred – and fear – as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor. And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him. That’s a potential financial boon to a president who has unsettled trial lawyers with...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • 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...
  • Gov. Rick Perry signs tort reform bill into law

    05/30/2011 5:01:00 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 76 replies
    AP ^ | May 30, 2011, 12:30PM | SOMMER INGRAM
    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry signed into law Monday a measure that will limit frivolous lawsuits by levying some fees on plaintiffs and allowing meritless suits to be dismissed early in the process. Perry designated the "loser pays" bill a top priority of the legislative session, saying Texas needs to crack down on junk lawsuits. Some plaintiffs who sue and lose will be required to pay the court costs and attorney fees of those they are suing. The law also creates expedited civil actions for cases less than $100,000. It goes into effect Sept. 1...
  • Mich. woman can sue over toilet paper dispenser

    12/06/2010 12:15:18 PM PST · by freespirited · 113 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/06/10 | Ed White
    The Michigan Supreme Court has refused to throw out Sheri Schooley's lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse in suburban Detroit. Liberal justices were in the majority in a decision that raises questions about what businesses need to do to protect themselves from liability in strange situations. Schooley, 58, acknowledged it's a "bizarre story." She and her husband were out for dinner on New Year's Eve 2007 when she visited the restroom. "I reached and the cover of the toilet paper dispenser fell down on my hand," the South Rockwood woman told The Associated Press on Monday. "It looked like the dispenser was...
  • Facebook wants to control the words “Face” and “Book”

    08/31/2010 10:52:17 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 1+ views
    tech.blorge ^ | August 27, 2010 | Sean P. Aune
    If you have any interest in starting a social network of your own, or pretty much any online venture, you better think twice before you try to use the words “Face” or “Book” in your name unless you want Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers to come calling. News has been spreading around the Web that Facebook’s lawyers have taken up a lawsuit against a yet-to-launch social network for professional teachers called The reasoning behind this is explained in the suit: "If others could freely use ‘generic plus BOOK’ marks for online networking services targeted to that particular generic category of individuals,...
  • What are some popular baby names? How about “Atheist Evolution”?!?!

    08/06/2010 7:24:39 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 13 replies
    True Freethinker ^ | August 5, 2010 AD | Mariano
    This little ditty goes back to 1994 AD. yet, it was brought to mind recently as I thought about how atheists, essentially, define “atheism” as “anti-Christianity,” or “anti-theism” or “anti-…” pick your poison... Moreover, “George Rollason said his daughter's name is the couple's answer to other parents' use of biblical names.” Imagine that; explaining that you chose your child’s name on the bases of shoving it in other people’s faces. Yet, this all seems in keeping with the Rollasons who “have clashed with the school district over angel decorations in the classroom and Bibles in the library.” See what I...
  • (Transexual) Widow offers 'proof' husband knew history (Texas same sex marriage case)

    08/03/2010 1:39:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 24+ views
    Attorneys for the widow of a Wharton firefighter killed in the line of duty presented Monday what they called proof that the fallen hero knew of his wife's gender history. The evidence they presented — (includes) an e-mail exchange and a witness statement... ...a legal battle centering on who stands to be paid monetary benefits resulting from Thomas Araguz's death.. Nikki Araguz's lawyers (argue the marriage)... was valid because of a new provision in the Texas Family Code that took effect last year, which allows a person to present a court order relating to a sex change to obtain a...
  • Ousted USDA Employee Sherrod Plans to Sue Blogger [Breitbart]

    07/29/2010 8:59:36 AM PDT · by freespirited · 89 replies · 3+ views
    ABC ^ | 07/29/10
    Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week. Sherrod made the announcement in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention. The edited video posted by Andrew Breitbart led Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask her to resign, a decision he reconsidered after seeing the entire video of her March speech to a local NAACP group. In the full speech, Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save...
  • Man falsely accused of sex attack hangs himself after police fail to tell him case had been dropped

    04/17/2010 11:30:13 AM PDT · by Christian Cage · 42 replies · 1,457+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 16th April 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A man who was falsely accused of sexual assault hanged himself after police failed to tell him they had dropped the case, an inquest heard. John Keogh, 23, was ‘very upset and angry’ after a hospital patient claimed he had indecently assaulted her. An investigation was launched but police decided to drop the case and withdraw all charges after interviewing him. However, officers did not plan to tell Mr Keogh – who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 18 - until four days later – by which time, he had hanged himself with a pair of shoelaces. His...
  • Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees

    03/29/2010 12:46:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 73 replies · 3,235+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/29/10
  • Judge Nixes Lesbian Teen’s Demand to Attend Official School Prom

    03/25/2010 1:47:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,309+ views
    Life Site ^ | March 25, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    ABERDEEN, Mississippi, March 25, 2010 ( – A federal judge has denied a lesbian student’s request that he force a Mississippi school district to re-sponsor a prom that it canceled when the student threatened litigation if she were not permitted to wear a tuxedo and bring her lesbian partner.Although U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson agreed that Constance McMillen had demonstrated the burden of proof that she had a likelihood of winning her case on First Amendment grounds, he denied a motion for a preliminary injunction to force the Itawamba County school district to sponsor the prom, saying that it...
  • Armrest bonks cellphone user on head during movie: lawsuit

    03/25/2010 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 719+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | LISA DONOVAN
    This is a cautionary tale about the perils of answering a cellphone in a theater as the movie's rolling. Taj Showers, settling in for a matinee with her 10-year-old son, did just that as The Incredible Hulk was doing his thing on the big screen. She clicked her vibrating phone and hunched forward to "discreetly" hold her conversation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. But it was as she was leaning forward, her head tilted to the side that an upright armrest fell in to position -- bonking her so hard, she says, that she...
  • Gary Kreep To File 9 New Birther Lawsuits

    10/16/2009 11:04:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 117 replies · 3,600+ views
    For Goodness Sakes ^ | 10/16/09 | staff
    Eight all at once and one separately. He’s not giving out details at this time, but says he has lawyers working on the briefs. Kreep has become much more outspoken about Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., even while not mentioning her name. He trashed the main complaint she wrote for their case Barnett v. Obama to hell, calling it “terrible,” at the mildest. Andrea Shea King blog talk radio.
  • Panic in D.C.? Justice urges birth suit tossed

    09/07/2009 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Boucheau · 44 replies · 2,675+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 09-07-09 | WND
    The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal judge in California to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of president.
  • Muslim Girl Gets $400G From Nevada School District in Head Scarf Bully Case

    04/08/2009 12:24:05 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 10 replies · 682+ views
    A Nevada school district agreed to pay $400,000 to a Muslim girl and her friend over allegations that other students threatened to kill her in the stairwell for wearing a religious head scarf and the staff did nothing to stop it.
  • Atheist will attempt to boot God from inauguration

    12/30/2008 11:54:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 1,747+ views
    D.C. Examiner ^ | 12/29/08 | Kathleen Miller
    A well-known California atheist says he and 17 others, plus atheist and humanist organizations, will file suit Tuesday in D.C.'s District Court to strip all references to God and religion from President-elect Barack Obama's January inauguration ceremony. Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, Calif., says he wants to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the oath of office, plus axe the invocation prayer from Pastor Rick Warren, already under fire from the left for his opposition to gay marriage. According to Newdow, any reference to God or religion violates the Constitution. "Equality is important to me," Newdow told The Examiner....
  • 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...
  • Price of justice may be high in long case { $250K For A Car-Scratch Case? }

    12/17/2008 11:20:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,323+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/17/8 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    What started as a minor case over a pair of scratch marks less than 6 inches long on a Toyota RAV4 in Palo Alto has turned into a three-year legal odyssey involving a private investigator, an expert witness flown in at a cost of several thousand dollars and appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court. The $653 misdemeanor vandalism case of the People vs. Howard Herships began in 2005 when Steve Kirsch, a Silicon Valley tech millionaire and anti-junk fax crusader, took a woman to small claims court in Santa Clara County for sending him multiple unsolicited faxes....
  • Obambu T-shirt Lawsuit

    12/13/2008 9:07:04 AM PST · by Melissa 24 · 18 replies · 2,277+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 13, 2008 | By BRUCE GOLDING
    The Bambu rolling-paper company is smoking mad at a Barack Obama-loving artist for using its iconic packaging on T-shirts that show the president-elect smoking a joint. Seamus McGovern and his "Love Fatigues" Web business were hit with a trademark-infringement suit for putting Obama's name and face on the beige and white cover of "the world's finest rolling papers." The Manhattan federal court case claims the $22 "Obambu" shirts expose Bambu to "criticism and scorn" because they show Obama smoking weed, and could "confuse the consuming public" into believing they came from the company.
  • CAIR files FEC complaint: Obsession distribution a Zionist plot

    09/25/2008 11:43:15 AM PDT · by BCW · 12 replies · 237+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 23 Sept 2008 | Not Given
    Despite the fact that the film Obsession contains no political content and was made well before the 2008 election cycle began, CAIR, those paragons of Islamic moderation and honesty, would now have you believe that the national distribution of the DVD was an Israeli plot to elect John McCain. This is a very revealing action for CAIR to take. It reveals in particular two key aspects of CAIR's mindset: 1. It shows that CAIR is fully aware that the jihad against Israel is an integral part of the global jihad, and is not just a struggle to recover Palestinian "stolen...
  • DAN'S BAD NEWS DAY (Rather's suit getting whittled down like a redwood at an Alabama beaver party)

    09/23/2008 12:35:16 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 367+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 23, 2008 | DAREH GREGORIAN
    Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS is getting whittled down like a redwood at an Alabama beaver party. A Manhattan judge yesterday threw out two more of Rather's claims against the network, including his charge that his former bosses committed fraud by falsely promising to help restore his reputation after he became a "scapegoat" for a discredited story about President Bush's military career. "We are extremely gratified that the court has now dismissed the vast majority of Mr. Rather's claims," CBS said in a statement. Rather's lawyer, Martin Gold, said that despite Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman's ruling striking...
  • Zondervan faces $60M federal lawsuit over Bible, homosexuality

    07/08/2008 8:27:57 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 69 replies · 1,224+ views
    WOOD TV Grand Rapids, MI. ^ | July 8, 2008 10:58 PM | Tony Tagliavia
    Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60 million federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and other homosexuals have suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the Bible.
  • ABC defends show against outcry by pediatricians

    01/30/2008 3:17:14 PM PST · by TheRealDBear · 6 replies · 169+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 30, 2008 | Steve Gorman
    The ABC network said on Monday it will go ahead with plans to air an episode of its new legal drama "Eli Stone" despite objections from pediatricians who say the show may discourage parents from having their children immunized. The debut episode features the show's title character and hero, a trial lawyer for big corporations who decides to fight for the little guy, convincing a jury that a mercury-based preservative in a vaccine caused a child's autism. On the show, a jury awards the boy's mother $5.2 million in damages after it is revealed the CEO of the vaccine maker...
  • Don Adams Update: Teamster Beating Victims Must Pay Teamster Unions $15 Grand

    09/08/2007 8:11:47 PM PDT · by Physicist · 142 replies · 5,238+ views
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania | September 4, 2007 | William H. Yohn, Jr.
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA   DON ADAMS, ET AL.,     PLAINTIFFS        v.   TEAMSTERS LOCAL 115, ET AL.,     DEFENDANTS   CIVIL ACTIONNO. 99-CV-4910   JUDGMENT AND NOW, this 4th day of Sept., 2007, judgment is hereby rendered in favor of defendant Teamsters Local 115 and against plaintiffs Don Adams and Theresa Adams in the amount of $450.10.   William H. Yohn, Jr., Judge IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA   DON ADAMS, ET AL.,     PLAINTIFFS        v.   TEAMSTERS LOCAL 115, ET AL.,     DEFENDANTS   CIVIL ACTIONNO. 99-CV-4910  ...
  • Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million

    08/10/2007 5:53:28 PM PDT · by peggybac · 226 replies · 4,683+ views ^ | 8/10/07 | Justin D. Anderson
    A Morgantown man, his mother and his friend are suing McDonald's for $10 million. The man says he bit into a hamburger and had a severe allergic reaction to the cheese melted on it. Jeromy Jackson, who is in his early 20s, says he clearly ordered two Quarter Pounders without cheese at the McDonald's restaurant in Star City before heading to Clarksburg. His mother Trela Jackson and friend Andrew Ellifritz are parties to the lawsuit because they say they risked their lives rushing Jeromy to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. The lawsuit alleges Jeromy "was only moments from death" or...
  • Valerie Plame's Lawsuit Dismissed [Drudge siren]

    07/19/2007 11:54:57 AM PDT · by cdnerds · 225 replies · 10,247+ views
    AP via Drudge ^ | 19 03:51 PM US/Eastern | MATT APUZZO
    <p>Judge dismisses Valerie Plame's lawsuit accusing members of the Bush administration of leaking her identity... Developing..</p>
  • Denied service for using her feet, woman says

    07/03/2007 11:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 1,605+ views
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | July 2, 2007 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    DRIVE-THRU DEBACLE | Says McDonald's workers balked at tiny hands, short arms In a lifetime of using her feet the way most people use their hands, Dawn Larson never felt as discriminated against as she did at McDonald's, she said. Born with Holt-Oram Syndrome, Larson has diminutive hands about six inches from her shoulder. That has never stopped her from leading a productive life."I drank my baby bottle with my feet. Nobody ever taught me how to do it, I just did it," Larson said. "I can ride a regular 10-speed bike. I can swim. It has not been...
  • Wal-Mart Sued Over Ammunition Sale In Las Cruces

    04/25/2007 9:36:03 PM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 70 replies · 1,575+ views ^ | 4/25/07 | staff
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A lawsuit alleges Wal-Mart sold ammunition to an unstable man accused of fatally shooting another man six hours later in Las Cruces. Kenneth Rauch, 49, of Las Cruces has been charged with first-degree murder in the April 25, 2005, killing of Eusebio Escobedo, 27, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in state district court, lists the plaintiffs as Escobedo's children, fiancée and estranged wife. Their attorney, Ken Egan of Las Cruces, said Wal-Mart has a policy governing the sale of firearms, including background checks. The lawsuit alleges employees at a Wal-Mart in Las...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • (BREAKING) Judge Rules Cigarette Companies Deceived Smokers

    08/17/2006 4:07:09 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 5,710+ views
    CBS 5 GREEN BAY ^ | 17 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    (AP) WASHINGTON A federal judge ruled Thursday that the nation's top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn't order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler did order the companies to publish in newspapers and on their Web sites "corrective statements" on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking and nicotine. She also ordered tobacco companies to stop labeling cigarettes as "low tar," "light," "ultra light" or "mild," since such cigarettes have been found to be no...
  • Employers must act to stop workplace bullies

    08/02/2006 11:31:48 AM PDT · by Millee · 8 replies · 463+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 8/2/06 | David McRae
    The clear message for employers in the case of Helen Green, who this week won more than £800,000 in damages against her former employer Deutsche Bank after a sustained period of "infantile" treatment by colleagues, is that it is not okay to look the other way if an employee is being bullied. * Examples of the treatment said to have been meted out to Ms Green included blowing raspberries at her and telling her "you stink". Some employers might be forgiven for believing that such juvenile behaviour should be ignored or simply brushed aside by the person on the receiving...
  • Atheist who sued priest over Jesus' reality fined. But author refuses to pay judgment

    07/03/2006 10:25:35 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 13 replies · 885+ views ^ | 07/03/2006 | Joe Kovacs
    Monday, July 3, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MUCH ABOUT HISTORY Atheist who sued priest over Jesus' reality fined But author refuses to pay judgment, saying it violates intellectual liberty -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 3, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Joe Kovacs -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2006 An atheist who gained worldwide fame when he sued an Italian priest, claiming Jesus Christ never actually existed, has been fined by an appeals court in Rome. But Luigi Cascioli vows never to pay the $1,900 judgment against him. The fact he was given the maximum fine is "an abuse of authority against every right of intellectual expression...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Boy falsely reports racist attack in Ansonia (CT)

    04/09/2006 11:09:36 AM PDT · by Puppage · 22 replies · 1,155+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 4/9/06 | Puppage
    (Ansonia-WTNH, Apr. 8, 2006 11:20 PM) _ An Ansonia 12-year-old is in some trouble tonight after he claims he was abducted and assaulted by White men in robes. The boy claimed that he was attacked because of the color of his skin. Now, it turns out that Ansonia police have determined the boy's story is a lie. Ansonia police told us earlier today they were investigating a claim of an assault to a child. His mother originally told us her child told her he was the target of racism. In fact, she was so scared she, and the NAACP asked...
  • Parent Trap? Litigation Explodes Over Paternity Fraud

    04/09/2006 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Jontherocks · 9 replies · 980+ views ^ | April 10, 2006 | Tresa Baldas
    Paternity fraud is rampant in the United States, triggering legislation and legal challenges in more than a dozen states, according to family law attorneys and fathers' rights activists. At issue: Men claim women are getting away with trickery -- DNA evidence may show a man is not the father, but the courts are still forcing him to pay child support anyway. "This is the new underdog," said Michigan family law attorney Michele Kelly, who represents mostly men tangled in paternity disputes. "I was a staunch feminist. I marched with Gloria Steinem. But the new victims in America are working men....
  • House sponsor hopeful about bill that would bar ACLU’s rewards in religion lawsuits

    03/27/2006 7:59:51 AM PST · by Jay777 · 40 replies · 1,072+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Indiana’s John Hostettler is trying for the fifth consecutive Congress to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union from receiving government funds when it succeeds at legal challenges to public expressions of religion. This year, the Republican representative has more hope than before thanks to the American Legion. The country’s largest veterans organization, with about three million members, has aggressively thrown its influence behind Hostettler’s bill, and the persistent congressman is encouraged at his proposal’s prospects. Hostettler’s measure, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), H.R. 2679, is designed to close what he considers a loophole in federal law 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...
  • Annoying Teacher Fined

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A Rochester teacher who has taken his employer and his own union to court numerous times over the years has been ordered to come up with $270,000 in legal fees. U-S District Judge David Larimer has ruled that Donald Murphy must pay that amount to the Rochester City School District and the Rochester Teachers Association. Larimer said Murphy targeted the city's entire school system in frivolous legal actions while claiming his civil rights were violated. He called Murphy's case "meritless and without foundation." The judge said Murphy's "antics" were aimed at annoying school officials or calling...
  • 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."
  • What Really Happened (Traitor Sheehan: "I Started Crying In Pain." BWAH-Ha-Ha-Haaaaaaa!!!)

    02/01/2006 12:36:23 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 100 replies · 2,636+ views
    Cindy Sheehan's Diary ^ | 02/01/2006 | Cindy "Grief Pimp" Sheehan
    Dear Friends, As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight. I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country. There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened: This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address....