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  • Viral photo shows Donald Trump threads 'Made in Mexico'

    08/25/2015 12:58:42 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 124 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | Jul 02 2015 | Chloe Herring
    Social media is having field day at Donald Trump’s expense after a BuzzFeed News reporter posted a photo of clothing from the business mogul’s signature collection.
  • What the difference between Xerox, Apple and Microsoft reveals about PopCon

    01/28/2015 9:56:29 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies ^ | 12/1/2013 | Unknown
    System Customers Approach Xerox PARC None. "The Suits' imagination thought there was no market for Windows with a Mouse." Apple Personal How you would make it for yourself if you could have anything you could possibly want. Microsoft Business How you would make it for your subordinates if you had to answer to a Accounting Department for every penny. World Population Control The Ultra Wealthy Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet are suddenly real nice people who so kindly want to dictate the unfolding of billions' of peoples' most intimate relationships, those with their progeny.
  • Demonstration for the removal of Hazmat Suits (awkward)

    10/15/2014 12:48:24 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Youtube
    Video Link Here Demonstration of the correct steps for donning Biological Level C Personal Protective Equipment. Produced in association with the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit at The Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Aides: Rep. Grimm Crashed Thursday Press Conference With Party Leaders

    Whatever his failings, embattled Rep. Michael Grimm isn’t bashful. The Staten Island Republican crashed a press conference held by House GOP leaders Thursday, according to House aides, and emerged touting his proximity to party leaders who’ve steered clear of him since his indictment last month. Grimm spokesman Nick Iacono said the congressman, a Marine Corps veteran, “was welcomed to attend” the news conference where House Republicans urged the Senate to take up a bill making it easier to fire officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs. But two House aides said the Staten Island congressman showed up uninvited and deliberately...
  • Men's Wearhouse fires the 'I guarantee it' guy

    06/19/2013 7:23:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 6/19/13
    Men's Wearhouse executive chairman George Zimmer has been "terminated," the clothing retailer said on Wednesday. Zimmer opened the company's first store in Houston in 1973. He's been the bearded face of Men's Wearhouse (MW) in television ads for years, famously promising men "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."
  • See Ya, Bikinis! One-piece Swimsuits Poised for a Takeover (Bikinis out of style???)

    01/05/2013 12:48:25 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/5/2013 | Yahoo
    Dieting and exercising are perhaps the most popular New Years Resolutions, but don't worry if you've indulged on a few too many holiday treats this year. Swimsuits are already trickling onto retail shelves and the spotlight is on one-piece swimwear, not bikinis. Yes, that extra inch to pinch around your tummy can potentially remain hidden all year. Every stylish celebrity from the curvier gals like Beyonce, Christina Hendricks, and Kim Kardashian, to the skinny-minnies like Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Kirsten Dunst are rocking one-piece bathing suits, or "maillots." As a result, the rest of us are heading directly...
  • 43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate

    05/21/2012 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/21/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Today’s Roman Catholic calendar lists May 21st as the feast day of St. Christopher Magallanes, a martyr killed for celebrating Mass during the Cristero War in Mexico. Perhaps Catholics today may want to recall St. Thomas More — the patron saint of lawyers, who was executed for refusing to agree to a mandate that gave Henry VIII the prerogative of defining religious expression in England. Dozens of Catholic institutions filed lawsuits today against the Department of Health and Human Services over its mandate and its narrow definition of religious practice: Catholic archdioceses and institutions filed suit in federal district courts...
  • Retailers being sued in California over seating

    06/19/2011 7:35:06 AM PDT · by engrpat · 24 replies
    Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | 6-19-11 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Retail store operators may want to sit down for this one -- if they can find a chair. Nearly every national chain is under legal attack in California for failing to provide "suitable seating" for cashiers and other employees who are expected to spend most of their workday on their feet.
  • Subprime securities litigation could run Goldman's legal tab up by $3.4 billion

    03/01/2011 9:54:12 AM PST · by FromLori · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Housing Wire ^ | 3/1/2011 | KERRI PANCHUK
    Litigation and regulatory actions tied to Goldman Sach's selling of mortgage-backed securities could cost the investment bank an additional $3.4 billion in legal expenses, Goldman's said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week. The $3.4 billion is a "worst-case scenario" projection and does not reflect the true risk Goldman faces, but rather what could happen if the firm lands on the losing end of all litigation, a spokesman for the firm said. The company's projection of greater-than-budgeted for legal expenses puts it in company with Bank of America, Wells Fargo & Co. and JPMorgan & Co., all of...
  • States fear that five words in Obama health law will open door to lawsuits. (Another Surprise!)

    04/02/2010 7:49:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies · 1,681+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | April 2, 2010 | Jon Ward
    The addition to existing law of five words, and a comma, may cause a world of hurt to state governments. Tucked away on page 466 of President Obama’s 2,704-page health-care bill is a provision that changes the definition of “medical assistance,” the term describing what states are required to provide to Medicaid recipients. States have in the past been required to provide payment for services to physicians. Now, under the new definition, states will be liable for ensuring provision of “the care and services themselves.” In other words, states are legally on the hook not only to ensure that Medicaid...
  • Sir Tom Baker Viral (English commercial selling mens suits)

    05/15/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT · by tlb · 5 replies · 691+ views
    Sir Tom Baker Gentlemans Bespoke Tailoring ^ | May 04, 2009 | Sir Tom Baker
    Seems like nice suits.
  • McCain's Boots Defeat Obama's Suits (Ben Shapiro On Why Americans Favor A Boots President Alert)

    08/13/2008 10:02:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 207+ views ^ | 8/13/2008 | Ben Shapiro
    A man, they say, can be judged by his friends. If that's the case, then Barack Obama can surely be judged by George Clooney. The UK Daily Mail reported this week that the "Ocean's Eleven" actor regularly speaks with and text messages the presumptive Democratic nominee, advising him on everything from fashion to foreign policy. "George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East," stated a Democratic Party insider. "George is pushing him to be more 'balanced' on issues such as...
  • US Army develops robotic suits

    04/16/2008 5:27:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 83+ views
    BBC ^ | 16 Apr 2008 | Rajesh Mirchandani
    On the big screen, films like Robocop, Universal Soldier and forthcoming release Iron Man show humanoid robots with superhuman powers. But in Utah they are turning science fiction into reality. We are at a research facility on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, ringed by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Once they held the Winter Olympics here; now they are testing endurance in other ways. The aluminium limbs gleam in the brilliant sunshine, as the strange metal skeleton hangs from a safety harness at the outdoor testing site. It seems to be treading water; actually its programme is telling it to keep...
  • Bloomberg Went Too Far in Gun Sting, Dealers Say

    12/09/2007 9:53:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,047+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 9, 2007 | DIANE CARDWELL
    SMYRNA, Ga., Dec. 5 — In Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s campaign to remove illegal guns from New York City’s streets, he sued 27 out-of-state gun dealerships last year over what he said were illegal sales. Most agreed to settle, while others chose to take their chances in court. But here, in this town of 48,000 where Julia Roberts was born, the fight has become deeply personal. Jay Wallace, who owns Adventure Outdoors, one of the major gun distributors in the area and a defendant in one of the city’s lawsuits, is countersuing Mr. Bloomberg, alleging fraud, slander and libel. A...
  • Brazilian Gay Groups Launch Multiple Lawsuits to Silence Christian Opposition

    08/31/2007 6:55:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 372+ views ^ | August 29, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Brazilian Gay Groups Launch Multiple Lawsuits to Silence Christian Opposition Flurry of Lawsuits is Attempt to Prevent Criticism of Homosexual Movement By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman BRAZIL, August 29, 2007 ( recent weeks, homosexual groups in Brazil have attempted to silence their opponents with a flurry of lawsuits that take advantage of Brazil's pro-gay political climate. On August 5th, the Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender People (ABGLT) filed a criminal complaint against several websites for exposing the fact that the leader of Brazil's homosexual movement, Luiz Mott, is a promoter of pedophilia and pederasty (see LifeSiteNews' recent coverage...
  • Bork v. Bork

    06/15/2007 12:00:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2007 | Editorial
    There are many versions of the cliché that “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged,” and Robert Bork has just given rise to another. A tort plaintiff, it turns out, is a critic of tort lawsuits who has slipped and fallen at the Yale Club. Mr. Bork, of course, is the former federal appeals court judge who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987 but not confirmed by the Senate. He has long been famous for his lack of sympathy for people who go to court with claims of race or sex discrimination, or other injustices. He...
  • Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits

    05/05/2007 8:52:34 PM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 458+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 04 May 2007 | Ellen Nakashima
    The Bush administration is urging Congress to pass a law that would halt dozens of lawsuits charging phone companies with invading ordinary citizens' privacy through a post-Sept. 11 warrantless surveillance program. The measure is part of a legislative package drafted by the Justice Department to relax provisions in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that restrict the administration's ability to intercept electronic communications in the United States. If passed, the proposed changes would forestall efforts to compel disclosure of the program's details through Congress or the court system. The proposal states that "no action shall lie . . ....
  • The Brain on the Stand

    03/11/2007 1:24:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,375+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 11, 2007 | JEFFREY ROSEN
    I. Mr. Weinstein’s Cyst When historians of the future try to identify the moment that neuroscience began to transform the American legal system, they may point to a little-noticed case from the early 1990s. The case involved Herbert Weinstein, a 65-year-old ad executive who was charged with strangling his wife, Barbara, to death and then, in an effort to make the murder look like a suicide, throwing her body out the window of their 12th-floor apartment on East 72nd Street in Manhattan. Before the trial began, Weinstein’s lawyer suggested that his client should not be held responsible for his actions...
  • Judges Zero In on Treatment of a Detainee

    10/04/2006 11:08:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 556+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 5, 2006 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In sharp questioning, a three-judge panel yesterday challenged arguments by federal officials seeking dismissal of a Pakistani man’s suit charging that because of his religion, race or national origin, he, like others, was held for months after 9/11 in abusive solitary confinement before being cleared of links to terrorism and deported. In the mahogany and marble splendor of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Lower Manhattan, lawyers for former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government officials argued that the officials were entitled to immunity from the lawsuit filed by the man, Javaid Iqbal, who had been known as...
  • Armoured Suits Are 'Too Goofy' Say US Troops

    05/08/2006 6:51:57 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 2,844+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-9-2006 | Francis Harris
    Armoured suits are 'too goofy' say US troops By Francis Harris, in Washington (Filed: 09/05/2006) American troops have complained that a new armoured body suit designed to be worn in Iraq makes them look "goofy". The water-cooled "alien spacesuits" are being handed out to turret gunners in their notoriously vulnerable Humvee vehicles. The new suit is designed to protect against roadside bombs but has had mixed reviews from soldiers The protective suit, based on those worn by bomb disposal officers, was intended to cut spiralling casualties for one of the most dangerous jobs in modern warfare. But some troops have...
  • New York Is Sued by U.S. on Delay of Vote System

    03/02/2006 6:19:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 502+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2006 | MICHAEL COOPER
    ALBANY, March 1 — The Justice Department sued New York State on Wednesday for failing to overhaul its election system and replace its aging voting machines. It is the first lawsuit the federal government has filed to force a state to comply with the voting guidelines enacted by Congress after the 2000 election debacle. The new federal guidelines were designed to prevent the kind of electoral chaos that marred the 2000 presidential election in Florida, and to make casting ballots easier for disabled voters. But New York State's efforts to modernize its election system have fallen far behind the rest...
  • A Test of Ethnic Courts for Drunken Drivers

    02/28/2006 9:29:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 533+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 1, 2006 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    Attacking what he called racial and ethnic segregation, the Phoenix district attorney filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Arizona court programs set up to provide treatment for Spanish-speaking and Indian drunken-driving offenders. Andrew P. Thomas, the Maricopa County attorney, whose office serves the fourth-most-populous county in the nation, said the "race-based courts" violated the Constitution and federal laws barring discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity. The programs are not technically courts. They are probation programs that steer people to therapy and other treatment in an effort to combat alcohol addiction, though a judge may impose jail or other...
  • Federal judge allows suits vs. Arab Bank (for funnelling monies to Pali homibombers)

    09/02/2005 5:50:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 297+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/2/05 | ap - New York
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge upheld three lawsuits Friday accusing Jordan-based Arab Bank of promoting Palestinian suicide attacks by funneling Saudi money to bombers' families. U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon denied six of eight counts in Arab Bank's March motion to dismiss the litigation, allowing bombing survivors and victims' families to move forward with their lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuits claim that Arab Bank aided terrorism by acting as the administrator of an "insurance plan" by the Saudi Committee in Support of the Intifada Al Quds, which paid $5,300 to the families...
  • An outfit suitable for Mars

    08/16/2005 8:20:44 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies · 792+ views ^ | 08/16/05 | Kendall Powell
    The gas-pressurized space suits used by astronauts for space walks and moon landings would never work on Mars. That's the consensus, at least among astrobiologists and simulation experts at the Eighth International Mars Society Convention, which took place 11-14 August in Boulder, Colorado. A solution, they say, may lie with an old idea. The Mechanical Counter Pressure (MCP) suit aims to use elasticity to provide pressure instead. Paul Webb, a physician from Yellow Springs, Ohio originally proposed this idea in 1968, as a safer and more flexible alternative to the bulky Apollo mission suits. His idea didn't take flight until...
  • Legal Tales Stranger than Fiction: An Unintentional Stripping?-(lapdance clients overcharged!)

    06/17/2005 4:15:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 454+ views
    A Texas appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against several Houston strip clubs based on claims the clubs overcharged patrons for lap dances when the men paid using credit cards instead of cash. Paul Brian Meekey and Michael Fulmer brought the lawsuit after they were allegedly charged $25 for $20 lap dances because they paid with plastic. "Texas law is pretty clear that you cannot charge someone extra for using a credit card," said Sandra Krider, one of Meekey and Fulmer’s lawyers. "The fact that they are strip clubs shouldn’t mean they get away with it." But the ruling could...
  • Sean Hannity Arrested? ACLU Out of Control! - (stalking Hannity because he supports MinuteMen!)

    06/07/2005 9:38:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 55 replies · 3,354+ views
    For years the American Civil Liberties Union has pushed its agenda in terms of what the Constitution “really says,” and what freedom “really means” through judicial extortion. In 1978, the Supreme Court exempted the ACLU from the “ambulance chasing” prohibitions that apply to nearly every other lawyer in the country. Over the years this has enabled the ACLU’s legions of pro bono attorneys to target various organizations they feel are vulnerable to their lawsuits, to dredge the ranks of the “offended” until they can find someone who will agree to let the ACLU stick their name at the top of...
  • Former Clinton Fund-Raiser Denies Blame for False Filings

    05/25/2005 1:10:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 665+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 25, 2005 | LESLIE EATON
    LOS ANGELES, May 24 -Hillary Rodham Clinton's former chief fund-raiser took the stand in his own defense here on Tuesday, saying that he never intended to understate the costs of a Hollywood concert and dinner during her 2000 Senate race. Indeed, the fund-raiser, David F. Rosen, 38, described himself as a diligent foot soldier in the campaign who deferred to his superiors and was himself misled about the event's expenses by its organizers. "These costs were hidden from me," he said. "These costs were concealed for whatever reason." But during cross-examination, Peter R. Zeidenberg, a prosecutor, sought to portray Mr....
  • Suits aren't cool enough for Japan (KYOTO MADNESS)

    05/22/2005 10:30:18 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 1,300+ views
    The Times ^ | May 23, 2005 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    Government orders to turn down the air conditioning to meet Kyoto targets have created a drastic rethink of menswearYOU see them every summer morning, in the packed commuter trains and offices of Central Tokyo: men dressed in wool and polyester, sweating in the 90F heat. These are the salarymen, the warriors of the Japanese economy, for whom summer is a season more to be endured than enjoyed. From June to September, a fug of humidity falls across Japan, tormenting office workers dressed in a uniform more appropriate for winter. But a salaryman in a T-shirt would be like a samurai...
  • Lawyers in Fear - Ambulance chasers quaking in their wing tips!

    04/21/2005 7:40:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 871+ views
    CFIF.ORG ^ | APRIL 21, 2005 | Editors
    In political circles, it is common knowledge that Democrats at all levels rely on generous financial support from plaintiffs’ lawyers. Indeed, during the last election, the American Association of Trial Lawyers (ATLA) gave more than $2.1 million to Democrats. And contributions to Democrats at all levels from individual members of the plaintiffs’ bar probably totaled more than $100 million. So when ATLA recently threatened to postpone and curtail its fundraising efforts for Democrats, it sent a clear and powerful signal: ATLA is scared to death. What has the nation’s leading assemblage of ambulance chasers quaking in their wing tips? It’s...
  • CA: Suits Challenge Protections for 42 Species (Pacific Legal Foundation)

    03/30/2005 6:49:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/30/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A conservative legal foundation filed twin federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging federal protections for 42 species, 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools across much of California and in far southern Oregon. The Pacific Legal Foundation says the critical habitat designations that together cover 1.5 million acres in 42 counties drive up housing costs and taxes and harm private property rights without doing much to save species. The suits, filed simultaneously in Fresno and Sacramento federal courts on behalf of building and agriculture associations, also challenge critical habitat designations for 27 other species, 21 of which...
  • Behind Those Medical Malpractice Rates

    02/22/2005 5:11:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies · 2,147+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | JOSEPH B. TREASTER and JOEL BRINKLEY
    Speaking before hundreds of doctors and medical workers in a St. Louis suburb last month, President Bush called attention to a neurosurgeon on stage with him in the small auditorium. The doctor, the president said, was paying $265,000 a year in premiums for insurance against malpractice claims. Such high prices, "don't start in an examining room or an operating room," the president declared. "They start in a courtroom." Indeed, at many recent appearances, Mr. Bush has complained about the "skyrocketing" costs of "junk lawsuits" against doctors and hospitals. But for all the worry over higher medical expenses, legal costs do...
  • Easing the pain and suffering of medical-malpractice lawsuits - (2% OF GDP! - majority for reform)

    01/15/2005 9:18:25 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 806+ views
    Congressional Democrats could use a spoonful of sugar this week to help swallow their medicine. With tort reform on top of the Bush administration's to-do list, a new poll suggests Americans are solidly in favor of capping jury awards against the health-care industry. The poll, done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, came the week after Presdient Bush gave speeches in Illinois to focus attention on the need for medical-malpractice reform. While only a quarter of those polled said lawsuits were their top health-care policy concern, 63 percent said they would support a law...
  • Lawyers are bad medicine - (President spoke on this today in major speech)

    01/05/2005 12:26:35 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 412+ views
    If told that Congress could pass a bill that would reduce health care costs by 9 percent, more than $100 billion a year, without canceling a single doctor's appointment, shutting one facility or cutting anyone actually working in the medical profession, most Americans would react with three rapid-fire questions: "What is it?" "What are they waiting for?" and "What gives?" The bill is medical malpractice reform. The House has twice passed reform, only to have it killed in the Senate by the powerful friends of the generous trial-lawyer lobby. And yet, under such reform the only thing Americans would give...
  • Specter to Look at Curbing Asbestos Suits

    01/04/2005 9:17:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 434+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/4/05 | Jesse J. Holland - AP
    WASHINGTON - Republicans will try for quick action on a measure that would end asbestos lawsuits in exchange for a trust fund to compensate victims, the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) said Tuesday, despite a two-year deadlock. "It is my hope to be able to present a bill through markup at a very, very early date," said Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., who will become Judiciary chairman later this week. "Whether that can be done in late January or early February remains to be seen." Republicans say Democrats wouldn't let previous...
  • Contracts Keep Drug Research Out of Reach

    12/29/2004 8:10:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 326+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | BARRY MEIER
    THE ACADEMIC CONNECTION Correction Appended Last December, medical school researchers went to a professional meeting in Puerto Rico with a sense of urgency. Federal drug regulators were reviewing unpublished data from their studies on the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents to see if the drugs increased suicide risks. The group included many of the researchers whose published positive findings had helped persuade doctors to prescribe antidepressants like Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac to young patients. Now, faced with growing safety questions, the researchers had been trying for months to gather all the test data about those and similar drugs...
  • Flawed Device Places F.D.A. Under Scrutiny

    12/15/2004 3:11:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 776+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 15, 2004 | BARRY MEIER
    The Red Rooster III was 90 miles out of San Diego on an afternoon in July when it came across a fisherman's dream, a school of albacore tuna. Suddenly, the charter boat's skipper, John Grabowski, saw a rod flying in the air as a passenger, a 72-year-old man, seized up with a heart attack. Mr. Grabowski ran to get the portable defibrillator kept on board. Shocked with the device, the man appeared to revive, but more shocks were needed. They never came. The device signaled that it was out of power and failed to work again. A replacement battery did...
  • CA Supreme Court Rules: Defendants should pay if a public benefit results (sic!)

    12/03/2004 8:29:24 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 124 replies · 3,457+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/3/04 | Maura Dolan
    Justices Uphold Lawyer Fees in Advocacy SuitsDefendants should pay if a public benefit results, even if there are no damages, panel says.By Maura Dolan Times Staff Writer December 3, 2004 SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers for advocacy groups and others who file cases that achieve a public benefit should be rewarded by requiring defendants to pay their legal fees, a sharply divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justice Carlos R. Moreno, who wrote the 4-3 decisions in two related cases, said lawyers need incentives to bring lawsuits that generate beneficial changes but often produce little or no money in damages. The...
  • Boots for Suits: Send children's rain boots to Iraqi kids

    11/16/2004 10:29:38 PM PST · by poindexter · 11 replies · 854+ views
    As many of you heard, Lt. Bryan Suits wants to collect boots and warm socks to hand out to the Iraqi kids. Most of them are still wearing sandals although the weather has grown colder and it rains a lot. If you would like to help out Bryan, you can by sending him children's -sized rubber rain boots and wool socks. Packages can be mailed directly to Bryan at: Lieutenant Bryan Suits C CO, TF161INF 3BCT, 1CavDiv APO AE 09348 Thanks for supporting Boots for Suits!
  • Former G.I.'s, Ordered to War, Fight Not to Go

    11/16/2004 12:33:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies · 3,652+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 16, 2004 | MONICA DAVEY
    The Army has encountered resistance from more than 2,000 former soldiers it has ordered back to military work, complicating its efforts to fill gaps in the regular troops. Many of these former soldiers - some of whom say they have not trained, held a gun, worn a uniform or even gone for a jog in years - object to being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan now, after they thought they were through with life on active duty. They are seeking exemptions, filing court cases or simply failing to report for duty, moves that will be watched closely by approximately 110,000...
  • 'Sorry' Seen As Magic Word to Avoid Suits

    11/11/2004 3:33:54 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 950+ views
    aolnews ^ | 11 10 04 | LINDSEY TANNER
    CHICAGO (Nov. 11) - It's a lesson children learn even before their ABCs - say you're sorry when you hurt someone. But it's now being taught in the grown-up world of medicine as a surprisingly powerful way to soothe patients and head off malpractice lawsuits. Some malpractice-reform advocates say an apology can help doctors avoid getting sued, especially when combined with an upfront settlement offer. The idea defies a long tradition in which doctors cultivated a Godlike image of infallibility and rarely owned up to their mistakes. The softer approach, now appearing in some medical school courses and hospital policies,...
  • Justices Let Prisoners Sue to Regain Right to Vote

    11/08/2004 4:16:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,043+ views
    NY times ^ | November 8, 2004 | DAVID STOUT
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -The Supreme Court today allowed several current and former prisoners in Washington State to challenge a law there stripping them of their right to vote, a move that could have repercussions in a number of other states. The justices left intact a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over seven Western states and held that the convicts were at least entitled to trials in federal district courts to contest their loss of voting rights. The Supreme Court tacitly upheld that position today, with potential implications for prisoners in...
  • As Election Nears, Parties Begin Another Round of Legal Battles

    10/17/2004 7:46:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 363+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 18, 2004 | JAMES DAO
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15 - As the secretary of state of Ohio, J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who is unabashed about his ambition to be governor, has issued a series of rulings on obscure issues like provisional ballots, voting notices to parolees and the weight of registration forms. To Democrats, who say he has repeatedly tried to disenfranchise Democratic voters with those rulings, Mr. Blackwell is reminiscent of Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state who made her name in the chaotic election of 2000. On Friday they challenged him again, filing suit to block a directive they say will...
  • In '04 Florida, Lawsuits Begin Before Election

    10/13/2004 8:11:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 456+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 14, 2004 | ABBY GOODNOUGH
    MIAMI, Oct. 13 - Not a single ballot has been counted in the presidential election, yet Florida is already teeming with lawsuits charging the state and its county elections supervisors with voter disenfranchisement, a legal muddle likely to grow worse before Election Day. On Wednesday, the State Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit seeking to require election officials to count provisional ballots - which voters can cast when their names do not appear on precinct rolls - regardless of where they are cast. And on Tuesday, labor unions and voting-rights groups sued to stop the disqualification of more than...

    10/10/2004 3:01:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 21 replies · 1,952+ views
    The Emperor Has No Clothes By: Brian Tracy John Kerry is neither a “war hero” nor a “patriot.” It is about time that someone pointed out that “the emperor has no clothes” and that Americans are being presented with a false choice. If you read the newspapers long enough, a series of facts emerge that appear undeniable and irrefutable. But no one seems to want to “connect the dots” for fear of offending the powers that be in the national media, such as CBS. Here is what we know. First of all, Kerry did not “volunteer” for service in Vietnam....
  • House Hopes to Quell Frivolous Suits

    09/14/2004 1:28:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 771+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/04 | Jim Abrams - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans pushed through legislation Tuesday aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits. The Republicans prodded Democrats with statements by the Democratic presidential team of John Kerry (news - web sites) and John Edwards (news - web sites) in favor of tougher sanctions against lawyers who abuse the system. Most Democrats were not persuaded, and voted against the bill. They said it went too far in limiting access to the courts and was a campaign-season distraction from more important matters before Congress. The bill passed, 229-174, sending it to an uncertain fate in the Senate. Democrats did succeed in blocking...
  • Defense for a Boy's Rampage: The Medicine Made Him Kill

    08/22/2004 7:15:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 2,537+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2004 | BARRY MEIER
    Christopher Pittman said he remembered everything about that night in late 2001 when he killed his grandparents: the blood, the shotgun blasts, the voices urging him on, even the smoke detectors that screamed as he drove away from their rural South Carolina home after setting it on fire. "Something kept telling me to do it," he later told a forensic psychiatrist. Now, Christopher, who was 12 years old at the time of the killings, faces charges of first-degree murder. The decision by a local prosecutor to try him as an adult could send him to prison for life. While prosecutors...
  • Reporters Fined for Not Giving Sources

    08/19/2004 10:52:48 AM PDT · by Che Chihuahua · 317+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2004 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge Wednesday held five journalists in contempt of court for refusing to disclose the names of their confidential sources for reports about a nuclear weapons scientist under government investigation in 1999. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the journalists, including a reporter for The Times, to pay fines of $500 a day until each divulges information about his sources to lawyers for Wen Ho Lee, who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The order will not be enforced while it is being appealed.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World

    12/17/2003 4:24:38 AM PST · by thesummerwind · 159 replies · 784+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 12/15/03 | Ralph R. Reiland
    <p>Playing for the Pittsfield High School baseball team in Illinois, Danny Hannant threw a pitch that a Calhoun High School player hit in a line drive right at the pitcher's mound. The ball bounced off Hannant's head.</p> <p>Rather than blame the mishap on a lousy pitch or a missed catch, or on the intrinsic risks of the game, Hannant sued the maker of the bat, Hillerich & Bradsby. Seeking in excess of $1 million, Hannant's lawyer argued that the company should have put labels on its Louisville Slugger bats warning that the product "could cause a baseball to be propelled with such velocity that when hit directly towards a pitcher it does not allow the pitcher sufficient reaction time to avoid being struck."</p>
  • Ice-cream suits leave folks cold

    07/27/2003 10:21:37 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/28/03 | Anna Bakalis
    <p>Some Washington-area residents think the new crop of lawsuits targeting the ice-cream industry is leaving out a key ingredient to junk-food consumption: personal responsibility.</p> <p>In fact, the latest step in the self-termed "sue fat movement" had some people laughing in their dulce de leche milkshakes.</p>
  • CA: State suits fight for rights worldwide

    04/20/2003 7:38:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/20/03 | Claire Cooper
    <p>Californians have put themselves at the forefront of a movement to use the state civil courts to pursue international human rights violations. In doing so, they have raised concerns in parts of the federal government and put global corporations on the defensive.</p>