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  • 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...
  • Lawyers Gear Up Grand New Fees, Hourly Rates Increasingly Hit $1,000 (Once Seen as Taboo)

    08/22/2007 7:02:09 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 41 replies · 1,026+ views
    WSJ ^ | Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | NATHAN KOPPEL
    The hourly rates of the country's top lawyers are increasingly coming with something new -- a comma. A few attorneys crossed into $1,000-per-hour billing before this year, but recent moves to the four-figure mark in New York, which sets trends for legal markets around the country, are seen as a significant turning point. On Sept. 1, New York's Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP will raise its top rate to more than $1,000 from $950. A select group of attorneys began billing at that rate before this year, such as Stephen Susman, a founding partner of a Houston firm who has...
  • Patent law is getting tax crazy

    10/21/2006 10:52:25 AM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies · 623+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | October 19, 2006 | Floyd Norris
    OK folks you can't make this stuff up. The patent office is going crazy! First, obvious software patents, and now this: "As the American tax law gets more and more complicated, lawyers have come up with one more way to make life difficult for taxpayers: Now you may face a patent infringement suit if you use a tax strategy that someone else thought of first.".....
  • Another ADA stretch

    10/18/2006 8:03:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies · 926+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 18, 2006 | Editorial
    United Parcel Service Inc. employs hundreds of hearing-impaired people who may hold any job other than delivery-truck driver. The rule is based on the company's justifiable concerns about public safety (and predatory trial lawyers). But in ruling the policy discriminatory under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has created a situation in which UPS and other companies may be sued no matter what they do. The "9th Circus" ruled against UPS essentially because it failed to prove a negative. The company might have won had it put deaf people in the driver's seat...
  • Not it! Mass. elementary school bans tag

    10/18/2006 7:39:05 AM PDT · by Redcitizen · 62 replies · 1,516+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/18/2006 | Author Unknown
    ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Tag, you're out! Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.
  • Judge Rules Accessibility Suit Against Target Can Proceed

    10/02/2006 5:44:59 AM PDT · by stm · 103 replies · 1,284+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | September 25, 2006 | Linda Rosencrance and Carol Sliwa
    A federal judge in San Francisco ruled this month that a lawsuit filed against Target Corp. by the National Federation of the Blind challenging the accessibility of the retailer’s Web site can move forward. NFB officials contended that the ruling sets a precedent, establishing that retailers must make their Web sites accessible to the blind under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). “This ruling is a great victory for blind people throughout the country,” said NFB President Marc Maurer. When asked if the NFB would file lawsuits against other retailers in an effort to improve Web site accessibility, NFB...
  • Accused Burglar Sues Homeowner Who Shot Him

    10/01/2006 9:28:04 PM PDT · by baldeagle390 · 100 replies · 13,074+ views
    MILWAUKEE -- A Janesville man who admitted breaking into a home is suing the homeowner who shot him. Kurt Prochaska, 39, was on probation last fall when he admitted he broke in to a home and was shot by the homeowner, but that's not stopping him from going after cash through the courts. Late last year, the Rainiero family awoke to find Prochaska in their home. Michael Rainiero, a doctor, ordered Prochaska to leave. He didn't and was shot in the back. Nearly a year later, Rainiero's attorney said it's far from over because Prochaska is suing him from beind...
  • US fast-food chains sued over carcinogenic chicken

    09/28/2006 9:53:21 PM PDT · by bamahead · 62 replies · 1,981+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Sep 28, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US doctors' group has sued seven leading fast-food chains including McDonald's and Burger King over their use of a "dangerous carcinogenic" in grilled chicken. The Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed suit in California Thursday "to compel the restaurants to warn unsuspecting consumers". The group said every sample of grilled chicken products from the seven national chains "tested positive for a dangerous carcinogenic compound called PhIP" during analysis at an independent laboratory. PhIP is one of a group of carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that are found in grilled meat. In 2005, the...
  • Dad of 'Idol's' Barrino Sues Publisher

    09/27/2006 8:40:40 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 329+ views ^ | 9 26 06 | HILLEL ITALIE
    NEW YORK - The father of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino has filed a $10 million libel suit against the publisher of a book about his daughter, alleging that it contains "false, exaggerated, sensational, intentional and malicious untruths." In papers filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Joseph Barrino is seeking damages from Simon & Schuster, which released "Fantasia: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale" in 2005. The book was made into a TV movie, starring Fantasia, that aired on the Lifetime network in August. Among the details disputed by Joseph Barrino: that he was hostile to the music...
  • Son Sues Over Katrina Wheelchair Death ("Poncho woman")

    08/17/2006 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 26 replies · 941+ views
    AP ^ | 8/17/06
    Today: August 17, 2006 at 8:45:37 PDT Son Sues Over Katrina Wheelchair Death By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The son of a 91-year-old woman who died in her wheelchair while waiting to be rescued from the city's Convention Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sued the city and state Thursday. Herbert Humphrey Jr.'s lawsuit accuses numerous state agencies and the city of New Orleans of willful misconduct in the death of his mother, Ethel Freeman. It was filed in state Civil District Court in New Orleans. The Convention Center had been overwhelmed with desperate evacuees,...
  • Rewards from Coke not so sweet, suit says (Get out the duct tape!)

    07/14/2006 7:56:09 AM PDT · by Houmatt · 48 replies · 1,150+ views ^ | 7-14-06 | Christopher Leonard
    CLAYTON, MO. - A St. Louis weight-loss instructor is suing the Coca-Cola Co. over its product loyalty campaign, claiming the program might encourage children to drink so much of the soft drink that they could die. The campaign, called "My Coke Rewards" gives customers points for buying Coca-Cola products. Customers trade in points for prizes that range from baseball gloves to free vacations. Julia Havey says it's no sweet deal. The program expires in January, and to accumulate enough points by that time for high-end prizes, customers would need to drink hundreds of Cokes a day, she said. Coca-Cola spokesman...
  • Man didn't ask to be like Mike, so he's suing ($832 million)

    07/08/2006 11:57:30 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 125 replies · 4,857+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 07/08/06 | Holly Danks
    Man didn't ask to be like Mike, so he's suing Court - Allen Ray Heckard says his resemblance to Michael Jordan is distressing, and he wants the star and Phil Knight to pay Related Documents (PDF): 1 Saturday, July 08, 2006 HOLLY DANKS HILLSBORO -- Michael Jordan made a bushel of money shooting baskets and pitching Nike products. Allen Ray Heckard, a 51-year-old Northeast Portland man, says he has been told he looks like Jordan. Now he wants some of that fortune for the pain and suffering of having a famous face. Heckard, an airport shuttle driver and auto detailer...

    07/03/2006 9:55:11 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 793+ views ^ | 7 3 06 | MARK MILLER
    INNSBRUCK, Austria -- It's been suspected for centuries, but a team of world-renowned scientists has finally confirmed it: Lawyers and leeches have identical genetic makeup. Dr. Andreas Volkenweiler of Austria's famed Innsbruck Institute of Genetic Research confirms that, "While studying the DNA sequences of many genes that control body patterns in various occupations, our research team observed that each lawyer gene contains a stretch of 180 nucleotides -- or structural components of DNA -- which exactly match the structure of those found in leeches. "Once we made that basic match, other similarities between the two species were fairly easy to...
  • Man Sues Over Web Site Comments

    06/30/2006 10:33:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 479+ views
    AP ^ | 6/30/6
    Pittsburgh -- A city attorney is suing the creator of a Web site that lets women dish dirt on men they claim have wronged them, saying they made defamatory statements about him. Attorney Todd J. Hollis sued because he contends two Pittsburgh-area women and other anonymous users posted items about him on in which they claim he is unfaithful, among other things, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday. Hollis filed the suit Thursday in Allegheny County against Tasha C. Joseph of Miami, who created the site, which bills itself as a "cost-effective weapon in the war on cheating men." Joseph, 33,...
  • Doctor, consumer group sue KFC

    06/13/2006 5:51:16 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 120 replies · 1,731+ views
    Mercury News ^ | June 13, 2006 | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    A doctor and a consumer group have sued KFC in an effort to stop the chicken chain from cooking with high-fat partially hydrogenated oil. Dr. Arthur Hoyte, a retired physician from Rockville, Md., and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, want a judge to order Kentucky Fried Chicken to use other types of cooking oils or make sure customers know about trans fat content immediately before they make a purchase. KFC spokeswoman Laurie Schalow called the lawsuit frivolous and said the company will fight it in court. Schalow said KFC is looking at using other types of oil...
  • Nanny Sues Hidden-Camera Manufacturer

    06/14/2006 6:53:25 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 33 replies · 1,752+ views ^ | 6 14 06 | Associated Press
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A nanny who was arrested after police viewed hidden camera video recordings that appeared to show her shaking a 5-month-old baby is suing the recording system's manufacturer. Claudia Muro, 32, alleges that distorted camera footage wrongfully led to her arrest and imprisonment. She was arrested in October 2003 and spent two years awaiting trial before prosecutors dropped the case because of concerns about the tape. The footage was broadcast on television around the country. The lawsuit was filed against Boca Raton-based Tyco Fire & Security, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The lawsuit...
  • Foiled Burglar Sues Store Employees for 'Emotional Distress'

    06/10/2006 8:17:45 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 62 replies · 1,824+ views ^ | 6/10/06 | AP via Fox News
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A man who was beaten by employees of a store he was trying to rob is now suing. Police say Dana Buckman entered the AutoZone in Rochester, New York, last July, brandished a semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash. That's when employees Eli Crespo and Jerry Vega beat him with a pipe and held Buckman at bay with his own gun. Buckman escaped when they retreated into the store to call 911, but he was arrested a week later. He pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 18 years in prison as a repeat violent felon.
  • Business Takes English-Only Ordering Policy (Illegals May Pursue Court Action)

    06/09/2006 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Rick_Michael · 102 replies · 1,939+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 9, 2006 | By Patrick Walters
    PHILADELPHIA -- Bistec con queso? Not at Geno's Steaks. An English-only ordering policy has thrust one of Philadelphia's best-known cheesesteak joints into the national immigration debate............ has posted small signs telling customers, ``This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING `SPEAK ENGLISH.' "........... Juntos, a Hispanic neighborhood organization, said it plans to send people to Geno's to try to order in Spanish and may pursue court action, depending on what happens.
  • UPDATED: Candidate misses filing deadline; Claims blogger distracted him; Files $200K lawsuit

    06/01/2006 4:50:05 PM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 29 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Potomac News ^ | May 31, 2006 | KAFIA HOSH
    Chapman is suing the operator of an Internet blog, or web journal, for defamation and his camp blamed the pending lawsuit for throwing them off course and missing the filing deadline. ... Chapman's spokesman, Faisal Gill, said Chapman missed the deadline because he was distracted by the ongoing defamation lawsuit against an Internet blogger. "I think he was kind of caught up with that and it was just something that he missed," Gill said. Chapman is suing a blogger who goes by the name Black Velvet Bruce Lee and follows Manassas politics. On several postings, the blogger and his Web...
  • Theater Objects To Smell Of Popcorn

    05/17/2006 11:09:32 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 64 replies · 1,199+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 17 May 2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    (CBS) CHICAGO The smell of popcorn may bring a whiff of excitement to many people, but not everyone appreciates it. That could keep Garrett’s Popcorn from opening at a new location downtown. Published reports say the owners of the Oriental Theatre Building at 24 W. Randolph St., has filed a lawsuit to block the popcorn maker from opening in the building, which houses the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The theater planned to sublease a storefront to Garrett’s, but the owners of the building fear the smell of popcorn will invade other offices and cause people to cancel their...
  • Spielberg Production Sued Over Haircut

    03/17/2006 9:30:08 PM PST · by woofie · 10 replies · 370+ views
    Drudge/Associated Press ^ | Mar 17 /06 | TIM KORTE
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A Mescalero Apache family in southern New Mexico has sued the producers of Steven Spielberg's television miniseries, "Into the West," claiming a set stylist cut an 8-year-old girl's hair without regard for tribal customs. "It's part of our culture not to cut a girl's hair until her Coming of Age ceremony," the girl's father, Danny Ponce, said Friday in a telephone interview. "The only ones allowed to do that are the parents. Nobody asked for permission." Ponce filed suit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on March 6, naming Turner Films Inc. and the unknown stylist as defendants....
  • Fighter Injured in 2000 Fight Sues Gatti(Joey Gamache)

    03/03/2006 10:56:58 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | 3 3 06 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK - A former boxer who says he sustained permanent brain damage in a 2000 bout against Arturo Gatti is now suing, saying Gatti weighed too much for the fight. Joey Gamache, 39, and his wife filed a lawsuit in federal court Feb. 21 alleging breach of contract over the Feb. 26, 2000 bout at Madison Square Garden. Gatti won the fight. By contract, both fighters had to weigh 141 pounds by at least eight hours before the bout started, according to the suit filed by lawyer Keith Sullivan. Gatti made weight the day before the fight, but the...
  • First smokes, now Cokes

    02/03/2006 7:03:12 AM PST · by ZGuy · 183 replies · 3,320+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/3/6 | Walter Olson
    GET READY for the next mass-tort crusade: protecting our kids from the ravages of Big Cola. According to reports, a group of lawyers is gearing up to file lawsuits that will seek to blame Coke, Pepsi and others for obesity, tooth decay and other childhood health ailments. An article in the Boston Globe Magazine has called it part of a "national legal movement to make soft drinks the next tobacco." Instead of tar and nicotine, we'll be hearing about corn sweeteners and caffeine; maybe Dr. Pepper can stand in as the new Joe Camel. Ridiculous? More like inevitable. For some...
  • SUIT BLAMES COPS $50M sought by family of teen; chief defends officers

    10/13/2005 10:41:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 898+ views ^ | 10 12 05 | MICHAELANGELO CONTE
    $50 million lawsuit is being filed against Hoboken and its police department by the parents of a 16-year-old boy who drowned in the Hudson River shortly after escaping from Hoboken Police Headquarters. "He was in the custody of the police department, he was a juvenile and it was their responsibility to maintain his safety and under very suspicious and nefarious circumstances he allegedly escaped and drowned in the Hudson River," attorney Robert Bianchi said. "To this day, a year later, no one from law enforcement has had the courtesy to contact the mother or her attorney to let them know...
  • Driver says her accident deputy's fault(your not going to believe this lawsuit)

    08/08/2005 1:35:01 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 36 replies · 2,297+ views ^ | Monday, August 8, 2005 | Richard Roesler
    OLYMPIA – Three years after getting drunk, blowing through a stop sign and triggering a wreck that left her passenger critically injured, a former Idaho resident has filed a $1.5 million claim against Washington's Pend Oreille County for not detaining her before she caused the crash. In her claim, Ashlen Lee says that on June 12, 2002, a county sheriff's deputy stopped her truck around 3:30 a.m. and could see that she had been drinking. But after quizzing her, the deputy let the 17-year-old drive away. The officer said he'd give them a warning," said Lee's attorney, W. Russell Van...
  • Bus firm takes car sharers to court

    07/12/2005 11:43:06 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,648+ views
    thegaurdian ^ | July 11, 2005 | Kim Willsher
    They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution. Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition". The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated. Two years ago a...
  • Parents of girl killed in car crash sue hosts of party where driver drank

    06/03/2005 8:50:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1,151+ views
    Court TV ^ | 6/3/5 | Bo Rosser
    STUART, Fla. (Court TV) — A car crash that left two teens dead and another in prison continues to afflict this small coastal town nearly three years after the fatal accident. Stephen Bromstrup, 16, allegedly downed several beers that he sneaked into a June 17, 2002, pool party that Barbara and John O'Brien threw for their 14-year-old daughter. After the party, Bromstrup and two friends, Daniel Downes and Matthew Gordon, climbed into a 1988 Pontiac Firebird and took off through the O'Briens' upscale neighborhood, according to police. Prosecutors say Bromstrup raced through a stop sign at 70 miles an hour...
  • Gladewater Bank Robber Sues Police

    05/06/2005 5:11:30 PM PDT · by mnehring · 12 replies · 564+ views
    KLTV ^ | 5/6/05 | KLTV
    Gladewater Bank Robber Sues Police An East Texas man who was shot while attempting a bank robbery in 2003, is now suing the city where he was shot, in the attempt. Police in Gladewater say 44 year old, Charles Clinton Baugher was shot in May of 2003 after police chased down the van he and his son were in. Baugher attempted to rob Gladewater National Bank, and received gunshots wounds to the head and left shoulder. He plead guilty to second degree felony robbery. In a lawsuit filed in Tyler, Baugher is suing Gladewater police officers for excessive force saying...
  • N.C. Man Finds Finger in Frozen Custard

    05/03/2005 4:09:50 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 37 replies · 1,165+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 2, 2005 | The Associated Press
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - A man who ordered a pint of frozen chocolate custard in a dessert shop got a nasty surprise inside — a piece of severed finger lost by an employee in an accident. Unlike a recent incident at a Wendy's restaurant in California, no questions of truth have been raised about the finger found in a package from Kohl's Frozen Custard. State officials went to the shop Monday, and the owner confirmed one of his employees lost part of a finger in an accident with a food-processing machine. Wilmington television station WWAY reported that Clarence Stowers found the...
  • Time to Level Playing Field for Gun Makers

    04/27/2005 10:27:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,128+ views
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2005 | By John R. Lott, Jr.
    Every product has illegitimate uses and undesirable consequences, but even lawsuits have had their limits. In 2002 in the U.S., car accidents killed 45,380 people and injured another 3 million, 838 children under the age of 15 drowned, 474 children died from residential fires, and 130 children died in bicycle accidents. Fortunately, local governments haven’t started recouping medical costs or police salaries by suing auto or bicycle companies, pool builders or makers of home heaters. All sorts of products, including cars and computers, are also used in the commission of crimes. But again, no one yet seriously proposes that these...
  • Woman who found finger at Wendy's files claim against franchise

    03/29/2005 2:03:58 PM PST · by soundandvision · 151 replies · 3,625+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    A woman who bit down on a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant in California said she was disgusted by the experience while her attorney has filed a claim with the franchise owner. Anna Ayala, 39, of Las Vegas, was dining at the Wendy's in San Jose, Calif., on March 22 when officials said she scooped up the inch-and-a-half long fingertip in a mouthful of chili. "Just knowing that there was a human remain in my mouth ... it is disgusting. It is tearing me apart inside," Ayala told ABC's "Good Morning America" on...
  • Tennessee Jury Awards Nearly $50 Million to Family Involved in Fatal Crash (Runaway Jury)

    03/08/2005 9:42:06 PM PST · by TheBattman · 45 replies · 1,229+ views
    KAIT8 news ^ | February 25, 2005 | KAIT TV
    MEMPHIS, TN - A Tennessee jury has awarded punitive damages of more than $48 million to the family of two Tennessee women killed in a 2002 crash near Corning, Arkansas. The woman was driving a Dodge Caravan, and her family sued the DaimlerChrysler Corporation, which made the vehicle. The judgement came in the second phase of a trial in which the family of Vickie Mohr and her mother, Maurine Heathscott, claimed the vehicle was unreasonably dangerous. The 38-year-old Mohr, of Cedar Grove, Tennessee, and 76-year-old Heathscott, of Lexington, Tennessee, were killed in a three-vehicle accident on July 5, 2002. The...
  • Salt should be regulated food additive, group says

    02/24/2005 11:05:17 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 133 replies · 2,081+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/05 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A consumer group sued the federal government on Thursday, saying that salt is killing tens of thousands of Americans and that regulators have done too little to control salt in food. Despite advisories to take it easy on sodium, Americans are now consuming about 4,000 milligrams a day -- nearly double the recommended limit to keep blood pressure under control, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said. So the CSPI renewed a lawsuit first filed in 1983 to ask federal courts to force the Food and Drug Administration to declare sodium a food...

    02/11/2005 11:21:34 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 174 replies · 4,892+ views
    As a general rule, suing a seven-year-old won't score you any points with St. Peter. But Mary Ellen Michaels and her lawyer, Judson Hawkins, already have guaranteed reservations at the Burning Lake of Fire Spa & Resort. Our saga began when Michaels was rollerblading down a Metroparks bike path in Strongsville last spring. She came upon a seven-year-old riding a bike. Behind the boy was his grandma, who was watching him while his parents were on a trip to New Orleans. Michaels yelled at the boy to get out of the way. The kid stopped his bike, giving Michaels barely...
  • Tsunami victims to sue French hotel chain Accor, Thai govt, US authorities

    02/15/2005 7:09:35 AM PST · by edcoil · 61 replies · 1,564+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | 15 Feb 05 | edcoi
    Tsunami victims to sue French hotel chain Accor, Thai govt, US authorities VIENNA (AFX) - A group of Austrian and German victims of the Asian tsunami disaster are to file a lawsuit demanding that Thailand, French hotel chain Accor (Paris: FR0000120404 - news) and US forecasters prove they reacted adequately to the disaster, their lawyers said. The suit, naming Accor and the US-run tsunami early warning system in the Pacific as well as Thai authorities, will be filed in a New York district court this week, the lawyers said in Vienna.
  • Tsunami victims to sue French hotel chain Accor, Thai govt, US authorities

    02/15/2005 7:46:34 AM PST · by Brian Mosely · 11 replies · 672+ views
    AFX ^ | 2/15/05
    VIENNA (AFX) - A group of Austrian and German victims of the Asian tsunami disaster are to file a lawsuit demanding that Thailand, French hotel chain Accor (Paris: FR0000120404 - news) and US forecasters prove they reacted adequately to the disaster, their lawyers said. The suit, naming Accor and the US-run tsunami early warning system in the Pacific as well as Thai authorities, will be filed in a New York district court this week, the lawyers said in Vienna. 'We found that serious lapses were committed,' said Herwig Hasslacher, one of the three lawyers for the group. They said the...
  • The TRUE Stella Awards 2004 Winners

    01/31/2005 12:31:37 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 1,298+ views
    stella awards ^ | 1 31 04 | Randy Cassingham
    Unlike the FAKE cases that have been highly circulated online for the last several years (see for details), the following cases have been researched from public sources and are confirmed TRUE by the ONLY legitimate source for the Stella Awards: . To confirm this copy is legitimate, see You may forward this issue, so long as you send it in its entirety. MEDIA OUTLETS: See *BEFORE* running the awards! (That page will have any updates and corrections, too.) -v- #6: The Tribune Co. of Chicago, Ill. The newspaper chain owns several newspapers, as well as the...
  • Teen sues over Confederate flag dress

    12/22/2004 11:53:59 AM PST · by kattracks · 45 replies · 1,689+ views ^ | 12/22/04 | AP
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A teenager is suing her school district for barring her from the prom last spring because she was wearing a dress styled as a large Confederate battle flag. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims the Greenup County district and administrators violated Jacqueline Duty's First Amendment right to free speech and her right to celebrate her heritage at predominantly white Russell High School's prom May 1. She also is suing for defamation, false imprisonment and assault. "Her only dance for her senior prom was on the sidewalk to a song playing on the radio,"...
  • Confederate Flag (Prom Dress) UPDATE

    12/20/2004 3:09:38 PM PST · by DixieOklahoma · 107 replies · 28,403+ views
    SCV supports Jaqueline Duty Confederate Prom Dress Lawsuit to be filed in Federal court in Lexington, KY Press Release - December 17, 2004 - For Immediate Release This past May Jacqueline Duty, an attractive honor student in Russell, Kentucky, prepared to attend prom night wearing a special dress she had designed herself. It was a classically cut strapless sheath, ankle-length with a shallow slit on one side, and sewn completely out of beaded sequins. And it tastefully incorporated a symbol of her Southern heritage; a Confederate Battle Flag turned upwards so that the starry blue arms of the St. Andrew’s...
  • Woman struck by train sues Norfolk Southern

    11/15/2004 5:11:24 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 64 replies · 2,198+ views ^ | November 5, 2004 | Matthew Junker
    Woman struck by train sues Norfolk Southern PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Jeannette, Pa., woman who was injured after being struck by a train while walking along railroad tracks sued Norfolk Southern last Thursday for failing to warn pedestrians that trains travel on tracks, according to a story on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review website. According to the suit, Patricia M. Frankhouser is seeking an unspecified amount in excess of $30,000 from the railroad for a January 6 incident that left her with a broken finger, cuts on her hand, and pain. Greensburg, Pa. attorney Harry F. Smail, Jr., who represents Frankhouser, was...
  • Girl Crazy (Lawyer says a Trump firing on 'The Apprentice' show violated the ADA)

    09/28/2004 9:06:07 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 15 replies · 1,245+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/28/04 | DON KAPLAN
    When Donald Trump fired loose-cannon Stacie J on last week's episode of "The Apprentice," he may have violated a federal law that forbids employers from getting rid of employees just because they're "crazy." That's what an employment-discrimination lawyer claimed yesterday — though it is hard to figure out just how serious he is about the charge. Morris Fischer, a Baltimore lawyer who specializes in employee discrimination cases, argues that even though "The Apprentice" is just a TV show, the prize is a real job and therefore the American Disabilities Act should apply....
  • Asbestos Case Ruling Sides With Workers [Scalia and Thomas, too?]

    03/10/2003 10:38:27 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 200+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 10, 2003 | ANNE GEARAN
    Today: March 10, 2003 at 9:45:15 PST Asbestos Case Ruling Sides With WorkersBy ANNE GEARANASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some workers who were exposed to cancer-causing asbestos can win money damages in court even though they do not yet have cancer and may never get it. The fear of developing cancer is grounds enough to collect for workers who already have asbestosis, a separate asbestos-related ailment, and can document their health fears, a 5-member majority of the court found. "It is incumbent upon such a complainant, however, to prove that his alleged fear is...