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‘Raisin Order’ At Heart of Supreme Court Case Over Government Overreach

Featured Story, Spotlight Stories | March 27, 2015 09:56 am

Americans love raisins. So much, in fact, that during the Great Depression, the U.S. government created a program to ensure the availability of this shriveled, sun-sweetened snack. It is called the Raisin Marketing Order, and is still in place nearly a century later. Its innocent-sounding name, however, masks a major controversy. The order forces farmers…

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Snowballing Lawsuits Cause Towns to Ban Sledding

Featured Story, Spotlight Stories | March 26, 2015 09:56 am

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There are few activities in our modern world that unite old and young alike. In the wintertime, it is sledding. For some, the tradition of making the downhill toboggan run is getting harder to accomplish. And yes . . . you can thank your plaintiffs’ lawyers for this: More and more municipalities are banning sledding…

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Woman Sues Herself In Wrongful Death Case

In the News | March 17, 2015 09:56 am

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It’s one thing to hold yourself responsible for the mistakes of the past. But it’s quite another to actually sue yourself for them. But that’s exactly what’s happening in Utah, where a Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that Barbara Bagley can indeed bring a wrongful death suit against herself for negligence in the death…

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Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015: Episode 2

Featured Story, Spotlight Stories | March 4, 2015 09:56 am

Featured in this episode: Lawsuits have been filed against grocery chains Whole Foods and Wegman’s, claiming false advertising at the grocery stores known for offering healthier and organic options for customers. The lawsuits take issue with signs at the stores that read “Store Baked” or “Made in House”. The lawsuits allege that bread and bakery products…

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Fan Gets “Butt” End In Rick Springfield Personal Injury Lawsuit

In the News | February 27, 2015 09:56 am

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No butts about it, we think might have found one of our most frivolous lawsuits yet. Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, New York recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against 1980’s pop star Rick Springfield (of “Jessie’s Girl” fame), alleging that the rocker fell into her during a 2004 concert, resulting in Springfield’s buttocks striking Calcagno…

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Supreme Court Wasn’t Hooked by Feds’ Arguments in Yates Too-Small Fish Case

In the News | February 25, 2015 09:56 am

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The Supreme Court let commercial fisherman John Yates off the hook today when it ruled that fish don’t count as “tangible objects” under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Yates initially faced up to 20 years in prison for each of the three fish he possessed before throwing them back into the ocean. If the idea that he…

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A Gluten-Free Lawsuit So Ridiculous the Gluten-Free Community Rejects It

In the News | February 25, 2015 09:56 am

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A California woman seems to want to have her gluten-free lo mein and eat it, too. Anna Marie Phillips is attempting to file a class action against the popular Asian-American restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s for charging more for items on a gluten-free menu — a practice that Phillips claims is a discriminatory violation of the…

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Bite Over Bark: Frivolous Lawsuit Costs Neighbor $500K

In the News, Uncategorized | February 13, 2015 09:56 am

Bite Over Bark: Frivolous Lawsuit Costs Neighbor $500K

Could a dog’s bark be louder than thunder, and nearly akin to the decibel level of a military jet taking off? That’s the claim made in a 36-page, $500,000 lawsuit filed by a Seattle man, Woodrow Thompson, against his neighbor, who claim’s the bark of the neighbor’s dog, Cawper, caused “profound emotional distress.” While a noisy neighborhood can…

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Vote: February’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit

In the News | February 9, 2015 09:56 am

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, February is typically a time for romance, but this month’s ridiculous lawsuits have us asking, “Where’s the love?” Here are this month’s “Most Ridiculous Lawsuit” nominees: A class action against Whole Foods and Wegman’s—which includes the suit’s lawyer as a named plaintiff—claims the grocery stores’ “half-baked” advertising is a possible health…

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