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Deterring Fraud in the Longest-Running Mass Tort in History

Featured Story, In the News, Spotlight Stories | September 19, 2016 09:56 am

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40 years of asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted almost 100 companies, costing tens of thousands of jobs. It’s the longest running mass tort in history. Former Washington State attorney general Rob McKenna says Congress created trust funds to help asbestos victims: “Bankruptcy trust funds were set up to create a smoother, and frankly less burdensome, process…

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Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2016: Episode 2

Featured Story, In the News, Spotlight Stories | September 16, 2016 09:56 am

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Hot Air: Man Sues Nebraska Cornhuskers To End Balloon Release It’s safe to say that Randall Krause of Omaha is not feeling that Husker spirit. Krause has filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska seeking to end the school’s tradition of releasing red balloons following the football team’s first touchdown of the season. He claims…

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Federal Judge Puts Another Ridiculous Starbucks Lawsuit On Ice

In the News | August 24, 2016 09:56 am

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Last month, we launched this video about two abusive lawsuits against Starbucks. In one of those cases, plaintiffs claim their Starbucks lattes contained a quarter inch of steamed milk instead of coffee. In another case, a Chicago-area woman is suing the company for putting too much ice in — you guessed it — the iced…

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Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

In the News | August 17, 2016 09:56 am

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Last year’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit — over the infamous “Monkey Selfies” — is still making its way through the court system. It all started when a 6-year old crested macaque named Naruto used nature photographer David Slater’s camera to take a selfie.  Slater claimed copyright of the photo, and it was published in a 2011 book called Wildlife…

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Starbucks feels the heat from two abusive lawsuits

Featured Story, In the News, Spotlight Stories | July 27, 2016 09:56 am

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30 years ago, McDonald’s was sued for coffee that was allegedly too hot. Apparently, coffee is still a beverage worth going to court over. Now, Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, faces two possible lawsuits over how much java is in their cups. In one case, plaintiffs claim their Starbucks lattes contained a quarter inch…

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$5 Million in Damages for a Partially Deflated Basketball?

In the News | July 25, 2016 09:56 am

The “Neverflat” basketballs from Spalding retail for about $29, and are guaranteed to “stay fully inflated for at least one year.” But a New York man who claims to have watched his Neverflat basketball slowly lose air over 12 months’ time has filed a class action lawsuit — and it could mean as much as…

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Lawsuit Cycle: SoulCycle Rider Alleges Injury to Sue Trendy Indoor Cycling Outfit

In the News | July 13, 2016 09:56 am

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SoulCycle may be a trendy hit with celebrities and exercise fanatics across the country, but it’s safe to say that Carmen Farias isn’t a fan. Farias is suing SoulCycle instructor Angela Davis for “gross negligence” that led to her injuring herself during her first spin class.  She alleges that “the lack of instruction, design of…

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Lawsuit Turns $40 Printer Sale on Craigslist into $30,000 in Damages

In the News | July 13, 2016 09:56 am

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If you’ve ever sold anything on Craigslist, you know that it’s typically a quick and easy way to part with stuff you don’t want anymore. But for Doug Costello of Massachusetts it was anything but quick and easy.  Selling a $40 printer turned into a six-year long legal nightmare that saw him facing a judgement…

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Business Owner Fights Back Against Overzealous Government Prosecutors — and Wins

Featured Story, In the News, Spotlight Stories | June 23, 2016 09:56 am

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Howard Root is the CEO of Minneapolis-based medical device maker Vascular Solutions. Among the company’s products is one called the Varilase short kit, a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat varicose veins. This product also was the cause of a $25 million dollar headache for Root. That’s how much it…

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