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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…

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…

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…

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…

Featured in this episode: Mexican fast-food chain Rubio’s sends employment-related, non-marketing text messages to its employees. When one of the restaurant’s former employees’ cell phone was lost, however, the number was “repossessed” and ascribed to a new user. The company was under the impression that it was texting an employee — but that didn’t stop the number’s…

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