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In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a victory for the rights of private citizens and businesses by striking down “a raisin price-support program that dates back to the New Deal, ruling it unconstitutionally requires growers to surrender their crop to the government for future sale,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The…

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP agreed to a settlement to resolve claims of private economic loss, and estimates that it may cost as much as $10.3 billion dollars. It’s one of the largest legal settlements in history, and some say BP agreed to it with the best of intentions,…

A North Carolina jury has tossed a lawsuit brought against Starbucks by a Raleigh cop who spilled hot coffee in his lap three years ago. If that story sounds somewhat familiar to you, it should. A similar “hot coffee” lawsuit against McDonald’s back in 1994 became a poster child for ridiculous litigation. In that infamous ridiculous lawsuit, the…

Higher education can be stressful.  But is that a reason to sue your school? That’s exactly what one nursing student at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania is doing after twice failing a required course. According to the Associated Press, this student says “anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate” and that her “professor…

Would it surprise you that the government can legally take half a farmer’s crop without any compensation? No, we aren’t talking about the Soviet-era government. We’re talking about the modern-day U.S. Federal Government. The law is called the Raisin Marketing Order, and it was created during the Great Depression in an attempt to guarantee stable…

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