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As we previously detailed here, here, and here, an obscure California law has allowed some opportunistic plaintiffs’ lawyers to turn the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into a weapon targeting small businesses. Now, we have learned that an entire California town has become the target of such abuse. The Manteca Bulletin in Manteca, CA reports that “more than three dozen…

Why are federal prosecutors using the Sarbanes-Oxley law, a corporate governance law passed in the wake of the Enron scandal, to target a Florida fisherman over three missing fish? It’s certainly a question that Florida fisherman John Yates would have liked answered before he faced a potential 20 years in jail as a result of…

The New York Post reports that, “A Manhattan man has sued the city, NYC Transit, Au Bon Pain Store, two local hospitals, Kmart” and a dog owner – for two undecillion dollars. The man reportedly filed the lawsuit, which was hand-scribbled, in Manhattan federal court seeking more money than even exists on the planet. The…

An Oregon woman said she was attacked by a duck and is seeking $275,000 in damages. The lawsuit, “claims the plaintiff, Cynthia Ruddell, stepped out of her motor home on property owned by her mother in Estacada (OR) on May 7, 2012 when a ‘domestic duck’ attacked her.”  The lawsuit further alleges that the duck…

Area rescue workers saved Roy Ortiz’s life during the Denver-area floods last September. Their reward for risking their lives? A proposed lawsuit for $500,000! Ortiz claims that his pleas were ignored while trapped upside-down in his car during the historic Colorado rainfall. Watch the video above to learn more.

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