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An American man is suing British Airways after he and his partner tried to book a flight to Granada, Spain, but instead wound up in Grenada, the Caribbean island. Forget the fact that one is a city while the other is a country; the flying time to one destination is two hours, while the other…

Building today’s high-tech homes takes increasing skill, but beneath the new gadgets and fancy finishes, the fundamentals haven’t changed in generations. But one technique, used for decades, is now being targeted by a patent troll — and experts say this could impact the entire construction industry. Justin Wood is an Oregon contractor who’s been targeted for doing…

NY man sues for more money than exists on planet Earth. 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…

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…

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