August 2006

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Motion for Extension of Time Due to Puppies

Hot off the fax machine is this new pleading, filed on August 28 in the Supreme Court of Florida by a plaintiffs' attorney in Miami.  Petitioner faced a deadline to file a response to Respondents' motion for rehearing, but events…


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Copycat Bunk-Bed Case Filed in England

The BBC reports this week that an inmate in England is suing the country’s Prison Service for negligence after he fell off the top bunk in his cell, sustaining a "bad gash to the head."  This may or may not…


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Deposition Confirms Suspicions of Drug Use

John Freeman sued for $3 million after he fell off a roof at a job site and broke his left arm.  Defense attorneys were eager to take Freeman’s deposition partly because they had learned he had a history of drug…


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Least Useful Tip in the Form 1040 Instructions (2005 Edition)

"Certain whaling captains may be able to deduct expenses paid in 2005 for Native Alaskan subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities.  See Pub. 526 for details." 2005 Form 1040 Instructions at A-6. Setting aside the question of why this is in…


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Fortunetelling Permits Freely Available in San Francisco

In my research recently amongst the many ordinances of San Francisco, I did not find what I was looking for, but I did happen to come across something far more exciting. It appears that Article 17.1 of the San Francisco…


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Hero Attorney Sued

Mark Morice, a New Orleans attorney, has been called one of the heroes of Hurricane Katrina, after he used three boats to rescue more than 200 of his neighbors from rising flood waters.  Among them was a 93-year-old dialysis patient,…


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Identical Twin of Michael Jordan Drops $800-Million Lawsuit

Allen Ray Heckard sued Michael Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight in Oregon state court, alleging that they had ruined his life by making Jordan so well-known.  Heckard is virtually Jordan's twin, although Heckard is eight years older, 30 pounds…


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Indiana Judge Detains Five Suspected Ringing-Cell-Phone Culprits

A judge in Lake County, Indiana, held three people in contempt of court on Wednesday after someone’s cell phone rang during the morning court call.  It was apparently the third ringing incident that morning, and Judge Boswell was able to…



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Go Ahead and Hate Your Neighbor, Go Ahead and Cheat a Friend

Said hating and cheating, however, may get you sued.  That’s what we learn from this complaint, filed in 2003 by Willie Anderson against Dennis Sweet and the rest of Langston, Frazier, Sweet & Freese, P.A., in Jefferson County, Mississippi.  Anderson…