August 2009

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Dolphins Blamed For Woman’s Slip And Fall

Allecyn Edwards, possibly wanting to prove she could be as creative as her parents were with her first name, alleged in a complaint filed August 18 that the Brookfield Zoo and its dolphins are responsible for injuries she suffered last…




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Church Sued For “Enabling” Addicts By Feeding Them

Ah, the pro se plaintiff . . . the gift that keeps on giving. Justin Collins v. Glide Memorial Methodist Church, No. CGC-09-491480 (San Francisco Super. Ct., filed Aug. 14, 2009) Negligence action. The defendant enables drug addicts by feeding them…


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Russian Court Says Band Needs License to Play Its Own Songs

On June 15, a court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don (not to be confused with the other Rostov, which is not on Don), fined the English band Deep Purple after finding that the band had illegally performed copyrighted songs at a…


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Murder Convicted Of Murder

In a not-shocking development in this now-seven-year-old drama, rapper Corey Miller has been convicted for a second time of the 2002 murder of a fan at a nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana.  Miller was originally convicted in September 2003, but a…


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Fall of the Republic, #137

True or false: this person was once elected governor of a major American state.    Is the "Jailhouse Rock" joke too obvious?  Oh, well:  Blagojevich, who has steadfastly refused to lay low while awaiting trial on corruption charges, should probably…


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Oprah Stole My Poetry, Man Claims In $1 Trillion Lawsuit

In July, Damon Goffe sued Oprah Winfrey, alleging that Winfrey had infringed his copyright in a series of poems.  Goffe demanded 1.2 trillion dollars ($1,200,000,000,000) in damages for what were, presumably, the greatest poems in the universe, poems so good…


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Woman Claims Display Was So Distracting, She Fell Over It

I haven't read the complaint, but at first glance this doesn't seem to make a lot of sense: Lindsay Ross v. Dollar Tree Stores Inc., No. SCV245445 (Santa Clara Super. Ct. July 10, 2009). Slip and fall. The plaintiff was distracted by…


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Driver Who Was Texting And Talking While Driving Ends Up Swimming

At this point, unfortunately, charges based on texting while driving are not especially newsworthy. Charges based on texting while driving while also talking on a second phone at the same time while driving a tow truck are a different story, however. The incident…