Lawsuits (Unnecessary)

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The Guy Continues to Mess With The Oatmeal

Last week, I mentioned the fact that Matthew Inman, author of the hugely popular humor site The Oatmeal, had been threatened by a lawyer for a site called FunnyJunk.com after Inman dared to complain that FunnyJunk had copied and reposted many…



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Lawyer’s Defective-Breakfast Suit Dismissed

In one of the year's least-surprising results so far, Richard Katz's lawsuit against his health club has been dismissed. Katz sued The Setai Wall Street Club and Spa last year, alleging it had broken a promise to provide him with a…



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One Hearing, Nine Important Tips

As usual, these tips concern things you should not do. The following excerpts are from R. v. Covey (2001), in which the court held Covey was a "vexatious litigant," meaning he can't file further cases without court approval because he has filed…


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Further Pain on Appeal for Gun-Safety Instructor Who Shot Himself

The Legal Times reports that on January 17, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Lee Paige's lawsuit against his employer, the Drug Enforcement Administration, likely bringing this saga to a close. As you may recall, Mr. Paige shot himself…


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Today in Pro Se Litigation

Two interesting CNS reports of newly filed cases (actually filed yesterday, so yes, I guess this should be "Yesterday in Pro Se Litigation," Mr. Headline-Fact-Checker-Guy). The first one was filed by someone who has appeared here before: Joan Newberger v….


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Pope Sued

According to the German newspaper Westfälische Rundschau, a new lawsuit asks the question, "Gilt auf dem Papst Benedikt XVI die Anschnallpflicht im Papamobil?" If like me you don't speak German, that apparently means something like, "Is the Pope legally required…


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Plaintiff Who Claims to Have End-Stage Emphysema Is Caught Hiking

Hint: if the answer to the question below was "yes," they would not have videotaped him.   In this report from KABC-Los Angeles (via the LA Observed blog), investigative reporter Marc Brown finally caught up with James Farkus Cohan while…


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Fifth Circuit Smacks Down Disgruntled-Cheerleader-Mom Lawsuit

I like opinions (and briefs) in which you get both a summary of the dispute and the writer's conclusion in the first paragraph. Like this one: Reduced to its essentials, this is nothing more than a dispute, fueled by a disgruntled…