Some lawyers who sued a former client for complaining on Yelp about their service learned why that isn’t a good idea: her new lawyer filed an anti-SLAPP motion and won, and the judge ordered the former lawyers to pay $27k in attorneys’ fees. I should mention that the lawyers involved work for the Tuan A. Khuu Law Firm, in case they would like to sue me as well.
On the bright side, the state of Iowa has completely disbanded its state “forfeiture” team, thus ending at least one of the many civil-forfeiture programs that are so utterly corrupt and horrible. The state also paid $60,000 to settle a case in which state troopers stole $100,000 from two gamblers who happened to be traveling with a lot of cash and a little pot. The state had previously returned about $90,000 of the stolen money; the $60k is in addition to that.
Authorities have shut down the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, which might be an act of war except that it wasn’t a real embassy. Some guys just ran up the flag, put up a picture of Barack Obama, and sold fake visas and whatnot. They only got away with that for about ten years, though.