Archive for June, 2009

DC Metro Crash lawsuit filed within 2 days

June 30, 2009

“This was a bad accident that involving several deaths and many more injuries. Whenever something like this happens, I think it is expected that there will eventually be litigation. The litigation about this accident has already started. Train accident: June 22, 2009 at 5:02 p.m. First lawsuit filed: June 24, 2009. Two days later. The legal system generally moves like global climate change- slowly and inexorably. A lawsuit being filed two days after the injury is very, very fast.”

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Top search misspellings: swan flu and Susan Boil

June 30, 2009

“A list of the most frequent search engine misspellings has been revealed, including Swan Flu, Susan Boil and Mysapce.

Yahoo! say many recent errors by their searchers are sound-alike spelling mistakes where people may not know exactly what they are looking for.

This explains errors such as Swan Flu for Swine Flu, Paperview boxing for pay-per-view boxing and Dancing With the Starts instead of Dancing With the Stars.”

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1st Chinese drywall trial: Sept. 2010

June 30, 2009

“The trial date for a Chinese drywall suit in Florida is scheduled for later next year, making it potentially the first in a series of cases that will be submitted to a jury involving damages caused by the toxic drywall.

The Miami Herald reports that the lawsuit over Chinese drywall brought by Melissa and Jason Harrell against South Kendall Construction, Palm Holdings, Keys Gate Realty and Banner Supply Co. will go to trial in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in September 2010.”

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Humane Society: Petland still using puppy mills

June 30, 2009

“The HSUS traced shipments of more than 15,000 puppies from massive commercial puppy brokers to over 95 percent of Petland stores in the past few months. Some Petland stores were even still buying from puppy mills that The HSUS named and exposed as part of its initial 8-month Petland investigation last year. Two Petland stores were documented buying puppies from the facility of convicted puppy mill operator, Kathy Bauck in New York Mills, Minn. Bauck was convicted in March of three counts of animal torture and one count of animal cruelty. “

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London underground gets philosophical

June 29, 2009

“Drivers on the London Underground have been issued with a book of philosophical quotes to read out along with their normal announcements.

The usual “mind the gap” and “the next station is…” will now be joined by insights from the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi.”

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Facebook suing Canadian porn site

June 29, 2009

“Canadian company specializing in Internet porn is being sued by Facebook amid allegations it hacked the popular social networking website’s computers and tried to access the personal information of users, court documents show. A numbered Ontario company, which does business online under the name SlickCash, along with several people in the Toronto area, are named in an amended complaint filed by Facebook in San Jose, Calif. “

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Suit against red light ticketing

June 28, 2009

“Several Washington cities are issuing bogus red-light camera tickets, motorists say in a class action in King County Court. The class claims the “fake tickets” are issued by private companies that operate the cameras and affix an electronic signature of a police officer.
     The class claims the tickets contains misleading and incomplete information about how to contest them.”

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Drugmaker raided by U.S. marshalls

June 28, 2009

“At the request of the FDA, U.S. Marshals raided generic drug manufacturer Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd., shutting down manufacturing and seizing inventory. The action came after FDA inspections found that the drug maker was continuing to fail to meet federal safety and health requirements.

In March 2009, Caraco recalled digoxin, a heart medication that requires exact dosage, after it was discovered that some tablets distributed were thicker or thinner than they were supposed to be. This created a serious risk for consumers, as receiving too much of the drug could cause a potentially life-threatening condition known as digoxin toxicity, and receiving too little of the medication could result in injury from the underlying heart condition.”

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Apple sued over iTunes gift cards

June 28, 2009

“An Illinois couple has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple for deceptive advertising and breach of contract over iTunes gift cards that advertised 99-cent music downloads despite a price hike to $1.29 on certain songs.”

…When it increased its prices but kept that wording on its iTunes gift cards, Apple “knowingly and fraudulently misrepresented, concealed, omitted, and/or suppressed the cost to purchase individual songs from its iTunes Internet Web site,” according to the suit, which was filed on Wednesday in Illinois District Court.”

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Concerns about class action service “SueEasy”

June 28, 2009

“…Sue Easy is a legal affiliate marketing site to which a number of law firms that specialize in filing class actions subscribe.  A matchmaker, if you will, between people who may have suffered trivial damages not worthy of an individualized suit, and the lawyers who want to aggregate their claims into big contingent fee payouts.”

“First, its marketing is deceptive, at least to the potential plaintiffs if not attorneys.  Sue Easy is not an online application where you can “file” “complaints” in a variety of “legal” categories.  These terms have very specific meanings.  “Filing” of a “complaint” means the the act of submitting a lawsuit to the clerk of a court, which brings the lawsuit into existence.  Any attorney knows that, but many laypeople do not.  A layman registering with Sue Easy may be lulled into believing that by typing his grief into a chatbox, he has “filed a complaint,” meaning that he has sued the parties who caused his misfortune, when nothing could be further from the truth.  The only “online applications” that allow “filing of complaints,” in the real sense, are federal PACER and similar state electronic filing systems.”

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