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Image of the Day: Yes, Incomes Have Risen

From AEI, another helpful corrective for the common claim that American incomes have stagnated, this one incorporating the fact that the average size of households has declined over recent decades:

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September 20, 2019 • 09:16 am

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Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
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Instant Replay: A Second Look at the Rams-Saints Lawsuit
Wednesday, September 18 2019

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the NFL in the lawsuit filed over the outcome of the NFC Championship game played earlier this year.

In what angered many Saints' fans and ultimately led to the lawsuit being filed was what some deemed to be bad officiating, namely an alleged missed pass interference call by the officials. After the Saints lost the game and the chance to advance in the playoffs, angered Saints' fans filed a lawsuit, claiming gross fraud or outright corruption. A Louisiana trial court judge ordered Commissioner Roger Goodell and three game officials to testify in the lawsuit. Last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court threw the case out, ending the litigation.

“[W]e find plaintiffs’ purchase of a ticket merely granted them the right of entry and a seat at the game,” the Lousiana Supreme Court explains in its four-page ruling. “[W]e find public policy considerations weigh in favor of restricting the rights of spectators to bring actions based on the conduct of officials of professional sporting leagues. . . . While we are certainly cognizant of the passion of sports fans, and particularly those who are fans of the New Orleans Saints, the courts are not the proper forum to litigate such disputes.”

According to news reports, the NFL has adopted, at least for 2019, a system for preventing such mistakes.

Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

I Smell a Lawsuit
Monday, September 09 2019

A woman in Australia is suing her neighbors, claiming she is offended by the smell of meat and fish emanating from their backyard barbecues.

Cilla Carden, a vegan, says she cannot enjoy her own backyard because of the neighbors' barbecue, smoking, and children playing basketball.

“It’s deliberate,” Carden told news agencies. “All I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my backyard.”

Carden’s original complaint and her appeal were both rejected, but she says she will keep fighting.

According to news reports, a neighborhood barbecue is planned for next month near her home.

“Don’t let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK,” the event description reads on a Facebook community page.

Source: wkrn.com

A Buggy Lawsuit
Wednesday, September 04 2019

Four South Florida tourists are suing Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, claiming they consumed live bugs that contaminated their lettuce wraps.

Cynthia Walker, Jeoffrey Walker, Brittany Walker Figueroa, for herself and her daughter, Bella Figueroa, are seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages for loss of enjoyment of life, earnings and medical expenses after becoming "extremely sick" from eating the lettuce wraps. According to news reports, their 90-page lawsuit contains photos of bugs crawling on the lettuce wraps.

A Disney spokeswoman responded to the suit with a written statement: “Enjoying high-quality meals in clean and safe restaurants is an important part of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. We do not believe the claimed illnesses were a result of the guests’ dining experiences, and we will defend against these allegations in court.”

Source: orlandosentinel.com

Finding a Home for Justice
Tuesday, August 27 2019

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is being sued by a state lawmaker who claims Justice is violating the state Constitution by not living in the state capital.

According to news reports, Justice, a Republican billionaire who owns more than 100 companies, is being sued by Democratic Delegate Isaac Sponaugle who cites the state Constitution as requiring the governor to "reside at the seat of government."

In declaring the lawsuit a "frivolous political stunt designed to distract from the important work that needs to be done for the state," Justice's lawyers have asked, "Is he 'residing' in Charleston if he sleeps there but departs in the morning and spends his waking hours elsewhere? Conversely, is he 'residing' in Charleston if he spends some portion of his waking hours there but sleeps elsewhere?"

Following a recent hearing, a circuit court judge extended the case by requesting more documents from Justice’s legal team and Sponaugle.

Justice has acknowledged he lives in Lewisburg, a city about 100 miles from the governor’s mansion in Charleston but not far from The Greenbrier Resort, which he owns.

Sponaugle said the governor should have to comply with the state Constitution and live in the capital. “All I’m asking for the man to do is follow the Constitution and he has the inability to do that,” he said.

“You can have more than one residence, and he resides in the capital and he resides wherever he chooses on a nightly basis. But the fact remains he continues to perform the duties as governor in his discretion, and he resides as the Constitution requires in Charleston,” Justice attorney Michael Carey said.

At issue as well is the authority of the courts to determine the whereabouts of the state's chief executive. Justice and his lawyers have called the case "a total waste of time."

Source: cbs17.com

Could It Be On The Job Training?
Wednesday, August 21 2019

A former employee of Robert De Niro’s production studio is being sued for millions of dollars after being accused of abusing company time and misappropriating funds.

According to news sources, De Niro's Canal Productions has filed a $6 million suit against Chase Robinson, claiming the employee hired by De Niro in 2008 as an assistant, and later became vice-president of production and finance, binge-watched Netflix during work hours, ordered takeout on the company’s dime, and caused general financial mayhem. The lawsuit accuses Robinson of "breaching her fiduciary duties, [violating] the faithless service doctrine and conversion."

Remarkably, Robinson is accused of “binge-watching astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix.” The lawsuit claims that, “over the 4-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of ‘Friends’ were accessed.” Allegedly Robinson then watched 32 episodes of Friends on a single Saturday and binged watched 20 episodes of Arrested Development and ten episodes of Schitt's Creek.

“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,” the lawsuit mentioned.

Robinson, who recently resigned from her six-figure position, reportedly charged to the company credit card $8,923.20 at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, $32,000 for Ubers and taxis and $12,696.65 at the Madison Avenue restaurant Paola’s, over a two-year period. Robinson also allegedly used 3 million of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles for personal trips and vacations and transferred 5 million miles to her personal account, at a total estimated value of $125,000.

Source: Rollingstone.com



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