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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: U.S. Postal Service;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: the Decline of the Humanities and the Rise of Prejudices;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ashton Hayward, III, President of Andrews Research & Education Foundation: AREF's Mission and Projects;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Myron Ebell, Director…[more]

February 18, 2019 • 07:26 pm

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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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An $1100 T-shirt
Thursday, August 09 2018

A company sued its customer after she cancelled an order for a t-shirt., which claims to share its proceeds from sales of t-shirts and other items with veteran organizations, sued customer Claire Snodgrass for $1100. According to news reports, Snodgrass ordered a $40 t-shirt from the company. After not receiving the t-shirt for several weeks, Snodgrass cancelled her payment. Months later, the t-shirt arrived with a letter from the owner of the company stating he was taking her to collections for cancelling the payment.

“Saying he’d already sent me to collections… he was going to charge me with criminality and bank fraud. So I sent the tee-shirt back,” said Snodgrass.

Calling the lawsuit frivolous, a county judge threw out the lawsuit against Snodgrass.

In a separate matter, the State of Washington is suing the company, accusing it of being deceptive after no evidence of donations could be found. The Attorney General’s office is suing in an attempt to shut down the website and is seeking $2,000 in penalties for customers who complained


Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave
Wednesday, August 01 2018

A Mississippi man is suing American Airlines and the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport for $500,000 after allegedly being bitten by a brown recluse spider.

Marcus Fleming claims in his lawsuit that he was bitten on the hand while awaiting takeoff. Upon reporting the incident to the flight attendant, he claims she said it was "probably a mosquito." At the conclusion of the flight, Mr. Fleming complained of further pain in his hand and swelling. After following up with his physician, Fleming underwent surgery to thwart a secondary infection and potentially grave consequences.

Fleming claims American Airlines negligently maintained the premises by allowing the brown recluse spider to injure a passenger. "American Airlines is a commercial airline and owed a duty to the public, including Fleming, to exercise due care on its flights to ensure the area in which their passengers sat were safe," his lawsuit said.

In an official statement, American Airlines said, "We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are reviewing the allegations of the complaint."


Cat Fight Litters Court
Wednesday, July 25 2018

A Washington State judge who sued his neighbor because her cat used his back porch as a litter box allegedly persuaded another judge to seal the legal matter so it wouldn't be public.
According to news reports, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price sought a restraining order against his neighbor, Jennifer Tanaka-Fees, after the parties could not amicably resolve the cat dispute. Price claimed the cat urine smell left his back porch uninhabitable.

Eventually the case was settled, and, shortly thereafter, the file was sealed by Patrick Monasmith, a visiting judge from Stevens County.

Now, UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh, who claims there is no justification for the sealing, is seeking to have the case unsealed, stating that it violates the 1st Amendment and state law requiring that justice be administered openly. "The public has the right to see what's in this file," Volokh said.

Price's attorney has said he thought the cat dispute was "silly" but that the sealing was intended to protect Price's identity and home address.

"I don't know what we'll find if the file is unsealed," Volokh said. "It may be something bland and banal, or it may be something significant. Either way, it should be public."

In 2005, Price was successful in having his divorce case sealed, records show. Price said it was done as a manner of personal protection.


Sliding Into Court
Wednesday, July 18 2018

A New Jersey high school baseball player is suing his coach after being told to slide into third base.

Jake Maser claims his coach, John Suk, made him slide on a triple to deep left-centerfield, causing his cleats to dig into the dirt and roll his ankle. Maser, who ultimately had surgery, alleges in his lawsuit that his coach was "reckless" in having him slide during a JV game and that the coach and school district "negligently" and "carelessly" supervised the game.

Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone dismissed the lawsuit on grounds that Maser had not proven that the coach had been negligent; Maser appealed. The case has since been remanded back by the appellate court to the lower court on grounds that Ciccone "never analyzed whether (Maser) presented facts in support of his claim that (Suk's and the board's) conduct was reckless."

Will the case goes into extra innings?


Time to Empty the Nest
Wednesday, July 11 2018

A judge in New York has recently sided with the parents of a thirty-year-old man and ordered him to move out of the family's home.

According to news reports, Christina and Mark Rotondo asked their son Michael on five different occasions to move out of their home, each time giving him several weeks to vacate. One such notice read, "After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision."

The written notices, which even included offers of cash and help finding a new home, were ignored. Frustrated, the Rotondos filed for an ejectment proceeding. Michael countered with a request for the court to dismiss the case, claiming that for the past eight years he "has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement."

Michael further contends New York case law requires a six-month notice to quit before a tenant can be removed through ejection action. New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood disagreed, granting the order for eviction and noting, "I think the notice is sufficient."

"I'm getting together the means to [leave]," Michael said. "With my parents, they want me out right away, and they're not really interested in providing reasonable time, and the court is siding with them, as it seems."

After the court hearing, Rotondo told reporters he plans to appeal the case and finds the ruling "ridiculous." He said he expects to be able to leave within three months, which "ironically" would be six months from the first notice in February.


Question of the Week   
Which one of the following has the sole power of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution?
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"In America, the left knows it can't just spring socialism on the land. They must accustom people to their most grandiose projects while maneuvering the politics and grinding away at public opposition.Miss Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades expect us to ridicule then ignore her silly Green New Deal while they work tirelessly to make it a reality. So unless we're willing to cede our most fundamental freedoms…[more]
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