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Image of the Day: Peril of a "Buy American" Medical Mandate

CFIF has joined a broad coalition of fellow conservative and libertarian free-market organizations in opposing any proposed "Buy American" mandates on medicines, because they would place unnecessary sourcing requirements upon medicines and medical imputs purchased with federal dollars.  That is the last thing that Americans need at the moment, not least because it doesn't single out China in the way that some falsely assume, and the just-released coalition letter is worth reading in its entirety here.

In that vein, however, this image helpfully illustrates some of the logic behind the letter:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="574"] The Peril of a "Buy American" Order[/caption]

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April 07, 2020 • 11:04 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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“Parlez-vous” Lawsuit?
Thursday, September 26 2019

 A court has ordered Canada Air to pay a French-speaking couple 21,000 CAD (roughly $16,000) and write them an apology letter because the airline did not equally display signs in English and French.

Canadian law requires English and French to be given equal prominence in many business settings. The Ontario couple, Michel and Lynda Thibodeau, filed 22 complaints against the airline in 2016 for violating their linguistic rights. Among the allegations:

• The word “lift” that is engraved on the seatbelts was in English but not French
• French translations of “exit” were in smaller characters
• The English language boarding announcement was more thorough than the French version

According to news reports, this was not the first time the couple went up against Canada Air. In 2009, the couple filed complaints stating that:

• They had asked for 7Up in French, but the flight attendant served them Sprite instead
• Allegedly there was no translation of an announcement made by the pilot about the arrival time and weather for one of his flights

Similar complaints were reported in 2000 as well. In the past, the court has also ruled in favor of the couple, but removed the monetary damages.

Source: onemileatatime.com

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



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