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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:  Kay S. Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute - An Epidemic of Loneliness;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Ross Marchand, Director of Policy for Taxpayers Protection Alliance - Unwarranted Carcinogenic Classifications and How the US Government is About to Drive Up the Cost of Videogames;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste - 2019 Congressional Pig Book;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Marlo Lewis…[more]

June 17, 2019 • 12:48 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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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.


Orange You Glad You Weren't the Banana?
Monday, July 02 2018

The makers of a banana costume are suing a former distributor, claiming the company is stealing its banana design.

Rasta Imposta, a New Jersey Halloween costume company, is suing Kangaroo Manufacturing Inc. of Arizona after Kangaroo started selling a costume of similar color and design to Rasta's banana costume.

According to news reports, U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman agreed, observing similarities in the "soft, smooth, almost shiny look and feel" and the "golden yellow and uniform color that appears distinct from the more muted inconsistent tones of a natural banana." In his 35 page opinion, Judge Hillman went on to note that bananas can "appear ripe, overripe, or unripe, ranging in color from yellow, to brown, to green. The shape can be long or more stout, relatively elongated or thin or more plump. The banana may be whole or partially peeled."

Kangaroo maintains that "[t]here is nothing original about making a banana yellow or the, as this is exactly how a ripe banana appears in nature."


Question of the Week   
Prior to 2016, what was the last Presidential election year in which the candidate who won had never before held elected public office?
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Quote of the Day   
"President Trump's detractors are trying to play down the significance of the US-Mexico immigration deal, saying it is largely comprised of actions that Mexico had already agreed to many months ago.Nice try. If Mexico had truly agreed to implement many of these measures in December, then why had they not been implemented six months later? As even Mexican officials acknowledge, it was Trump's threat…[more]
—Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute Fellow
— Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute Fellow
Liberty Poll   

Should the 2020 U.S. Census add a multi-part question regarding U.S. citizenship, including specifically whether the respondent is or is not a U.S. citizen?