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December 06, 2018 • 12:58 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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A Doggone Big Lawsuit
Wednesday, February 07 2018

A New York couple is suing their local veterinary hospital for $5 million, claiming the facility and its in-house veterinarian committed malpractice with the care of their dog.

In the summer of 2016, Rebecca Bent and Bruce Bent II took their St. Bernard-standard poodle mix Massimo to the Big Apple branch of BluePearl Veterinary Partners to have him examined and treated for weight loss, diarrhea and vomiting. The Bents claim veterinarian Dr. Joon Im misdiagnosed Massimo's ulcers, ultimately overmedicating him with steroids and causing him to lose most of his hair. The Bents, who made two return visits to the emergency room with Massimo, further allege that Dr. Im described Massimo as a "lemon" and suggested on several occasions that he be euthanized. Eventually, the couple obtained the proper diagnosis and treatment for Massimo.

“After an incredible amount of pain and suffering, he is on the road to recovery, and we are cautiously optimistic,” Rebecca added. “We think he’s better now. This should have been a very simple diagnosis … but instead Blue Pearl almost killed Massimo and charged ridiculous amounts of money along the way.”

In addition to $5 million in punitive damages, the Bents are seeking attorneys' fees and compensatory damages, noting that their lawsuit is a "last resort."

According to news reports, BluePearl countered the lawsuit by saying, “We care very deeply about every pet we treat, and we spoke numerous times with the Bent family to try to address their concerns. We’ve reviewed this case and are confident in the care our skilled and compassionate veterinarians provided Massimo.”


The Eyes Don't Have It
Thursday, February 01 2018

A California court has ordered an Antifa organizer to pay her opponent's attorney fees for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

According to news reports, Antifa organizer Yvette Felarca filed a restraining order against former UC Berkeley College Republican president Troy Worden, claiming Worden made eye contact with Felarca twice on campus resulting in alleged incidents of harassment. Finding the lawsuit frivolous, the court ordered Felarca to pay an $11,000 fine.

"By ruling that she did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions," Worden’s attorney, Mark Meuser, said. "The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech."


Company Sees Red Over Green Tea Claim
Thursday, January 25 2018

The maker of a popular green tea is being sued for allegedly failing to disclose the presence of the herbicide glyphosate, a probable carcinogen found in Round-Up.

The Organic Consumers Association (“OCA”) is suing Bigelow Tea claiming it has become the number two selling brand of tea in the United States through false advertising that deceives customers into believing the tea is "natural".

Cindi Bigelow, the CEO of the company and granddaughter of the founder, called the lawsuit "frivolous" and "illogical", adding that the glyphosate levels found by OCA are "far below" the government standards of what is allowed. Bigelow further contends that the OCA conducted its testing on dried tea rather than brewed tea, which is the standard used by the federal government.

"I understand [OCA has] an issue with Round-up…but to find such a miniscule amount…[they] have literally scared customers into thinking they might as well just spray Round-Up directly in their mouth," Bigelow said.

News reports also reference that the levels of glyphosate found in the tea by OCA are far below the federal limit and below what is found in carrots and many grains.


An Apple a Day Doesn't Keep Lawsuits Away
Tuesday, January 16 2018

Several class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple after news came out that the company was intentionally slowing older phones. One lawsuit seeks $999 billion in damages.

Violetta Milyan is suing Apple in the Central District of California, alleging that "[e]ach member of the Class had to buy a newer iPhone model because the performance of their older iPhone model had slowed down as a result of Defendant's purposeful conduct. Each member of Class was denied the use, utility and value of the older iPhone model because of slowdown performance."

Milyan's lawsuit also takes issue with the fact that Apple failed to disclose that the slowed performance could be remedied by purchasing a new battery, a much less expensive option than purchasing a new phone.

In addition to compensation, other lawsuits filed against Apple seek a court order barring Apple from slowing down iPhones in the future or requiring Apple to notify users.


A Hard-Pressed Claim on Cold-Pressed Juices
Thursday, January 11 2018

A class action lawsuit has been filed against a juice company for failure to disclose on its labels that its cold-pressed juices are also high pressured processed (HPP).

Plaintiff Josh Berger has filed a proposed class action lawsuit in New York against Forager Project, the maker of cold-pressed vegetable juices. In his lawsuit, Berger alleges that because the label references the first part of processing (cold-pressed), it should also note that the juices are then subject to HPP, a form of pasteurization that utilizes high pressure to reduce the microbial content. All juices sold in grocery stores are required to be pasteurized – including cold-pressed juices — and Forager’s website references its use of HPP in its processing.

Forager declined to comment on the lawsuit. According to news reports, other lawsuits filed by Berger’s attorneys for failure to disclose the use of HPP have been dismissed in previous years.


Question of the Week   
The son of which one of the following U.S. politicians currently serves as a Marine aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush?
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Quote of the Day   
"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese…[more]
—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
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