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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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A Half Empty or Half Full Lawsuit?
Thursday, March 15 2018

A court has dismissed a lawsuit against Starbucks that alleged the coffee giant was underfilling its lattes and mochas to reduce costs, an action the plaintiffs claimed constituted fraud and false advertising.

Oakland, California-based U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers rejected plaintiffs’ claim in the nationwide class action lawsuit that Starbucks cheats its customers by using a “fill-to” line on baristas’ pitchers that is too low. Although they conceded that foam was an essential part of a latte or mocha, the plaintiffs also complained that the foam included in those beverages should not count toward the advertised volumes. The court, finding a lack of evidence, dismissed the charges. 

"Accordingly, plaintiffs fail to show that lattes contain less than the promised beverage volume represented on Starbucks' menu boards," Rogers wrote.

Starbucks maintained that its cups hold more than the advertised number of ounces, and that the "fill-to" lines provide guidance to baristas as to how much cold milk, which expands when steamed, to pour into pitchers.


(W)Rapping Up the Lawsuit
Thursday, March 08 2018

Rapper Kayne West has resolved his $10 million lawsuit against his insurance carrier, Lloyd's of London.

After cancelling part of his 2016 Saint Pablo tour, citing exhaustion that resulted in as short stay at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center, Kanye sought to collect under his insurance policy. Lloyd's of London refused payment, claiming Kanye's "strained, confused and erratic" behavior was spurred by marijuana use, a violation of the drugs and drink clause of the policy.

A judge in California has dismissed the case, noting the parties have "amicably resolved" the contract breach.


Bark as Big as the Bite
Wednesday, February 28 2018

A Nashville doggie day care is suing several individuals for libel, fraud and other charges related to Facebook posts.

The Dog Spot in East Nashville is seeking $2 million against Jamie Bayer and Bari Rachel Miley Hardin for allegedly posting false comments on Facebook. According to news reports, Bayer posted " many dogs have died at The Dog Spot?" and, "I found out two dogs died there. Since then I've heard up to four, and recently even seven." And Hardin is accused of saying, "Lots of dogs have been killed there" and "people can't talk when they've been paid off."

The Dog Spot denies the statements.

"It's not acceptable, it's not freedom of speech. you cannot yell fire in a movie theater," said Chad Baker, one of the owners of The Dog Spot. "Just because it's Facebook, doesn't mean you can go on, and say things that are not true, and what's being said about us is not true."

Hardin's attorney responded saying, "This lawsuit is just another transparent attempt to silence The Dog Spot's many deeply unhappy customers..." and "The Dog Spot is about to learn a very expensive lesson about free speech, and we look forward to seeing them in court for a short period of time and exposing this ridiculous lawsuit for the sham that it is."

A separate lawsuit filed recently against The Dog Spot claims at least one dog death at the day care. Rachael Waldrop's Chihuahua "Hall" died after an incident with a larger dog last year.


Bigfoot Sighting Prompts Lawsuit
Wednesday, February 21 2018

A California woman is suing the state of California for failure to recognize Bigfoot.

According to news reports, Claudia Ackley claims she saw three Sasquatches in the San Bernardino mountains while hiking with her daughters. Ackley, who called 911 to report the sightings and later followed up with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is now suing CDFW and the state's Natural Resources Agency because the authorities didn't believe her.

"I'm sorry you saw a bear,'" Ackley said she was told. "And I said no; this was no bear. I know what I saw."

Ackley says she filed the lawsuit because people are "totally vulnerable to these things" due to the state's failure to recognize the Bigfoot threat.

"They're on our property. They knock on our walls. They look through our windows," Ackley said. "It's more and more and more."

A spokesperson for the CDFW would not comment because of the pending lawsuit.


Fake Liens Cost Real Dollars
Tuesday, February 13 2018

Residents of a Kansas City-area neighborhood successfully fought back after liens were placed on their homes by a phony homeowners association.

According to news reports, the Summerfield Homeowners Association had put a lien on more than two dozen homes in the Northland, Missouri, subdivision for not paying dues. Yet, the alleged HOA had no board and provided no services other than mailing invoices to residents demanding payment to an HOA that did not exist. And then, liens were filed.

An investigation by FOX4 Problem Solvers revealed that the HOA may have been fake, but the liens were real. In fact, the filing of fake liens has become such a big problem, and big business, in Missouri, that Missouri State Representative Kirk Mathews is trying to resolve the issue through legislation that makes filing fake documents a felony.

"They [recorder of deeds] are just stamping it, stamping it and it's filed and done," said Mathews. "Hopefully this bill will provide some real teeth for law enforcement to go after the people who are doing this."

News reports indicate that the company that had placed the liens on the Summerfield properties was formed by a gentleman named Al Roberts, who is serving time in federal prison for mortgage fraud. Although the Summerfield neighbors have been successful in getting the liens dismissed, they worry that there's nothing preventing it from happening again.

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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]
—Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
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Do you believe President Trump's Emergency Declaration and Executive Order to fund southern border wall construction partially by repurposing DoD funds is within his constitutional authority, despite congressional objections?