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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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Boys Will Be Boys
Wednesday, January 03 2018

A popular comedian is being sued for performing her "Girls Night In" act at a California bar that advertised "No Boys Allowed."

Comedian Eliza Shlesinger is being sued for discrimination by George St. George who bought a $30 ticket to her show and, together with a male friend, was denied admission but offered a refund. St. George's attorney, Alfred Rava, known for filing discrimination suits (reportedly as many as 150) against businesses that offer "ladies' nights," has represented St. George in several such suits.

"At no time should an entertainer or an entertainment venue require female patrons or male patrons to sit in the back of the theater based solely on their sex," Rava reportedly said.

According to news reports, businesses that are sued under California's Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959 typically reach an out-of-court settlement rather than face the expense of litigation.

"Since this is a legal matter, I’m unable to comment to the specifics of this lawsuit. I will say that of the many shows I do throughout the year, Girls Night In was a singular evening that encouraged women to get together, talk and laugh about the things we go through as well as donate some money to Planned Parenthood. It’s unfortunate that this has now become an issue," Shlesinger said in an issued statement.


Wife Swap Heading Home
Thursday, December 21 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case involving two Louisiana deputies who were terminated for swapping wives and families.

According to news sources, Brandon Coker and Michael Golden, who worked in Bossier parish in Louisiana, fell in love with each other’s wife. Rather than divorce and remarry, the men proceeded to simply swap wives, homes and families. When their employer, Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles Owens, discovered the wife swap, he placed the deputies on administrative leave for violation of the Sheriff’s Code of Conduct barring “illegal, immoral or indecent conduct.” The deputies’ refusal to return to their homes until their divorces were final eventually gave rise to “voluntary” termination.

Coker and Golden sued for unlawful termination, claiming the Sheriff’s Code of Conduct violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and "the right of the people peaceably to assemble."

Both a district and an appeals court backed the employer, and the U.S. Supreme Court let the ruling stand.

"Sexual decisions between consenting adults take on a different color when the adults are law enforcement officers," the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.


Judge Moooooves Case Out of Court
Wednesday, December 13 2017

A judge in New York has granted Dannon Company’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it that charged shoppers were misled by Dannon's "all-natural" claims in its dairy products.

Polly Podpeskar sued Dannon for false advertising, noting that reasonable consumers would not expect a yogurt labeled "all-natural" to use milk from cows likely fed a diet containing genetically engineered soy or corn.

Arguing that Podpeskar's logic "has not been adopted by the FDA and has been rejected by both courts and Congress," Dannon also noted that federal GMO labeling legislation passed by President Obama doesn't extend GMO labeling to products made from milk from animals fed GM feed. In its motion to dismiss the case, Dannon said no reasonable consumer would follow Podpeskar’s “daisy-chained” logic.


Do the Math
Tuesday, December 05 2017

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Cheesecake Factory alleging that diners who split the bill may have unwittingly left more for tips than they perhaps otherwise would have.

Marcel Goldman is suing the California-based restaurant chain after she followed the suggested tipping chart on her bill, which recommended $11.50 to $16.94, leaving a $15.40 tip when her share of the bill was $38.50. According to news reports, the suggested tipping chart is based on the bill's entirety, not a particular diner's share of it. Goldman sent a "billing error" letter to the Cheesecake Factory headquarters, but the error was not corrected.

"Consumers should be aware," Goldman’s attorney Julian Hammond said. "Why are we left to our own devices to do arithmetic acrobatics when the suggested gratuity represented is not true? The mathematic calculation is misleading. It must end; it needs to change."

A Cheesecake Factory spokesperson countered that the chain’s gratuity ranges are simply suggestions and it’s up to consumers to decide how much to tip.

"Guests are free to tip as they please," said Alethea Rowe. "We believe our guests appreciate the service provided by our hardworking staff and tip accordingly."


The Show Must Go On
Thursday, November 30 2017

Despite the continuing lawsuit between mother and son, reality show "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" recently returned to the air.

The matriarch, reality star and founder of "Sweetie Pie's" restaurants, Miss Robbie Montgomery, is embroiled in an ongoing lawsuit she filed against her son and co-star Tim Norman, who helps his mom run the restaurants. Miss Robbie claimed Tim was moving too fast in opening "Sweetie Pie's" restaurants and that several of the new restaurants were opened without her permission to use her "Sweetie Pie's" name, constituting an infringement on her trademark.

According to news reports, settlement discussions continue. Stay tuned...


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
Liberty Poll   

For family Christmas giving this year, are you spending more than usual, about the same as usual, or less than usual?