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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 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: James Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy…[more]

December 10, 2018 • 03:51 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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McDonald’s in Hot Water with Lawsuit
Friday, October 26 2018

A McDonald’s franchise in Oregon is being sued by the family of a teenage girl who claims to have suffered burns from a cup of water that was too hot.

According to news reports, 14-year-old Shirlelle Thomas’ family is suing McDonald’s for $1.56 million after the teenager was served water at an "unreasonably dangerous temperature," which allegedly resulted in second degree burns to her lower body. The lawsuit seeks $10,000 in medical bills and related expenses, $50,000 in future expenses and $1.5 million for pain and suffering. There is no reference to the temperature of the water or whether the teen spilled it on herself or if it spilled as the result of an employee’s act.

In a media statement, McDonald’s owner Paul Rodby said that while there would be no comment "on pending litigation," "the health and safety of our crew and customers are a top priority."

Source: huffingtonpost.com

A Little Nutty
Thursday, October 18 2018

New Jersey parents are suing their local school district claiming their son was not allowed to bring a service dog trained to detect peanuts to school.

Alleging discrimination against their son because of a “severe, life-threatening” allergy to peanuts, the parents (who are identified only by their initials) also allege a “hostile educational environment” against the boy and his twin brother. In response to the federal lawsuit, the school district has denied the charges, stating it has acted “based on legitimate, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reasons and motives.” The school district denies refusing the boy the benefit of his service dog.

According to news reports, after the family moved to the area and made the request, the school district asked for more medical documentation. The parents complained, stating the request would require them to expend “significant sums of money and time.”

The lawsuit further claims the district deprived the boy of an education because he did not attend school until mid-October 2016 and the district did not provide him with home instruction. The suit claims a service dog policy, requiring a $1 million liability insurance policy because of a dog, was prepared by the school district in retaliation. Although the requirement was later dropped, the parents claim the district failed to inform them.

The suit also alleges the boy could not use his service dog because the school district said "some students may be allergic to the animal."

The school district responded that the parents have made “impractical demands.”

Source: mycentraljersey.com

Naturally, A Lawsuit Against Sparkling Water
Wednesday, October 10 2018

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of LaCroix alleging the sparkling water is not 100% natural.
 
Filed on behalf of Lenora Rice, the lawsuit claims cockroach insecticide linalool and other artificial ingredients are used in the drink, thus negating LaCroix’s claim that the beverage is "all natural." Maintaining that parent company National Beverage was aware of the synthetic chemicals and was “intentionally misleading consumers,” the lawsuit seeks to stop the company from advertising LaCroix as natural and to award damages to all consumers who bought the drink under false impressions.
 
The makers of LaCroix deny the allegations, stating the lawsuit was filed "without basis in fact or law regarding the natural composition of its LaCroix sparkling waters" and citing FDA rules.
 
In a statement, National Beverage said, "Natural flavors in LaCroix are derived from the natural essence oils from the named fruit used in each of the flavors. There are no sugars or artificial ingredients contained in, nor added to, those extracted flavors. All essences contained in LaCroix are certified by our suppliers to be 100 percent natural."
 
Source: wtkr.com

Emergency Room "Time" Costs Over a Million Dollars
Thursday, October 04 2018

A nurse in Kansas filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming the hospital falsified patient arrival times at the emergency room to maximize reimbursements.

Former Lawrence Memorial Hospital nurse Megen Duffy filed the federal False Claims Act lawsuit against the hospital in 2014, alleging the hospital misreported arrival times for patients with chest pain in order to maximize the amount of reimbursement money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Recently, District Court Judge Sam A. Crow dismissed the lawsuit on grounds there was no proof that any data reported by the hospital impacted its Medicare reimbursement.

Russ Johnson, President and CEO of the hospital, defended the hospital's practices and procedures, adding that the lawsuit was expensive and time consuming.

"It has cost this community hospital over one million dollars," Johnson said in a news release. "That is money that could have been used for providing care and services to people who need them so much. That is the real tragedy in this frivolous lawsuit."

Source: ljworld.com

Real Lawsuit for Real Housewife
Wednesday, September 26 2018

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has been ordered to pay $266,000 in a lawsuit alleging her pit bull, Kingsley, bit a woman.

According to news reports, Kelly Crossley sued Richards seeking unspecified damages after claiming Kingsley viciously attacked her, causing bodily injuries, including permanent scarring, mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering. The judge in the case granted a default judgment in favor of Crossley after Richards failed to show up in court. The amount of $266,092.39, plus costs of $865, was  awarded to Crossley.

This is the third time Kingsley has been charged with biting someone; the first victim was Richards' niece and the second her assistant. The latter of these two dog bite cases was recently settled out of court.

Source: People.com



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