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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: Brandon Wright, Editorial Director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Florida's School Accountability System;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union: "Rates Congress";

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Andrew Och, Award Winning TV Producer and Author of "Unusual for Their Time: On the Road with America's First Ladies": Weighing the Strengths and Weaknesses of the First Gentleman or First Lady: Bill vs. Melania;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Fred Campbell,…[more]

October 24, 2016 • 03:38 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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Singing the Blues
Thursday, October 20 2016

Rappers Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa, together with concert organizer Live Nation, are being sued by a woman for her granddaughter's injuries after the teenager followed the crowd to rush the stage at a concert.

According to news reports, the 16-year-old girl was one of several who were injured when a railing collapsed after the musicians yelled for concertgoers in the grass to come down closer to the stage. According to the girl's grandmother, the young girl fell 10 feet onto the concrete, was knocked out cold, covered in blood and suffered a broken arm and wrist.

The lawsuit claims the teenager's dreams of being a star cheerleader have been ruined, and she continues to have nightmares. Live Nation is charged with inadequate crowd control.


Home Sweet (Stadium) Home
Thursday, October 13 2016

A neighborhood association is suing the Iowa City Board of Adjustment to stop construction of a house that is modeled after the University of Iowa's football stadium, Kinnick Stadium.

The lawsuit was filed by the Neighbors of Manville Heights Association and requests the Board to block construction of the home. Neighbors have expressed concern about the home's size, potential for big parties and increased traffic. According to the plans submitted to the Board, the house will include stadium seating, stadium-style restrooms, a mock press box, a courtyard and several bedrooms.

The Board was split 2-2 to allow construction to go forward.


Quarterback Throws Parties Too
Thursday, October 06 2016

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is being sued for throwing parties in a California mansion he was renting.

According to news sources, Newton leased the $11 million mansion for 61 days at the cost of $123,000. The lease precluded Newton from hosting parties, smoking, or having more than eight people in the mansion at a time. After the housekeeper reported to the rental company that Newton threw multiple parties and left cigarette ash through the house, leasing manager Jared Pobre, former WWE star Stacy Keibler’s husband, filed suit.

Pobre claims the damages left to the mansion by Newton’s alleged partying are significant – a broken fridge, a destroyed $32,000 rug, water damage, and ruined linens. Pobre is seeking $100,000 in damages, an additional $180,000 in lost rent and at least $270,000 in legal fees.

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Huge Hacking Brings Big Lawsuit
Thursday, September 29 2016

Just one day after Yahoo announced a massive 2014 hacking, a New York man has filed a class action lawsuit.

Ronald Schwartz is seeking class action status in his lawsuit filed in the federal court in San Jose, California. Schwartz says he is suing on behalf of the roughly 500 million Yahoo users whose accounts were believed to have been hacked by a "state-sponsored actor." Schwartz suggested in the lawsuit that the breach might have been thwarted if Yahoo had lived up to its promise of taking user privacy "seriously" and bulked up its security measures.

Yahoo demonstrated "reckless disregard for the security of its users' personal information that it promised to protect," according to the complaint.

A Yahoo spokeswoman told news organizations the Sunnyvale, California-based company does not discuss pending litigation.


Judge's Ruling Sprinkled with Wit
Wednesday, September 21 2016

Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a witty opinion in a legal frozen food fight over the classic New Orleans "sno-ball" of manufactured ice.

The lawsuit, filled with claims, counterclaims and overlapping jurisdiction, has been winding through the courts for years, with a trio of rivals battling over a range of issues, including allegations of trademark violations, patent infringement and sno-ball names, such as Snosweet, Mountain Maple and Orchid Cream Vanilla. The parties involved are SnoWizard Inc., Southern Snow Manufacturing and Snow Ingredients Inc.

"What began as a flurry of cease-and-desist letters between the companies has turned into a blizzard of patent, trademark, and antitrust litigation," Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod wrote for a three-judge panel. "Each party has attempted to freeze the other out of the sno-ball market."

Where the case goes next is unclear. SnoWizard attorney Jack Morris told sources that the company is happy with the decision and has no plans to appeal; Mark Andrews, an attorney for the Southern Snow clients, said they are evaluating the case.

Elroy makes clear in her opinion that it's time for the lawsuit to melt away. "The parties could have shaved down the overwhelming costs in time, expense, and scarce judicial resources that this litigation has consumed," Elrod wrote, "if they could have abandoned their unrelenting desire to crush the opposition."


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