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Earlier this week, we continued our efforts to highlight how Elon Musk and SpaceX have propelled American space exploration from the private sector.  In that vein, UnbiasedAmerica illustrates vividly how this month's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch also means significant savings for U.S. taxpayers over equivalent predecessors:

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February 16, 2018 • 12:22 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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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.
 
Source: Fox4kc.com

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.”

Source: pagesix.com

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."

Source: breitbart.com

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.

Source: USAHerald.com

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.

Source: imore.com



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