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Net "Neutrality": Google Says Nondiscrimination for Me, But Not for Thee

Surprise, surprise.  So Google, perhaps the leading proponent of so-called "Net Neutrality," predictably doesn't consider itself constrained by the same rules of nondiscrimination from which it seeks to benefit via government intervention:

Progressives have long argued that the federal government must protect the Internet from discrimination by treating service providers like Comcast as public utilities.  Now we learn that the Net doesn't have to be neutral, as long as Google is the company targeting legal businesses that are politically unpopular.  Google recently announced in a blog post that the search engine would no longer run advertisements for payday loans with high interest rates and a 60-day repayment period.  'Ads for financial services are a particular area of vigilance given…[more]

May 31, 2016 • 01:05 pm

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Hat's (Not) Off to this Lawsuit
Tuesday, May 31 2016

A fan is suing singer Chris Brown for allegedly stealing his hat.

According to news reports, Marq Stevenson is seeking $2,750 in compensation for his "stolen" hat. Stevenson claims that he passed his cap to one of Brown's road crew to have it autographed by Brown, but he didn't get the cap back. Stevenson wants to be reimbursed for the hat ($25), for his floor seat concert ticket ($225) and demands an extra $2500 for the bullying he allegedly withstood from Brown's crew when he tried to get his hat back.

As a footnote, apparently the hat was never signed, and Stevenson claims he is no longer seeking the autograph.


Neighbors' Lawsuit Crosses the Line
Tuesday, May 24 2016

Actress Minnie Driver is being sued by her neighbors who claim she has "intentionally" interfered with their plans to build a home on their property.

According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Daniel and Mary Lou Perelmutter allege that Driver speeds her car toward the couple and their construction worker, and has thrown "baby food jars filled with black paint against the walls of the home."

Driver denies the claims, stating, "I would never drive dangerously with my children or with other people's children. That is an egregious allegation."

The Perelmutters further claim Driver has blocked access to their shared driveway by installing an electronic gate and not providing them with the code.

"There are all kinds of easement codes and he was found in contempt of that before, and now we're asking that he be found in contempt of that again," Driver told news sources. "I absolutely understand where his property line is, but easements trump property lines."

The Perelmutters claim Driver's alleged conduct has caused "severe emotional distress" resulting in "significant anxiety, sleeplessness and depression."

"Mr. Perelmutter's lawsuit is frivolous," countered Ellyn Garofalo, Driver's attorney, adding that the problems have been going on for some time. Garofalo calls the lawsuit "frivolous" and says it will be "successfully defended."

According to news sources, last year Driver filed a temporary restraining order against Daniel Perlmutter for cursing at her son and blowing smoke in his face.

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Lawsuit Attempts to Deflate Tradition
Wednesday, May 18 2016

An Omaha, Nebraska, man has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to end the more than 60-year-old tradition of having balloons released at University of Nebraska football games.

Randall Krause alleges in his lawsuit that the release of thousands of bright red balloons by Cornhusker fans following the first touchdown at home games violates the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

“The mass balloon releases during football games at Memorial Stadium result in the open dumping of solid waste,” Mr. Krause alleged in a 14-page complaint.

According to news reports, Steve Smith, spokesman for the school, noted in a statement that, "Every balloon released in Memorial Stadium is natural latex biodegradable, and they are tied off with 100% cotton strings."

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Quick to Point the Finger at Snapchat
Thursday, May 12 2016

A car accident victim is suing Snapchat, placing blame on the social media app for injuries suffered in an automobile accident outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

According to news sources, Wentworth Maynard was merging onto a four lane highway when his car was struck by a car driven by 18-year-old Christal McGee who was allegedly speeding (in excess of 100 mph) and on her phone trying to use a Snapchat filter that records the speed of the moving vehicle.

McGee argued that she was, 'Just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat," Maynard's lawyers said.

Maynard, who spent five weeks in the hospital following the crash, claims he suffered traumatic brain injuries and now requires use of a wheelchair or walker, which preclude him from working or taking care of himself. Maynard is seeking unspecified damages to cover his medical bills.

"The issue really is about distracted teenage drivers," Maynard's lawyer told news sources. "It's about Snapchat encouraging teenagers to drive at fast speed for social status.

A Snapchat spokesperson says it discourages people from using its speed filter while driving with an in-app warning message.

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Ice, Ice Baby!
Thursday, May 05 2016

Starbucks is being sued again by a customer who claims to have been short-changed in the beverage department.

Stacy Pincus, of Chicago, Illinois, is suing Starbucks for $5 million, alleging that the coffee giant puts too much ice in its chilled beverages, denying its customers the amount of tea or coffee the company advertises. Pincus also questions the higher cost of chilled beverages, despite the fact they contain less liquid than heated drinks.

"Advertising practices are clearly meant to mislead consumers when combined with the standard practice of filling a cold drink cup with far less liquid than the cup can hold," Pincus states in her class-action federal lawsuit.

"We are aware of the plaintiff's claims, which we fully believe to be frivolous and without merit," countered Starbuck's spokeswoman Jaime Riley. "Our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any 'iced' beverage. If a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly remake it."

This is the second time in as many months that Starbucks has been sued over the volume of its beverages; in March, another class-action suit against the company claimed it short-changed latte drinkers by 25%.


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