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Air Traffic Control Proposal: Making Airlines Tax Collectors?

Beware policy proposals waving the "privatization" banner that don't constitute true privatization at all, and threaten to actually worsen the situation.

The latest example:  Efforts to restructure the U.S. air traffic control system, which would likely repeat the mistakes of such federal boondoggles as Amtrak and the U.S. Post Office. Alongside numerous other conservative and libertarian organizations, CFIF has maintained serious concerns over H.R. 2997, the "21st Century AIRR Act."  Those concerns include, among other flaws: Greater empowerment of air traffic controller unions, by maintaining centralized monopoly power over air traffic control while expanding their authority over such matters as personnel changes, salary caps and mandatory retirement age (currently at age 56…[more]

September 22, 2017 • 01:58 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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A Pierogi by Any Other Name
Thursday, September 21 2017

The organizers of a Chicago-area pierogi festival are threatening to sue the organizers of another pierogi festival, this one in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, for alleged trademark infringement.

According to news reports, the small town of Edwardsville, with a population of 4,700 residents (and notably within the most ancestrally Polish county in America), is in its fourth year of the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival, celebrating Poland's national dish. Seven hundred miles away in the Chicago suburbs, the organizers of the Pierogi Fest, which has been drawing crowds of 300,000 since 1995, claim the rival festival is "likely to cause consumer confusion." The "Pierogi Fest" has been a registered trademark since 2007.

The president of the Edwardsville Hometown Committee says the whole battle is “ridiculous,” and residents are “beside themselves.” To “protect” their local heritage, Edwardsville organizers filed a federal lawsuit of their own. “No person on planet Earth is going to confuse the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival with a suburban Chicago ‘Pierogi Fest,’” the group’s lawyer said in a statement.

“There is no way we could possibly be in competition with them,” one Polish restaurant owner in Edwardsville stated. The event makes a couple of thousand dollars per year. The proceeds pay for the town’s annual Easter-egg hunt, and buy the teddy bears that the Edwardsville Police Department gives out to kids.


Do the Math
Thursday, September 14 2017

Mixed martial artist and professional boxer Conor McGregor is being sued for throwing more than a punch.

According to news reports, William Pegg has filed a lawsuit against McGregor and McGregor Sports and Entertainment after allegedly being hit by a flying can of Monster energy drink at a UFC press conference between McGregor and Nate Diaz that ended with McGregor and Diaz throwing cups, bottles, cans and various other items at one another. The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined McGregor $25,000 for his role in the incident and ordered him to do 25 hours of community service. Now audience member Pegg wants his share.

Court records indicate Pegg suffered injuries for which he sought medical attention, with the bills totaling about $5,000. Yet, Pegg is suing McGregor for $95,000. Interestingly, his claim is based on creative math. The lawsuit notes that in the fight between McGregor and Diaz that McGregor was paid $15 million, and was hit 166 times, meaning roughly $90,000 per blow. Pegg claims that since he took one hit from the can of Monster drink thrown by McGregor he should get $90,000, plus another $5,000 for his medical bills.

McGregor has denied any wrongdoing. The lawsuit continues. Round two.


Not Seeing Eye-to-Eye
Wednesday, September 06 2017

Two Amazon customers are suing the electronic commerce company claiming their eyes were injured as a result of solar eclipse glasses purchased through Amazon.

According to news reports, Amazon sent e-mails to customers one week before the totality event warning of a recall on some glasses because third-party sellers were unable to verify that the glasses were manufactured according to international safety standards. The plaintiffs claim that despite the email being sent a week in advance, they did not see it until two days before the eclipse, stating, "too little, too late," as they had already left for vacation. The injured couple claims they started seeing spots and experiencing pain in their eyes, headaches, blind spots, sensitivity and distortion after viewing the solar eclipse.

Plaintiffs are seeking class action status, refunds for the eclipse glasses, and compensation for past and future medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Only Amazon (and not the actual manufacturer) is a named defendant.


A Foot Out the Courtroom Door
Wednesday, August 30 2017

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out the class-action settlement involving sandwich chain giant Subway, calling the settlement "utterly worthless."
The lawsuit began nearly five years ago when an Australian teenager posted a photo on Facebook of a footlong sandwich he had recently purchased at Subway, which measured shy of twelve inches. That prompted a class action lawsuit against Doctor's Associates Inc, the operator of more than 44,000 Subway locations worldwide. The lawsuit alleged that the Subway chain deceived customers by selling "Footlong" subs that were less than a foot.
A settlement approved last year by a Wisconsin federal judge required Subway to adopt quality control measures to ensure its sandwiches met the advertised lengths. According to news reports, the parties settled the case with an award of $520,000 to the class action lawyers, plus $5,000 of "incentive" awards to ten plaintiffs for settling.
"A class action that seeks only worthless benefits for the class and yields only fees for class counsel is no better than a racket and should be dismissed out of hand," wrote Circuit Judge Diane Sykes for the three-judge panel. "That's an apt description of this case."
Judge Sykes further noted in her opinion that "short" sandwiches contained the same amount of food by weight.
"The settlement acknowledges as much when it says that uniformity in bread length is impossible due to the natural variability of the bread-baking process," Sykes added.

A Picture is Worth...$100 Million
Thursday, August 24 2017

How much is a selfie picture worth? If it's of reality star Kim Kardashian, one company claims it's $100 million.

According to news reports, Snaplight, a company that makes cell phone cases with LED lights, and Hooshmand Harooni, the purported inventor of the product, are suing Kardashian and her company, Kimsaprincess Inc., alleging that the reality star's use and promotion of a similar product, the LuMee case, violates their patent.

In the lawsuit, Snaplight claims it is very difficult to compete in the selfie case market because of Kardashian's large social media following. The legal documents further note that Kardashian receives a cut of LuMee's profits for being a spokesperson and Harooni claims he should as well. The lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages and a demand that Kardashian quit promoting and using the LuMee product.

A representative for Kardashian calls the lawsuit ridiculous, adding, "The patent lawsuit filed by Snaplight has no merit and is just another attempted shakedown. Kim has done absolutely nothing wrong."


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