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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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Crafting a Lawsuit
Tuesday, March 24 2015

The makers of Jim Beam bourbon are facing a lawsuit over the word "handcrafted" on its bottles.

Plaintiff Scott Welk has filed a class action lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages, claiming the use of the word "handcrafted" on the Jim Beam White Label bourbon is inaccurate.  According to the lawsuit, the bourbon is not "handmade by a skilled craftsman as the company claims." Welk contends that the labeling is "immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous and/or substantially injurious to consumers" because "consumers are led to believe that Jim Beam bourbon is of superior quality and workmanship by virtue of it being ‘handcrafted,' when in fact it is not."

Beam Suntory, Jim Beam's parent company, called the lawsuit "frivolous," noting that a similar suit was filed against Maker's Mark, another brand owned by Beam Suntory. News reports further indicate that a similar suit was filed against beer maker Anheuser-Busch for the labels on its Kirin Ichiban beer, which according to that lawsuit are "deceptively advertised as being imported from Japan."

Source:  eater.com

Out of the Dark and Into the Courtroom
Tuesday, March 17 2015

"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon is suing his estranged wife, Mariah Carey, for leaving him in the dark about the $9 million sale of the Bel-Air home the couple once shared.

According to the lawsuit, Cannon claims that Carey and her business manager, Michael Kane, took control of the sale and that he didn't find out about it until after the fact.

Although Cannon claims to be fine with the sale and price, he says the problem is that he was not kept in the loop from start to finish. And he's most concerned about how the funds from the sale will be divvied up. Cannon wants the $9 million frozen until they can determine who will be getting what.

Source:  tmz.com

Sizzling Hot Lawsuit Fizzles Out
Wednesday, March 11 2015

A New Jersey man recently lost his lawsuit against a local Applebee's after claiming the restaurant chain was liable for burn damages he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet.

Hiram Jimenez claims that the waitress failed to warn him that the skillet upon which his steak fajita dinner was served was hot. Court records indicate that when Jimenez bowed his head close to the table to pray he heard a loud sizzling noise followed by a grease pop, and felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face. Jimenez said he panicked and knocked the plate of food on his lap, causing more burns. None of the burns left any scarring, records show.

According to news reports, the lower court dismissed the case, finding that the danger posed by the sizzling fajita plate was "open and obvious" and that Jimenez chose to put his face close to it. The appeals panel affirmed the lower court's findings.  

"Here, the danger posed by a plate of sizzling hot food was self-evident," the two-judge panel ruled.

Source:  nj.com

A Crazy Lawsuit
Wednesday, March 04 2015

A former guest of Dr. Phil is suing him for $100 million, claiming the show made him look mentally ill.

Matthew Barasch appeared on Dr. Phil's show last year to talk about stalking; Barasch believes a detective planted crystal meth in his home and that he's a victim at the hands of cops and others. Barasch says he told producers the only way he would participate was if they didn't make him look delusional.

Barasch now claims that the show had a second theme mental illness and paranoia and that the show was cut to make him look crazy.

According to news reports, a representative for Dr. Phil said, "We stand by our broadcast. This guest was treated with the utmost dignity and respect, and every effort was made to help him find some peace in his life. We believe the attached clip speaks for itself. We will vigorously defend this frivolous and baseless lawsuit and will pursue dismissal and our attorney fees."

Source:  tmz.com

Me vs. Me
Tuesday, February 24 2015

In a bizarre twist, Utah has become the first state in the nation to recognize that its citizens have the right to sue themselves. Earlier this month, the Utah Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Bagley v. Bagley that Utah law allows a decedent's heir and the personal representative of his estate to sue the driver who allegedly caused the accident that killed him -- in this case, those are all the same people.

According to news reports, Barbara Bagley is her husband's heir and personal representative of his estate and thereby the named plaintiff in the case against herself as the defendant-driver whose negligence allegedly caused the accident. In summary, Ms. Bagley, acting in different capacities, appears on both sides of the case.  As the defendant, Ms. Bagley is represented by her insurance company.

Utah's wrongful-death statute says a person's heir or representative can sue whoever caused the person's death when the death "is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another." The district court ruled, and the appellate court agreed, that another refers to someone other than the decedent him/herself and that an heir can sue as long as the decedent didn't kill him/herself.

Source:  loweringthebar.net

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the first major political candidate to formally announce his 2016 candidacy for President of the United States, was born in which of the following?
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—Jonah Goldberg, National Review
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review
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