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Puerto Rico: Lingering Questions for Banco Popular’s Richard Carrion

Late last year, we posed several questions to Banco Popular President and CEO Richard Carrion, in conjunction with his appearance as a witness during a Congressional hearing on Puerto Rico’s public debt.

Our questions centered mainly upon his recent emergence as a staunch advocate of a unilateral restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt, a bizarrely anti-lender stance for the head of the  Island’s largest bank.  Among our questions, we asked how Carrion’s bank had avoided the severe exposure to Puerto Rican debt experienced by the Island’s other lenders and citizens, and why Popular – a private sector leader by any definition – has been so reluctant to align with other private sector actors in negotiating a consensual debt solution between Puerto Rico and its lenders.


February 09, 2016 • 09:53 pm

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The Stench Ends with a Little Fun from the Bench
Wednesday, February 03 2016

A Franklin County (Ohio) judge dismissed a lawsuit with a little wit.

Common Pleas Judge David E. Cain took to poetry to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an inmate who accused a correction officer of causing him to soil his pants while standing in line for recreation at the prison.  According to news reports, inmate Darek Lathan warned the officer at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, the he was struggling with a cold and diarrhea from taking cold showers in prison, but wasn't allowed to get out of line. Lathan, who was seeking $2 million in damages, charged that he suffered "harassment, embarrassment, riddiculing (sic) and emotional distress."

In viewing Lathan's case as frivolous, Judge Cain dismissed it, writing,

Cold showers caused his bowels to malfunction
Or so the plaintiff claims
A strict uncaring prison guard
Is whom the plaintiff blames.

While in line for recreation
And little time for hesitation
His anal sphincter just exploded
The plaintiff's britches quickly loaded.

It made the inmates laugh and play
To see the plaintiff's pants this way
The foul, unsightly, putrid mess
Caused the plaintiff major stress.

Claiming loss and shame to boot
The plaintiff filed the present suit
But the law provideth no relief
From such unmitigated grief.

Neither runs nor constipation
Can justify this litigation
Whether bowels constrict or flex
De minimus non curat lex.

A judge for nearly 30 years, Cain said this was the first time he has issued a decision in rhyme.

"I only have three years to go” before an age restriction prevents him from seeking re-election, he said. “If there’s anything I want to do, I better get about doing it. I just wanted to have some fun."

—Source: The Columbus Dispatch 

Lawsuit Ruffles Twitter's Feathers
Thursday, January 28 2016

A Florida family is suing Twitter claiming the San Francisco-based social media network is responsible for paving the way for ISIS to spread its international terrorism campaign.

"For years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits," the lawsuit states. "Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible."

Twitter denied the claims and called the lawsuit "meritless."

"We have teams around the world actively investigating reports of rule violations, identifying violating conduct, partnering with organizations countering extremist content online and working with law enforcement entities when appropriate," Twitter said in a statement.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for "severe mental anguish" and "pain and suffering" for plaintiff Tamara Fields whose husband, Lloyd Carl Fields, Jr., was shot and killed in Jordan while helping train police there under a U.S. State Department program. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.


Kids' Playhouse Results in Adult Lawsuit
Wednesday, January 20 2016

The sound of children laughing and playing in their playhouse has become the subject of a lawsuit between two Texas neighbors. 

Kelly Counts of Plano, Texas, is being sued by her neighbors, Irving and Anita Ward, for allegedly upsetting their "tranquil quality of life" and "creating noise issues as well as visibility issues for them and their pets."

“It’s unfathomable to me. I can’t imagine the sound of kids playing at any age or stage of my life and thinking that I needed to sue someone over it,” says Counts. 

The Wards claim the children, aged 10, 7, 4 and 2, are homeschooled and so the noise never stops.

“The Wards have never once asked me to tone down the noise of the kids playing,” says Counts.

According to news reports, Counts countered with a lawsuit against the Wards over explicit music she claims they play in retaliation to drown out her children's laughter. Since the City of Plano and her HOA have approved the playhouse, the Counts don’t plan to move it.

Both sides are seeking damages.


The Evolution of a Frivolous Lawsuit
Thursday, January 14 2016

A $58 million lawsuit filed against an evolutionary biologist over comments he made decades ago in a book review has been thrown out.

The lawsuit against Richard Dawkins was filed by Karl Dahlstrom, author of an anti-evolution book called The Organized Universe. In his lawsuit, Dahlstrom contends that Dawkins was referring to him in a comment made in a 1989 New York Times book review that said, "It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)." 

According to news reports, Dahlstrom was convinced the "somebody" referred to him and that, as such, Dawkins caused millions of persons to be prejudiced and biased against him, injured his reputation and subjected him to hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury. All this despite the fact that Dawkins made his statement in 1989, about 24 years before Dahlstrom even published his book. 

Late last year, a magistrate recommended the entire case be thrown out, citing Dahlstrom's "far-fetched rhetoric" and "unsubstantiated conclusions".  More recently, a U.S. District Judge adopted that recommendation, resolving the case for good.



Not So Talented After All
Wednesday, January 06 2016

A woman attending the taping of "America's Got Talent" is suing the show, the venue and the show’s host, Simon Cowell, after she allegedly tripped over wires on the ground.

According to news reports, D'Arcy Gurr claims the studio at the Los Angeles County Fair where the show was being taped was overcrowded, which made it more dangerous to navigate. Gurr is seeking $5 million in compensation.


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