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Another nice illustration of American Exceptionalism.  We're just 4% of the world's population, but a quarter of its prosperity:

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March 19, 2019 • 12:59 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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What’s a College Degree Worth These Days?
Thursday, March 21 2019

Two Stanford University students have filed a class action lawsuit against the eight universities named in the college admissions scandal, claiming their degrees from Stanford have been tarnished and that the rigged system of paying for admission denied students a fair chance to be enrolled at an elite university.

Stanford University, ranked #7 in US News & World Report rankings, is named along with USC, UCLA, the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, Yale University and Georgetown University. The class action lawsuit seeks damages for any student who applied to one or more of those universities and was rejected between 2012 and last year.

The named plaintiffs in this case, Stanford students Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, both allege they were among those who were denied by elite schools named in the investigation. Olsen said she applied to Yale, paid a $80 application fee, and was denied admission, despite a nearly perfect SAT and ACT score and her extracurriculars. Olsen is a student at Stanford.

“Had she known that the system at Yale University was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school,” the lawsuit states. “She also did not receive what she paid for — a fair admissions consideration process.”

Source: LATimes.com

Straight Out of a Seinfeld Episode?
Thursday, March 14 2019

A company is suing actor Jerry Seinfeld claiming it bought the comedian's 1958 Porsche only to discover it was a fake.

According to news reports, Fica Frio Limited paid $1.54 million for the vintage car that was allegedly owned by Seinfeld, now the host of the series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The auction brochure boasted that the car was "From the Jerry Seinfeld Collection." The company, which is located in the Channel Islands, filed the lawsuit after learning the car was not authentic.

According to the lawsuit, Seinfeld left a voicemail last June apologizing and promising a full refund. But it said the refund never came.

Seinfeld's lawyer, Orin Snyder, said the comedian acted in good faith and "is willing to do what's right and fair."

"He has asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit," Snyder said in a statement.

Source: wlja.com

Some Lawsuits Just Stink
Thursday, March 07 2019

A railroad company has filed a lawsuit defending its right to terminate an employee who admitted that during a train stop he defecated on a knuckle that joins a locomotive and box car.

According to news reports, Union Pacific terminated the engineer for his actions, which also included throwing a feces-covered tissue out the window of the locomotive, informing his manager that he left a "present" for him, and extending his middle finger twice to a security camera on the train. After the engineer accepted "full and complete responsibility for his actions," Union Pacific terminated him under a rule that prohibits conduct that is "negligent, insubordinate, dishonest, immoral, quarrelsome or discourteous."

Following the termination, the union representing the engineer appealed. Following the denial of its appeal, the matter was sent to an arbitrator, who ruled the termination was "excessive discipline" and said the railroad should have required the employee to undergo a medical psychological evaluation.

In its recent lawsuit, the railroad is seeking to have the arbitrator's finding set aside on grounds the arbitrator exceeded his authority, and its seeking payment of its court costs and "any other relief the court deems just and proper."

Source: journalstar.com

Hottest Ticket Burns Houston Lawyer
Wednesday, February 27 2019

A Houston lawyer is suing Ticketmaster after it failed to refund his money for tickets he purchased for the wrong day to see the highly popular musical "Hamilton."

According to news reports, Joshua Davis intended to buy three tickets  one each for him, his wife and oldest daughter  to see the popular musical while visiting New York City in March. At some point during the transaction, Davis apparently hit the "back" button and the date reverted back to January 17. Davis claims he thought he stopped the purchase by exiting out of the website, but his credit card was still charged $2,325.20 for the January tickets. After immediately calling Ticketmaster and waiting on hold for an extended period of time, Davis alleges a “resolution specialist” informed him that Ticketmaster refused to make the change or refund the money.

The only recourse Davis claims Ticketmaster allows for purchases made in error is to resell the mistaken tickets (for no less than paid) and with a resale fee to Ticketmaster. Davis’ lawsuit charges fraudulent inducement and breach of contract causes of action, and he claims Ticketmaster violated the Sherman Antitrust Act on the ground that its position in the marketplace constitutes a monopoly on the lawful sale of tickets.

"This isn’t right and it’s unfortunate they refused to treat it as a customer service issue," Davis said. "Thank goodness I have a law license."

Source: law.com

Now That's Scary
Wednesday, February 20 2019

A Pennsylvania woman and her teen daughter are suing an Allentown-area amusement park, claiming the park's costumed ghouls were too scary.

According to news reports, Shannon Sacco and her daughter are seeking more than $150,000 in damages against Dorney Park, Wildwater Kingdom and its parent company, Cedar Fair, after the girl visited the amusement park's haunted attraction and suffered a fall when a costumed employee ran up behind her and shouted in her ear. The family alleges the girl asked the ghouls to leave her alone because she didn't want to be scared and further claims the companies were negligent in their operation of the attraction, in part for failing to inform the girl she could buy a glow-in-the-dark "No Boo" necklace to ward off employees in monster costumes.

The lawsuit claims the girl allegedly had to undergo medical treatment, which may continue in the future, and that she has been unable to carry on her usual activities or hold a job.

Source: fox43.com



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