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From the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income rose by 6.8% in 2019 - a record one-year increase - to a record high of $68,700.  Notably, under the supposed racist President Donald Trump, those 2019 income gains were largest for minority groups.  And since 2016, median income has risen 9.7%, which is fantastic news for Americans, even if it might be bad news for leftists in their disinformation campaign:

 

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September 18, 2020 • 11:47 AM

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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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Attempt to “Make a Quick Buck” Costs a Few More
Wednesday, September 23 2020

A federal lawsuit filed by a former writing partner of rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot (Anthony Ray) has ended with the judge ordering the payment of attorney fees for the filing of a “frivolous” lawsuit seeking royalties.

According to news reports, David Ford filed a copyright complaint against Sir Mix-a-Lot seeking a share of revenue from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hit songs including “Baby Got Back.” Ford’s claims were dismissed earlier this month and attorney’s fees awarded in the amount of $20,000.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s attorney Judith Endejan said Ford was attempting to “make a quick buck” from singer Nicki Minaj’s recent use of a sample from “Baby Got Back” in her hit “Anaconda.”

“Plaintiff’s claim is frivolous or, at the very least, motivated by an unfair desire to cash in on the efforts of another. Whatever his contributions to the sixteen joint works, plaintiff remained silent for two decades, never asserting that he was an author until a lucrative license was obtained by defendant,” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order dismissing the case.

Source: courthousenews.com

No Deal When Venue Shopping
Wednesday, September 09 2020

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Jim Bakker and his production company, Morningside Church Productions, Inc., against the states of Arkansas and California.

Last March, we reported on a lawsuit filed by the State of Missouri against Jim Bakker and his production company for false advertising for selling Silver Solution, a product marketed by "natural health expert" Sherrill Sellman and touted on Bakker’s show to treat COVID-19. Several other state attorneys general, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, filed similar suits against Bakker, purportedly prompting Bakker to counter with the federal lawsuit against Arkansas and California protesting the states’ requests to turn over records, including names, addresses and personal financial information of the people who purchased the products. In the ruling dismissing the federal case, the judge wrote that the court did not have jurisdiction over the officials investigating the consumer protection violations and, thus, the requests for additional information could not be stopped.

"Jim Bakker’s attempts to distract my office by filing a federal lawsuit failed. We will not be deterred from the important job of protecting Arkansas consumers from fraudulent and deceptive claims," said Attorney General Rutledge. "I will not tolerate illegal schemes used by Mr. Bakker that directly harm Arkansas consumers financially or physically. Bakker has historically cloaked his illegal action in the name of religion, yet he continues to deceive Arkansans for his own glory and wealth by peddling unsafe and ineffective potions as a cure for COVID-19."

According to news reports, both Bakker and Sellman have received warning letters from the Federal Drug Administration and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for selling unapproved drugs to cure or prevent COVID-19. 

Source: nwahomepage.com

Gearing Up for the Protest Lawsuit
Wednesday, September 02 2020

Several individuals involved in the Seattle protests have come together to file a lawsuit seeking taxpayer money to pay for expensive anti-police protective gear.

According to news reports, the lawsuit claims that having to purchase gas masks, boots, gloves, helmets and other gear deprives poorer demonstrators of their First Amendment rights.  In response, criminal defense attorney Brian Claypool calls the suit "out of bounds."

"You’ve got to be kidding me that you’re asking a court that taxpayers should pay for protective gear," Claypool said. "You’re asking a court that is supposed to be interpreting the law, not making the law, to then prescribe what levels of force that police officers can use in very fluid and volatile situations."

"You can’t charge people and make people have to buy expensive stuff in order to protest," countered Andrew Stoltmann, an attorney and adjunct law professor at Northwestern University. 

Claypool warned that if the plaintiffs win the lawsuit, it might encourage protestors to become more violent "because now the taxpayers are arming them with all this gear."

The Seattle City Attorney’s office intends to defend the city. The plaintiffs are seeking a temporary restraining order that would prohibit the use of force by city police.

Source: foxnews.com

Penny for Your Thoughts
Thursday, August 27 2020

A class action lawsuit has been filed against popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill after customers did not receive their exact change at checkout.

With a coin shortage happening throughout the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some stores are short-changing their customers. One plaintiff claims to have visited a Pennsylvania store and paid her $15.51 total with a $20 bill, only receiving $4 in return rather than $4.49. A second plaintiff claims she received $11 in change instead of $11.28.

“This ‘company policy’ not only discriminates against people who do not have, or do not wish to use, credit cards, but also results in a tax-free cash windfall to Chipotle,” the suit reads.

In a written statement, Chipotle Chief Corporate Affairs and Food Safety Officer Laurie Schalow said, “If a restaurant is low on change as a result of the nationwide coin shortage, our policy is to only accept exact change or other non-cash forms of payment.

“Restaurants that are impacted have signage posted on the door as well as inside, and employees have been instructed to alert guests prior to ordering. We encourage customers to contact us immediately with any concerns so we can investigate and respond quickly to make things right.”

Frank G. Salpietro, attorney for the plaintiffs, claims the corporate explanation and signage are not sufficient. “If someone tells you, ‘I’m gonna steal from you,’ and they steal from you, that didn’t get them off the hook.”

Source: post-gazette.com

Judge Judy Wants Day in Court
Thursday, August 20 2020

Judge Judy Sheindlin, the star of the syndicated long-running daytime television show “Judge Judy” is suing a talent agency in Los Angeles County Superior Court for $22 million in fees she alleges the agency wrongly received.

According to news reports, Sheindlin was "discovered" by two producers following a "60 Minutes" profile in 1993 that showcased her quick-witted style in the courtroom. At that time, the producers were represented by Richard Lawrence and his talent agency, Rebel Entertainment Partners, but, according to Sheindlin, that only lasted a very short time. Nonetheless, Richard Lawrence has allegedly collected $22 million over the last 24 years in syndication fees. Sheindlin calls him "an unethical and self-dealing talent agent, and one of the luckiest men in the world." Sheindlin says Lawrence and his agency were not entitled to collect "one penny of fees" because the agency did not represent a package deal and that the agency was "effectively stealing from the series’ bona fide profit participants, including Sheindlin."

Earlier this month, Rebel Entertainment sued CBS Studios, Sheindlin and others claiming it would be owed money if any "Judge Judy" episodes were sold.

Should the gavel come down in her favor, Sheindlin says she will donate any net proceeds she receives to the charity Stand Up To Cancer.

Source: Courthousenews.com



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