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Nothing to Snicker About

“De minimis non curat lex” – the law does not concern itself with trifles – except, of course, when it does. According to a complaint filed earlier this year in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Wael Eldadah, who worked in the convenience store of a BP gas station in the West Lawn neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side, signed a criminal complaint against Walter Williams for taking a Snickers candy bar from the store without paying for it. As a result of the criminal complaint,...

There’s No Prison Like Home

Finally, in far-off Whangarei, New Zealand, a 19-year-old man who was “sick of playing Xbox” while on home detention has been granted his wish to serve the rest of his sentence in jail. Senior Constable Paul Nicholas, of Whangarei police, said the young man had served 10 months of an 11-month home detention term but with one month to go “had run out of Xbox games to play” so he rang police to say he was bored serving home detention, was sick of playing Xbox, and would rather serve the rest of...

Going Where No Law Firm Has Gone Before …

As pornographers entice viewers with alluring images online, then sue downloaders for infringing on their copyrights, a federal judge in Los Angeles has taken a stand. Like former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who knew pornography when he saw it, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright of the Central District of California knows a lawsuit model he doesn’t like when he sees one. In response to what he views as abusive litigation, Wright has referred four attorneys associated with Chicago...

Latest News in Lawsuit Abuse

  • Dog-Faced

    If you go to a baseball game, you assume the risk of getting struck by a baseball – but you don’t assume the risk of getting hit with a hot dog.
  • A Growing Problem

    A Florida couple is being threatened with prosecution for violating the Orlando city code by planting a 25-by-25-foot garden in their front yard.
  • No Kidding Her

    An Ohio teacher is suing her school district for discrimination after they reassigned her from a high school to a junior high school and pressed her to resign.
  • Gold Finger

    An upstate New York man “gave the finger” to a cop using a radar gun and now may get paid for it.
  • Transparent Fraud

    A jury award in West Virginia will require two lawyers and a doctor to pay CSX Rail $429,240 for racketeering and fraud in the reading of x-rays in asbestos cases.
  • Beer Blast

    A group of prison inmates in Idaho is suing major beer companies, alleging the brewers are responsible for their lives of crime.
  • Child Exploitation

    It didn’t take long for trial lawyers to begin trying to profit from the Newtown massacre.
  • The Candy Man Can’t

    A soda fountain in St. Paul may be fined $500 by city inspectors for selling candy cigarettes.
  • A Christmas Greeting

    A Louisiana woman has the constitutional right to hang Christmas lights on her house in a pattern giving her neighbors the middle finger.
  • Attractive Nuisance

    It was legal for a Fort Dodge dentist to fire his long-time female dental assistant because of his “irresistible attraction” to her, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled recently.
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