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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

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    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.
  • ‘A Bird-Brained Idea’

    As if Chicago police didn’t have enough to do.
  • High-Heeled Sneaker

    It’s not unusual for persons claiming workers’ compensation to be caught faking their injuries, but a recent California case has an unusual twist.
  • Personal Irresponsibility

    A Wisconsin man who can’t pay almost $100,000 in overdue child support and interest for the nine children he fathered has been sentenced to probation and ordered not to have any more kids unt
  • Property Casualty

    Two years ago, the town of Harvey Cedars in New Jersey had a two-story sand dune constructed in front of 190 ocean-front homes to protect them from storms. The U.S.
  • Beer Battle

    It’s the real-world equivalent of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, the fictional lawsuit Charles Dickens wrote about in Bleak House.
  • Gaming the System

    A Buffalo Bills fan is suing the football team, alleging it sent him too many text messages.
  • Skin Deep

    A Chinese man sued his wife for divorce, alleging she tricked him into marrying her by disguising her ugliness with plastic surgery.
  • Man’s Inhumanity to Maniac

    A Norwegian man imprisoned for the massacre of 77 people last year has hired a lawyer to complain his prison conditions are “inhumane.”
  • Men Not Working

    An Ohio community college forced a construction crew to stop working until its “Men Working” signs were removed because they violated the college’s diversity requirements.
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