Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)
  • Animal Rights Wrongs

    Ten years ago the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sued Ringling Bros.–Barnum & Bailey circus for alleged mistreatment of its elephants.
  • Jail Money

    Lawsuits filed by inmates in Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail – most of them frivolous – have cost the city more than $111 million over the past five years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ‘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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