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Posts tagged ‘lawsuit’

20
Aug

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News

Australian man playing baseball at an Oklahoma college is shot and killed by ‘bored’ teens (ESPN)
Freedom of Speech? Pastor to burn nearly 3,000 Koran’s on 9/11 (CBS Tampa)

Law student application drop 18%, how does that help current students? (ABA Journal)

Lawsuit against for profit schools who inflated post-grad employment numbers settle lawsuit (Wall Street Journal)

Now this is a Chinese law I can get on board with: Public bathroom users to be fined for missing the toilet, bad aim (China Morning Post)
Big Brother: Google Glass app allows police to view live feed from nearby surveillance cameras (Tech Crunch)
Man strangles girlfriend… because she deleted all of his numbers out of his phone (Jakarta Globe)

Watch out for prank phone calls: Large amount of fake phone calls being made, telling people to show up for jury duty, want personal info (ABA Journal)

8
Jul

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News.

Lawsuit claims that flashing headlights to warn of police officers is protected speech (ABA Journal)

Saying the wrong things on Twitter can get you jail time, First Last Amendment (ABA Journal)

Here are a few web gems to start your day off right (ESPN)

Work satisfaction is much more important than money and prestige to lawyer’s job satisfaction (ABA Journal)

“Oh, materialism.” Airplane crash survivors escape with their luggage and children… In that order (Forbes)

Do you have $540 mill? Worlds largest personal yacht build complete (Daily Mail)

Brazilian soccer player gets stabbed by referee, fans stone referee to death, decapitate him (Huffington Post)

26
Feb

Legal Links 2/26

Italian jean designer that owns trademark on the name “Jesus” is cracking down on US clothing lines who have used “Jesus” (Fox)

Three fans injured at the NASCAR race this past weekend have hired attorneys (ESPN)

“Blade Runner” Murder Trial Update: Pistorius plans his own memorial service for Steenkamp (Yahoo!)

Supreme Court will not allow challenge to surveillance law, no standing (AP)

52-year-old female judge accused of having sexual relations with inmate inside interviewing room with 26-year-old client (Indy Star)

Deleware courthouse shooting update: Shooter wrote angry letters to one lawyer, failed to pay another years before courthouse slayings (ABA Journal)

21
Feb

Legal Links 2/21

‘Blad Runner’ trial update: lead detective dropped, faces 7 charges of attempted murder (news.com)

NFL combine watch (ESPN)

Attorney held in contempt, fined $1,000 for being ‘disrespectful’ said, bond amount was ‘ridiculous’ (ABA Journal)

‘TWITTER FIGHT!” The NFL’s Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis exchange tweet-jabs  (ESPN)

Parents file suit, claim grade school yoga classes are inherently religious (ABA Journal)

I Can’t find my ball!” Match play in AZ postponed after snow storm on golf course (Reuters)

Rotting corpse found in hotel’s water supply, guests used, drank water for up to two weeks (CNN)

Carnival Cruise victims, file class action lawsuit (Breitbart) John Phillips weighs in (C&S)

15
Feb

Carnival Passengers Stuck at Sea, a Brief Legal Breakdown

As most of you know by now, recently a Carnival cruise ship lost power at sea after a fire broke out on board. Passengers were trapped for days without electricity, proper plumbing, or descent meals. The conditions were apparently horrible, mostly resulting from the ships failed plumbing systems. Passengers described the conditions as “hellish,” “sewage everywhere,” and “a cesspool.”

Carnival

According to a Reuters report at least one passenger has already filed a lawsuit against Carnival stating “horrifying” conditions including being forced to wade through human feces.

“The lawsuit by Cassie Terry of Brazoria County, Texas, alleged Carnival failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and sanitary conditions, according to court documents.” Reuters reported, “Terry suffered physical and emotional harm, including anxiety, nervousness and the loss of the enjoyment of life, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Miami.”

While the passenger’s experience onboard the liner was nothing short of awful, do they have a legitimate legal claim?

According to John, Carnival cruise line passengers signed stringent waivers and thus assumed the risk of this happening via contract. Therefore, cruise line damages are capped by contract. In the U.S., cruise ship contracts generally cannot dismiss claims for negligence that is willful and wanton or gross. Still tough here. The plaintiff(s) would have to show that they knew the engines were bad or in poor condition and likely to breakdown.

We will just have to wait and see what happens. Stay tuned for updates on the legal aspects of the Carnival cruise debacle.