This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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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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A Shot in the Dark
Wednesday, October 21 2020

A woman is suing television host Tamron Hall claiming Hall embarrassed her family on a nationally television episode about vaccinations that aired in September 2019.

According to news reports, during the Tamron Hall Show, a daytime talk show on ABC, Hall compared Jeanine DiAngelo’s unvaccinated son to a “leper”, saying she would not let her son anywhere near DiAngelo’s son, much less hug him, because he is not vaccinated. DiAngelo says Hall violated New York law by discriminating against their religious beliefs. DiAngelo further claims Hall was not educated on the issue, which added to the emotional distress suffered by the family.

DiAngelo is suing Hall, Disney and the production company for $16 million in damages. For the record, it is noted that Hall did hug DiAngelo's son.


Giving New Meaning to "You Deserve a Break Today"
Tuesday, October 13 2020

A Florida man is suing McDonald’s claiming he suffered a dental injury after biting into a Chicken McNugget.

Alexei Stolfat has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $1.1 million in damages after feeling "unbearable" pain when he bit into a bone in the chicken nugget. According to news reports, the incident caused his tooth to crack, which will require an extraction, root canal and dental implant surgery. Stolfat says he hasn’t had the tooth removed yet because it is proof of his injury.

"Providing safe, high quality food is always a top priority. We take these claims seriously but as this is pending litigation, we cannot comment further at this time," McDonald’s said in a statement.

Stolfat pledges he will donate $1 million to charity if his lawsuit prevails. 


Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Friday, October 09 2020

A California man is suing Starbucks and the maker of its cups and lids claiming that his sex life was ruined by hot tea.

According to news reports, Tommy Piluyev ordered two grande Honey Citrus Mint teas and when the barista passed them to him through the drive-up window one of the lids came off and the cup tipped, pouring hot tea onto the man’s hands, stomach and pelvis. Piluyev says the tea, which allegedly was between 190 and 205 degrees, caused blistering burns on his abdomen, thighs, lap area and buttocks, and he was hospitalized for over a week. Piluyev is seeking monetary damages, saying the accident made sex “painful and awkward” and that he couldn’t walk normally, use a computer, or play the piano for months. Piluyev’s attorney says his client will also need future plastic surgery. 

Starbucks says it is looking into the claim and that “our partners take great pride in ensuring our beverages are crafted with care and delivered to customers safely."


Here’s the Scoop
Wednesday, September 30 2020

A class action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald’s, claiming it misleads customers who purchase a vanilla ice cream cone because it is not made with “natural flavor” as the ingredients indicate. 

"The representations for the Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream are misleading because this gives consumers the impression that all of the vanilla taste is from vanilla beans, when this is not true and misleads consumers," the class action lawsuit contends.

In addition to demanding that the advertising be corrected, the lawsuit seeks to collect damages, claiming a premium is charged for vanilla ice cream. 

"Plaintiff would not have purchased or paid more for the Product had Plaintiff realized that much, if not all, of the vanilla flavor came from non-vanilla plant sources," according to the McDonald’s class action lawsuit.

Additionally, the class action lawsuit is seeking potential Class Members "residing in California who have purchased McDonald’s Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream and other dessert items which feature the Vanilla Soft Serve, i.e., Vanilla Shake, for their own use” since 2014. The class action lawsuit says "global climate disruptions" hitting the vanilla industry have led food companies "to cut corners" while selling "premium vanilla" products.


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.


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