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How many defamation suits do you think need to be filed before plaintiff-side defamation lawyers remove their heads from their colons? CNET reports: (full story here) A Pennsylvania school principal has filed a lawsuit against four former students, claiming they falsely portrayed him as a pot smoker, beer guzzler and pornography lover...

I never really harbored distaste for Charlie Crist. The fact that he failed the bar three times actually endears him to me (I never failed one, but some of my best and smartest friends have). It's also nice to have a bachelor in the governor's mansion -- cuts...

An old professor of mine once said "you need to be retarded to be elected to the Florida legislature." I don't know if I agree with her, but some legislators certainly throw support to that argument. Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, obviously "just ain't that bright." Her bill ostensibly...

The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) had a policy of conducting pat down searches of every attendee at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games - pursuant to a request by the Bucs themselves. A season ticket holder sued the Authority, arguing that these searches violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The court...

Rosenblum Productions, the company that apparently purchased the rights to the novel 1984 from George Orwell’s estate is claiming that the Hillary Clinton / 1984 youtube mashup is a violation of those rights. See BoingBoing. Here is the original Macintosh 1984 ad. (I guess Apple got permission from Rosenblum)....

The 7th Circuit just handed down a decision that is certain to make its way into the annals of my copyright class materials (pun intended). JCW Investments v. Novelty, Inc, ___ F.3d ___ (7th Cir. 2007). Some of the best excerpts from the opinion: Meet Pull My...

In this case, the pro se litigant filed a suit that even Jack Thompson would find frivolous. Khan v. Unitarian Church, 1994 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15562 (N.D. Cal. 1994). The court found plaintiff's complaints alleged wildly improbable facts and scenarios and sought relief to which he was not entitled. The...

You don't often see transfer of venue cases turning into something that you would actually want to read. The judge in this case must have had his morning espresso before drafting this opinion. See Smith v. Colonial Penn Ins. Co., 943 F. Supp. 782 (S.D. Tex. 1996) Defendant’s...

This is a pretty funny lawsuit. Family Guy used Carol Burnett's likeness (well, a cartoon depiction of her "Charwoman" character) in one of its episodes. The depiction shows Charwoman working as the janitor in an adult bookstore. She is shown mopping the floor next to a bin...