Archive for the ‘Torts’ Category

Sony_Entertainment_Network220px-David_Boies_2011_ShankboneThere are continuing rumblings in the media about the threat of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) lawyer David Boies over media sites using material hacked from the studio, including embarrassing emails where executives dish on leading stars like Angelina Jolie and the disclosure of contract information. Boies has warned that such material must be ignored or destroyed and suggested legal repercussions in the use of “stolen information.” But how serious is this threat? In my view, not very.

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Adam_lanza_sandy_hook_shooter220px-Police_at_Sandy_HookThe families of nine of the 26 people killed two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. The lawsuit names Bushmaster, Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the East Windsor store where Adam Lanza’s mother purchased the Bushmaster rifle in 2010. The plaintiffs include Sherlach and the families of Vicki Soto, Dylan Hockley, Noah Pozner, Lauren Rousseau, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis, Daniel Barden, Rachel D’Avino and teacher Natalie Hammond (who was injured in the shooting). Despite great sympathy for these families and this teacher, the lawsuit has little merit in my view in seeking liability against the sale of a lawful weapon.

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By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

early-pianoAfter what was seemingly a never ending probate contest between a Washington State lawyer and his brothers, the State Supreme Court unanimously voted to disbar lawyer Russell Kenneth Jones, upholding the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board’s unanimous recommendation that Jones be sanctioned with disbarment.

The case brings to light how vexatious behavior and unbrotherly love can come alive in probate matters and shows quite definitely the advantage of having trusted third-parties involved to take some of the emotion out of probate proceedings.

The nearly eighteen year battle was one of the worst a presiding judge had seen. The ruling from the State Supreme Court provides some rather unique behavior described below in its ruling:

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250px-Above_the_Law_scales_logoDavidLatU.S. District Judge John Tharp Jr. has cleared the way for the blog Above the Law to stand trial for defamation and invasion of privacy in an action brought by Illinois attorney, Meanith Huon. Huon brought suit over coverage of her criminal trial for an alleged aggravated assault against a woman who responded to a Craigslist ad seeking promotional models. ATL is a popular blog for legal gossip and stories that was founded by David Lat. Lat is the Managing Editor and Elie Mystal the Editor on the website. Both are named defendants in the lawsuit (with a long list of other defendants).

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220px-Rolling_Stone_February_1_2012_coverScreen Shot 2014-12-11 at 7.52.39 AMThe Rolling Stone Magazine and it writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely (right), are facing yet another story detailing the astonishing lapses in journalistic ethics and practices related to its article about a rape on the University of Virginia campus. Among the most starting is a statement by Erdely that a key student would not speak with her about the rape out of loyalty to his fraternity. That student says that Erdely never contacted him and that he would have been more than willing to speak to her. As for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, it confirmed that it did not host any registered social event the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012.

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6137541_GThere is a highly disturbing case out of New York where a Hudson Valley anesthesiologist, Thomas Pfeiffer, 44, had been charged with strangulation, abortion and assault after he allegedly choked a woman and forced her to swallow a “morning after” pill after she told him she was pregnant. The abortion charge is relatively rare in criminal cases.

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220px-Eye_iris41twSGMP1SL._SY300_We recently discussed a horrific case where 10 women died and dozens were injured in India after a mass sterilization. Now, authorities are investigating a case where over 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp in northern India. (more…)

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