Professor Luna Teaches Animal Liability At GW Law To Universal Acclaim

IMG_7720As in prior years, Professor Luna Turley (shown here with adoring students) appeared as a visiting scholar yesterday to teach the Torts class on animal liability at GW Law School.  To the chagrin of the assigned professor, she was generally viewed as a significant improvement as she showed the basis for determining domestication or wild characteristics in animals.

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Spooky Torts: The 2017 List Of Halloween Litigation Horrors

Here is our annual list of Halloween torts and crimes. Halloween of course remains a holiday seemingly designed for personal injury lawyers around the world and this year’s additions show why. Halloween has everything for a torts-filled holiday: battery, trespass, defamation, nuisance, product liability and more.

So, with no further ado, here is this year’s updated list of actual cases related to Halloween.

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Big Pop Wins Two Court Rulings In New York and Indiana

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Florida Teens Steal Two Cars, Drive 112 MPH, Run Red Light, Kill Three And Injure Two . . . Geico Then Pays Damages To Families of The Felons

download-1Ricky Melendez has a right to be a bit confused. Melendez was driving to the grocery store when a 16-year-old driving a stolen sport utility vehicle ran a red light and crashed into his Toyota Camry.  The driver, Keontae Brown, was going at 112 mph.  Now, Geico has paid the families of the boys speeding in the stolen car damages in a decision which is precisely why insurance companies are blamed for fueling strike suits and frivolous claims.

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Cubs Fan Sues Team After Being Hit In The Eye By A Line Drive

100px-Chicago_Cubs_Logo_svgMy students and I followed the score in the Nationals/Cubs games yesterday in class. I was overjoyed with the final win for the Cubs at the end of the class.  However, the Cubs are facing a challenging lawsuit in court that raises, again, the question of liability for fans injured during games.  John “Jay” Loos, 60, was hit in the eye during the August 29th game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He lost sight in the eye and is now suing over the alleged negligence in not extending the protective netting.

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Lion Bites Osprey To The Delight Of Cheetahs

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download-2Okay this might get a bit confusing but there is an interesting legal issue here.  Wales hooker Scott Baldwin missed playing for the Ospreys after he was bitten on the hand by a lion.  The result was that the Cheetahs won the match.  What is interesting is that Baldwin’s injury was due to utter stupidity after the reached into a lion’s cage in South Africa to pet the lion.  That’s right, a grown man reached into a lion’s cage to pet a lion.  The question is when a professional team can penalize a player for injuries due to simple stupidity.

 

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