Federal Court Rules That Trump May Have Incited Violence At Kentucky Rally

David_J._Haledonald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedIn Kentucky, United States District Court Judge David J. Hale has ruled that President Donald Trump’s statements at a campaign rally could be viewed as incitement to violence.  At a March 2016 rally, Trump told supporters to :get ’em out of here” in reference to protesters. Supporters proceeded to assault protesters Henry Brousseau, Kashiya Nwanguma, and Molly Shah who filed this action.  Hale rejected the claims that the lawsuit violates President Trump’s free speech protections.  They are suing for incitement to riot, vicarious liability, and negligence.

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Irish Court Awards €20,000 Damages To Woman Who Bumped Knee On Restaurant Table

440px-TablebasicstructureHairdresser Annette O’Connor has been awarded for something that has happened to many diners.  When O’Connor was shown a table in The Mullingar Park Hotel restaurant, she sat down and hit her knee on the leg of the table.  Since the leg was not covered by the table cloth, Justice Mary Faherty upheld the prior damages and increased it to €20,000 and costs for the hidden danger.

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Vicarious Inebriation? Vodka Company Forced To Recall Vodka That Claimed 40 Percent Alcohol While Delivering 81 Percent

imagesThere is a story out of Canada that could make for a fascinating torts case.  Georgian Bay Vodka has been told to recall a batch of its vodka because the bottle shows  40 per cent alcohol by volume, but the alcohol content is actually 81 per cent.  Obviously that can present an immediate health risk, but what if someone became intoxicated from a couple drinks and caused an accident?  Could this be a case of vicarious liability for inebriation?

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Texas Teacher Fired Due To Prior Work In Adult Films

lady-jag-logoThere is an appeal filed in Dallas by a teacher, Resa Woodward, 38, who was fired because of her prior work in the adult film industry almost two decades ago.  We have previously discussed such cases, which I find troubling because these are people who worked in a lawful industry.  It is even more concerning when, as here, the individual claims that she was forced into the industry as a form of “sex slavery.”

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Canadian Court Rules That Towering Pile Of Manure Is A Nuisance

manure-pileThere is an interesting case out of Canada where a relationship between neighbors literally turned into a pile of . . .  well . . . litigation.  When David Gallant bought his property from Lee and Shirley Murray, he was not aware that they had a cattle farm next door but still maintained a good relationship. However, soon the relationship soured and a pile of manure appeared along their property line — even spilling into their yard.  With the addition of other debris tossed on their land and as many as 50 stray cows, the Gallants sued and have now won before the Court of Queen’s Bench in a nuisance action.

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Vermont Supreme Court Rules That Ugly Is Not Actionable As Nuisance Claim

500px-vtsupremecourt03fixed_tilt_solar_panel_at_canterbury_municipal_building_canterbury_new_hampshireThere is an interesting case out of the Vermont Supreme Court on aesthetic nuisance, a subject that I cover in my torts course.  At issue in Myrick v. Peck Elec. Co., 2017 VT 4 was a consolidated challenge to a solar power development on the basis that the solar power structures would be unsightly and reduce property value. In line with other courts, the Vermont Supreme Court roundly rejected the notion that ugliness or unattractiveness is a viable basis for a nuisance action under common law torts.

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