May 16 roundup

by Walter Olson on May 16, 2008

  • Polar bears on parade: “Lawsuits are not the best way to force the public into solving planet-size problems such as climate change.” [Christian Science Monitor editorial]
  • Jury convicts private investigator Anthony Pellicano, trial of entertainment lawyer Terry Christiansen set for July [Variety; earlier]
  • Knockoff sneakers differed from Adidas original in having two or four stripes instead of three, didn’t save Payless Shoes from getting hit with $304 million verdict [American Lawyer]
  • Following up on our discussion of municipal tree liability: Michigan high court OKs homeowner class action over sewer line damage from city trees [AP/MLive]
  • Attorney Franklin Azar, of Colorado TV-ad fame, says jury’s verdict ordering him to pay a former client $145,000 was really a “big victory” for him [ABA Journal]
  • Annals of tolling-for-infancy: “Dog bite 10 years ago subject of civil suit” [MC Record]
  • Feds indict Missouri woman for cruel MySpace hoax that drove victim to suicide: Orin Kerr finds legal grounds weak [@ Volokh]
  • “I blame R. Kelly for Sept. 11″: some ways potential jurors managed to get off singer’s high-profile Chicago trial [Tribune; h/t reader A.K.]
  • Update: “click fraud” class actions filed in Texarkana against online ad providers have all now settled [SE Texas Record; earlier]
  • Judge orders dad to stay on top of his daughter’s education, then jails him for 180 days when she fails to get her general equivalency diploma [WCPO, Cincinnati; update, father released]
  • Lawyers still soliciting for AOL volunteer class actions [Colossus of Rhodey; earlier]

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Wierdoes Turn Out For Jury Selection In R. Kelly Trial | Popehat
05.16.08 at 4:56 pm
Judge reluctant to dismiss MySpace suicide case
09.08.08 at 9:08 pm
“Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in online hoax”
11.26.08 at 10:10 pm

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1 Deoxy 05.16.08 at 11:40 am

Regarding the dad-in-jail thing…

Way to give the child complete and utter authority over the parent, there, judge. “Hey dad, give me money, or I’ll flub my tests.” Idiot.

Doesn’t seem to be the case here (actually, it seems worse than that), but this still shouldn’t be done for that simple reason.

2 cowpill 05.16.08 at 12:00 pm

Regarding the dad-in-jail thing…

I agree, now kiss all over can now just not do their work or what ever and a judge will send the parents to jail. That is due process in action.

3 urijah 05.16.08 at 3:11 pm

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