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  • Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton 'has been a product of Washington' all her adult life

    02/20/2014 7:51:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-20-14 | Charlie Spiering
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes Hillary Clinton's biggest obstacle as a presidential candidate will be her deep connections to Washington. "I think the biggest problem that [former] Secretary of State Clinton has is much bigger than just that, it’s that she is throughout her adult life, she has been a product of Washington, whether she’s been there, worked there, secretary of state, United States senator, not only first lady, but back to her days working on the Hill," Walker said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday evening. Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, suggested that...
  • California's 'wall of debt' is only a slice of its liability problem

    01/27/2014 6:22:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/26/2014 | Jessica Calefati
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's image as a responsible, penny-pinching steward of California's finances has been cemented in recent weeks because of his renewed call to pay off California's "wall of debt. That's a term Brown coined when he took office to describe the tens of billions of dollars California owed to public schools and special funds whose coffers were raided to help balance budgets in the past. But look behind that $24.9 billion wall and you'll see a $330 billion skyline of other liabilities threatening the state's financial health. It includes $80 billion needed to cover teachers' pensions and...
  • NYC Police Shoot Bystanders

    12/14/2013 9:31:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Two New York City police officers wounded two pedestrians when they opened fire on an unarmed man who was wandering into traffic. Assistant District Attorney Shannon Lucey defended the discharge of the weapons saying that “the person the officers were trying to apprehend may have been mentally deranged. He could’ve been hit by a car or bus and been seriously injured or killed. They officers felt justified using deadly force to try to stop him.” The deranged man was eventually arrested and will be charged with assaulting the two women that the police shot while pursuing him. As Lucey explained,...
  • Abortion Foes Would Let Women Sue Clinics Over Regulation

    12/10/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o
    Jill Stanek ^ | December 9, 2013 | Kelli
    All the work in getting pro-life legislation passed can be lost if there are no tools for enforcing them,” [AUL's Charmaine] Yoest said by e-mail. “The enforcement module, for the first time, equips ordinary Americans to file a complaint, and expands the potential for people in their own communities – in addition to state attorney generals or other legal office holders – to hold the abortion industry accountable.”… A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce...
  • Critics say it’s time NY ends 1885 Scaffold Law

    08/31/2013 12:43:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2013 3:20 PM EDT | Michael Gormley
    Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. … Some New York government agencies and contractors say the cost of the insurance, which can often be double that of other states, is hitting a crisis point that could soon suspend work on bridges, schools and the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.“It increases the cost of doing business and decreases what we are capable of doing in New...
  • 911 Caller Sued for Deputy’s Injuries

    08/26/2013 12:50:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Aug 2013 | John Semmens
    A Texas woman is being sued for injuries suffered by Harris County Deputy Sheriff Braden Pullen when he responded to her 911 call. The woman didn’t injure the Deputy. The man who was assaulting her did. “It’s not that we’re unsympathetic to this woman’s plight,” said Pullen’s lawyer, Arnold Doltman. “But the fact of the matter is that she lured Deputy Pullen into a situation where he got shot. If she hadn’t called my client would never have been harmed. She didn’t explicitly say that her assailant was dangerous. There was too much screaming during her 911 call to clearly...
  • California vies for new space industry

    08/24/2013 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 11:07 AM EDT | Mihir Zaveri
    As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Last year, the state enacted a law that shields space tourism companies such as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic from similar lawsuits. “We’re still in the fledgling part of space...
  • Bureaucracy, Lawyers and the backyard swimming pool. (Vanity)

    06/21/2013 10:32:05 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 19 replies
    Vanity | 6/21/2013 | BwanaNdege
    My neighbor was bemoaning the fact that he did not have enough flat ground on his lot to put up a 16' diameter x 3' deep above ground pool. It would be the simple kind with the inflatable ring around the top to add rigidity. Since we have a flat spot next to his driveway, I suggested that he put it up there. To be safe, I checked with the county. Oh, boy! Zoning - "It has to be 10 feet from the property line." Me - "But the property line is with the neighbor who wants to put up...
  • Firearms Risk Protection Act Will Stick Gun Owners With $10,000 Fine

    04/02/2013 8:11:30 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Apr. 2, 2013 | Tim Brown
    While the Socialists are finally coming out about the reality of the costs that Obamacare will bring and the utter monstrosity it is, others of the Socialist Democrat Party are pushing for gun owners to be forced to purchase liability insurance for gun owners. Those that don’t could face fines of $10,000. We told you that when you open the floodgates of allowing the Federal government to mandate purchasing a product there would be more to come. Maloneycare is just another in a long line of legislation that will be coming down the pipe. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced her...
  • Democrats Propose $10,000 Fine For Gun Owners Who Don’t Have Insurance

    04/02/2013 6:54:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | April 2,2013 | Alex Pappas
    A contingent of liberal Democrats in Congress is proposing a new federal gun control idea: mandatory liability insurance for gun owners. When New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced the legislation last month with eight other Democrats, she boasted that it is “the first bill to require liability insurance of gun buyers nationwide.”
  • Court slaps sanctions on atty who sued gun maker

    11/27/2012 7:23:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    armsandthelaw.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | David Hardy
    It's a 34 page scanned pdf, so it is both detailed and slow to download. Reading the earliest versions of what happened, or was alleged to have happened, I find them incomprehensible. Bullets coming out of the trigger guard or the side of the gun? Then he changes to an out-of-battery discharge, but even that doesn't hold up. The judge doesn't fix a number, but orders the defense to file its documents on attorney fees (with a hint that they shouldn't be tempted to pad things out). I suspect this will be a VERY expensive mistake. Comment by James: Reading...
  • NEW YORK APPEALS COURT TO HEAR FIRST-IN-NATION CASE AGAINST GUN SELLERS (uber barf alert)

    09/07/2012 1:45:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    longislandexchange.com ^ | 6 September, 2012 | The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    (Washington, D.C.) – On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10 a.m., a panel of judges in the New York Appellate Division (4th Department) in Rochester, New York will hear arguments in a first-in-the-nation case, deciding whether a controversial federal gun industry shield law protects gun sellers who negligently and illegally sell guns to traffickers. The court will decide whether to reinstate a lawsuit brought by Danny Williams, a former Buffalo high school basketball star who was shot with one of hundreds of guns sold in high-volume, all-cash sales at an Ohio gun show to a notorious gun trafficking ring. Williams...
  • Md. Senate approves gambling, pit bull bills

    08/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Senate voted Friday to approve a gambling expansion bill, sending the legislation to the House where floor debate is expected to begin Monday. The Senate voted 28-14 in favor of the bill, which would legalize table games at the state’s slots casinos and allow a new casino to be built in Prince George’s County, pending approval in a November referendum.
  • In wake of tragedy, lawyers step in: Colorado shooting survivor plans suit, says publicist

    07/25/2012 4:10:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 41 replies
    Yahoo News - The Outlook ^ | July 25, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Torrence Brown Jr., one of the Aurora movie shooting survivors, is planning on suing the theater, confirmed his family's publicist on Wednesday. "We're going to make sure whoever is accountable is going to take responsibility for this tragedy," Cassandra Williams of Wet PR said. She said that Brown, who was friends with 18-year-old AJ Boik, one of the shooting victims, is handling the criticism his suit has sparked. "We know it goes with the territory, so he's fine," Williams said. She added that Brown, 18, is seeking therapy and is emotionally distraught after the shooting.
  • Hawaii Gov Signs Off on Pro-Gun Law

    07/14/2012 6:18:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    guns.com ^ | 14 July, 2012 | dabneybailey
    According to the Hawaii Reporter, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (Dem) signed a bill into law that will make it easier (or at least more tempting) for NRA representatives to give firearm training instruction in the beautiful island state. Governor Abercrombie signed House Bill 679 into law on July 9. The bill, which you can find official information about here, aims to protect NRA instructors. It “exempts NRA instructors from absolute liability for injury or damage caused by their firearms during the course of providing firearms training at a firing range for the purpose of acquiring a permit to purchase a...
  • U.S. Man Sues Boeing, Others for Nigerian Plane Crash

    06/08/2012 2:36:12 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 32 replies
    Prouct Design and Development ^ | June 8, 2012 | Michael Tarm, AP
    A man whose wife died when a Nigerian commercial airliner crashed into a crowded neighborhood in that country's largest city filed a lawsuit in the United States on Thursday that blames the accident, at least in part, on U.S. companies that designed, manufactured and sold the ill-fated plane. An American attorney filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago on behalf of David Chukwunonso Allison, whose wife, Joy Chiedozie Allison, was on the Dana Air MD-83 that went down in the African nation Sunday afternoon. The crash killed 153 people who were on the plane and an undetermined number...
  • Maryland Assembly may take bite out of ruling on pit bulls

    06/05/2012 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | David Hill
    The Maryland General Assembly could consider legislation that would soften the impact of an April court ruling classifying pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” in the latest of several recent cases that have highlighted the checks and balances between the state’s legislative and judicial branches. A panel of Maryland lawmakers will meet later this month to study the possible effects of a state Court of Appeals decision that makes owners of pit bulls or pit-bull mixes liable if their dog attacks another person, even if the dog had no prior history of dangerous behavior. The assembly is expected to hold a...
  • GM to cut about one-fourth of U.S. pension liability

    06/02/2012 3:11:30 PM PDT · by taildragger · 16 replies
    Reuters ( via Yahoo) ^ | 6/1/2012 | Deepa Seetharaman and Ben Klayman
    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will cut nearly a quarter of its U.S. pension obligation by transferring the management of its pension plans for 118,000 white-collar retirees to a third party and offering lump-sum buyouts. The two moves unveiled on Friday will cut $26 billion from the automaker's massive U.S. pension liability of nearly $109 billion. GM's pension overhang is a top concern for investors. It was one of a handful of issues left untouched during GM's U.S.-financed bankruptcy restructuring three years ago.
  • Maryland Court Rules Pit Bull Dogs Are "Inherently Dangerous"

    05/03/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 151 replies
    KWQC.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | David Nelson and MSNBC.com
    A new ruling makes it easier for anyone attacked by a pit bull or pit bull mix in Maryland to take legal action against the dog's owner. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner. The Maryland SPCA, which arranges adoptions for dogs that need homes, currently has three pit bulls under its care: a five-month-old Brutus is scheduled to be adopted this week,...
  • Legislation limits liability at ranges, clubs, shops(OK)

    04/13/2012 6:39:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    news-star.com ^ | 12 April, 2012 | Staff
    SHAWNEE, Okla. — Legislation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin would limit the liability of owners, employees and customers for injuries that take place on gun ranges, gun shops and gun clubs. Senate Bill 875, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. Dennis Johnson, would limit liability for injuries if the party in question acted in good faith. Liability would not be limited if the party involved acted intentionally, willfully or with wanton disregard for the safety of those injured. Sykes said the legislation helps bolster the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans. “This measure will enhance our ability to exercise...
  • In Alaska, a Showdown of Lawyers, Guns, and Bush-Era Firearms Law(triple barf alert)

    03/05/2012 1:27:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    theatlantic.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Andrew Cohen
    Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Alaska heard argument in an extraordinary case about gun control, federalism, and so-called "tort reform." At the heart of Kim v. Coxe is the question of how state judges ought to apply a Bush-era law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was designed and enacted by Congress to protect gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits and liability for crimes committed with their weapons. When the Alaskan high court (right now it includes only four justices) issues its ruling, it will represent the first time a state supreme court was weighed in...
  • Prayers, Medical & Legal Advice Needed

    11/17/2011 8:48:42 AM PST · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Please pray for my wife as she is having surgery today to repair a blocked ureter as a result of a botched c-section.
  • ‘Occupy Wall St.’ Will Test Public, Private Sector Liability Coverages

    10/31/2011 1:40:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PropertyCasualty360 ^ | October 31, 2011 | Caroline McDonald
    The Occupy Wall Street movement, which is ongoing and has now spread to a number of cities across the United States, will test both public and private entities when claims start rolling in, according to a risk-management expert. While most cities are accustomed to demonstrations, they may not be prepared for an ongoing movement like OWS, says Lori Seidenberg, a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s board of directors, serving as board liaison to the society’s Standards & Practices Committee. “Something like this could not have been anticipated by any risk manager,” Seidenberg says. “I know there is...
  • Burglar's family awarded $300,000 in wrongful death suit (CO)

    08/27/2011 5:55:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    gazette.com ^ | 26 August, 2011 | LANCE BENZEL
    An El Paso County jury on Friday awarded nearly $300,000 to the daughter of a burglar who was fatally shot in 2009 while breaking into an auto lot. Parents of the victim, Robert Johnson Fox, embraced their attorneys after a judge announced the jury’s verdict, capping a two-week-long civil trial in which business owner Jovan Milanovic and two relatives were painted as vigilantes who plotted a deadly ambush rather than let authorities deal with a string of recent burglaries. Phillip and Sue Fox, who filed suit for wrongful death in 2010 on behalf of Fox’s 3-year-old daughter, called the jury’s...
  • Mapping America's Underfunded State Pension And Healthcare Liability Debacle

    07/26/2011 10:27:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/26/2011 | Tyler Durden
    div class="content">The map below, which shows the gravity of America's pervasive pension and healthcare liability underfunding problem, should certainly raise a few eyebrows. Sourced from the IMF's Article IV presentation which in turn sources the data from the Pew Center, the map shows that even despite the near doubling in the S&P since the March 2009 lows, there are still at least 9 states that have a minimum 35% underfunding in their pension and liability obligations. As a result, we expect that just like in the case of Illinois recently, many more states will be forced to issue debt to...
  • Obama’s Attempt to Distance Himself From Wisconsin Rally Fails

    02/22/2011 4:02:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 21, 2011 | Alana Goodman
    In a good indication that the Wisconsin protests have become a liability for Democrats, the White House and the DNC have clumsily attempted to distance themselves from the event in the New York Times: "Administration officials said Sunday that the White House had done nothing to encourage the demonstrations in Wisconsin — nor was it doing so in Ohio, Florida and other states where new Republican governors are trying to make deep cuts to balance their budget. … And, officials and union leaders said, reports of the involvement of the Democratic National Committee — specifically Organizing for America, the grass-roots...
  • new proposal would hit feds with charges

    01/13/2011 9:35:56 AM PST · by Cowman · 20 replies
    WND ^ | January 12, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    A new legislative proposal would declare that the state's local county sheriffs are the pre-eminent law enforcement authority in their jurisdictions, and federal agents such as those working for the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and others, would be required to get permission from them before they could take any action. The proposal, Senate Bill 114, is called "An act regulating arrests, searches, and seizures by federal employees; providing that federal employees must obtain the county sheriff's permission to arrest, search, and seize; providing exceptions; providing for...
  • A $205 billion bomb (New York State's Unfunded Retiree Health-care Liabilities)

    10/15/2010 10:54:07 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/14/2010 | Ed McMahon
    New York state and local governments' liabilities for retiree health coverage run to the hundreds of billions of dollars -- a burden that's only now coming into full view. Governments in the state spend billions a year on health-insurance for their retired employees -- a benefit that will never be available to the vast majority working in the private sector. Unlike pensions, which are at least partly pre-funded through large investment pools, retiree health care in New York's public sector comes out of annual budgets on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. In New York City alone, the tab for that has risen...
  • Vanity - Legal question about auto liability

    09/13/2010 2:33:55 PM PDT · by texan75010 · 27 replies
    Vanity Post - I have a question about automobile liability for the state of Texas. I have a step daughter who had her license suspended for a month for a probation violation. But, she also got a speeding ticket that she has not yet gone to court for. She was driving 70mph in a 45. I do not want her driving any of my vehicles ever again. The auto insurance company tells me I can sign a waiver that absolves them from all liability if she were to ever get behind the wheel of any of my cars. My question...
  • Heavy liability could sink small oil drillers

    07/25/2010 11:43:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    washington times ^ | 7/25/10 | Patrice Hill
    One of the biggest of the big oil companies may be responsible for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, but Washington's response to the BP PLC spill would give an advantage to such major oil companies while threatening to put their small competitors out of business. Energy legislation that Senate leaders said they may take up this week would sharply raise or eliminate a $75 million cap on oil company liability for economic damage from spills — a change that poses no great threat to giants like BP, which is setting aside $10 billion out of its huge profits...
  • Pelosi: Eliminate liability limit for oil spills

    06/11/2010 9:42:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 972+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says oil companies that cause major spills like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico should face unlimited liability for economic damages. Federal law caps liability at $75 million for economic damages beyond direct cleanup costs. Pelosi said at a news conference that she supports legislation eliminating the cap as part of a series of bills Congress is working on in response to the spill.
  • Doctor Says “Forced Abortion” Claim Exaggerated

    06/06/2010 3:57:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 104+ views
    While Michigan abortionist Dr. Abraham Alberto Hodari has admitted that he forcibly restrained a patient in order to continue with an abortion procedure when the patient wanted him to stop, he maintained that “it was the best option given the circumstances.” “The assertion that I forced this woman to have an abortion she didn’t want is outrageous,” Hodari said. “I don’t go into the streets to kidnap women so I can abort their babies. They come to me of their own volition.” “To allow a patient to change her mind in the midst of the procedure would be too risky,”...
  • Queensbury Supervisor Goes to police over letter to the editor (pitch fork & torch protest threat)

    02/03/2010 2:33:10 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Post Star ^ | DON LEHMAN
    QUEENSBURY -- Town Supervisor Dan Stec has asked police to investigate whether a letter to the editor published in The Post-Star earlier this week, in which a man threatened to go to Stec's home with "50 people holding torches and pitchforks," broke the law. Stec said concerns by members of his family prompted him to speak with Warren County Sheriff Bud York to ask the Sheriff's Office to look into the commentary from Queensbury resident Jeff Tackett. Tackett wrote a letter published in Sunday's Post-Star about the plight of a local contractor whose work truck collided with a town of...
  • Schools let students seek secret abortions

    11/19/2009 6:57:51 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 33 replies · 1,060+ views
    WND via The Woodward Report ^ | November 18, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    A 12-year-old girl is prohibited from bringing aspirin to California public schools without a note from her mother or father – but in many California districts she may sign herself out of classes, leave her junior-high campus without parental permission, secretly have an abortion and return to school before the end of the day – and her own family may be none the wiser. Parents and educators across the state have been in heated debate over school policies allowing children to be excused during class time without parental notification for "confidential medical services" such as abortions, birth control, and drug...
  • WHEW! Trial Lawyers Won't Be Destitute After Health Care Reform

    10/30/2009 12:20:29 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 10/30/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Because I know you were worried. Section 2531 (pp. 1431-1433) of the "Bend Over And Take It, America" bill seems tantalizing at first glance. IN GENERAL.—To the extent and in the amounts made available in advance in appropriations Acts, the Secretary shall make an incentive payment, in an amount determined by the Secretary, to each State that has an alternative medical liability law in compliance with this section. Hooray! Some medical liability reform at last! With financial incentives to the states who implement it! Not so fast.
  • Japan Man Accidentally Given Artificial Rectum

    10/23/2009 9:02:18 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 49 replies · 1,550+ views
    We Interrupt ^ | 21 October 2009 | C. S. Magor
    A Japanese man misdiagnosed as having rectal cancer is suing the hospital that he says unnecessarily gave him an artificial rectum. The man, who has not been identified, underwent surgery to remove a tumor in March at a university hospital in Miyzaki prefecture, western Japan. Following the surgery, his doctor informed him that no cancerous cells had been found in the removed tissue. The complainant is seeking 35 million yen (USD $385,000) in damages.
  • Bush officials face liability for terror policies

    09/28/2009 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,762+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/09 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON – Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and one of his hardline lieutenants face the rare prospect of being held personally liable for alleged violations of individuals' rights in the aggressive aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. High-ranking officials usually are protected from such civil rights claims. Not necessarily in these cases. Three federal courts have left open the possibility that former Bush officials may have to reach into their own pockets to compensate people who were swept up in the law enforcement and intelligence efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Woman Can't Sue Yahoo for Posting Nude Pics

    05/11/2009 5:04:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 960+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 5/11/09
    Yahoo Inc. has won a legal battle over its long delay in removing nude photos that an Oregon woman claimed her ex-boyfriend posted on its Web site without her knowledge or permission. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that Internet service providers such as Yahoo are generally protected from liability for materials published or posted on their sites by outside parties. But the court left open the possibility that the woman, Cecilia Barnes, could sue Yahoo over whether it had promised to remove the photos and the unauthorized profile, amounting to a breach of contract. Barnes filed a...
  • The Limbaugh Liability

    03/04/2009 2:15:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 146 replies · 3,789+ views
    New speak ^ | 3/4/09 | Jonathan Alter
    Rush Limbaugh, the man who did more than anyone else to create the modern Republican brand in the 1990s, is now destroying it. Everyone knows he has "jumped the shark" culturally—become a black-shirted joke even as he dominates the headlines. But it's worse than that for Republicans. Limbaugh has taken the great GOP calling card—toughness—and shredded it. The party of Lincoln is in danger of becoming the party of Jell-O. Witness the specter of party leaders from Georgia Rep
  • Illinois Bill Would Require Gun Owners to Buy $1M in Liability Insurance

    02/18/2009 11:05:16 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 102 replies · 3,336+ views
    INSURANCE JOURNAL ^ | February 18, 2009
    Midwest News Illinois Bill Would Require Gun Owners to Buy $1M in Liability Insurance February 18, 2009 An Illinois state lawmaker is proposing that gun owners be required to carry personal liability insurance of at least $1 million. Rep. Kenneth Dunkin's bill seeks to amend the state's Firearm Owners Identification Card Act to provides that any person who owns a firearm in the state maintain a $1 million or higher policy of liability insurance "specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person." A gun owner...
  • California Court Rules “Good Samaritans” Can Be Sued

    12/21/2008 5:29:32 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies · 1,308+ views
    The California Supreme Court ruled that Lisa Torti of Northridge may be held liable for injuries to a woman she pulled out of a vehicle following a Halloween night crash in 2004. Combined with previous rulings holding that individuals may be held liable for not helping in such situations, persons finding themselves at accident sites are faced with a legal dilemma. If no assistance is rendered, the passerby may be sued for damages occurring from his neglect to intervene. If assistance is rendered, the intervener may be sued for any damages caused by the intervention. The Court ruled that the...
  • Acorn could cause Obama's fall

    10/15/2008 3:31:55 PM PDT · by pajamahadin.com · 32 replies · 1,324+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/15/2008 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    As Obama lengthens his lead, the Republicans are praying that the election becomes close enough for the Democrats to steal. But meanwhile, ACORN, the radical community group, is becoming an embarrassment for Obama. It is not as if its shenanigans are likely to tip the result, with the Democrats so far ahead. But as it is raided by the FBI in state after state (11 so far), it is becoming identified as the electoral equivalent of Greenpeace, extremists who will stop at nothing to get their way. What makes ACORN particularly embarrassing for Obama is that he used to be...
  • SDG&E (San Diego Gas and Electric)to Cut Power to Residents in Wildfire Areas

    10/03/2008 4:16:52 PM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 486+ views
    KFMB-TV ^ | 10-03-08 | KFMB STATIONS: NEWS 8
    During the next Santa Ana wind event, many San Diego Gas & Electric customers may have their power shut off. SDG&E said it will turn off power lines in high-risk wildfire areas during red flag conditions. In 2007, SDG&E power lines were determined to be the cause of the three major wildfires in San Diego County.
  • Data Breaches and Perceived Liability

    06/07/2008 9:17:12 PM PDT · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 73+ views
    APRPEH ^ | 3 Sivan 5768/06 June 2008 | APRPEH
    Researchers Say Notification Laws Not Lowering ID Theft Over the past five years, 43 U.S. states have adopted data breach notification laws, but has all of this legislation actually cut down on identity theft? Not according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who have published a state-by-state analysis of data supplied by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). "There doesn't seem to be any evidence that the laws actually reduce identity theft," said Sasha Romanosky, a Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon who is one of the paper's authors. Romanosky's team took a state-by-state look at FTC identity theft complaints filed...
  • The Resilient Society

    01/21/2008 9:27:38 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 6 replies · 98+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2008 | Rudy Giuliani
    A resilient society depends on active, engaged citizens. The way for Washington to encourage resilience is not to throw more money at problems or to place new burdens on business. Government should harness the inherent strength of the American people and the private sector in order to build a society that may bend--but not break--if catastrophe does strike. The American people are ready, willing and able to take a more active role in our civil defense. As the White House's own Lessons Learned report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina notes, faith-based organizations and community groups successfully provided support...
  • Bill Clinton Calls On NH to Make 'Independent Judgment'

    01/04/2008 9:52:05 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies · 76+ views
    Bill Clinton Calls On NH to Make 'Independent Judgment' By Fred Lucas CNSNews.com Staff Writer January 04, 2008 Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - Before introducing his wife at a rally here this morning, former President Bill Clinton was dismissive of the Iowa caucus results, where his wife came in third place, nine points behind Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, and called on New Hampshire to make an "independent judgment." "New Hampshire is given the chance to prove you are the first primary," the former president told the cheering crowd. "You have the chance to show you're well known and deeply deserved...
  • Do Gun Free Zones Create A Legal Liability?

    12/10/2007 7:49:56 AM PST · by jdm · 98 replies · 170+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 10, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Not being a lawyer, this question will exist more as a philosophical one, much as we treated it on Saturday's Northern Alliance broadcast. Mitch Berg and I debated the efficacy of gun-free zones in the wake of the Omaha mall shooting that left nine people dead, but before the two shootings at New Life church facilities that left eight dead. In at least the first shooting, the perpetrator conducted his murder spree in a commercial facility whose owners had marked it as a gun-free zone, a designation that keeps concealed-carry licensees from bringing their weapons into the building. We both...
  • Woman mauled by home-invading pit bulls

    08/21/2007 8:00:32 PM PDT · by paulat · 447 replies · 6,281+ views
    KING5 ^ | 8/21-07 | KING5.com Staff
    Woman mauled by home-invading pit bulls 07:45 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 KING5.com Staff Animal control officers say the victim was covered in blood after the dogs attacked PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - In what deputies describe as the worst mauling they've ever seen, two pit bulls entered a Wauna-area home via the pet door and attacked a woman in her bed. Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Ed Troyer said a neighbor's Jack Russell terrier also entered the home in the 10600 block of 132nd St. Court NW through the dog door and the pit bulls attacked the terrier...
  • Indictments in hazing stir fears; College administrators worry over their liability

    08/19/2007 12:47:57 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 26 replies · 793+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | August 19, 2007 | ANA M. ALAYA
    The recent indictment of two Rider University administrators following the alcohol-related death of a student at a fraternity is prompting colleges and universities across the state and country to review their alcohol policies. But perhaps a bigger worry for schools is the amount of liability they might be asked to bear for students' dangerous behavior. "I can assure you there are a lot of conversations taking place on campuses about this," said George Brelsford, dean of students at Rowan University in Glassboro. "Certainly we are watching this case very closely. We are reviewing everything we do as it relates to...
  • Federal suit blames Ford in crash that injured boy

    02/04/2007 10:44:55 PM PST · by Pontiac · 24 replies · 1,063+ views
    Plain Dealer ^ | February 04, 2007 | Mike Tobin
    Two decades ago, 2-year-old Adam Matyaszek was thrown from a Ford Bronco II after the sport utility vehicle driven by his father rolled over three times along Interstate 77 in Cleveland. The boy's skull was fractured and his brain bled after his head hit the pavement. The crash injuries left him prone to seizures and unable to sleep and caused memory problems, his lawyers say. This week, a federal jury will decide if the Bronco II had a faulty design that contributed to the crash. "It is unfair to blame Ford for Adam's injuries, which were caused by his father's...