Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling refusing to hear the Illinois state government’s appeal of a court decision that blocked the state from prosecuting citizens who record the police. For citizens under the jurisdiction of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin), the Supreme Court’s decision means that it is basically unconstitutional for residents to be prosecuted for recording police in the performance of public duties, for example, when citizens are pulled over, arrested, or otherwise stopped, at least under any law that resembles the one at issue in this case. Continue reading
Well, this is an interesting one. Do-it-yourself legal forms website LegalZoom.com (founded in part by former OJ Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro) has sued a rival, Rocket Lawyer, which seems to provide similar services, but for free. LegalZoom charges ordinary individuals various fees for giving them access to legal forms to help them form businesses, prepare Wills, or prepare other divorce, adoption, or similar legal paperwork. Continue reading
Supreme Court Shelters U.S. Federal Gov’t Violations of Credit Card Privacy Laws: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
In its first opinion of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a class action brought against the federal government for violating privacy / identity theft protection laws by printing credit card numbers and expiration dates on receipts, determining that the federal government is not liable for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Continue reading
UC-Berkeley Asks Court to Dismiss Multi-Million Dollar First Amendment / Excessive Force Lawsuit Brought by Student Protestors Beaten by UC-Police
The UC-Berkeley police, officials, and other administrators who were sued in a multi-million dollar First Amendment and excessive force lawsuit by student protestors during the Occupy protests of 2011 are now asking the Court presiding over the case to throw out the lawsuit.
The suit was filed on behalf of 24 protesters against 17 defendants, including four UCPD officers and detectives, three Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, Chief of Oakland Police Department Howard Jordan, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and five other campus administrators.
The lawsuit arose out of the Occupy protests in Berkeley in November, 2011. In videos of the altercations between students and police, police used batons to beat with batons some protesters who refused to leave tent/encampment areas. UC-Berkeley had forbidden students, some of whom were protesting the rising cost of tuition at UC schools, from protesting in the area.
The UC-Campus’s motion to dismiss will be heard by the Court next week, on Nov. 13.
Truth Disclosed About Funding of $11 Opposition to Props. 30 and 32 by “Americans for Responsible Leadership”
Yesterday, the truth about the identities of the political contributors to the Arizona-based “Americans for Responsible Leadership” group were revealed, after the California Supreme Court ordered them to disclose that information. The legal battle between Americans for Responsible Leadership and California’s watchdog political interest groups began after Americans for Responsible Leadership spent $11 million opposing two California Ballot measures under the cover of “dark money,” a term used to describe political contributions made anonymously by corporate interests. Americans for Responsible Leadership spent the $11 million fighting Prop. 32, a temporary tax increase, as well as Prop. 30, which would dramatically alter California’s campaign-finance scheme by banning labor unions from obtaining political contribution money through payroll deductions. Continue reading
Jury Finds Football-Helmet Manufacturer Riddell Not Responsible for Brain Injuries Suffered by Freshman Football Player
In what may be one of the first football-injury lawsuits, on November 2, 2012, a jury decided that NFL-supplier Riddell, a manufacturer of football helmets, is NOT responsible for a stroke injury caused to a freshman high school student in Mississippi. Continue reading
This story is terrible. The guardians of a 10-year old boy have brought suit after the pre-teen was tasered by New Mexico police, after saying he did not want to clean the police officer’s car.
The events happened at Tularosa Intermediate School, at the Career Day event held by the school. The officer in question was Christopher Webb, who asked students whether they would clean his cop car; the boy in question joked that he did not. The officer apparently said, “Let me show you what happens when you don’t listen to the police,” pointed the taser gun at him and fired two barbs into the boy’s chest, and tasered him with 50,000 volts. According to the lawsuit incident, the boy has been traumatized by the incident, waking up in the middle of the night holding his chest, and reporting afraid he is never going to wake up again.
Officer Webb was given three (3) days of suspension.