Archive for January, 2009

Man Files Lawsuit over Stripper Shoe Injury

Friday, January 30th, 2009

A man from northeast Ohio has filed a lawsuit against a club after he was allegedly hit on the nose by the shoe of a stripped, which he claims caused injuries that will require surgery. The man has filed a lawsuit asking for twenty five thousand dollars against the XTC nightclub, which is located in Akron.
His lawsuit claims that when he was in the club a stripped known as Tiara began to do her routine, but as she performed a high kick her shoe flew off and hit him in the nose, causing the injuries that he claims will require surgery. He said that he was sat near the stage, and that the stripper was wearing thick, platform style shoes with big heels.

He claims in his lawsuit that the club allowed its dancers to wear unsafe and improper attire, which resulted in his getting injured, and that the club made dancers perform routines and kicks that made it dangerous to sit around the stage area.

His lawsuit has been filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court, and the plaintiff has stated that whilst he does not normally go to strip bars he made an exception on this occasion because one of his cousins was going to the bar.

Lawsuit Filed Following Helicopter Crash

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

According to a recent report a lawsuit has been filed by the families of three men that died as a result of a helicopter crash in early 2007. The three men were sailors, and they were killed when the aircraft crashed off the San Diego coast in January 2007 during a training exercise.
There were four victims that were killed in the helicopter crash, and they were Lt. j.g. Laura J. Mankey of West Hills, Lt. Adam Dyer of Lafayette, Petty Officer 1st Class Cory Helman, of New Richmond, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Will of Warren.The aircraft had taken off from USS Bonhomme Richard.

The lawsuit has now been filed against seven defendant companies that were involved in the manufacturing and sale of the aircraft and its parts. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and claims that parts of the helicopter were defective, and this is what caused the aircraft to crash.

The manufacturer of the aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft, has been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with a number of other companies that manufactured components for the aircraft.

Slash Can Sue over House

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Former Guns ‘n’ Roses star Slash, and his wife, Perla, have been told that they can continue with a lawsuit filed against a real estate broker over a house that they purchased in 2006. According to reports the couple bought the property because they were given the impression that it would be suitable for parties but have said that it was too small to serve its purpose.
The star accuses the real estate broker, Gregory Holcombe and Sotheby’s, of misrepresenting the property, which was located in Hollywood Hills. He claims that he was told that it was a good location for parties, and the Los Angeles judge has stated that the couple can continue with the lawsuit.

The couple have now sold the property, claiming that it was much smaller than advertised and that there were parking restrictions in place in the area, which made it even more difficult to use the property to host parties and entertain guests.

Whilst the couple’s lawsuit has not been dismissed by the judge, Sotheby’s will be allowed to dispute the punitive damages. Slash and his wife are suing for more than one million dollars, plus punitive damages according to papers.

Coalition of Conservation Groups Threaten to File Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

According to a recent report a coalition of conservation groups has threatened to file a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service over the death of Loggerhead sea turtles. The groups have said that if something is not done they will look at filing the lawsuit as early on as March.
The groups want the agency to ensure the protection of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, after figures showed that between July 2006 and December 2007 the bottom longline fishery resulted in the capture of nearly one thousand threatened and endangered sea turtles in that area.

The coalition of conservation groups has now stated that it wants a suspension places on the bottom longline fishery until the federal agency can prove that it is meeting its obligations in line with the Endangered Species Act. It wants the agency to ensure that the turtles and other threatened species in the Gulf of Mexico are protected.

One official said: “Allowing this fishery to continue to kill threatened and endangered turtles while the government studies the problem is irresponsible and illegal.” Another said: “Now that the National Marine Fisheries Service knows the longline fleet is jeopardizing the future of the turtle populations they have a duty to act immediately.”

Lawsuit Filed over Salmonella Peanut Butter

Monday, January 26th, 2009

A lawyer that specialises in product in jury litigation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Vermont family over an alleged peanut butter salmonella poisoning incident. The lawsuit has been filed against the Peanut Butter Corporation of America, and was filed last week in US District Court in Georgia.
According to the lawsuit filed by the lawyer the seven year old son in the household that he is representing became ill with salmonella after eating Keebler Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers. He contracted the disease in November of last year, although he has gone on to make a recovery.

The crackers, along with other food products that were processed by the Peanut Butter Corporation of America in Georgia, are now part of a massive recall process. The report claims that the boy ended up spending six days in hospital with a variety of symptoms, and testing on a stool sample confirmed the presence of salmonella.

The lawsuit was filed on the same day of the inauguration of the new president, Barack Obama, and the lawyer that filed the suit said: “Today is a tremendous day in America. We are inaugurating a President who campaigned on a platform of change, hope, and justice. I sincerely hope that Mr. Obama will be able to effect change in our food safety agencies and policies. In the meantime, hundreds of Americans are ill, and six families are mourning. All of those families have medical bills, some have lost time at work, and we all know what a strain that is. Something has to be done about it.”

Coca-Cola Being Sued over VitaminWater Claims

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Coca-Cola has been hit with a class action lawsuit over the claims it makes with its VitaminWater products. The company claims that the product prevent various diseases, promotes healthy joints, and boosts the immune system. However, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said that there are thirty three grams of processed sugar in each serving, which could actually do more harm than good.
According to officials from the CSPI the product could actually cause problems such as obesity and diabetes, and has added that Coca-Cola is making health claims that are beyond those that are allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration.

The CSPI wants Coca-Cola to stop using such claims in its marketing of VitaminWater products. Officials are concerned that there is a growing trend of sugary products being laced with a small amount of synthetic vitamins so that it can be claimed that they are beneficial to health.

The CSPI said: “Coke markets Vitaminwater as a healthful alternative to soda by labeling its several flavors with such health buzz words as ‘defense,’ ‘rescue,’ ‘energy’ and ‘endurance.'”

Sharon Osbourne Sues UK Tabloid

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Sharon Osbourne, television star and wife of rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, has sued a UK tabloid newspaper over a story that it ran about Sharon and her husband. In the story the newspaper claimed that Sharon, who is Ozzy’s manager as well as his wife, was working her husband to the bone, and would end up killing him off. The Sun newspaper carried a story that accused Sharon of overworking her husband, and it went on to state that she was ‘driving her frail husband Ozzy Osbourne to destruction’. The story further claimed that as his manager she planned to keep him on the road until he ‘died on stage’.
Sharon’s lawyer stated that the comments that were made in the story were “extremely distressing, hurtful and damaging.” After taking the tabloid newspaper to a British High Court, Sharon Osbourne was awarded an undisclosed sum in legal costs and damages.

According to reports an official from the newspaper has now stated that the tabloid apologises to Sharon and her family for the distress caused by the story, and that the paper basically made the story up.

American Idol Sues over ‘Stripper Idol’

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The producers of the hit American talent contest, American Idol, have sued a bar in Texas over a competition that the bar has been running called ‘stripper idol’. As the name suggest the competition centres around contestants dancing topless with a prize of five hundred dollars up for grabs.
However, the producers of American Idol want the competition stopped, stating that it does not want to be perceived as being involved in the competition or having sponsored it. Furthermore, Fremantle Media claims that the show is a trademark violation.

The contest at the bar in Austin, Texas is run every week according to reports. The lawsuit claims that the logo used in adverts promoting the contest are similar to those used for American Idol, further risking a misleading link between the show and the competition.

According to reports the manager of the club said that he was shocked by the action being taken, as it was just a harmless competition and posed no threat to the show or its producers.

Former Corrections Officer Files Harassment Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

A former corrections officer that worked at Hernando County Jail has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was harassed whilst working, and that her complaints regarding the harassment were not acknowledged or responded to. The former officer claims that she was subjected to constant harassment and lewd comments from superiors.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this week, and it claims that Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the jail, is partly responsible for the harassment that occurred because it failed to respond to the complaints of the former officer. The lawsuit said that this led to a “discriminatorily abusive working environment.”

A claim is also being made by the woman, Stephanie Maggard, against CCA under the Florida Civil Rights Act. She states in her complaint that CCA knew of the problems that she was experiencing and although she made complaints about specific officers nothing was done to protect her.

The lawsuit claims that the harassment started early on after Maggard started working at the jail, and that one officer told colleagues that he was going to pursue Maggard in a romantic way. This officer is said to have initiated the harassment and has now left his post.

Hot Headed Model Settles Lawsuit

Monday, January 19th, 2009

British model Naomi Campbell, who is known for being hot headed, aggressive, and impulsive, has settled a lawsuit that was filed against her by a former maid, who alleged that she was assaulted by the supermodel and was called names, before being threatened of being accused of theft.
The former maid, Gaby Gibson, who worked with Campbell between November 2005 and January 2006, said that she was assaulted by the model when she couldn’t find a pair of designer jeans that she wanted to wear. She filed her lawsuit in a Manhattan court.

The lawsuit claimed that Campbell hit her maid and then called her names because she could not find her jeans. She is then said to have threatened her maid, telling her that she would charge her with theft over the missing jeans.

The lawsuit has now been settled, although details of the settlement remain confidential. A lawyer working on the case said that both parties involved in the lawsuit were happy with the outcome.