Archive for October 2007

Judge in Lost Pants Lawsuit Now Loses Job

Roy Pearson, the Washington judge who sued his dry cleaner after they lost his pants, has lost his job.  Mr. Pearson had been up for a ten year appointment to the bench.  Instead, the Washinton Post reports that he received a letter yesterday at 3:30 p.m. telling him to vacate his office by 5:00 p.m.  Hopefully,…

Read More

How Arbitration Steals Your Day In Court

MSNBC correspondent Bob Sullivan has a new article at his blog, The Red Tape Chronicles, entitled “How Arbitration Steals Your Day In Court.”  The introduction is telling: If I told you there was a courtroom in America where consumers lose lawsuits to businesses 94 percent of the time, and there is no chance to appeal, you’d…

Read More

Irony in the Texas Supreme Court

Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court denied petitions for review filed by both sides in BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc. v. Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. However, in denying the petitions, the Court issued a per curiam opinion criticizing the court of appeals for issuing a footnote on an issue that was not raised in…

Read More

Government Again Flounders on Defective Products

Today’s New York Times again spotlights the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s failure when it comes to defective products: Walter E. Friedel’s plans to waterproof the tile floors of his hot tub room using Stand ’n Seal, a do-it-yourself product sold at his local Home Depot, promised to be a quick weekend project, one he could…

Read More

City Bans Text Messaging While Driving

Some of our most popular posts are posts about text messaging while driving.  Apparently, this is a bigger concern to people than we thought. Now, at least some people are doing something about it.  Phoenix has recently banned text messaging while driving.  From the article: Phoenix is the first city in Arizona and one of the…

Read More

Sexual Harassment In The News

We would be remiss if we didn’t comment on two of the bigger sexual harassment stories to make the popular press. Yesterday, a jury found that New York Knicks coach Isaiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden sexually harassed a former Madison Square Garden employee. The jury awarded the former team executive $11.6 million for her…

Read More

Truth About Tort Reform Supporter Uncovered

The Houston Chronicle has a great story about Dr. Forney Fleming, a spokesman for Texans For Lawsuit Reform. Dr. Fleming was a key spokesperson for TLR and even prominently featured on its website. But, according to the Chronicle, TLR forgot to tell you that Dr. Fleming was reprimanded by the Texas Medical Board for substandard…

Read More