Daily Archives: January 3, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 1 year ago in Consumer Law Your Personal Rights by Janet Raasch  
Energy Drinks May Pose Serious Health Risks

In our fast-paced society, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. To increase alertness and productivity, many people rely on energy drinks like 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy and Red Bull. Some grocery and convenience stores sell more energy drinks than sodas. In 2012, retail sales of energy drinks in the United States reached $10 million.   An Abundance of Caffeine Energy drinks get their power from caffeine, which can come from a variety of sources. These include …

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White Cop’s $2M Race Discrimination Verdict Thrown Out

A white police officer who won a $2 million reverse race discrimination lawsuit in October saw his fortunes reversed when a federal judge threw out the verdict, saying that the officer’s own misconduct on the job indicated he would have been fired anyway. Chris Miller was a police officer for Ithaca, N.Y. filed a complaint in 2005 to the county human rights commission claiming he was passed over for promotion because of reverse race discrimination. The complaint was dismissed, but …

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Toyota to Settle Accelerator Case for $1.4 Billion

Toyota agreed on Dec. 26 to settle a class action accusing the auto maker of selling cars that are defective because they suddenly accelerate. The total settlement amount is a reportedly record-breaking $1.4 billion, and while months remain before it is finally approved, a judge granted preliminary approval Dec. 28.   Error Hard to Find Toyota faced a raft of legal problems following reports in 2009 and 2010 that its cars were unintentionally accelerating and causing horrible accidents. Congressional hearings, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Top 5 Celebrity Legal Messes of 2012

They are celebrities because, by definition, they entertain us. And in 2012, their legal issues were no exception to that rule.   #1: Lindsay Lohan With LiLo, the hits just kept coming. In March 2012, fresh off a stint of supervised probation for necklace theft back in 2011, she nicked a car with her own in an attempt to escape the paparazzi at a night club. The car belonged to the club’s manager, who pressed charges. In June, Lohan was …

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Man Crushed by Giant Palm Tree Awarded $7.6 Million

The city of San Diego must pay $7.6 million to a man who is now paralyzed thanks to a giant palm tree that fell on him, crushing both his legs. A Queen Palm fell onto Michael Burke’s property, landing on top of his car after a four-day storm in January of 2010. Burke, a 58-year-old attorney, called a friend to give him a ride to work, but turned back when Burke realized he had forgotten his computer in his car. …

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