Daily Archives: March 4, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 1 year ago in Crime Current Events by Josh Crank  
BP Knew of Earthquake at Doomed Oil Well, Expert Says

A geology and petroleum expert testified today that oil giant BP knew a 2006 earthquake occurred at the site of its Macondo oil well, but nevertheless decided to drill the well from the Deepwater Horizon three years later. According to University of Aberdeen professor Andrew Hurst, the magnitude 6.0 earthquake was a sign that deepwater oil reservoirs in the area could be unstable. Seismic activity leads to “widespread development of fractures” in the rocks holding back oil reservoirs, Hurst said, …

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MC Hammer’s Bogus Arrest: U Can’t Top This

MC Hammer was arrested and booked on charges of “suspicion of resisting arrest” and “obstruction of an officer in performing his duties” after a run-in with a police officer in the parking lot of a shopping mall in a largely white suburb of northern California. The encounter apparently started because the car he was driving, which he does not own, had an expired registration. After giving the officer his license, the confrontation turned sour. Something tells me his driver’s license …

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Limiting Personal Injury Awards [Poll]

It’s called “tort reform.” The state of Mississippi limits the amount juries can award people for pain and suffering in personal injuries to $1 million. A federal appeals court recently upheld this cap. Lisa Learmonth was injured in a car crash with a Sears Roebuck van. A trial judge lowered the jury’s damages, limiting her non-economic losses (those beyond hospital bills and lost earning capacity) to $1 million, based on Mississippi’s cap on damages. On appeal to the 5th Circuit, …

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Carnival Nightmare Cruise Triggers Class Action Lawsuit

A dream vacation turned nightmare has sparked a class action lawsuit against the Carnival Corp. cruise line. Over 100 passengers of a cruise that was marooned for days in the Gulf of Mexico without functioning power or plumbing have joined the suit, alleging that the ship wasn’t seaworthy to begin with, and that it forced guests to spend extra days stranded at sea by not heading to the closest port once it was disabled. The ship, illogically named Triumph, left …

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Posted 1 year ago in Editors Picks Internet Law by Josh Crank  
Copyright Owners, ISPs Launch Crack Down on Internet Piracy

Internet users who treat the Web like a complimentary buffet of music and movies are on notice: The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is in effect. The new system is the result of an agreement between the five largest Internet service providers (ISPs) — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon — and copyright watchdogs like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The system has two goals: to educate Internet customers …

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