Pacific Island States To Sue Western Countries Over Rising Sea Levels
At the meeting of Pacific Conference of Leaders' Standing Committee at the East West Center in Honolulu, members discussed the use of lawsuits to draw attention to the risks which climate change pose their countries, and to pressure the US and Australia to sign Kyoto. (1
The conference nearly coincided with a report by the AU National Tidal facility which reported sinking sea levels in Tuvalu. (1
) This story is particularly interesting (1
) on human impact on Tuvalu.
Heading into another major El Nino year, there is no doubt that Pacific states are vulnerable, but how should they argue for recognition of climatic inequalities?
posted by rschram
on Mar 29, 2002 -
Scientists will tell you that Hydrogen is the most common element in all of nature.
Me, I think the scientists have it all wrong. I think the universe is really made out of irony
posted by BentPenguin
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Enron Fraud dot Com.
The law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach cordially invites Enron stockholders to partake in their class action lawsuit against the fallen energy baron. Great domain, great layout, great case. How could they lose?
posted by tankboy
on Feb 25, 2002 -
Asbestos: The $200 Billion Miscarriage of Justice
The original "mass tort" is bringing down companies faster than you can say "Enron." Since January 2000, 16 asbestos defendant companies have filed for Chapter 11 protection, including Owens Corning, Federal Mogul, W.R. Grace, and USG Corp. Here’s a disaster that’s so screwed-up, and gathering such momentum, that "lawyers who represent the truly ill are teaming up with asbestos defendants to demand reform. They fear that the marginally impaired plaintiffs will drive so many defendants bankrupt that the genuinely sick and dying will have no one left to collect from." And if you’re tempted to dismiss this as just deserts for "evil corporations," bear in mind that, like Enron, asbestos defendants are made up of thousands of workers, many of whom staked their future on pensions and company stock: "At the time of Federal-Mogul's bankruptcy filing this past October, all-too-loyal employees held 16% of the company's stock, which had lost 99% of its value since January 1999. About 14% of Owens Corning's shares--which lost 97% of their value in the two years before its filing--were owned by employees. But those employees' losses have thus far gone unbemoaned by Congress." [more inside…]
posted by pardonyou?
on Feb 18, 2002 -
Former Playmate of the Year wins another battle against Playboy.
1981 POY, Terri Welles has been fighting Playboy magazine for the last four years over the fact that she wants to mention the world famous nudie mag's name on her (nude) web site
, in her bio, and in her meta tags.
Apparently Hef's lawyers seem to think this is a bad thing, claiming that it would infinge on the Playboy trademark. Monday the appeals judge disagreed. My question is, why would something like this get Hef in such a huff?
posted by tsarfan
on Feb 7, 2002 -
Fireplace log may cause fire.
No kidding? "Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch" releases it's winners of "Wacky Warning Label" contest. Click on "Wacky Warning Label" button. Also, be sure to check out past winners, such the bottle of sleeping pills which says, "Warning: May cause drowsiness".
posted by msacheson
on Jan 24, 2002 -
Fed Up? Happy? Excited?
Step right up and add your comments to the Microsoft Antitrust Trial. Due to the Tunney Act, all of us have the right to comment on the proceedings. The comment period closes Monday morning (the 28th) so if you have an opinion, and we know everyone here does, email/snail mail/call the DOJ.
posted by plemeljr
on Jan 23, 2002 -
In October 2000, in the mountains of Utah, three-year-old Gage Wayment wandered away from his father's truck and died of exposure
In July 2001, his father, Paul Wayment, was due to begin serving a 30-day jail sentence for negligent homicide. Instead, he killed himself
in the area where his son was found.
Now, Paul Wayment's parents have filed two million-dollar claims against the search and rescue teams
alleging that had they "conducted an appropriate and proper search," the boy and his father would still be alive.
It appears the search teams are protected by the Utah Good Samaritan Act
, unless they can be shown to have been grossly negligent, but this lawsuit may still have a chilling effect
on future search-and-rescue operations.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Dec 3, 2001 -
What happened at Lingua Franca?
had top-notch writing and reporting on the academic life as well as National Magazine Awards, but it shut down
in October. It was originally thought to be another September 11 casualty (circulation hovered around 15,000, despite the magazine's heavy buzz). Now, it looks like a $16.5 million lawsuit filed against Academic Partners acquisition Arts and Letters Daily might have hastened the magazine's demise. The charge? Breach of verbal contract -- after the papers selling ALD were signed, promises of payment to the previously working for free executive editor went out the window. What responsibilities come with turning a communal labor of love into a business enterprise? How do you introduce the element of professionalism into something that was once done for fun?
posted by maura
on Nov 6, 2001 -
Microsoft signs consent decree
with the US government to settle antitrust case. Settlement is fair, reasonable and good for consumers; It is time now to focus on challenges ahead for the industry and Economy, says Gates.
posted by riffola
on Nov 2, 2001 -
BROWN v. MUHLENBERG TOWNSHIP
A municipal law enforcement officer violates the Fourth Amendment when he intentionally and repeatedly shoots a pet without any provocation and with knowledge that it belonged to a family readily available to take
posted by espada
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Apparently wildcard DNS is a trademark violation now.
Yahoo is suing the owner of the sex.com
domain, because the latter uses wildcard DNS. This means that if you type "yahoo.sex.com" (or "anything.sex.com", for that matter) in your browser, you get taken to sex.com's main site. Yahoo is suing because that it could cause the public to mistakenly believe that the sex site "is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo," and therefore constitutes trademark infringement.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Aug 24, 2001 -
Kid sues over right to wear shirt.
No... nothing interesting like 'Straight Pride' or 'Kip Kingle, Student of the Year'. No, this time a 19 year old fights for his right to wear a "You Might Be a Red Neck Sports Fan If..." shirt. Wish they let him. It's easier to avoid idiots when they are clearly labelled.
posted by jcterminal
on Jun 26, 2001 -
US drops WTO lawsuit
against Brazil for producing generic anti-AIDS drugs while UN nations' contributions to African AIDS relief falls short of Annan's proposed 10 billion war chest.
posted by skallas
on Jun 26, 2001 -
"If I don't do this, who can?"
Courtney Love, a unionist? She may be the only one to put the Music Industry to task, and challenge practices that enslave struggling artists, turning shining stars into short-lived comets. That is, provided she doesn't just settle out of court. D'ya think she can do it? Or is this just more smoke & mirrors?
posted by ZachsMind
on Jun 8, 2001 -
Two reporters win a lawsuit against Fox for being fired when they wouldn't lie about bovine growth hormone.
posted by thunder
on May 9, 2001 -
Why love your neighbor
when you can sue him? A tiny, Florida-based charity called Love Thy Neighbor is being sued for trademark infringement by a Detroit entrepreneur whose enterprise goes by the name Love Your
posted by revbrian
on May 8, 2001 -
Apple lawyers target Mac Themes Project
-- Apple has issued a cease and desist order against Mac Themes Project (MTP) for creating a theme editor. Apple claims the editor enables third parties to copy its copyrighted trademark themes by "improperly copying Apple's copyrighted software code and graphic files".
posted by shauna
on Apr 17, 2001 -
Too delicious for words:
A guy registers walmartcanadasucks.com. Wal-Mart sues. Guy wins. Guy sues Wal-Mart to get them to fork over all the walmartcanadasucks.x they registered defensively after he registered the .com. Cajones, mi amigo.
posted by NortonDC
on Apr 12, 2001 -
Who do you root for when everyone's a villain?
It turns out that everyone
involved in the "Internet Twins
" fiasco is scum. Sure as hell the biological mother is (she gave the babies up twice
and now wants them back; I wouldn't trust her to care for my cat); the woman from the UK
is, and now the man in the US
is. A plague on all their houses.
Now the biological father, Aaron Wecker
, has begun proceedings to gain custody of the babies. I hope he isn't as despicable as everyone else involved. Let's hope this circus doesn't follow the girls around for the rest of their lives. If there's any sort of lesson in this, I wish someone would tell me what it is.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 2, 2001 -
Supreme Court II: Election Boogaloo.
Programs, getcher programs here! Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can get your grubby hands on the Bush
briefs right now. Fascinating reading. PDF files, of course.
posted by aaron
on Dec 10, 2000 -
Female kicker's chilling effect.
"Instead, the $2 million Mercer was awarded has given them two million reasons to question the risk of giving any woman
a chance, especially at smaller schools where female players would otherwise be most likely to succeed."
posted by owillis
on Oct 22, 2000 -
A female kicker is suing Duke University because she was cut from the team. She says it was because she's a woman, the coach says she wasn't as versatile as other kickers on his roster. With colleges passing illiterates through based on football skill, I'm skeptical that a coach would make a roster decision based on sex.
posted by owillis
on Oct 3, 2000 -