Tag Archive: lawsuits

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Trials of the Century: Bush v. Gore

The 2000 Presidential Election—where Bush beat Gore, taking 271 Electoral College Votes to Gore’s 266, but losing the popular vote by about 500,000 votes (at least officially) —brought us Bush v. Gore.

An automatic machine recount revealed that the margin of victory in Florida was only 327 votes in favor of Bush. In the American winner-takes-all electoral system, this meant that Bush would take all of Florida’s 25 electoral votes and with them the presidency.


The Real Housewives and the Bottomless Cesspit that is American Pop Culture

As the Bard once said, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Lucky for William Shakespeare, he died centuries before the debut of reality show/unmistakable sign of the impending Apocalypse, The Real Housewives.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.25.16

A. The dumpster fire that is the 2016 GOP presidential primary has officially become a 4 alarm dumpster inferno. Burn, baby, burn… dumpster inferno! Gawker

B. Miley Cyrus is joining The Voice. The world needed to know that there were women out there as insufferable as Adam Levine. E!

C. Tom Hiddleston is playing Hank Williams in a new biopic. We tolerated Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, but can we please get some Americans to play Americans? Get lost, Loki! The Los Angeles Times

D. According to the complaint in a lawsuit, Old Spice causes chemical burns and oozing sores. Now there’s another reason to switch to Axe besides the fact that it makes you all ROWR with the ladies. USA Today

E. Corinthian Colleges is ordered to pay former students tons of money for junk education. Daily Kos

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Logical Reasonings / 3.10.16

A. Blueprint’s Spring UCLA 1 class starts this Saturday! There’s still space available. Enroll with promo code UCLA200 to get $200 off a Spring UCLA course. Blueprint LSAT

B. Holy moly! The Dean of UC Berkeley’s law school – AKA Boalt Hall – just stepped down as a lawsuit filed by his assistant claiming sexual harassment gains steam. CBS News

C. A bunch of kids in Oregon have filed a really adorable federal environmental lawsuit against the federal government and scores of companies that contribute to climate change. The Register-Guard

D. A study in Britain has concluded that children are being routinely misdiagnosed with ADHD. Turns out that being annoying and loud may be a feature of childhood rather than a bug. The Telegraph

E. Eeeeeek! Hot felon Jeremy Meeks is out of prison! OMG, is that him? How do we look? Hollywood Life

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Logical Reasonings / 3.7.16

A. Tennis star and drooling-tennis-fanboy-dreamgirl Maria Sharapova failed a drug test for the Australian Open. She has a whole bunch of excuses or whatever that we didn’t listen to because we were too busy dreaming of being in a LTR with Maria. The Guardian

B. A student who graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego is suing the school because, a decade after graduation, she still hasn’t found a lawyer job. Isn’t suing a lawyer job? Quartz

C. In maybe-there-is-a-reason-to-live-in Houston-other-than-self-loathing news, a woman danced naked atop a semi in traffic for two hours on Highway 29. Yeeeeeeeehawwww! CBS News

D. Dork states Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing popular state Colorado over legalized pot. Why don’t you guys just… um… do whatever it is people do in Oklahoma and Nebraska for fun (we’re assuming it includes tormenting farm animals) and let everyone else have their fun? Denver Post

E. Here’s a house wrapped around a tree. We’re not sure we agree with the “treehouse” characterization. Mental Floss

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Logical Reasonings / 2.29.16

A. Through Wednesday only, save $300 on a Spring classroom course in San Francisco, Berkeley, or Houston. Blueprint LSAT

B. Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench during oral arguments for the first time in ten years. The issue? Domestic abusers’ Second Amendment rights. Vox

C. The mummified remains of a lost German yachter turned up this week off the Philippines. The Sayo had been adrift since 2009. (Warning: graphic image.) The Mirror

D. Jay Z and his music streaming service Tidal are being sued over alleged failure to pay artists. Jay Z now has 100 problems. Complex

E. Trump just compared himself with a historical figure. Guess who. Nope. Uh-uh. Try again. Sorry, the correct answer is Mahatma Gandhi. Mother Jones

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Logical Reasonings / 10.23.15

A. Blueprint’s Marketing Director discusses, ‘Why the LSAT’? The National Jurist Magazine

B. A second look at the Princeton Review’s ‘Law Schools with the Best Career Prospects’. Above the Law

C. Necessary reading for those who purchased a Subway six-inch or footlong sandwich between Jan. 1, 2003 and Oct. 2, 2015. Wall Street Journal Blog

D. Struggling with law school? This podcast may be your solution. Law School Toolbox

E. comprehensive guide to every single new emoji. Mashable

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Logical Reasonings / 9.8.15

A) The Southern California Institute of Law is suing over regulations that require law schools in CA to maintain a 40% bar passage rate. ‘Cause who cares about passing the bar, right?! LA Times

B) If working in academia is your dream after law school, take heed – new law professor jobs are down 55%. National Law Journal

C) Good info to have: You can still get a DWI for driving a Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, and motorized beer cooler. Lowering the Bar

D) An Italian judge acquitted Amanda Knox and had some harsh words regarding flaws in her trials. The Guardian

E) Key and Peele’s spoof of Cosmos is perfect in almost every way. iO9

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Logical Reasonings / 8.31.15

A) At least one New York Times reporter is still not a huge fan of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. The New York Times

B) But on the other hand, some people weren’t such big fans of the NYT’s article. Above the Law

C) James Woods is trying to sue an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million for writing mean tweets about him. Hollywood Reporter

D) In North Dakota, police can now use drones to shoot beanbags. Wait, what? Ars Technica

E) Sometimes, bears just want to splash around in a swimming pool too, you know? WHDH

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Judge Slapped with $2.2 Million Suit when Driveway Feud Turns Ugly

Justice Barbara Wilson of Southampton, NY is being sued by neighbor Tony Gugliotta for defamation. The story begins as a fairly standard argument over a shared driveway, a portion of which Judge Wilson claims is hers. While surveys show that the part of the driveway in question belongs to Mr. Gugliotta, Justice Wilson claims adverse possession or “squatter’s rights” to the disputed ground.

While perhaps not the Platonic ideal of how we might expect a judge to act (who chains an SUV to a porch column? More importantly, who chooses that shade of yellow?), things didn’t get really interesting until the April 13th meeting of the Southampton Village Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation.

First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t direct you to the videotape of the meeting, the opening music of which would do John Tesh proud.