Category Archives: Legal Advice

Naked violinist takes nude protest case before federal judges

For 50 minutes Thursday, a group of judges considered the case of a man who stripped naked outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, played violin beside the engraving of a Thomas Jefferson quote and then sat for hours on the ground before his arrest. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal peppered lawyers for Matthew Mglej and the city of Portland with questions about what Oregon law allows when it comes to protesting nude and exactly what message Mglej was trying to send. Mglej's lawyer Matthew Gordon argued that Portland police wrongfully arrested his client on May 23, 2014, because the city's indecent exposure ordinance protects nudity intended as a symbolic "communicative act'' or protest. He cited a 1985 Oregon Court of Appeals case in support. Mglej was...
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Dealing with Spinal Cord Injuries

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal cord injuries can happen as a result of a vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, or premises liability accidents. Damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves surrounding it can cause permanent changes in ability, sensation, or strength in body areas below the location of the injury. There are two definitions for the types of spinal cord injuries a victim may suffer. Paraplegia is when the victim’s legs, pelvic area, and truck have been affected. Quadriplegia is when the upper body, including the hands and arms, have also been affected. An incomplete spinal cord injury can leave the victim with varying degrees of loss of function and sensation, while complete injuries leave the victim with total loss of function and sensation. When a person has suffered a spinal cord...
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Harvey Weinstein faces civil claim in U.K.

  Harvey Weinstein is facing a damages claim in a London court by a woman who accuses the Hollywood producer of sexual assault. Personal injury lawyer Jill Greenfield says her client, who hasn’t been identified, is seeking damages for “personal injury” plus expenses and “consequential loss” arising out of a series of sexual assaults by Weinstein. Civil claims for rape and sexual assault are uncommon in Britain. Greenfield’s firm, Fieldfisher, said Monday that this is the first such claim in Britain against Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. Papers for the claim have been filed at the High Court, but no date has been set for a hearing. British police are also investigating several sexual assault claims made by woman against Weinstein.   Source: Toronto Sun...
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Sinéad Desmond starts legal fight with Ireland AM

Sinéad Desmond, the Ireland AM presenter, has issued legal proceedings against TV3-owner Virgin Media in a dispute over pay. It emerged this weekend that Desmond had departed TV3’s breakfast show after 11 years as a presenter there following a row with station bosses over salary differences between her and the show’s co-hosts, Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes. The presenter is understood to have entered pay talks following the gender pay gap rows in the BBC and RTÉ. Desmond’s legal counsel yesterday issued a statement regarding her sudden departure from TV3 and said it was now a legal matter.   Source: The Times...
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Jerry Lee Lewis caught up in family legal battle

Jerry Lee Lewis caught up in family legal battle. Jerry Lee Lewis’ daughter, Phoebe Lewis-Loftin wants her famous father to have a psychological examination because she thinks his wife is plying him with drugs. Phoebe Lewis-Loftin has filed documents asking for a court-ordered psychological test to determine if the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ singer is of sound mind, after he previously sued her and her husband for defamation, elder financial abuse and fraud. Jerry’s suit – which was dismissed for filing in the wrong state – alleged Phoebe had kept her famous father sedated with a number of pharmaceuticals, and while managing his affairs, squandered millions by splashing out on luxury cars, real estate and cosmetic surgery. However, according to documents obtained by The Blast,...
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$36.1 Million Verdict Against School Bus Company

The accident happened in Highland on the morning of October 3, 2012, when the plaintiff, Isabella Escamilla Sanchez, was six years old. Isabella attempted to cross 9th street mid-block to get to the bus stop where her school bus was en route to Bonnie Oehl Elementary School. Isabella Sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck by an oncoming car. That's when the driver of a Subaru Impreza struck the child causing catastrophic injuries that include a traumatic brain injury and fractures to her neck, arm, leg and pelvis. The Sanchez family sued Durham School Services for failing to report and prevent mid-street crossings, which is a blatant violation of their own policies and procedures. It was a common practice for parents and students to cross 9thstreet mid-block directly in...
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Yoko Ono wins legal battle against soft drink manufacturers ‘John Lemon’

When you're one of the most famous musicians of all time, it's somewhat understandable that companies will want to piggyback on that fame to sell their product. One Polish drinks company that tried to circumnavigate trademark laws by calling their drink 'John Lemon' have found themselves on the wrong side of his widow Yoko Ono, however. 'John Lemon', a vegan, gluten-free soft drink, was originally launched in 2012 - and is available in Ireland - but has been forced to change its name to 'On Lemon'. According to Reuters, Ono's lawyers had warned the company that they faced a fine of €5000 per day and €500 per bottle sold if they continued to trade as they were. The company, in turn, claimed that there was no infringement intended - but Ono...
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New hope for Formula One legend Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher There could be new hope in former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher's fight to recover from a serious brain injury sustained in 2013, according to new reports. Swedish and German media outlets today reported the 48-year-old sporting legend could be flown to the US for state-of-the-art medical treatment, where a brain injury specialist is set to offer him "new hope". Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury in a ski accident in December 2013, from which he is yet to recover. According to Swedish newspaper Expressen and German magazine Bravo, Schumacher's wife Corinna "decided to try new care", including consulting a brain injury specialist named Dr Mark Meeks. Source: NZ Herald

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Prosecutors appeal to extend Oscar Pistorius sentence

Prosecutors are appealing to extend the six-year murder sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius last year. South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the state's arguments on 3 November. Pistorius, a Paralympic gold medallist, was jailed in 2016 for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The National Prosecuting Authority will claim the sentence was too short. "The state, in the papers, we stipulate clearly that the sentence imposed is shockingly low," said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku. Source: Sky News

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Irish women take legal action over ‘razor blade’ vaginal mesh implants

A NUMBER OF Irish women are pursuing legal action over complications they suffered after receiving vaginal mesh implants. The cases have emerged following reports of thousands of patients in the US, UK and Australia enduring similar issues with the devices. Transvaginal mesh implants are used to treat stress incontinence and more recently pelvic prolapse – when a pelvic organ such as the bladder drops. Both of these conditions are common in women after childbirth. The mesh, a net-like implant, which comes in a number of forms and sizes, is inserted in order to support the weakened organ. Tissue then grows into the pores of the mesh to fortify the walls of the affected organ. These devices have been used across Europe, the United States and Australia since the...
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