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August 5-15 -- On hiatus.  We'll be taking a break for the next week and a half or so.  While we're away, check out the world's funniest police log (Arcata, Calif.); the Manhattan Institute (with which our editor is associated), whose email announcement list you really ought to be on, and whose Center for Legal Policy has been publishing a series of important papers on such topics as asbestos litigation, class actions, and forum-shopping; and of course this site's very own archives, which date back to July 1999, and which you can search.  See you (more likely than not) on Friday, Aug. 16.   (DURABLE LINK)

August 2-4 -- Lawyer's suit against airline: my seatmate was too fat.  "A pretrial hearing is scheduled in an Ashland attorney's civil lawsuit against an airline that sold him a seat next to an obese man.  Philip Shafer will meet representatives from Delta Air Lines Inc. in Ashland Municipal Court at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Shafer seeks $9,500 from Delta.  The suit stems from a two-hour November flight from New Orleans to Cincinnati. Shafer claims Delta breached its contract to provide him with a full seat and reasonable comfort because the obese man crowded onto his seat." (Mark Caudill, "Ashland attorney sues over 'jet jam'", Mansfield, Ohio News Journal, Aug. 1) (see Dec. 20, 2000).  (DURABLE LINK)

August 2-4 -- Dense yet sieve-like.  "The INS has no real idea who's within America's borders.  One reason they have no idea is because it takes them a decade to process a routine green-card application by a highly-employable, high-earning, law-abiding citizen of America's closest ally."  (Mark Steyn, National Post (Canada), Aug. 1).  (DURABLE LINK)

August 2-4 -- Welcome Fox News viewers/ readers.  We suggested on Tuesday that the media should take a closer look at the tobacco-fee saga unfolding in the Manhattan courtroom of Justice Charles Ramos, and Fox News Channel wasted no time stepping into the breach; its news coverage gave this site's editor generous time on screen to describe the case's significance.  However, none of the lawyers requesting the $13,000/hour fees were willing to go on camera to defend those fees -- funny about that.  ("Tobacco Settlement a Windfall for Lawyers", Fox News, Aug. 1).  And as if that weren't enough publicity for one week, our editor is also interviewed on camera in a Fox News segment on school lawsuits (Liza Porteus, "Flunking Out of School? Get a Lawyer", Fox News, Aug. 2 (DURABLE LINK)

August 2-4 -- LexisOne "Site of the Month".  We're one of the picks for the month of August at the major legal research service's Legal Web Site Directory.   (DURABLE LINK)

August 1 -- You mean I'm suing that nice doctor?  When Hazel Norton of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, read that the drug Propulsid might cause harm, she stopped taking it and signed up for a lawsuit.  "'Actually, I didn't get hurt by Propulsid,' Norton, who had the drug prescribed for her heartburn, said.  But because she had taken the drug, she said she thought she could join a class-action lawsuit 'and I might get a couple of thousand dollars.' 

"The last thing she intended, Norton said, was for Kooyer to be sued. [Dr. Kirk Kooyer, who "arrived in the Mississippi Delta in 1994 to serve the poor."]  'He's really a good doctor, very intelligent,' said Norton, who's been Kooyer's patient since 1994.  'He makes you feel so comfortable.' 

"She said she intended for the drug company to be sued, but that lawyers told her it would be better for her case to sue Kooyer in order to keep the case in Mississippi.  After finding out Kooyer had been sued, she said she wrote a letter to her attorneys, objecting.  'I'm kind of upset. I do not want him leaving because of all the suits,' she said. 'If we run off all the doctors, what are the people gonna do?' Kooyer was eventually dropped from the litigation but not before he made up his mind to leave Mississippi." (Jerry Mitchell, "Tort reform: just what the doctor ordered?", Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Jul. 29 -- many other good details)(more on Propulsid suits: Oct. 1, 2001; FindLaw). (DURABLE LINK)

August 1 -- Sic 'em on Segway.  As the Los Angeles Times reported July 23 (registration process too frustrating to give them a link), one law firm is already announcing plans to organize lawsuits against Segway (also known as "It" or "Ginger"), the smart scooter whose backers think it could revolutionize urban transportation (see Dec. 13, 2001).  "We believe that the Segway HT is potentially a legal nightmare and will be the basis for many lawsuits, both from the corporate and consumer side," explains the website, which sports the tastefully restrained name of Sue-It.com and was put up by a "successful corporate law firm" calling itself the "USA Immigration Law Center". 

Wait a minute.  Immigration?  Well, that might shed light on why the "successful corporate law firm" argues its case in language that sometimes reads as if it has been inexactly translated into English from a foreign tongue.  "We are successful corporate law firm with offices in Washington, DC and Baltimore named the USAILC.  We are planning to further specialize in new areas associated with suing It [Segway]. ... [W]e view the potential onslaught of cases against It as more than just a basis for strong financial profits. ... Get ready to Sue-It!"  A bunch of wild and crazy guys, no?  As for the website USAILC puts up to promote its major line of practice, among its first sentences is the following: "The United States of America Immigration Law Center is the official online home for US Immigration Legal Matters and Issues" -- which brought us up short since we had always imagined that "the official" site was this one.   (DURABLE LINK)

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