Killer Suit for “Friday the 13th”

October 30, 2018 by Ryan Rousseau

Just like the villain of the Friday the 13th franchise, the litigation to determine his ownership just can’t be killed. Despite a summary judgment ruling in the case at the end of September 2018, a notice of appeal was filed on October 18, 2018 in the Federal District Court of Connecticut, reviving the dispute in the 2nd Circuit. The heart of the controversy begins with the repudiation of an employment and rights agreement that was in place since the creation of the franchise. The plaintiffs, Horror Inc. and Manny Company brought suit to obtain declaratory relief of the ownership of the … Read More

Dueling Dinosaurs and Landowner Lawsuit

November 15, 2018 by Randi Dufault

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that dinosaur fossils found on a ranch in Montana belong to the owners of mineral rights, rather than the surface owners of the property. The fossil, known as “Dueling Dinosaurs,” seems to depict 2 dinosaurs in the middle of a fight. “Dueling Dinosaurs” was discovered in 2006 by a fossil hunter exploring the property. The same ranch is also the location of the discovery of an almost complete skeleton of a T. rex in 2013. That fossil, renamed “Trix,” was sold to a Dutch museum for several million dollars, but the proceeds have … Read More

Fatal Shooting Tests State’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

September 20, 2017 by Jean Sica

This past June, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an amended “stand your ground” legislation that supporters say bolster civilian rights to protect themselves. According to a Reuters news article, opponents contend the amended law emboldens gun owners to shoot first and ask later. The following is a case summary of a 2014 Palm Beach fatal shooting, by a homeowner against a trespasser, that reached jury trial in Circuit Court last month. BAYLES, AS PARENT OF BAYLISS, DECEASED v. DELCIAMPO A wrongful death claim was made by Scott Bayliss, as parent of 31-year-old male Aaron Bayliss, who suffered fatal gunshot injuries after he … Read More


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Designer Babies: Delivering Soon in the United States


According to an article published by American Health Line earlier this week, a team of biologists in Oregon have conducted the first known experiment in the United States using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to genetically modify viable human embryos. Officials at the Oregon Health and Science University said results are pending publication in a journal.CRISPR is a technology that can modify genes quickly and efficiently by working as a type of molecular scissors that can trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace it with new DNA. According to MIT’s Technology Review, the study recently conducted centered on a

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