Hot Docs: Smokers not a “suspect class,” appeals court rules

Nov 15, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a smoker challenging city anti-smoking laws was not entitled to heightened constitutional protections because smokers are not a “suspect class.”

Hot Docs: Facebook may need to issue refunds for in-app purchases by minors

Nov 8, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

A recent court ruling has sustained claims that Facebook’s contracts with users under 18 are voidable, which may mean Facebook could be issuing a lot of refunds.

Hot Docs: Hazing leads to student alcohol poisoning death, lawsuit claims

Nov 1, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

A lawsuit brought by the surviving mother of a college student who died of alcohol poisoning with a blood alcohol content of .40% claims the frat’s hazing ritual is responsible.

Hot Docs: 14-year-old girl died after drinking two Monster Energy Drinks, lawsuit claims

Oct 25, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

According to a lawsuit filed last week, a 14-year-old girl died of a heart attack after consuming two Monster Energy Drinks within 24 hours of each other.

Hot Docs: Hulk Hogan sues friend, Gawker website over release of sex tape

Oct 18, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Terry Bollea, better known by his ring name “Hulk Hogan,” is suing celebrity gossip website Gawker and Tampa shock jock “Bubba the Love Sponge.” over the release of a sex tape.

Hot Docs: Will SCOTUS allow consumers to purchase cable TV channels individually?

Oct 11, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

A group of cable and satellite TV subscribers are seeking Supreme Court review of the dismissal of their case against TV programmers and distributors, claiming that the forced bundling of channels is unlawful under the Sherman Act.

Hot Docs: Court allows KKK to place leaflets on cars

Oct 4, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

A U.S. district court in Missouri recently blocked a law that prohibited the placement of flyers on automobiles, allowing the Ku Klux Klan to proceed with its plans to do just that.

Hot Docs: Seeking to force city to fly Confederate flag, organization files appeal

Sep 20, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Sons of Confederate Veterans recently filed an appeal from an adverse ruling, seeking to force the city of Lexington, Virginia to fly the Confederate flag on its flagpoles.

Hot Docs: Lawsuit claims Priceline, Orbitz, & others engaging in illegal price-fixing scheme

Sep 13, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

According to a new class action lawsuit, several online hotel booking sites have set up a price-fixing cartel with hotels to set price floors on hotel room rates, well above normal market rates.

Hot Docs: Ruling: Adoption agency that faked death certificates is “criminal enterprise”

Sep 6, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

A U.S. district court just ruled that an adoption agency that faked death certificates for a Ugandan child’s parents, is the proper subject of a RICO civil suit.

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