MIA Responds to $1.5 Million Claim for Super Bowl Obscenity

M.I.A., the outspoken English-Sri-Lankan rapper has responded to a report that the National Football League (NFL) filed a $1.5 claim last year with the American Arbitration Association as a result of her Super Bowl XLVI antics.  During the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Madonna and Nicki Minaj, Mathangi “MIA” Arulpragasam flipped her middle finger to the camera while mouthing “I don’t give a s**t” before television censors could act. The Super Bowl was broadcast to over an estimated 160 million viewers. In addition to monetary compensation, the NFL demanded that the rapper-singer provide a public apology. [Read more...]

Glendale Meeting Fails, Phoenix Coyotes to Relocate Imminently?

As some of you know, I’m a hockey fan – a HUGE hockey fan. As a result of my soft spot, I have followed the continuing saga surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes, formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets, and their troubled attempts to finalize a “legal” deal to remain in the desert. After reading and listening to the results of the “Cupcake Summit” between the feuding parties in Glendale,  it is clear that the Coyotes remaining in Glendale is remote. Eventually if a buyer is found, it is inevitable that it will be on terms that probably will not be favorable to the City of Glendale and high risk. Within a year or two of play, if the Coyotes are not playoff bound, the fate of the team may be sealed as well as an even bigger hole for the City. Kudos to Don Maloney for somehow fielding a competitive team on the sport’s most challenging budget. [Read more...]

Lindsay Lohan Lawyer “Just Doesn’t Get It”

Yesterday I read an article where a criminal defense lawyer, who met with Lindsay Lohan, had reportedly refused to take her case because he thinks she’s deluded. Apparently this criminal lawyer “ultimately decided to take the case” as reported by People Magazine. Still the question remains… how could a long standing member of the bar betray his client by going to People magazine and shamelessly exploiting what a potential client said in the confidence of a private legal consultation? Where is the conduct committee for lawyer ethics? Perhaps all is not as it seems.

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Apple iPad Flouts Trademark Infringement – What’s Next?

Either the arrogance at Apple has greatly exceeded that at Microsoft at its peak or I should be sending in my resume to Cupertino with all due haste. Apparently Apple decided to launch its iPad product without regard or care for existing trademarks that may have been filed in the United States. Apparently Fujitsu filed in 1993 for the iPad trademark for a “HAND-HELD COMPUTING DEVICE FOR WIRELESS NETWORKING IN A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT” and you can find the Fujitsu iPad product brochure here. Apple apparently sent a letter in opposition to this trademark for undisclosed reasons (rumors are afloat that it is under the doctrine of “divine right.”) [Read more...]

The $7 Million Star Trek Memorabilia Lawsuit

Is a misunderstanding regarding a poker table and poker visor with uniform allegedly worn by Lieutenant Commander Data of the Starship Enterprise worth $7 million in damages? Apparently lifelong Trekkie, Ted Moustakis, believed it was after being denied in case his against Christie’s auction house by the New York State Appellate Court for fraud and negligent misrepresenation. [Read more...]

Facebook Used to Prove Cure for Depression

A 29 year old Quebec woman claims to have lost her health benefits due to photos posted on Facebook showing her having fun frolicking on the beach, enjoying a birthday party, and having a good time at Chippendales. After being diagnosed with depression approximately a year and a half ago, the Manulife insurance company reportedly sent an ex-IBM employee monthly payments for an extended sick leave to help her cope with her illness. Am I the only one who thinks that using Facebook to question an “illness” is  hardly the issue? [Read more...]

McGinn Drops “Humiliating” Lawsuit Against Match.com

As was reported earlier in September, first Sean McGinn couldn’t handle rejection at Match.com. Apparently now he can’t handle the humiliation and ridicule as a result of his lawsuit – which he has apparently dropped. The Law Professor blog will have complete documents and an analysis of the Match.com reply to McGinn’s complaint (and amended complaint) as well as the memorandums of law. [Read more...]

Why the iPhone 3GS has Bad Battery Life

After performing some detailed testing and replacing the iPhone 3GS with a new unit, it seems conclusive – Apple’s “weak” battery is sufficient for most tasks but the 3.0.1 operating system is the cause of serious battery drain. Yes, the battery size is a minute change from its predecessor, a poor choice of style over substance. But the real problem is the iPhone OS, version 3.0. I’ll elaborate as to why a day does not go by where I return home with my phone’s battery above the 40-50% mark. [Read more...]

Jobless Woman Sues College for Tuition Refund

This past week a Bronx, New York woman filed a $72,000 lawsuit against Monroe college claiming that the office of career placement is not making sure that their “recruiting clients” are calling recent graduates are getting interviews for job placement. The complaint filed is online and it’s getting a great deal of press. [Read more...]

Match.com Class Action Lawsuit, Complaint Alleges Fraud

Man needs a date and isn’t getting the attention he seeks from women online. Man also needs money (you’re never too rich or too thin.) What should man do? File a class action lawsuit against a deep pocket, of course! In the case filed June 9, 2009 in the US Southern District Court of New York, Sean McGinn – forlorn single man – sued Match.com for deceptive practices that have caused him deep, emotional, lasting dating trauma. While the plaintiff’s attorneys make some understandable points regarding misleading practices online, it appears these class action lawyers missed the biggest legitimate complaint of all – and I’ll disclose what it is in this article. [Read more...]