4/7/2016 lawsuit roundup

A confession: in the aftermath of the Hulk Hogan/Bubba The Love Sponge Clem/Gawker sex tape/privacy lawsuit, I find myself somewhat worn out by the continual lawsuit news. You can’t get much bigger–no pun intended, I haven’t seen the tape–than Hulk ‘n’ Bubba ‘n’ Bubba’s wife. (A few days ago I read a comment or tweet or something asking why only Hulk’s privacy had been considered? The complainer said, “What about the woman on the tape? Doesn’t she have privacy rights too?”

(Yeah, kvetcher, sure she does but (1) she was Bubba’s wife and (2) apparently did not join Hulk in his lawsuit against Gawker. She wasn’t a plaintiff demanding damages for invasion of her privacy rights. Or maybe she settled separately with Gawker, I don’t know.)

Anyway, I’ve been ever so attracted, amazed, offended, curious, outraged and amused to and by lawsuits since I began this blog in 2010. Six years of reporting and commenting on ’em has maybe been enough, at least for now.

Yet, yet, yet…

Every day an interesting, occasionally weird and funny lawsuit pops up in the news. So, I’ve decided not to deprive anyone as fascinated by the litigation landscape as I have been and still am.

So I’m going to change my discipline somewhat. (Calling it “discipline” is a serious overreach.) I’m only going to report on lawsuits filed by individuals against other individuals or corporations. And I’m not going to comment much.

I’m simply going to give you the link to the story, and do a lawsuit collection, so to speak, once a week, or so.

So, I initiate my new regimen below. Each link will be separated from the next by a heart, to show you I still care.

A group of New England Patriots fans have sued the NFL in an effort to recover the first-round draft pick taken from the team.

Source: Patriots fans sue NFL over team’s ‘Deflategate’ punishment – NY Daily News

Parents can legally eavesdrop on young children if they reasonably believe it would be in the child’s best interest, the court ruled.

Source: Top N.Y. court rules that parents can eavesdrop on kids – NY Daily News

The former student who made claims in the article is a key figure in the lawsuit against the magazine by a University of Virginia dean.

Source: ‘Jackie’ in Rolling Stone Rape Article Must Testify in Defamation Suit – The New York Times

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