News & Politics
The New York Times thinks this North Dakota case, in which a mother is suing after consenting to having her infant son circumcised (without complication), may be the tip of the iceberg in the anti-circumcision movement, it reports here.
In a 64-page decision, Federal District Judge Robert W. Sweet for the District of New York tossed the suit, saying McDonalds is not to blame when parents allow their children to eat too much fast food, when they know (or should have known) it isn’t healthy. But the Judge gave plaintiffs an opportunity to amend and re-file, according to this from law.com. You can also read the opinion here (thanks to How Appealing for the link).
Suit For $172 Million Filed In Federal Court In D.C. Over Car Accident In Nairobi Involving US Diplomat
Reuben Grey was killed and his son was seriously injured in the February 2001 accident. The UN concluded that the other driver, Dirk Dijkerman, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Kenya, was driving on the wrong side of the road with his high-beams on after leaving a party, and that he left the scene of the accident. After getting no satisfaction in Kenya or from administrative claims against both the State Department and USAID, the family filed suit in Washington D.C. The case raises interesting issues, including the issue of diplomatic immunity, the Washington Post reports here.
Despite egregious facts — the surgeon was a narcotics addict and the patient suffered severe brain damage after nearly bleeding to death during surgery for a herniated disc — the appellate court found plaintiff had not established that the hospital was “consciously indifferent” in allowing the surgeon to continue to perform operations, according to this.
Last week, the California State Court of Appeal held that the law allowing those forced to work during World War II to sue under a California statute was constitutional, and the lawsuits could go forward (discussed below). But today, the Ninth Circuit disagreed, holding the statute unconstitutional in this opinion.
Some allegedly mobbed-up guys and their lawyers are certainly making him look like the latter these days. And he ain’t talkin’. CNN reports it here.
You gotta love the law. The fight was over import tarriffs, which tax “dolls” (human) more heavily than “toys” (non-human). As the Wall Street Journal reports here, some comic book fans are howling in protest over the ruling denying their heroes “human” status. But the Judge ain’t budging, and it appears that she did her homework: “Judge Barzilay, through a spokesman, said that she would let her 32-page decision speak for itself. [S]he described in her ruling how she subjected many of the figures to ‘comprehensive examinations.’ At times, that included ‘the need to remove the clothes of the figure.'”