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Casino Won't Pay Up $41M After Jackpot Error

Court rules against 87-year-old who got an errant bonus ticket

(Newser) - When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16." Pauline McKee and her daughter summoned casino employees to collect what they... More »

In Epic Document, 'Floridian-American' Calls Court a 'Hoe'

'F*ck this court ' and 'I AM justice' are just 2 gems in Tamah Jada Clark's complaint

(Newser) - When the very first thing you see under the date, header, and plaintiffs'/defendants' names on complaint papers is an underlined "To F--- This Court and Everything that it Stands For" mission statement, you know it's probably going to be a wild read. That's how Tamah Jada... More »

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Respond to Chicken Lawsuit

Needless to say, Kunis denies stealing Ukrainian girl's chicken

(Newser) - Today in the Bizarre Lawsuit Dept.: A Ukrainian woman is suing Mila Kunis for allegedly stealing a chicken 25 years ago. Kristina Karo says Kunis made off with her pet, "Doggie," when they were both young girls in Ukraine, People reports. Karo's small-claims suit further explains that... More »

Teacher Sues School Over 'Gunman' Who 'Killed' Her

Linda McLean suffered PTSD after the surprise 'active shooter' drill

(Newser) - Teacher Linda McLean says she hasn't been able to work since the terrifying Friday two years ago when a man wearing goggles burst into her classroom, pointed a pistol in her face, pulled the trigger, and told her, "You're dead." But she wasn't shot: The... More »

Detroit Goes After Wrong Church for $170K Electric Bill

City turned off water at Bishop Daryl Harris' house, too

(Newser) - Detroit has had ongoing money issues , but the city may have been overzealous in trying to fill its coffers. Officials issued a mea culpa to Bishop Daryl Harris and his Total Life Christian Ministries church after slapping it with a lawsuit for a $170,000 electric bill, the Detroit ... More »

Mischa Barton Sues Her Mom

Claims that mom was, shall we say, not the best manager

(Newser) - It sounds like something that might have happened on The OC: Mischa Barton is suing her mother, claiming the greedy "momager" withheld the actress's earnings, among other things. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Barton, 29, says mom Nuala Barton "had absolutely no experience or training" and simply... More »

Dad: Cops Tased Me as I Tried to Save Son in Fire

Parents sue after boy, 3, died as dad was put in holding cell

(Newser) - As his Missouri home burned, Ryan Miller tried desperately to go back inside and rescue his 3-year-old stepson, Riley Rieser. But police Tasered Miller repeatedly, preventing him from returning inside, and Riley died, according to a lawsuit Ryan and Catherine Miller have now filed over the 2013 incident. Police officers... More »

Workers: McDonald's Told Us to Put Mustard on Burns

Condiments replaced first-aid kits, safety complaints say

(Newser) - Instead of being offered burn cream, McDonald's workers who suffered severe burns on the job were asked if they wanted mustard or ketchup on that, according to recently filed safety complaints. In some of the 28 safety complaints filed in 19 states over the last couple of weeks with... More »

ACLU Suit: Spill Killer-Drone Details, Mr. President

Complaint says administration has been stonewalling about 'kill list' since 2013

(Newser) - In October 2013, the ACLU filed a FOIA request to find out more about the US counterterrorism drone program, the Guardian reports. Since then, the Obama administration has fought "tooth-and-nail" against releasing documents and "failed to follow through on … commitments to openness," the ACLU said today... More »

'Blurred Lines' Lawyer Has Long Been a Disrupter

But this case may be Richard Busch's 'most satisfying'

(Newser) - A jury has found that Robin Thicke's inescapable song "Blurred Lines" borrowed a little too heavily from Marvin Gaye —and that ruling may owe a lot to lawyer Richard Busch, who represented Gaye's family, the New York Times reports in a profile of the man who... More »

Family Sues Restaurant After Son Eats Pancakes, Dies

Teenager had a severe allergy to dairy

(Newser) - A family in Minnesota is suing a local restaurant after their son ate two pancakes there and died last June. They say that 16-year-old Scott Johnson, who was so allergic to dairy that trace amounts had sent him to the emergency room before and the family generally avoided dining out,... More »

Judge Tells Man He Can't Smoke Inside Own Home

Neighbors have sued over secondhand smoke

(Newser) - The list of places where smokers can't smoke is already pretty long, but the latest entry is pretty remarkable: A judge in Washington, DC, has told a homeowner that he can't light up inside his own residence, reports WJLA . The problem is that Edwin Gray has a shared... More »

Colo. Pot Law Makes Us Violate Constitution: Sheriffs' Suit

Officials say legalization forces them into 'crisis of conscience'

(Newser) - While Colorado citizens are taking advantage of their state's marijuana legalization , sheriffs there and in neighboring states are suffering a "crisis of conscience" in upholding that law, according to a suit filed against Colorado today in Denver. Per USA Today , the lead plaintiff, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith,... More »

Jahi McMath Suit Tells Brutal Tale of Surgery Gone Wrong

Mother was pushed to donate McMath's organs while she prayed

(Newser) - As Jahi McMath , declared brain-dead in 2013, remains hooked up to machines in New Jersey, her family is filing suit against the Oakland hospital where her surgery for sleep apnea went terribly wrong, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The suit against UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and surgeon... More »

Woman Sues Herself for Causing Fatal Crash

Barbara Bagley thinks Barbara Bagley should be held accountable

(Newser) - This part makes sense: A woman in Utah named Barbara Bagley is suing the driver who caused a car crash that killed her husband. This part is screwy: Bagley herself is that same driver. As the Salt Lake Tribune explains, Bagley is playing dual roles here in the bizarre lawsuit—... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

Babies Switched at Birth in 1994 Awarded $2M

Each girl gets $450K, families get the rest

(Newser) - The families of two girls switched at birth in 1994 have been awarded damages—though not nearly as much as they sought. Sophie Serrano's daughter was switched with another infant when both little girls were placed in an incubator at a French hospital shortly after birth. The families discovered... More »

Journey Guitarist Sues SF Over Wedding Permit Fees

Neal Schon, Michaele Salahi say they were punished for pay-per-view wedding

(Newser) - Journey guitarist Neal Schon and White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi aired their wedding on pay-per-view , and in a new lawsuit, Schon says San Francisco charged him "outrageously high" permit fees as punishment for the PPV plan. He and his wife, now Michaele Schon, are suing both the city and... More »

Flier: TSA Locked Me Up for Asking to File Complaint

He sues over 23-hour ordeal

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man suing the TSA says he went through a terrifying 23-hour ordeal—just because he asked to file a complaint. Roger Vanderklok, a 58-year-old architect, says he was on his way to run a half-marathon in Miami in January 2013 when TSA agents at Philadelphia International Airport interrogated... More »

Should Parents of Infected Kids Sue Anti-Vaxxers?

That's what one researcher suggests

(Newser) - It's been suggested that the anti-vaccination movement can be slowed down or halted through tougher laws and/or peer pressure —but what would happen if parents of kids who get infected from someone who isn't immunized sued the disease-spreader? A paper published in the Cornell Journal of Law ... More »

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