“Former” NFL Star Tackles Celebrity Lawsuits

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      Rashard Mendenhall #failwhale

Following the reports of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May of 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall took to twitter in an attempt to curb the Nation’s enthusiasm.  The remark not only earned him public backlash, but also got him cut from his endorser Hanesbrands’ roster. Mendenhall retaliated in July of the same year by filing a lawsuit against the corporate clothier for terminating his contract.  His argument: Does a public figure concede the right to express an opinion that may not coincide with the views of the brand he or she endorses?
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Kid Skips Prison For Church Sentence

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Also given the option for church, he took the latter.

Uh, what the???  Judge Mike Norman, from Muskogee, Oklahoma has decided on a different approach to sentencing criminals that come in his courtroom.  Tyler Alred, 17, has taken a 10-year church sentence instead of prison for killing his friend and passenger, John Dum when he got in to an accident drunk driving.  Included in his 10-year church sentence, he is also to graduate from high school and take alcohol and drug tests in order to defer this prison sentence.  Dum’s family was actually happy to hear about this church sentence, since they believe that Tyler’s life should not be wasted in jail.

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Papa John’s Ordered to Give Up the Dough

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Papa John’s: It’s probably not better pizza.

Whoever thought text messages offering special deals on pizza would be a bad thing?  A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Papa John’s for sending illegal messages to their potential clients.  Plaintiffs are claiming that while they originally provided their cell phone numbers to the take-out pizza chain, they did not consent to receive advertisements via text message.  Some members of the class-action suit have reported to receive multiple texts back-to-back, and also at odd hours of the night.  The third party mobile marketing agency, OnTime4U, is also a defendant in the suit.  Plaintiffs are seeking compensation at the rate of $500-$1500 per text message.

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Do States Have The Right To Secede?

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                  Texas Would Secede

The reelection of President Obama has caused many to question if the next four years will get any better.  The President’s reelection margins were much smaller than his victory in 2008.  This dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs has caused a growing number of citizens to petition the federal government and ask to secede. Is it even possible to secede?  Most of these petitions are being filed here (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/); an official petition page on the White House’s Official site. Within a 30-day period every petition will garner a response if it reaches 25,000 signatures.  A week after the President’s reelection there are approximately 69 petitions with over 675,000 petitioners.

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Summit Fights Off Lawsuits to Save Franchise

by lindseoIt’s happening as we speak.  The pulse rate of Twilight fans are beginning to increase at a rapid pace; the mere thought of Edward’s perfectly coiffed hair and Jacob’s well defined physique excites fans to a state of pure ecstasy.  As you spend endless hours in line, wrapped around street corners just to get a front row seat to watch the finale chapter unfold, let’s look back on the studio that fought for the franchise.

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