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Class Action: Galaxy of Interns Gets a Guardian

Spiral Galaxy NGC 1376, by flickr user Hubble Heritage, licensed by Creative Commons.

Employment Lawyers, Assemble!

While the stars are aligning for Marvel at the box office, it appears that one former employee is trying to become the First Avenger. Kenneth Jackson, who worked for the company for part of 2008, recently filed a class action lawsuit and is seeking lost wages and back pay. Jackson was reportedly classified as an “intern”, although he worked full 40 hour-per-week shifts Monday through Friday for the better part of 5 months. Along with Mr. Jackson are 100 other Marvel interns seeking compensation. The lawsuit was filed in New York’s Supreme Court.

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Pizza Chain Burned by Lawsuit Over Logo

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Everybody wants a slice

Have you ever confused a slice of pizza with an exit sign on the highway? The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is coming down hard on a local pizza chain in Florida for using a logo very similar to one of their own. “Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Co.” owners Paul DiMatteo and Skip Parratt are in the process of franchising their restaurants while incorporating a green-and-yellow logo similar to that of the Garden State Parkway’s, which is a main highway in the state of New Jersey. The step-brothers are both former NJ residents and claimed they were simply paying homage to their home state, but the Turnpike Authority thinks otherwise. COO John O’Hern stands firmly behind the lawsuit, claiming the logo is trademarked and the pizza company is in violation. Read more

A Bronx Tale: MLB Fan Falls Asleep, Sues

Nostalgia Train to Yankee Stadium, by flickr user MTA, licensed by Creative Commons.

“I made a Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”

As the World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate millions across the globe, it seems that baseball (not soccer) is the sport putting fans to sleep. Just ask Andrew Rector, a baseball fan who recently fell asleep during a nationally televised New York vs Boston game. ESPN cameras caught Rector dozing off, at which time announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman began to poke fun at his expense. Embarrassed and humiliated, the fan consulted a lawyer and filed a lawsuit to the tune of $10 million. He specifically named all parties involved, including ESPN, the announcers, the Yankees, and Major League Baseball. Read more

NFL Star Goes to Arbitration Over His Position

Football field, by flickr user nightthree, licensed by Creative Commons

Tight End or Wide Receiver?

A recent hearing may cause waves in the sports world, and it all comes down to where a player is standing when he takes the field. Jimmy Graham, whose position is listed at Tight End, is one of the best players in the National Football League. A perennial Pro-Bowl starter for the New Orleans Saints, the 6’7″ athletic freak continues to strike fear in the hearts of opposing teams. Under league rules, the Saints have enabled a “franchise tag”, which is a cap-room move designed to essentially pay a player a little less than he’s worth on a 1-year deal, which avoids offering a long-term big money contract. However, Graham recently filed a grievance against the league that has gone to arbitration. Read more

Slip Up: Banana Lady’s Lawsuits Bear No Fruit

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Crazy? More like going bananas.

Catherine Conrad makes a living as an inspirational speaker, personal motivator, and also delivers singing telegrams dressed in a banana suit.  After several incident with clients which ended up in Ms. Conrad filing multiple lawsuits, it seems the U.S. District Courts have had enough.  A recent ruling against the Wisconsin-native claims that although those who receive the banana-grams take pictures and videos, Catherine has no copyright claim over the over-sized, yellow costume. Previously, she had filed infringement lawsuits of anywhere between $40,000 and $80,000.  A jurist recently declared that her accusations and demands were “without merit” and an “abuse of the legal process”. Read more