Missoula’s Water Fight

Montana glacier national park water, by pixabay user dbmcnicol, licensed by Creative Commons.

Ending Missoula’s drinking problem

In the Intermountain West, water law follows the Doctrine of Prior Application, which means “First in Time, First in Right.” This doctrine has led to stiff competition for water usage, and water ownership is highly coveted. For years, water flowing through the town of Missoula, MT has been owned by Liberty Utilities. But now, after years of fighting for ownership of its water supply, Missoula is finally winning. A settlement agreement was recently approved by town council members, setting the stage for a transfer of ownership on June 22. With a successful transfer, Missoula will become the last town in Montana to own its own water system. Read more

Cheerleading Leads the Team to a Victory

Lake Brantley Cheerleaders, by flickr user Russ Sanderlin, licensed by Creative Commons.

Raiderettes have something to cheer about

The employees who are expected to show the most enthusiasm and team spirit are the same individuals who maintain their positions at the bottom of the Oakland Raiders pay scale. Former Cheerleaders for the team initiated a class action lawsuit against the NFL for unfair payment of wages. Although a legal settlement was reached in early 2014, the Raiders Cheerleaders have only recently reaped the benefits. Read more

Superman Building Owners Win the Battle Against Previous Tenants

Providence, Rhode Island, by flickr user Tony Keny, licensed by Creative Commons.

Corporate corruption?

The 26-story structure in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, referred to as the Superman Building, has deteriorated over the years. High Rock Westminster Street LLC purchased the building in 2008, and accuses its previous tenant, Bank of America, for breaching the lease contract. In 2013, due to the poor maintenance work of the previous tenant, the building’s owner filed a lawsuit. The main cause for concern was the clear decay of limestone on the sides of the building. High Rock holds the Bank of America responsible. Read more

Residents Receive Clean Water Resolution

Glass Water High Jumping Drops Blue, by pixabay user flotty, licensed by Creative Commons.

Is Flint’s Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Flint, MI has gained national, negative recognition as the lead poisoned town with a contaminated water supply. A poor decision was made in 2014, to gather untreated river water as a source of the town’s potable water. This would serve as a temporary solution while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was constructed. The untreated river caused astronomically high levels of lead in Flint’s residents. Read More

Talk of Fake Butter Spreads to Dunkin Customers

Oooh, donut!, by Flickr user Mark H. Anbinder, licensed by Creative Commons.

Keeping it real

Seemingly frivolous lawsuits are both attention grabbing and thought provoking. The questionable lawsuits often have a deeper purpose than to sue for the sake of suing.  This past March, Worcester, Massachusetts reside, Jan Polanik, filed two lawsuits against the popular franchise Dunkin Donuts. Read more