Coffee Lawsuit Brews Up Trouble For Airline

Caution: I'm Hot, by flickr user David Goehring, licensed by Creative Commons.

Java’s brewin’

I think it is safe to say that almost everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee case, where the plaintiff received a healthy lump sum for suffering third-degree burns (some all the way to the bone) in her pelvic region when she spilled hot coffee.  Why is it that companies keep finding themselves in hot water with hot coffee? Lourdes Cervantes, who is a resident of Houston TX, filed suit against Continental Airlines over an incident of hot coffee. Cervantes was on her way to Newark NJ from Madrid on board Continental Airlines Flight 63 where a stewardess placed a cup of coffee on the tray in front of her lap. The complaint states that the passenger in seated ahead of Cervantes reclined his seat, causing the coffee to slide off of the tray table on her lap mid-flight.

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Achtung Spidey! Broadway Lawsuit Set for Court

Bono as the Fly Cleveland 1992, by Wikimedia user Steve Kalinsky, licensed by Creative Commons

“I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls…”

Spider-Man has always been much more familiar with spandex suits than lawsuits.  The Broadway play ‘Turn Off the Dark’ is slinging across headlines after the old co-writer and musical director Julie Taymor is suing over copyright infringement.  She is seeking compensation up to $1 million after being terminated after the show suffered from freak injuries and other mishaps.  It was believed that a decision could be reached, however sources claim the final stumbling block was creative control over Marvel’s web-head himself.  U2’s Bono and The Edge, who are the show’s composers, are also set to appear for the court date in New York, officially set for May 28. Read more

Cablevision Sues Viacom in Fee Faux Pas

Television!, by flickr user *USB*, licensed by Creative Commons

   Some TV packages just don’t deliver

Two months after reaching an agreement, it looks like there’s already trouble in paradise.  Cablevision and Viacom are going to court over a packaging of low rated networks.  The issue here is obtaining access to juggernauts ratings such as Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central.  Cablevision must also support up to a dozen lesser-watched channels which hurt their overall brand.  The antitrust lawsuit could be a landmark decision going forward to monitor the way cable providers reach terms for packaged channels.  The case was filed in New York, stemming from a mutual contract agreed to over the winter.

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