Johnny Manziel: Career Damage Turns to Property Damage

Knocking heads in the courtroom

Johnny Football has had a harder time escaping and eluding public headlines, compared to collegiate and professional defensive players. The good news is that he does not seem to mind, which gives reporters plenty of fresh content while keeping his name relevant.  Manziel is being sued for over $40,000 by The Goodwin Group Inc., for physical damage and rule violations with regard to a property he rented from April 4th – April 6th.  Damages have exceeded $19,000, including “extensive burn marks from cigarettes and marijuana” and wine stains “that cannot be removed” from the carpet, according to the news article.  As a part of the rental documentation, Manziel agreed to terms that the property was strictly for his personal and private use and that he would pay a fine of $10,000 any time 15 or more people were at the property.  Staying true to form, Johnny violated this rule twice, resulting in two separate $10,000 fines.

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Downhill Race Leads to Uphill Battle

Ski slope situation

In an unprecedented lawsuit, a 6-year-old girl has been sued following a skiing accident in which the child collided with a woman sharing the mountain. The alleged misconduct “took place on the slopes of Hochhäderich Mountain in the Bregenzerwald forest,” in the Austrian mountain regions.

The young girl was part of a group ski lesson, in which she apparently took a sharp turn and ran into the woman. In most cases involving a minor, the injured party would usually attempt to seek damages from the parents, which she did: It was dismissed immediately. So in a final course of action, the injured woman is now suing the 6 year old for 38,000 euros.

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Abercrombie is Not Dressed for Success

Applying for a job and competing with an ever increasing pool of candidates is an arduous task, let alone the consideration of all of the other subject matter that could potentially factor in.  We all know that personal and professional connections help a great deal when searching for a job, but what about the instances where you are a complete stranger to someone and have to convince them that you are the right fit?  Getting past the paper resume stage is hard enough, but then comes the face to face meetings and interviews.  An individual has to prove that they are compatible with the company culture, create a good personal connection with the person interviewing them, and then just hope that they did enough to stand out against all the other applicants while not doing anything to jeopardize their prospective status.  What happens when you do everything right and still get an undesirable result?  Such seems to be the case for Samantha Elauf, who claims she got denied from a job at Abercrombie & Fitch for wearing a religious black headscarf (Hijab) as an exhibition of her Muslim Religion.

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A Race to the Courtroom

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With the ever growing popularity of Marathons and half marathons in recent times, the debate over the categorization of whether workers of these events are considered volunteers or employees has also hit the ground running.  In recent news, a federal judge in Missouri ruled against the “Competitor Group Inc” request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that their use of volunteer workers violated federal labor laws.  A St. Louis University law professor named Yvette Joy Liebesman was a volunteer worker at one of their races, and has stated that she was deceived into believing her participation was to benefit non-profit charities rather than a for profit private equity firm.  In their attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed, “Competitor Group Inc” purported that their marathons represented recreational activities in conjunction with charities that would also benefit from these races being held.  Arguments made by “CGI” were not persuasive enough to dismiss these charges, as the federal judge rules there was sufficient cause to move forward with these claims.

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Takeda Pharmaceutical to Pay Up Big Time

DNA lab, by Flickr user University of Michigan, licensed by Creative Commons.

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Japan’s largest pharmaceutical drug maker will be paying a hefty lawsuit, ranging anywhere from 2.4 -2.7 billion dollars.  Takeda Pharmaceutical’s drug “Actos” has apparently contributed to the development of bladder cancer in many US. patients.  The plaintiffs in this case have alleged that Takeda Pharmaceutical did not properly warn individuals of the associated risks of taking this drug.  Takeda’s stance on the issue is that they are standing behind their product because they beleive that the benefits outweigh the risks.  This is a tough “pill to swallow” , because it posits that they are okay with loss of life or the potential for furthering a very dangerous disease, as long as it helps more people than it hurts.

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