United We Stand, Divided We Settle

A long legal battle ends in a truce

The 5-year legal dispute between a former Minnesota Governor and the deceased American Sniper has finally settled.  Following the publication of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, in 2012, Jesse Ventura filed a lawsuit against Kyle. Even after Kyle’s unfortunate passing in 2013, Ventura continued his legal pursuit against Kyle’s estate. Ventura argues that a particular passage in Kyle’s book is defamatory, and damaged his reputation within the Navy SEAL community. Read more

Cryptic: IRS Sues Bitcoin Exchange Portal

bitcoin, by pixabay user MichaelWuensch, licensed by Creative Commons.

BTC v IRS

With Bitcoin becoming a hot button issue over the last few months, the IRS was recently awarded some good news. Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase was ordered to turn over the data for all US consumers who purchased Bitcoin and other currencies between 2013 and 2015. The belief is that many of these people did not pay any tax on potential earnings. This would make them subject to potential auditing, as a Judge in California has ruled. Information for more than 14,000 people was handed over from Coinbase to the IRS. Bitcoin is the main form of cryptocurrency, a digital asset that is openly bought, sold, and held online with an ever-changing dollar value. Read More

Whistleblower Finds Profit in Medicare Fraud

Blowing the whistle on fraud

The degree of medical treatment a patient undergoes may determine the amount of Medicare reimbursement a medical facility will receive.  Families may feel skeptical toward extensive healing of their loved ones; sometimes with good reason. While some treatments are overcompensated to help ensure a full recovery, others are simply unnecessary. Read more

Enter Walmart for Melons, Leave with a Broken Hip

Shoppers beware

Based on the evidence presented by opposing parties, a jury is faced with the dilemma of determining whether a particular lawsuit is frivolous or legitimate. The 1994 McDonald’s coffee lawsuit paved the way for public speculation of seemingly litigious lawsuits. The black and white version is that a customer sustained permanent injuries and someone had to pay the consequences. The gray line was left for the jury to determine: whether or not the customer or McDonald’s was negligent in the situation. In that particular case, the jury felt that the fast food chain carried the burden of responsibility more so than the injured party. A similar decision was met in the recent case of Henry Walker vs. Walmart. Read more

Fake Meth Leaves Orlando Man in a Crumby Situation

A delicious crime

The misconception that an individual is a criminal if accused of a crime comes at a cost to those who never even committed the crime. In late 2015, Orlando resident, Daniel Rushing, was pulled over for speeding and failing to make a complete stop. While he was guilty of violating these traffic laws, he was wrongfully accused of a more severe offense. As a result of a drastic misunderstanding, Rushing was awarded $37,500 in a lawsuit against the city of Orlando.

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