City to Paws Influence

Cat code

Lawsuits against pets may not only produce an interesting storyline in local news, but may also result in a high payday for the owner. A recent issue, concerning a house cat roaming freely in a Washington neighborhood, has reached national headlines. Miska, owned by Anna Danieli, has been the subject of a three-year legal battle. Due to allegations that Miska provoked other pets in the neighborhood and trespassed on surrounding properties, Danieli has been required to pay fines in excess of $30,000. The toxicity of the situation escalated to the point of animal control temporarily throwing the cat in feline jail. Read more

Shoot for Damages

Basketball case dismissed

Some athletic organizations would do almost anything to recruit the best talent available. Similarly, the parents of these young athletes would give up or accept almost anything to see their children play on some of the most recognized teams in the country. It is not often, however, to see a large corporation solicit the help of alleged business conmen to garner top talent for teams that the company sponsors through fraud, bribery, and racketeering. Due to the potential harm caused to the future of his career, one basketball player filed a lawsuit against the shoe and sportswear company, Adidas, in 2018, for its part in the college athlete racketeering scheme. Read more

Care to Share: Who Owns Your Instagram Pics?

Picture problem

You might think twice before uploading your next picture.  There is a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Instagram in regards to their newly updated Terms of Service.  The photo-sharing company recently announced a change in their TOS that, in some eyes, relinquishes their users’ ownership of personal photographs they chose to upload.  In theory, the Facebook-owned company would be able to use any added pictures and images to promote their own brand.  The civil suit, based out of Northern California, contends that the pictures’ rights should be retained by the photographer and technically do not belong to Instagram.  These proposed changes are scheduled to take effect early in 2013 and include the company’s advertising access to any personal information given by the end user.

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