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

Newlyweds’ Defamatory Social Media Vow is Costing Them $1 Million

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Planning a wedding often comes equipped with dramatic, unpredictable circumstances; however, it is not always common for the bride and groom to attract drama after they say, “I do.” For Neely and Andrew Moldovan, memories of their dream wedding were allegedly held captive by their wedding photographer, Andrea Polito. A few months after their wedding, the couple announced on a local news outlet and several social media websites that Polito refused to give them their wedding photos if they did not pay an additional fee of $150, on top of the thousands of dollars they already paid. The Dallas-based duo gained a high level of public sympathy, which eventually led to the closing of Polito’s business and the downfall of her reputation as a professional photographer.

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Tiger Lawsuit Scratched from Court

White Tiger, by Wikimedia Commons user Sachinrohit12, licensed by Creative Commons.

Protected by some (legal) claws

Many people enjoy visiting their nearest zoo and seeing all types of exotic animals. Having said that, there are those who oppose keeping some of these creatures in captivity. In situations like these, you may think that a lawsuit would be brought against the zoo itself or a governing body that manages the park. This time, a defamation lawsuit was filed against the Animal Legal Defense Fund by Landry’s Inc, the company running a Texas-based aquarium who happened to own four white  bengal tigers. Landry’s claimed the ALDF was bringing false accusations regarding animal safety against them.  Read More

A Bronx Tale: MLB Fan Falls Asleep, Sues

Nostalgia Train to Yankee Stadium, by flickr user MTA, licensed by Creative Commons.

“I made a Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”

As the World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate millions across the globe, it seems that baseball (not soccer) is the sport putting fans to sleep. Just ask Andrew Rector, a baseball fan who recently fell asleep during a nationally televised New York vs Boston game. ESPN cameras caught Rector dozing off, at which time announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman began to poke fun at his expense. Embarrassed and humiliated, the fan consulted a lawyer and filed a lawsuit to the tune of $10 million. He specifically named all parties involved, including ESPN, the announcers, the Yankees, and Major League Baseball. Read more

Pujols Swinging for the Fences

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

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In the present baseball climate, scrutiny and finger pointing has become the norm. Personalities and figures are cavalierly levying unfounded assertions of baseball players.  Fear not though, these libelous accusations are not being met without legal recourse. These past two weeks we have seen Alex Rodriguez take action against the MLB and more recently Major League Superstar Albert Pujols take action against a St. Louis Radio personality.