Tag Archives: family law

Claim of a Lifetime

Televised struggles

Less than two years following the June 2022 final airing of The Wendy Williams Show, news broke of the former talk show host’s frontotemporal dementia and aphasia diagnosis.  The 59-year-old entered an agreement with Lifetime to produce a documentary, which would follow Williams’ life in transition from television to a new podcast.  During the year and a half that cameras followed her and conducted interviews with her family members, however, the focus of the documentary shifted to that of her health and the apparent growing concern about the level of adequate care that she was receiving.

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Settle the Affair

Reality home conflict

The scandal that rocked the reality TV world last year has earned an additional layer of drama, as one of the core players involved, Ariana Madix, sues the culprit of deceit, Tom Sandoval.  Labeled as one of the most despised men on television, Sandoval was accused of and later admitted to stepping away from his girlfriend of nine years to engage in a months-long dalliance with one of the former pair’s co-stars.  The Vanderpump Rules conflict unfolded on-screen, on social media, and on and on and on.  With the season 11 premiere only a few days away, Madix has incorporated legal matters into the storyline.   

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As Plane as Day

Undesirable traveling

The holiday season typically welcomes the tradition of visiting with family and friends, which often requires travel by car, train, bus, or airplane.  The latter option yields particularly high volumes of passengers around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  Although airlines appear to execute efficient effort to avoid delays and accommodate customers, one airline has developed a reputation for a reason some may not expect.  Two lawsuits entered against American Airlines involve the treatment of underaged children.  While one was settled, the other was recently filed.

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Serving Up Surcharges

Not on the menu

At a restaurant in Georgia, tolerance for children is not part of the menu.  The parents of even well-behaved children may be forced to pay an undefined surcharge, categorized as a fee “for adults unable to parent.”  This business practice has raised questions about how far restaurants or other service-driven businesses may go to tack on outrageous or unjustified costs, and whether this policy violates the rights of consumers.  Some view this policy as subjective and a way to trick patrons into paying for more than what they ordered.    

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A True Blind Side

Unable to see the reality

Although Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the movie The Blind Side was inspirational and heartfelt, the real-life version of her character is now depicted in a lawsuit as deceitful and untrustworthy.  The storyline of the 2009 movie focuses on a Tennessee family’s encouragement and support of a young man who did not benefit from familial stability but did possess strong athletic talents.  Backed by the Tuohy family, the real Michael Oher succeeded as an All-American at Ole Miss and was drafted into the NFL, in which he played for eight seasons. 

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