Amazon Loses Challenge On NY State Sales Tax

Amazon Loses Challenge On NY State Sales Tax

A New York state Supreme Court justice threw out Amazon’s sales tax lawsuit earlier today, opening the way for New York to begin collecting sales taxes on Amazon purchases.

Timberland Offering Up To $150 To Recipients Of Its Text Message Spam

Timberland Offering Up To $150 To Recipients Of Its Text Message Spam

Under the terms of a preliminary settlement agreement, [Timberland and e-commerce company GSI] will pay $7 million into a cash fund to reimburse those who received the messages, according to KamberEdelson LLC, one of the law firms that helped bring the suit.

Sixth Circuit Overturns Arbitrator Who "Showed A Manifest Disregard Of The Law"

Sixth Circuit Overturns Arbitrator Who "Showed A Manifest Disregard Of The Law"

Earlier this week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an arbitration decision in a dispute between Coffee Beanery and a franchisee. The court found that the arbitrator, hired by the American Arbitration Association, “showed a manifest disregard of the law” by siding with Coffee Beanery.

Third-Party Debt Collectors Misusing Courts To Increase Profits

Third-Party Debt Collectors Misusing Courts To Increase Profits

The Chicago Tribune writes that “More than 119,000 civil lawsuits against alleged debtors are clogging [Chicago] courtrooms,” but since collection agencies make money off of volume business, the suits filed are based on too little information. The result: cases based on mistaken identities, or for debts already settled, or against debtors who have made good-faith efforts to work out repayment plans. “The system is out of control,” one attorney tells the paper.

U-Haul Must Pay $84 Million To Man For Injuries

U-Haul Must Pay $84 Million To Man For Injuries

A Dallas court found U-Haul guilty of negligence for failing to maintain its vehicles properly, and awarded 74-year-old Talmadge Waldrip $84 million in damages, $63 million of which are punitive. “The truck’s parking brake did not work at all,” said the man’s lawyer. “He stepped out of the truck and it rolled right over him.”

Class Actions: T-Mobile's Mandatory Arbitration Clause Ruled "Unconscionable"

Class Actions: T-Mobile's Mandatory Arbitration Clause Ruled "Unconscionable"

A class action lawsuit can proceed in Washington after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled T-Mobile’s mandatory binding arbitration clause “unconscionable and unenforceable under Washington state law.”

California Police Seize 375 Pounds Of Bathtub Cheese

Meet Floribel Hernandez Cuenca and Manuel Martin. California police arrested the pair on “felony cheese making charges” after they tried to sell 375 pounds of bathtub cheese at an open-air market in San Bernardino. Bathtub cheese, otherwise known as “illegal soft cheese,” can cause a range of maladies including listeria, salmonella, and everybody’s favorite gut goblin, E. coli.

The 375 pounds of seized illegal cheese included panela, queso fresco and queso oxaca varieties, the [California Department of Food and Agriculture] says. It was a significant find, the department says.

Anonymous Businessman Settles Elderly Couple's Tax Nightmare

Anonymous Businessman Settles Elderly Couple's Tax Nightmare

Remember the Atwoods? They were facing the possibility of losing their home after it was sold to pay $1.63 in property tax.

Elderly Couple Could Lose Home Over $1.63 Tax Bill

Elderly Couple Could Lose Home Over $1.63 Tax Bill

In 1996 a property tax bill for $1.63 was mailed to Kermit and Dolores Atwood. The bill never reached its destination, according to the Times-Picayune. Now, 11 years later, the Atwoods are in danger of losing their home.

Nation's Appellate Courts To Plaintiffs: You Lose

Nation's Appellate Courts To Plaintiffs: You Lose

Tort Reform: What It Is, Why You Should Care, and Why It Is Anti-Consumer

Tort reform is a buzzphrase that comes and goes, but nearly always gets tied to things like The Great McDonalds Hot Coffee Incident or the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance for doctors. Many blogs, Tort Deform and Overlawyered prominently among them, devote copious space to arguing tort reform.