An administrative law judge and his husband sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection for $3 million, claiming an officer asked to see their marriage certificate at the border, and assaulted them when they complained.
NBA players union president Derek Fisher made secret deals with team owners during the 2011 lockout, for his own benefit, then "waged a personal campaign" to replace G. William Hunter as the union boss, Hunter claims in court.
It's been a good public relations week for Harvard Law School.
Quacquarelli Symonds Limited ranked Harvard Law the number one law school in the world (if not the universe) and a Harvard law student won $1 million on the reality TV series "Survivor."
I'm not sure those two events are related but maybe they ought to be. If your school can prepare you to win a million bucks on TV, that's a useful education.
The student, John Cochran, then announced in response to a question that he wasn't going to be practicing law. Writing seemed like a better option.
The school obviously taught him well.
Really. It did. According to Cochran and all the news reports about him, he wrote a paper on the "Survivor" jury system that earned him the Dean's Scholar Prize at Harvard Law.
Then he went on to persuade a jury on the show to make him a unanimous winner.
What law practice lesson can we learn from this?
If you watch the show, you know that lawyers aren't constantly winning. Cochran, who did win, didn't seem lawyerlike at all. He was more of a soothing presence who listened to people, and we know that's not lawyerlike.
I bring this up because I'm intrigued by what Cochran possibly could have said in his paper. After all, a "Survivor" jury isn't much like an American court jury.
It might be better.
Last week, I noted that a Reader's Digest poll (which was probably rigged) showed that Americans trusted TV judges more than real-life judges. The same may be true for juries.
Consider the advantages of a "Survivor" type of jury.
Instead of strangers on the jury, you have a group of people who are intimately familiar with the opposing parties. They've just spent weeks with them, partially-clothed and huddled in tents or caves.
This cuts down on the need to waste time presenting evidence and attesting to character.
You could even argue that it's more constitutional. After all, you're supposed to be entitled to a jury of your peers. Are a bunch of strangers really your peers?
Peers are people you hang out with. It makes perfect sense.
"Survivor" juries get to ask the litigants questions, and even better, insult them and demand apologies for hurt feelings.
Don't you think we'd all be more willing to serve on juries if we could do that?
So how is a "Survivor" jury comparable to an American court jury?
There's no voir dire on "Survivor" to guarantee an unbiased (or at least ignorant) jury. In fact, you can't get on the "Survivor" jury unless you've competed with the people you're judging.
There are no instructions from a judge on "Survivor." In fact, there are no rules at all by which to judge the litigants.
Parties don't have to convince the show jury beyond a reasonable doubt or by a preponderance of the evidence. In fact, evidence isn't all that important - the game encourages and rewards lying if you do it well enough.
The "Survivor" jury doesn't go off somewhere to deliberate. It just votes - and then waits 10 months to find out who won.
The "Survivor" jury doesn't get to throw anyone in jail or decide on an amount to reward.
And there's no appeal.
Clearly, the "Survivor" jury system is superior - but it's not much like the court jury system except for both juries being made up of humans.
And yet this Cochran fellow not only won in front of the "Survivor" jury, but he also managed to win a prize at Harvard for comparing two things with practically nothing in common.
Obviously, the man is a genius.
Or a mutant with mind control powers.
I'm betting on the latter.
Parents who spanked their teenage daughter with a rod for sexting a boyfriend claim in court that social workers tried to force the girl to strip naked and be photographed, then chased the family cross-country when she refused.
A girlfriend-killing cop who was barred from using his desired defense after the law changed does not have a due process case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
A Londoner scuttled a Sotheby's auction of a signed first edition of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," with perfectly spurious claims that the book had been stolen from his mother, a New Yorker claims in court.
A woman died on a courthouse floor because Alabama sheriff's deputies refused to give her her medicine - after arresting her for an old traffic ticket, the woman's daughter claims in court.
African American-dominated Compton, its police and school district subject Latino children to "unlawful arrest, excessive force, racial profiling and racial discrimination," five families claim in a federal class action.
A federal sheep experiment in Idaho threatens the teetering population of Yellowstone grizzly bears, environmentalists claim in court.
Chicago's plan to turn what remains of the infamous Cabrini-Green housing project into mixed-income housing will force families to move to poor, segregated neighborhoods, residents claim in court.
A doctor who's a Pentecostal minister was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for taking $1.2 million from patients for a bogus cancer cure - acts that prosecutors called "despicable, cruel and heinous."
Plans for a Scotland wind farm near a site Donald Trump is eyeing for a golf course has the bloviating billionaire huffing and puffing in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Michigan unconstitutionally took private property by slashing wages and benefits for Flint city workers, the AFSCME Local 1600 et al. claim in Federal Court.
Attica prison guard Nathan Sorrell beat an inmate and forced him to give oral sex to co-defendant food services worker Joseph Krauss, inmate Gotfried Jean claims in Federal Court.
Ralph Metcalf claims Ludacris (Christopher Bridges), Trey Songz (Tremaine Neverson) et al. swiped his tune "Sex Room," in Federal Court.
Overpaid directors at Actavis rejected Mylan's $15 billion offer to buy Actavis for $120 a share in a cash and stock deal, shareholders claim in Clark County Court.
Northwest Airlines persuaded the Supreme Court on Monday to consider tossing claims that it booted a rabbi from its frequent-flier program for complaining too much.
A judge who let his political and social connections slide in traffic court cannot enjoin his unpaid suspension by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a federal judge ruled.
A woman whose vaccination challenge spurred a minor reform of federal law may have a case for attorneys' fees, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The "windfall tax" levied against a British utility partly owned by a U.S. company is eligible for a foreign tax credit, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether town officials from upstate New York improperly favored Christianity by starting meetings with a short prayer.
The employees of private contractors working for public companies can continue their fight for federal whistle-blower protections, the Supreme Court said Monday
Parents and D.C. neighborhood groups have no hope of keeping open 15 schools suffering from increasingly anemic enrollment, a federal judge ruled.
The D.C. Circuit unsealed a ruling allowing prosecutors to review millions of pages of records seized from a businessman under investigation in a criminal probe of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.
A federal judge slapped Wells Fargo with a $203 million restitution order and a new injunction in a class action over "high-to-low" debit posting.
The children of a divorcing couple were properly ordered to be returned from New York to Canada for a custody determination, the 2nd Circuit ruled.
In a sexual harassment suit against Paula Deen and her brother, a magistrate judge unsealed inappropriate Tweets about the case posted by plaintiff counsel.
Federal prosecutors demanded an injunction Friday against a Brooklyn company that has "a history of processing fishery products under insanitary conditions, with inadequate safety procedures."
The so-called Robocop of Quincy, Mass., when it comes to enforcing local dog leash ordinances can sue the police department for retaliation, a federal judge ruled.
A hospital treating an inmate who faked a seizure may be liable for letting him escape and murder a New Jersey woman, a federal judge ruled.
Deference was properly afforded over the interpretation reached by Federal Communications Commission over an ambiguous statute concerning its jurisdictional scope, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Pfizer faces 26 claims of wrongful death or heart defects in babies whose pregnant mothers took its anti-depressant Effexor, 25 in Manhattan Federal and one in San Diego Superior Court.
Model Chelsea Gilligan claims Prom Girl LLC promised her $1,500 a day for seven days work, plus 20% to her agent, but hasn't paid her Dime One, in Superior Court.
Clayton State University unfairly demoted a deputy police chief for posting a Confederate flag with the caption, "It's time for a second revolution," on his Facebook page, Rex Duke claims in Federal Court.
Anthony Kazalonis died at a National Softball Association tournament with an outfield fence less than 38 inches tall and a paved street within 4½ feet of it; he jumped for a fly ball, flipped over the fence and hit his head on the pavement, his family claims in Ocean County Court.
General Motors makes defective Chevrolet Cruzes whose radiators leak antifreeze, filling the passenger compartment with fumes, a class action claims in Federal Court.
Directors of Hop Topic are selling the clothing company too cheaply through an unfair process to Sycamore Partners, for $14 a share or $600 million, shareholders claim in a federal class action.
Graphics Properties Holdings claims Acer, Asus, Panasonic, Toshiba and Vizio each violate one or two graphics patents, in five federal complaints.