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Runaway Bride sues ex-fiancee

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia woman who became known as the runaway bride and touched off a massive search when she disappeared is now suing her ex fiancee for $500,000.

Jennifer Wilbanks took off just days before her lavish wedding in 2005, ending up in Las Vegas and New Mexico and making international headlines while hundreds searched for her back home in suburban Atlanta.

Wilbanks and John Mason broke up for good in May, and now she's asking for $250,000 as her share of a home Mason purchased with money they got for selling their story to an agent. Atlanta television station WAGA reported that the lawsuit also seeks $250,000 in punitive damages.

Wilbanks initially claimed to have been abducted and sexually assaulted but later recanted, saying she ran due to personal issues.
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That Beotch should not ever get a single penny from that story.
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That Beotch should not ever get a single penny from that story.
Thats just how todays economy works...people sue over the stupidest crap these days
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She belongs in a mental hospital...there is something fundamentally wrong with her wiring...
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Dumb beotch.



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Thats just how todays economy works...people sue over the stupidest crap these days
we definately need to go to a "loser pays all" society like every other frickin country does to help deter the frivolous lawsuits.
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we definately need to go to a "loser pays all" society like every other frickin country does to help deter the frivolous lawsuits.

I would agree to that if they would hold incompetent lawyers liable for the money. I have seen people with legitimate claims lose because their lawyer couldn't win a bucket kicking contest with one-legged men...
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some people man.
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She needs the money because she has to pay for her search.

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Sounds like they were in on it together. They bought a house together with money from the story. I don't feel bad for him at all.

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Sounds like they were in on it together. They bought a house together with money from the story. I don't feel bad for him at all.
If he was foolish enough to marry her after she ran off...he deserves to get
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If he was foolish enough to marry her after she ran off...he deserves to get
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If he was foolish enough to marry her after she ran off...he deserves to get
You have an excellent point there.
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speaking of stupid lawsuits, wasnt there one where some guy was robbing a house, he was on the roof and fell through the ceiling, landed in the kitchen on some knives. Then he sued the homeowner and won?? or was this just something i heard on a tv show...
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speaking of stupid lawsuits, wasnt there one where some guy was robbing a house, he was on the roof and fell through the ceiling, landed in the kitchen on some knives. Then he sued the homeowner and won?? or was this just something i heard on a tv show...
That's from the movie Liar Liar with Jim Carrey... Though there have been actual cases like that...
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Jackass' Sued by a Real Jack Ass.

A Montana man has sued media giant Viacom, saying the MTV show "Jackass" plagiarized his name, infringed on the trademark and copyright o his name and defamed his good character.

The plaintiff's name is Jack Ass. That's right, that is now his legal name. He changed his name from Bob Craft to Jack Ass in 1997, he says, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of drunken driving.

"Jackass," which premiered on MTV in 2000, features a group of guys performing ludicrous and sometimes dangerous stunts. It was made into a movie in 2002.

In the suit against Viacom, which owns MTV, Jack Ass claims the conglomerate "is liable for injury to my reputation that I have built and defamation of my character which I have worked so hard to create."

This Jack Ass, not to be confused with the TV version, says he changed his name after his brother and a friend were killed in a single-vehicle car accident several years ago. He now works to promote responsible choices and designated-driver programs.

He claims that "Jackass" committed "trademark and copyright infringement on my legal name" and on a cartoon character, called Andi Ass, that he created to help spread his message.

He's seeking at least $10 million in damages.

Source: CNN.com.
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2-4-6-8, Who Do We Appreciate?

Two high school baton twirlers, who were cut from the majorettes program at North Haven High in Connecticut, haved filed a lawsuit suing the coach, the athletic director and the high school principal, claiming the majorette coach violated their civil rights by cutting them from the team without just cause.

The mothers of the twirlers hired a lawyer to argue that, under the 14th Amendment, being a majorette is a noncompetitive activity that shouldn't exclude anyone. "We're just protecting our rights," said one of the mothers.

U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello let the principal off the hook, saying she was not properly notified of the lawsuit. The case is now proceeding against the coach and the athletic director.

The mothers say they do not want money or any other kind of compensation besides restoring the girls on the team. "Just treat them fairly," said Dolores Tata, one of the mothers involved.

But the girls have no case, argues Robert Rhodes, a Halloran & Sage attorney representing the defendants. The girls tried out and didn't make the squad because they simply weren't good enough, he says. "This lawsuit is nothing more than legal blackmail," Rhodes says.

The road from high school gym to federal courtroom is marked with all the signposts of teen-age pettiness. As a freshman, one of the girls, Rebecca Mickolyczk, says she saw the majorettes on the football field and decided to try out. "It grabbed our attention," adds the other girl involved, Stephanie Tata.

They made the team for their sophomore year. According to the girls, they had an understanding that once they made the majorette squad, they were on for good, and would not have to try out for the rest of their high school career.

When it came time for tryouts again their junior year, the coach informed the team that everyone would have to audition, including the kids already on the squad. The girls agreed, fully confident they would make the team again. But when the list was posted, they found out they were wrong.

They got cut from the squad, even though both girls say they were just as good at twirling -- if not better -- than the rest of the team.

Their mothers met with the school athletic director, who informed them that the girls were cut because of safety reasons -- the coach did not want more than 16 girls on the squad, due to the dangers of careening batons on a gym floor.

But that's not what Tata and Mickolyczk think. In their lawsuit, they say the coach cut them at the bidding of the clique of girls they didn't get along with.

"[The coach] changed the manner of selecting team members for the purpose of eliminating team members who were unpopular with their classmates or who had otherwise fallen into disfavor with the team's captain's and leaders..." the lawsuit says. "In fact, [the coach's] true motive and intent were to remove [Tata and Mickolyczk] from the team as part of a malicious and bad faith effort to injure [the girls] by removing [them] from the team."

Majorettes is not a competitive sport like basketball, Dolores Tata says, so the girls shouldn't be subjected to the same standards.

The idea that the coach cut the girls to appease others on the team has no merit, Rhodes says. The team had more girls than they could handle and had to let some go. At the tryouts, the coach kept detailed score sheets on each majorette, the lawyer says, and Tata and Mickolyczk just couldn't cut it.

"This version of events is proposed by a couple of high school kids who have to have a reason why they were cut from the team," Rhodes says. "It can't be because they're not good enough."

Dolores Tata and Kathi Mickolyczek say they simply would like to settle the case and have their daughters reinstated. But Rhodes says his clients have no interest in settling, because they don't think they did anything wrong. Besides, if they settle, Rhodes says it could open the floodgates for other lawsuits -- every time a kid gets cut from a sport, their parents might go to court.

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Lawyers, that's who.
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A Big Fax Boo Boo.

It looks like a Hooters restaurant located in Augusta, GA, has gone "bust", having recently filed for bankruptcy protection in the wake of a $12 million judgment entered against it in a class action lawsuit.

The class action lawsuit centered around a third party, hired by Hooters, that sent out unsolicited fax advertisements to hundreds of folks. Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the 1,321 recipients, each of whom received six fax advertisements from Hooters.

Hooters initially tried to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that it was the third party, not Hooters, who actually sent the facsimile transmissions, and that the law prohibits only interstate transmissions, not transmissions within a single state, as occurred in Hooters’ case.

A Georgia appeals court rejected these arguments, as have other courts, paving the way for trial, where a jury ultimately held that Hooters violated the law. The plaintiffs opted to receive statutory damages, which amounted to $4 million.

Because the jury also found that Hooters had knowingly violated the law, the judge had discretion to triple this amount, and did so -- pushing the total to $12 million. While each plaintiff in the lawsuit will receive about $6,000 for those pesky six faxes received, the lawyers will rack up over $4 million in fees.

Now that will buy a bunch of chicken wings, won't it?
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A West Virginia convenience store worker was awarded a whopping $2,699,000 in punitive damages after she injured her back opening a pickle jar, this according to a report in the Charleston Daily Mail.

The 'injured' worker also received $130,066 in compensation and $170,000 for emotional distress.

A State Supreme Court Justice, Spike Maynard, called this award an "outrageous sum." In his dissenting opinion, he wrote, "I know an excessive punitive damages award when I see one, and I see one here."

The court, however, upheld most of the punitive damages. Net result: $2.2 million.
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