John Doe A v. Penn State
First Penn State scandal lawsuit says Coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times and the abuse was enabled by the school's "negligent oversight."
Bradley v. Lohan
Former Betty Ford Center employee sues Lindsay Lohan for assault, alleging the actress threw a phone at her and yanked her wrist while refusing to be breathalzyed.
N.D. v. New York Post
Hotel maid allegedly raped by French politician sues the New York Post for falsely reporting that she is a prostitute who "routinely traded sex for money" with male guests.
Reinhart v. Mortenson
Two Montana residents allege the author of "Three Cups of Tea" "fabricated material about his activities and work in Pakistan and Afghanistan" to sell the book.
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• Maryland appeals court says dog owners can be held strictly liable for pit bull attacks. "Because of its aggressive and vicious nature and its capability to inflict serious and sometimes fatal injuries, pit bulls and cross-bred pit bulls are inherently dangerous." Tracey v. Solesky

• Woman who has been diagnosed as a sex addict sues a school district for failing to prevent her from having sex with male students on the school bus when she was in 11th grade.
Barksdale v. Egg Harbor Township Bd. of Ed.

• Civil rights activist challenges Georgia's "stand your ground law." "By not defining what actions create a reasonable perception justifying the use of deadly force, the Act[] potentially deprives all Georgia[n]s of the right to life without due process of law." Hutchins v. Deal

• Former patient of a Rhode Island doctor sues him for featuring her in a book about drug addiction. "Plaintiff had expected, as any reasonable patient would, that her private conversations during her treatment sessions with the Defendant would remain private and confidential."
Lisnoff v. Stein

• Class action alleges the YMCA deceives consumers by representing that it practices "Christian" values while allowing its gyms to be used for gay sex trysts. "YMCAs around the country ... are currently being used as brothels for cruising, with the YMCA's knowledge and implicit consent."
Keister v. YMCA

• Social workers are not liable for a sexual assault on a 5-year-old boy by a 16-year-old male placed in an adoptive home. "To rule against the individual defendants in this case would definitely break new ground."
Doe v. Braddy

• Student sues college for refusing to grant her the "reasonable accommodation" of a single room after she complained about her roommate's exhibitionist behavior.
Blankmeyer v. Stonehill College

• School district can be sued over a guidance counselor's sexual relationship with a student who was over the age of consent. "The inherent imbalance of power between a guidance counselor in a public school and a student may render opportunistic sexual predation sufficiently shocking, even with a 'consenting' student over sixteen, to form the basis of a substantive due process claim."
Doe v. Fournier

• Utah judge finds a "credible threat" that Utah County officials will prosecute a polygamist and his wives for bigamy. The officials' acts "suggest that an actual prosecution of Plaintiffs is forthcoming."
Brown v. Herbert

• Louisville, Ky., strip club sues a competitor for displaying an electronic sign outside a convention center that said "Don't go to Godfathers, their girls are ugly and have crabs."
The Godfather v. Trixie's Lounge

• A lawyer cannot sue two women he dated for posting derogatory comments about him on liarscheatersrus.com. "[W]hen viewed within the larger context of the website on which they were posted, there can be no doubt that a reasonable reader would understand the comments to be opinion." Coulotte v. Ryncarz

• Oglala Sioux tribe sues beer makers and Whiteclay, Neb., bars for enabling alcohol abuse on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The illegal trade in alcohol has "caused devastating injuries to the Lakota people and massive financial damages to the [tribe]."
Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Schwarting




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On The Docket

Broom v. Strickland
Date: 3/15/10
Court: USDC, S. Ohio
Hearing: Motion to dismiss Death Row inmate's challenge to execution do-over.

Brown v. Brookdale Univ. Hospital
Date: 5/28/10
Court: Kings County (N.Y.) Supreme
Hearing: Jury trial in baby mix-up case.

Howell v. Sanders
Date: 6/2/10
Court: USDC, E. Ky.
Hearing: Motion to dismiss wrongful prosecution case.

R.H. v. Schenectady City Sch. Dist.
Date: 6/11/10
Court: USDC, N. N.Y.
Hearing: Motion for injunction in case of student suspended for wearing rosary.

Halmos v. Insurance Co. of North America
Date: 10/4/10
Court: USDC, S. Fla.
Hearing: Motion to disqualify attorney for tapping foot of witness.

Hardwick v. Heyward
Date: 10/27/10
Court: 4th Circuit
Hearing: Oral arguments in student dress code case.

Connell v. SeaWorld
Date: 12/3/10
Court: Orange County (Fla.) Circuit
Hearing: Motion to dismiss killer whale attack case.

Dent v. USTA
Date: 12/14/10
Court: USDC, E. N.Y.
Hearing: Summary judgment motion in racism-in-tennis case.

Christina Scavo v. Brett Favre
Date: 4/12/11
Court: Manhattan Supreme
Hearing: Motion to dismiss sexual harassment case.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation v. L.A. County
Date: 4/13/11
Court: Calif. 2nd District Ct. of Appeal
Hearing: Oral arguments in condoms-in-porn case.

Kalpoe v. Dr. Phil
Date: 4/14/11
Court: Los Angeles Superior
Hearing: Summary judgment motion in defamation case.

Lidle v. Cirrus Design Corp.
Date: 4/18/11
Court: USDC, S. N.Y.
Hearing: Jury trial in plane crash case.

Iacono v. Croom
Date: 4/18/11
Court: USDC, E. N.C.
Hearing: Motion for injunction in religious freedom case.

American Electric Power v. Connecticut
Date: 4/19/11
Court: U.S. Supreme
Hearing: Oral arguments in global warming case.

Vong v. Aune
Date: 4/27/11
Court: Arizona Ct. of Appeals
Hearing: Oral arguments in fish pedicure regulation case.

Jackson v. Pearl Public Sch. Dist.
Date: 5/9/11
Court: USDC, S. Miss.
Hearing: Motion to dismiss Facebook privacy case.

Hayden v. Greensburg Comm. Sch. Board
Date: 5/20/11
Court: USDC, S. Ind.
Hearing: Motion for injunction in student haircut policy case.

T.V. v. Smith Green Comm. Sch. Corp.
Date: 5/27/11
Court: USDC, N. Ind.
Hearing: Motions for summary judgment in student speech case over lewd photos.

Sheridan v. Cherry
Date: 5/27/11
Court: Los Angeles Superior
Hearing: Motion for judgment in "Desperative Housewives" wrongful termination case.

Lipschutz v. Kiderman
Date: 6/7/11
Court: Rockland County (N.Y.) Supreme
Hearing: Trial in engagement ring case.

Morita v. Peters
Date: 6/27/11
Court: Los Angeles Superior
Hearing: Jury trial in sexual harassment case.

Stocker v. Comstock
Date: 6/27/11
Court: Greene County (Mo.) Circuit
Hearing: Jury trial in wrongful death case.

Romano v. Young
Date: 7/18/11
Court: USDC, E. Pa.
Hearing: Jury trial in teenage girl's molestation case against police officer.

Sydnor v. Rich Nails
Date: 7/21/11
Court: Prince George's County (Md.) Circuit
Hearing: Jury trial in manicure discrimination case.

Davis v. Prince
Date: 8/2/11
Court: USDC, E. Va.
Hearing: Jury trial in Blackwater whistleblower case.

Cooper v. Stockett
Date: 8/16/11
Court: Hinds County (Miss.) Circuit
Hearing: Summary judgment motion in privacy case over the book "The Help."

Connelly v. City of Omaha
Date: 9/7/11
Court: Nebraska Supreme
Hearing: Oral arguments in sledding accident case.

Cox v. Powell
Date: 9/9/11
Court: Pierce County (Wash.) Superior
Hearing: Motion for injunction in privacy case.

 

Awad v. Ziriax
Date: 9/12/11
Court: 10th Circuit
Hearing: Oral arguments in Sharia law case.

Schwahn v. Burt
Date: 10/3/11
Court: Delaware County (Ind.) Circuit
Hearing: Jury trial in wrongful circumcision case.

Brown v. Herbert
Date: 12/16/11
Court: USDC, Utah
Hearing: Motion to dismiss challenge to polygamy law.

Rumpca v. Brenner
Date: 1/10/12
Court: South Dakota Supreme
Hearing: Oral arguments in alienation of affection case.

Diallo v. Strauss-Kahn
Date: 3/28/12
Court: Bronx (N.Y.) Supreme
Hearing: Motion to dismiss sexual assault case.

Port v. Cowan
Date: 4/6/12
Court: Maryland Ct. of Appeals
Hearing: Oral arguments in same-sex divorce case.

Milla v. Perito
Date: 5/14/12
Court: Miami-Dade Circuit
Hearing: Jury trial in penis amputation case.

 

 

 

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U.S. v. Arpaio
Subject: Civil rights
Document: Complaint

Schultz v. Medina Valley
Subject: School prayer
Document: Non-Kumbaya order

Chopourian v. Catholic Healthcare
Subject: Sexual harassment
Document: Verdict

Jackson v. Paula Deen
Subject: Sexual harassment
Document: Complaint

Marsh v. Air Tran Airways
Subject: Roaches on a plane
Document: Complaint

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Peterson/Pryde v. Thyden
Court: Montgomery (Va.) Circuit
Subject: Virginia Tech shootings
Verdict: $8 million

Sheridan v. Cherry
Court: L.A. Superior
Subject: Wrongful termination

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Brown v. Herbert
Date: 12/16/11
Court: USDC, Utah
Hearing: Motion to dismiss polygamy case

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