A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of August 13-19.


Those Terms and Conditions (That Nobody Reads) Could Cost N.J. Retailers

Tim Darragh | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

On Dec. 24, 2015, a home furnishings company called Croscill Home sold a tealight candle holder online to an Ocean County man. That transaction now has the company facing the threat of a class action lawsuit and the possible loss of a huge sum of money.

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Posner vs. The Plaintiffs Bar

Wall Street Journal

One of life’s more bracing experiences is being on the receiving end of an opinion by federal Judge Richard Posner, and this week it couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of hold-up men.

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Reddit User Wants to Sue Over Lack of Joker Screen Time in Suicide Squad


File this one under “First World Problems”, folks. A reddit user, whose screen name is BlackPanther2016, decided they weren’t satisfied with the amount of screen time that the Joker received in the new “suicide Squad” film, and said that he plans on suing over the issue.

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Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

Faces of Lawsuit Abuse

Last year’s “Most Ridiculous Lawsuit” — over the infamous “Monkey Selfies” — is still making its way through the court system.

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Shark-Attack Lawsuit Raises Interesting Questions, Like What Were You Doing in the Ocean to Begin With

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

Let me say up front that I know the risk of being attacked by a shark is extremely low. According to the Global Shark Attack File, in the history of the United States (well, the water near it) there have been fewer than 2100 shark attacks on humans, only 163 of which were fatal. That’s an average of only nine attacks a year, and most years none are fatal. Perspective: you are 20 times more likely to be killed by a cow. But shark attacks do happen, and they are terrifying, and so for people who, like me, suffer from sharkophobia, I offer this advice for drastically reducing the risk of being eaten by one: don’t get in the ocean with it.

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