A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 28-June 3.


Mom Sues Target Over ‘Hazardous’ Giant Red Balls Outside Store

Lia Eustachewich | NY Post

A New Jersey mom is hitting Target right where it hurts with a $1.6 million lawsuit that claims her son was seriously injured while playing on one of the large, red, concrete balls that are situated outside many of its stores.

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru Rules Disallow Blind Late-Night Diners, Lawsuit Says 

Kim Janssen | Chicago Tribune

As many a drunken reveler has discovered to his frustration, McDonald’s won’t serve late-night customers who rock up to the drive-thru window without a car. But now the rule that says you need wheels to get a midnight feast at Mickey D’s is being challenged in court. Scott Magee, a blind Louisiana man, is suing the burger chain, saying its refusal to accommodate nondrivers is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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New Uber Update Allows Users To File Lawsuit Against Company Directly In App

The Onion

In a move designed to streamline the product’s interface and facilitate one of the more common interactions between customers and the ride-sharing service, Uber announced Wednesday that its newest update would allow users to file a lawsuit against the company from directly within the app.

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Ex-Uber Driver From N.J. Seeking to Sue About Overtime Pay

Time Darragh | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A former Uber driver from New Jersey is hoping to establish a class action lawsuit against the low-cost car service, joining drivers from other states charging that the company failed to pay them overtime.

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Frivolous Lawsuits Drive Up the Cost for All of Us

Cynthia Stead | Cape Cod Times Op-Ed

It was the talcum powder that finally sent me over the edge. I saw a television commercial soliciting names for a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Scientific studies have been mixed, and the FDA has rejected claims, but there is now a class action for women who have regularly used talcum powder in private areas. Since babies have had this applied to them in this way for decades, it would seem to apply to almost everybody, but the cancer lawsuit alleges that “dangerous talc particles can travel and become trapped for years, causing inflammation which can lead to the growth of ovarian cancer cells.” Everyone in America can now launch a lawsuit.

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