A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Nov. 8-14.


Classes Say ‘Handmade’ Vodka Is Anything But

Chris Fry | Courthouse News Service

Four separate class action lawsuits filed against the maker of Tito’s Handmade Vodka claim the distiller’s product is anything but made by human hands. The most recent of the lawsuits targeting the vodka for its allegedly fanciful branding was filed in Bergen County, N.J. by two men who complain the vodka is “mass produced from commercially manufactured ‘Neutral Grain Spirit’ by modern, technologically advanced machines and equipment in a large industrial facility.”

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How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever

Michael Sokolove | New York Times

There are 1.27 million lawyers in the United States, one for about every 300 Americans — about 400,000 more of them than there are doctors. Their work is rarely glamorous, and especially for those just starting out in the profession, it can be grinding and repetitive.

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Google Fined for Showing Canada Woman’s Cleavage on Street View

Nick Canedo | Syracuse.com

A Canada judge ruled that Google invaded a woman’s privacy by posting a photo of her sitting in front of her house that revealed “part of her breast” on the company’s Street View service.

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Republican Win in Senate Breathes Life into Patent Legislation

Diane Bartz | Reuters

A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday.

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Christie Says He’ll Stay as Governor if he Runs for President

Shawn Boburg and John Reitmeyer | The Record

If Governor Christie runs for the Republican nomination for president, he’s not stepping down as governor. At least that’s what he told his staff at a private meeting at the governor’s mansion in late September and what he’s telling donors, according to two sources who agreed to discuss Christie’s intentions on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity.

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