A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of November 21-27.


Discovery Reforms, Pending in Federal Rules, Need a Look in NJ

New Jersey Law Journal Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court has adopted a package of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which will take effect on Dec. 1. Some commentators have described these rule changes as the most significant since the initial enactment of the federal rules in 1938.

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Lawsuit Alleges Sherman Tank Damaged by “the Elements”

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

Saw this report of a new case filed in San Mateo County, California:

Damon Becnel v. The Collings Foundation; Auctions America by RM Inc., an Indiana Corporation; Dunkle Machinery Moving; 11/10/2015 CIV536193

Contract. Defendants were not truthful about the condition of an Israeli M50 Sherman tank plaintiff purchased for $298,000 at an auction.

A number of questions came to mind, so I looked into it.

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Danger at the Ballpark, and in a Baseball Ticket’s Fine Print

Joe Nocera | New York Times

Umbrellas. We’re going to spend some time today talking about umbrellas. While that may seem like an odd subject for a sports column, it turns out to be surprisingly important, and a topic that ties directly into a larger discussion that is beginning to get a public airing about the number and severity of fan injuries that occur at baseball games. Not to spoil the punch line, but the days when major league teams could avoid liability for fan injuries by inserting some legalistic fine print on the back of the ticket could soon be coming to a close.

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‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed’s Family Seeks $15 Million, Apologies from Texas City

Ashley Fantz, Christopher Lett and Catherine E. Shoichet | CNN

Fifteen million dollars and apologies from the mayor and police chief. That’s what an attorney says the family of Ahmed Mohamed is demanding from city and school officials in Irving, Texas, or they say they’ll file a civil suit.

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Suit Over Flatulent Pork Roll Employee Raises Rare ADA Claim

Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

A suit alleging a Trenton pork roll company fired its comptroller because of his flatulence drew widespread media coverage, but the plaintiff’s rarely-litigated cause of action was lost in all the attention.

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