BP Wrongly Let Off the Hook for Injury Claims

     HOUSTON (CN) - A Texas judge erred in enforcing settlements that let BP off the hook for refinery pollution claims, a state appellate court ruled.     Reginald Warren and seven other plaintiffs sued BP in Galveston County Court in 2009, claiming they were injured from inhaling hydrogen sulfide and other pollutants that BP released from its Texas City plant.     BP completed its sale of the refinery to Marathon Petrol...
  September 2, 2014  

Bird Trafficking Law Parsed in 9th Circuit

Bird Trafficking Law Parsed in 9th Circuit      (CN) - Noting that they sold feathers, not whole birds, two men urged the 9th Circuit to reduce their felony conviction for trafficking in eagles and migratory birds.     Prosecutors wrote in a brief that this reading of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) "makes no sense" because it would let defendants skate for "simply cutting a bird into pieces."     Douglas Vance Crooked Arm and Kenneth Shane were charged in Mo...
  September 2, 2014  

Baby Phat Advances Royalties Spat in NY

     (CN) - A company that resisted arbitration with the Baby Phat clothing company over a royalties dispute cannot now compel that process, a New York appeals court ruled.     Baby Phat, an urban fashion brand for women and girls, alleged that it bought trademarks, copyrights and contractual rights from Phat Fashions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kellwood Co, at a price of $5.35 million.     It said Kellwood's royalty sc...
  September 2, 2014  

Hate crime laws benefit only politicians (commentary)

Hate crime laws benefit only politicians (commentary) Hate crime laws benefit only politicians (commentary)Staten Island Advance - SILive.comA 66-year-old Staten Island man has been charged with hate crimes for messages he allegedly painted on two bank branches on the East Shore. Prosecutors say he targeted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon by name, referring to him as a "cheap Greek ...
  September 2, 2014  

Juvie Jailbreak: 32 Teens Manage To Escape From Nashville Detention Center

Late Monday night, 32 teens ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old successfully managed a major prison break. According to Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the crafty adolescents, most of whom have at least three felonies on their criminal records, escaped through a weak spot in a fence that surrounds the yard at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, TN. “At about 11 o’clock last night, about 32 youth – we believe – got out o...

Teen chases down robbery suspect to save iPhone

Teen chases down robbery suspect to save iPhoneWKYC-TVCLEVELAND -- A local high school student is being called a hero after going the distance to help a robbery victim. When 17-year-old Alex Forcht got into his car Friday morning and headed to St. John's Cathedral for mass, he had no idea what would ...
  September 2, 2014  

School Immune in Suit Over Child’s Bus Assault

     HOUSTON (CN) - Though school bus security cameras may have prevented the sexual assault of a child by his classmates, a Texas appeals court cleared the district of liability.     WRRX, as he is described in the court record, was 8 in August 2011 when two students on the bus for special-needs students molested him on the way home from Thompson Elementary School.     The boy's mother, PERX, sued Houston Independent Sch...
  September 2, 2014  

32 Teens Escape from Nashville Detention Center

ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 A Nashville police car leaves the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling through a weak spot in a fence late ...
  September 2, 2014  

14-year-old arrested after West Shore car chase

14-year-old arrested after West Shore car chase 14-year-old arrested after West Shore car chaseThe Plain Dealer - cleveland.comBAY VILLAGE, Ohio – A 14-year-old boy led police on a chase through several western suburbs of Cleveland shortly after midnight Saturday. The boy refused to stop a 2009 Kia after an officer tried to stop the car near the Bay Village Square shopping ...
  September 2, 2014  

Pro Golfer Can’t Prove Car Crash Ended Career

     (CN) - A former professional golfer did not prove her career-ending neck injury was caused by a rear-end car collision, the Washington Supreme Court ruled.     Cathy Johnston-Forbes was in Vancouver in 2006 to play in an LPGA tournament. After her first round, she drove back to the hotel in a rental car with her husband and their two daughters.     Johnston-Forbes was sitting in the back seat with her daughters on ei...
  September 2, 2014