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Oregon Couple Sues to Silence Barking Dogs
Video Uploaded on: 1/16/2018         

Attorney David Allen analyzes a case involving two couples in Oregon. One couple raised very noisy dogs. Deborah and Dale Krein, a neighboring couple, sued the dog owners. They sought money in exchange for the hassles caused by the barking dogs and wanted a judge to bring an end to the barking. David Allen explains why the court made the decision it did.


Alienation of Affection Law Challenged as Unconstitutional
Video Uploaded on: 1/9/2018         

Attorney David Allen provides an explanation of alienation of affection laws. The case involves a North Carolina couple, one of whom engaged in an extramarital affair. When the offended spouse brought suit against his wife’s lover the man contended the law against alienation of affections was unconstitutional.


Man Sues Publication That Says He Wasn’t Inventor of E-Mail
Video Uploaded on: 12/27/2017         

Attorney David Allen explores a case involving a man who obtained a copyright on an electronic mail system when he was 14 years old. He contended he was an inventor of e-mail. A technical publication called him a “liar “and “fake”. He sued them for defamation. David Allen explains the difficulties involved in defamation suits.


Wedding Cake Baker Refuses to Provide Cake to Gay Couple
Video Uploaded on: 12/19/2017         

Attorney David Allen examines the case in which Colorado baker Jack Phillips refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple. He examines the arguments of free speech and the manner in which government cannot compel speech. This argument was offered on behalf of Jack Phillips. He also looks at the equal protection argument on behalf of the couple seeking to purchase the wedding cake. The importance of the decision by the US Attorney General to file a brief on behalf of Jack Phillips is also discussed.


Insurance Company Contends E-Mail Contract Unenforceable
Video Uploaded on: 12/12/2017         

Attorney David Allen deals with the question of whether an enforceable legal contract can be made through use of e-mail. GEICO insurance company attempted to settle a case for $230,000 days before the court decided GEICO owed nothing. GEICO argued the offer made by e-mail which confirmed a verbal agreement was unenforceable. The case was eventually decided by a New York appellate court.


Female Police Officer Contends City Retaliated against Her
Video Uploaded on: 12/5/2017         

Attorney David Allen examines a case brought by police officer Stephanie Hicks against the city of Tuscaloosa Alabama. She contended she was subjected to retaliation for using 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, the city failed to make sufficient accommodations to her as she attempted to breast-feed her newborn. She contended the city owed her hundreds of thousands of dollars as result of its conduct. The case went to trial before a jury.


City Attempts to Prohibit Drone Use
Video Uploaded on: 11/28/2017         

Attorney David Allen discusses the current status of drone regulation when reviewing a case brought by Michael Singer against the city of Newton Massachusetts. Newton sought to enforce a regulation which prohibited use of a drone below 400 feet. Michael Singer argued this essentially prohibited the use of drones anywhere in the city. The case was decided by a US federal District Court which attempted to provide some instruction as to what regulations the city could or could not enforce.


Man Seeks Prison by Using a Steak Knife to Rob a Bank
Video Uploaded on: 11/21/2017         

Attorney David Allen discusses a case involving a 77-year-old homeless man who robbed a Nevada bank. He used a steak knife to steal $2700. Tommy Ray McAdoo had a criminal record which went back to age 24. He admitted he committed the crime and asked the judge to send him to prison. His motivation raises questions as to how well the criminal justice system works in some instances.


Couple Sue Police for Dogs Shot during a Raid
Video Uploaded on: 11/14/2017         

Attorney David Allen discusses a case in which a homeless couple, Thomas and Nikita Smith, took over an abandoned property in Detroit. During a raid police shot and killed the dogs living with Thomas and Nikita Smith. They sued the police department for loss of the dogs. The Police Department argued they lacked evidence they owned the dogs because the dogs were never licensed. They argued they were constructive owners of the dogs. The case was decided by a US District Court judge.


Can Everyday Exposure Give Rise to a Work Comp Claim?
Video Uploaded on: 11/7/2017         

Attorney David Allen reviews a Worker’s Compensation case brought by Terry Lankford. He worked as an investigator for the prosecutor’s office in Newton County Missouri. Following exposure to chemicals in a methamphetamine investigation he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The disease was exacerbated by exposure to pigeon droppings in the area he normally took smoke breaks. He argued the pigeon droppings were responsible for his worsened condition. The workers compensation insurer argued there was no more exposure to the pigeon droppings then he would experience in everyday life and he did not have a Worker’s Compensation claim.


What Is Typical Stress for a Police Officer?
Video Uploaded on: 10/31/2017         

Attorney David Allen describes a Worker’s Compensation claim in which a police officer brought a worker’s compensation claim for stress. The officer confronted and shot a gang member who was threatening motorists with a knife. The officer, Linda Burt-Redding, was later threatened by gang members and the family of the man she shot. When she brought a stress claim the insurance company contended the stress she was subjected to was typical for police work. An appellate court eventually decided the case.


Proximate Cause: Is ADT Responsible for Death Caused by Stolen Gun?
Video Uploaded on: 10/24/2017         

Attorney David Allen reviews a Federal District Court decision in which a mother, Julie Heeter, brought a wrongful death claim for the loss of her son, Bryan Harris. She claimed that an alarm company was at fault. She contended the alarm company allowed a gun to be stolen from her weekend house by a man who knew her son. The gun was later than gun was later used to kill her son. The court decided the case on the basis of proximate cause. This is a somewhat abstract doctrine discussed at length in the well-known Palsgraf case.


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