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lbf#392 Football

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When Teddy Roosevelt and football gave America a lesson in problem solving.
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lbf#391 Burnout

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Doctors cite bureaucratic tasks as top reason for professional burnout. 
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lbf#390 Spare

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As the Trump White House focuses on regulatory reform, this week, Bob takes a look at one silly regulation that will leave you flat!
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lbf#389 Speedy

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One home builder told Congress it’s been waiting nearly 30 years for a federal permit to develop its property. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” calls for changes that eliminate such long delays.
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lbf#388 Circus

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America’s most famous circus is closing for good. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals how failed lawsuits against the circus are partly to blame.
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lbf#387 Regulation

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Donald Trump has called for two regulations to be repealed for every new regulation created. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” will surprise many by revealing where this has already been tried and deemed a success.
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lbf#386 Paine

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Thomas Paine’s advice on challenging our everyday habits provides a good lesson as we begin a new year.
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lbf#385 Bananas

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A federal lawsuit claims that a monkey owns the copyright to a picture it took of itself.
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lbf#384 Warningful

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A holiday warning to check the labels on your holiday gifts.
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lbf#383 Stella

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A viral email about the so-called “Stella Awards” contains stories about crazy lawsuits that are only urban legends.  This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals that true lawsuits often prove truth is stranger than.
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lbf#382 Ripley

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An unusual northern Michigan canal was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but this “Let’s Be Fair” reveals another story about the canal that is unfortunately all too believable.
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lbf#381 Sucker

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PT Barnum is often quoted as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute.” However, this week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals who really said that and why.
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lbf#380 Vexatious

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People who file too many frivolous lawsuits can actually be banned from the courts. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” shines a spotlight on the problem of vexatious litigants.
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lbf#379 Thanksgiving

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Nearly four hundred years after Native Americans helped the Pilgrims survive in this new land, Bob Dorigo Jones reveals in “Let’s Be Fair” that American courts are using lessons from tribal courts to create alternatives to litigation.
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lbf#378 Streisand

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When lawsuits bring unwanted public attention to an issue that was insignificant.
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lbf#377 Frivolous

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Even though all frivolous lawsuits are supposed to be dismissed from court, many aren’t. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals the surprising reason many lawsuits aren’t dismissed.
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lbf#376 Halloween

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A Batman costume warned: Cape does not enable user to fly! This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals that wacky warnings like this began appearing in America when courts started to become as scary as some Halloween costumes to product makers.
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lbf#375 Jefferson

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In seventeen-seventy-six, Thomas Jefferson said judges should be, “a mere machine.” This week’s “Let’s Be Fair!” looks at what Jefferson meant and why judges should put politics aside and enforce the law - even when they disagree with it.
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lbf#374 Milkshake

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A judge refused to penalize a person who filed a frivolous lawsuit over a spilled milkshake.
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lbf#373 Elections

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Polls show that people are more likely to know the names of the characters on their favorite TV show than the name of even one judge on their state supreme court. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” discusses why that’s not a good thing.
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lbf#372 General

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Surprising advice from America’s longest-serving state attorney general
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lbf#371 Agreement

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When Two Fierce Political Opponents Came Together To Support Common Sense Legal Reform
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lbf#370 Fear

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In the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt declared that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at one way fear still affects American life in 2016.
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lbf#369 Playgrounds

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Children love recess at school, but playgrounds don’t build confidence like they used to. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals how fear over lawsuits have led to playgrounds that actually stunt development.
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lbf#368 Burning

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Man who tripped and fell into bonfire at the annual Burning Man Festival sues event organizers over his injuries. In this week’s “Let’s Be Fair,” we look at what the court said about assuming risks at such events.
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lbf#367 Toaster

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Did you see the popular comic strip that poked fun of excessive warning labels? This week’s “Lets’ Be Fair” looks at why warning labels have become fodder for comics.
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lbf#366 Racket

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Lawsuits demanding more disclosures in mergers between large companies have more than doubled in recent years. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair,” however, highlights a court decision that says these lawsuits have become nothing more than a racket.
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lbf#365 Ipanema

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When the woman who inspired the song, Girl From Ipanema, opened a boutique named after the song, the heirs of the songwriters sued her. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” wades into the bossa nova world with a story about this lawsuit.
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lbf#364 Diving

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Lawsuits over diving board injuries caused springboards to vanish from most American pools. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at how that may actually be making pools less safe.
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lbf#363 Alligator

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Parents of boy killed by alligator at Disney World surprise many by deciding not to sue. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at one important effect of their decision.
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lbf#362 Painter

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A Scottish artist is being sued for millions by a Canadian man who claims to have one of his paintings. The artist denies the painting is his, but this week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals that an American judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward.
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lbf#361 Interns

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Unpaid internships are being eliminated at many job sites around the United States. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at the lawsuit that led to this unfortunate situation.
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lbf#360 Defensive

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Defensive medicine continues to pile billions of dollars of costs on consumers each year. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at this problem and points to a solution.
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lbf#359 Twilight

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A Massachusetts man who sold a printer online for $40 was later sued by the buyer and spent six and a half years in litigation. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” points out that even though the lawsuit was dismissed, it cost the seller $12,000 in legal bills.
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lbf#358 Flushed

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 A federal judge has employed a little-used law to ban an inmate from filing any more lawsuits. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals that the inmate had filed some of his lawsuits on toilet paper.
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lbf#357 UnWacky

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 There are many warning labels that are funny, but which we don’t accept for our Wacky Warning Labels Contest. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” focuses on a hilarious, but necessary warning label.
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lbf#356 Wackiness

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 A toy Star Wars light saber that warns: “For Accessory Use Only. Not to be used as a Battle Device,” and a utility knife that warns, “Blades are sharp” are two of this year’s 5 Finalists in the 19th annual Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest announced this week.  This week’s “Let’s Be Fair!” points out that even though these warnings are hilarious, the cost of the lawsuits that makes these labels necessary is no laughing matter.
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lbf#355 Drive-up

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Blind man sues McDonald’s arguing that late-night windows violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at how this could change late-night snacking.
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lbf#354 Unsolicited

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A law firm that specializes in filing lawsuits over unsolicited phone calls has itself been accused of making unsolicited phone calls. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” reveals how a federal law known as TCPA is being used for questionable lawsuits.
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lbf#353 Disparage

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A new legal tactic called a non-disparagement clause is popping up in more and more business contracts. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at how this threatens free speech that helps consumers.
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lbf#352 Texting

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Courts are seeing more and more lawsuits against people who send text messages to drivers who cause crashes. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at two cases that had opposite outcomes.
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lbf#351 Blind

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Judge orders owners of website that sells travel goods to pay blind person $4,000. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” looks at why courts are seeing more and more lawsuits like this.
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lbf#350 Japan

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Japan has a very unusual litigation problem.  This week’s edition of “Let’s Be Fair” asks if it’s really such a problem, after all.
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lbf#349 NYCtax

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New York City will pay a record amount for lawsuits next year. In this week’s “Let’s Be Fair,” we’re reminded that taxpayers, not government officials, pay for this litigation.
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lbf#348 Pastime

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When a Little League outfield got hit in the eye after mishandling a pop fly, his parents filed a lawsuit. This week’s “Let’s Be Fair” says America may now have a new national pastime.
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lbf#347 Patients

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A respected physician says the medicine you receive is too often being dictated by fear rather than facts. Find out in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair.”
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lbf#330 MedicalFear

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A respected physician says the medicine you receive is too often being dictated by fear rather than facts. Find out in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair.”
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lbf#313 Torts

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What does Ralph Nader know about running a museum?  The history of torts - which Nader says is consumer protection - has also created a culture of lawsuit fears and innovation-killers, the costly part of the story that doesn't have a display in the museum.
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lbf#312 Beggin

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They say that every dog has his day, but a recent lawsuit will hopefully never have its day in court – a New York man has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the dog treat Beggin’ Strips misleads consumers about “real bacon” – the label complies with all federal and state regulations, and millions of consumers have purchased the dog treat for 20 years knowing full well that it’s not really bacon, making a mockery of our judicial system, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”
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lbf#311 Factory

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It doesn’t take a PhD to tell us that lawsuits are changing America, but a college professor has revealed that educational factory tours - how candy canes are made, or potato chips, or computer chips - that kids and adults have loved for years are now coming to an end based on lawsuit fears, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week's "Let's Be Fair!"
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lbf#310 Foulball

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According to one study, 53,000 foul balls are caught by baseball fans each year, but if a class action lawsuit filed in Michigan has its way, protective netting will be extended at all ballparks as the lawyers argue that warnings on tickets, posters around the ballpark, and announcements over the PA system are not enough, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”
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lbf#309 NASA

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As a tiny spacecraft sends back pictures from the farthest reaches of our solar system, we are reminded about the innovations that have come from NASA scientists – scratch-resistant lenses, water purification systems, cell phone cameras, and many more.  However, concerns about liability issues are holding back new innovations that could improve safety, like a new device invented by a NASA engineer that stops cell phone use in cars – another example of positive innovation stifled by lawsuit fears, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”
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lbf#308 WWLwhy

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The Wacky Warning Labels Contest, now in its 18th year and part of the national conversation about our lawsuit-happy culture, inspires reporters from around the world - including Germany, France, South Korea, Latin America, and again, this year, Japan - who tell millions of people in industrialized nations about the crazy lengths to which American companies have to go to avoid lawsuits, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week's "Let's Be Fair!"
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lbf#307 Drunk

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The family of a drunk driver who was killed in a car crash by another drunk driver has filed a lawsuit against the drunk driver, two bars who served him drinks, and - get this - a sober driver who was originally struck by the drunk driver and followed him to get his license number - so she is being victimized again, but this time by the courts, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week's "Let's Be Fair!"

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lbf#305 Chevron

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IAnother lawsuit over alleged pollution by an American company is being made into a movie, but this time, it's the company that's the victim.  An Ecuador court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion for rainforest pollution, but a U.S. court ruled it was the result of widespread extortion and witness tampering by the plaintiff lawyer.  Actor Brad Pitt bought the rights to make the movie, so Americans may get to see how predatory lawyers game the system for their own benefit, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week's "Let's Be Fair!"
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lbf#306 WWL18

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A smoke alarm has a warning that says “Silence feature is intended to temporarily silence the horn…It will not extinguish a fire,” and a bag of frozen catfish warns, “Contains fish” – two of this year’s 5 Finalists in the 18th annual Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest announced this week.  These warnings are hilarious, but the cost of the lawsuits that makes these labels necessary is no laughing matter, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”
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lbf#287 Fireball

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An Oregon man is suing WalMart for $13 million because he bought a gasoline can which he used to pour gas onto a fire, resulting in injuries – WalMart is fighting back because a large warning label on the can specifically warns against this action.  Why is the man not suing the gas can company?  The nearly 100-year old company that supplied gas cans to the American WWII war effort went bankrupt several years ago defending a barrage of lawsuits, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”
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lbf#150 MedLaw

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Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on national health care, it’s time to take a serious look at the biggest cost driver in American healthcare – lawsuits, which make access to quality healthcare an endangered species, says Bob Dorigo Jones in this week’s Let’s Be Fair!
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lbf#146 Tent

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Does a warning label really need to warn us not to secure ourselves against hurricanes with a towel that has small weights for beach use?  A California woman sues a tent manufacturer after being carried off in a strong wind because the tent did NOT have a warning label, Bob Dorigo Jones shares in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”

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