Opponents of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program asked a federal judge to declare the agency's use of fiber-optic splitters to indiscriminately search users' internet activity unconstitutional. 


     A father who watched his wife give birth sued a hospital, claiming he suffered a fractured skull when he passed out as they gave her an epidural, because they didn't prepare him for it. 

     Social media can be tricky.
     Sure, you can reach the masses, but it doesn't work if the masses don't know you're there.
     I could be wrong, but I'm guessing promotion in a lawsuit isn't the best way to reach the masses.
     I bring this up because I found this in a Los Angeles lawsuit the other day: "Consumers may obtain information about this lawsuit on Facebook: Facebook.com/CitibankLawsuit."
     Consumers, that is, who regularly read lawsuits.
     Check out the link to find out how successful this education campaign has been.
     As of this writing, there's one "like."
     I'm guessing the guy who put up the page (apparently a Beverly Hills lawyer) tested the liking system.
     Your next challenge is obtaining information about "this lawsuit" if you've managed to find the Facebook page.
     As far as I can tell, there isn't any information about the lawsuit there. Maybe I missed it, but if I have, that's a serious marketing failure.
     OK, I know this lawsuit is an aberration, but brings to mind two interesting questions.
     Should you promote your lawsuit on Facebook?
     If so, how should you go about it?
     The answer to the first question is that it depends on what kind of lawsuit you've filed and whether there are any pictures of your client drunk.
     If drunk client pictures are likely to appear, avoid Facebook, unless the basis of your lawsuit is that someone should have known better than to take advantage of your drunk client.
     The sort of lawsuit you want on Facebook is the kind you're sure you're going to win. Remember that the primary purpose of Facebook appears to be self-embarrassment. Think of how your firm will stand out if you're not embarrassed.
     Be sure not to allow access to the page to firm family members.
     Facebook is an excellent tool in cases in which discovery is vital. You may not be able to get anyone to admit to sexual harassment in depositions, but selfies don't lie.
     Once you've decided to post a lawsuit on Facebook, promote it with the kindest, most heartwarming tool you have: friendship. Send friend requests to everyone you can think of.
     Then tweet a link to your page using every trending hashtag and some attention-grabbers.
     Examples: #scumbag, #fartjoke, #porn, #weasels, #delicious, #gourmet, #love, #hate, #indifference, #policzer, #threeway.
     It's not your fault if some people have dirty minds.
     You'll be viral in no time.
     
     Quote of the Week: "Orton-Bell insists that she only admitted to this after she was told that hugging and kissing constituted sexual intercourse, and that was all she meant. (And because we are reviewing a grant of summary judgment to the state, we accept her statement as true.)"
     The aforementioned Orton-Bell has a degree in psychology. I'm guessing she may have missed a class or two.
     The quote is from Orton-Bell v. Indiana , a July 21 ruling from the 7th Circuit, in which we learn that the staff at the Pendleton Correctional Facility has been having a lot of fun.
     Or is pretty disgusting, depending on your point of view.
     The ruling, I have to warn you, is for mature audiences only, so I know that the immature among you will go read it immediately.
     I won't spoil it by revealing all the juicy details, but I have to note that it's a little confusing. The plaintiff seems to be complaining about sexual harassment but also complaining that she was fired because she had sex.
     Finding just the right amount of sex at work can be tricky.
     There was also this: "An investigator, who had been looking for security breaches, discovered that night-shift employees were having sex on Orton-Bell's desk and informed her. That investigator told her that he was not concerned about night-shift staff having sex but suggested she should probably wash off her desk every morning."
     That's what happens when your desk is too neat.

     Apple uses the "location service" function on iPhones to spy on customers and give their private information to third parties, including the federal government, a class action claims in Federal Court. 

     A federal grand jury added racketeering to the expansive list of charges against Chinatown mob boss Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, suspended California Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Yee political consultant Keith Jackson. 

     Property owners have sued San Francisco, fighting an ordinance that retroactively requires them to pay massive amounts to evict tenants under California's Ellis Act. 

     A Northern California photographer who ran Night Shadow Creations Photography repeatedly raped and sodomized a teenage girl, sometimes watched by his wife, and posted photos of it on the Internet, the teenager claims in court. 

     A Chicago man who became paraplegic after being Tasered by police and falling out a window cannot collect damages from the city, an Illinois appeals court ruled. 

     A Border Patrol agent sexually molested a Mexican woman twice while she was restrained in a hospital bed, and the Department of Homeland Security deported her before it completed an investigation of her complaint, she claims in court. 


     Sprint needs to show it suffered a substantial business loss to prevail in a lawsuit against a bulk reseller it accuses of hacking into Sprint phones and selling them for a profit overseas, a federal judge ruled. 


     A federal judge awarded Black Eyes Peas songwriter will.i.am $1 million in costs and attorney's fees for defending against a claim that the band infringed copyright in the 2009 hit, "I Gotta Feeling." 

     Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday, accused of taking bribes for supporting bids on lucrative county contracts, in one of the highest-profile government corruption investigations in Dallas history. 


     A man who hung upside down for 15 to 25 minutes when a Six Flags rollercoaster stopped in mid-ride claims in court that the amusement park should pay for his permanent injuries. 

     A United Parcel Service truck driver was arrested Friday on federal gun-trafficking charges, accused of stealing dozens of guns going through a UPS hub and selling them on the black market through a crony. 

     A superseding indictment against California state Sen. Leland Yee and others adds racketeering and vote-selling charges against the suspended lawmaker. 

     The self-described "godfather" of U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton was sentenced Friday to 2 years in prison for taking $107,000 in bribes for construction and service contracts.

     Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday nominated his legal affairs secretary Jonathan K. Renner as associate justice on the state's Third District Court of Appeal.

     Sherwood, Ark. fired an animal control officer after subjecting him to sexual harassment from its lesbian-controlled department, whose officers harassed him by, for example, leaving "printed materials on his desk that described the 'one hundred ways that a cat is better than a man,'" the former employee claims in Federal Court. 

     The Army Corps of Engineers is illegally withholding documents on fracking in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, which covers one-fifth of Ohio, the Southeastern Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water claims in a federal FOIA complaint. 

     The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps Of Engineers' poor management of the Rio Grande imperils the protected silvery minnow and the willow flycatcher, the Wildearth Guardians claims in Federal Court. 

     Johnson Outdoors claims Garmin International violates a patent on "side scan sonar technology" used to find fish, in Federal Court. 

     The National September 11 Memorial and Museum can continue to display the crucifix-shaped beams found in the rubble of the World Trade Center in its "Finding Meaning" exhibition, the 2nd Circuit ruled on Monday. 

     An engineer convicted of selling stealth technology to China failed to convince the 9th Circuit that the statements he made to federal agents over a week of voluntary interrogations should have been kept out of his espionage trial. 

     A $36 million dollar contingency fee won by three attorneys for their work on behalf of victims of a 1986 Berlin nightclub bombing will remain in trust until all claims on the money are resolved, a federal judge ruled. 

     Cops who dropped off an intoxicated man at a rural highway off-ramp in freezing temperatures are not responsible for his eventual death from hypothermia, ruled the 8th Circuit ruled. 

     The government agreed to give an embattled oyster farm 30 days advance notice before it must shut down its operations. 

     Police officers who used a flash-bang grenade prior to shooting and killing an armed suspect sleeping on a couch are not entitled to immunity, ruled a federal judge. 

     Cablevision should not have been let off the hook for firing their "only African-American operations manager" before a federal jury heard his discrimination claims, the 2nd Circuit ruled on Friday. 

     A federal judge ruled that foreign companies handing out promotional material for trademark infringing products may not merit money damages. 

     A small California high school need not rebuild its 42-year-old bleachers to accommodate football fans in wheelchairs, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday. 

     A power company may intervene in an environmentalist suit against the EPA, which seeks to impose emission-control technology at the largest coal-fired power plant in Minnesota, the 8th Circuit ruled. 

     Citing the local nature of the event in question, the 5th Circuit affirmed that a state court should sort out claims involving the outcome of oil, gas and mineral leases with Denbury Offshore and others. 

     A federal judge refused to dismiss claims between the Joseph Saveri Law Firm and Michael Criden PA concerning a $54.5 million fee award from titanium dioxide antitrust litigation. 

     CitiGroup alternative-trading "business unit" LavaFlow will pay $5 million to settle SEC charges of failing to protect the confidential data of its subscribers. 


     In 22 lawsuits, homeowners claim A. Finkl & Sons' new steelmaking plant on Chicago's South Side has damaged their homes with "vibrations, banging and shaking," affecting the foundations, windows and doors, in Cook County Court. 

     Andrea Electronics claims Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba violate patent on a signal processing system that reduces interference, in separate lawsuits in Federal Court. 

     Eric Johnson claims Walt Disney Co. and ABC News violated copyright on his photos of the late R&B star Aaliyah, in Federal Court.

     A disgruntled restaurant owner can pursue claims that Yelp misrepresents how well it filters out biased customer reviews, an appeals court ruled. 


     Finding that a health care conglomerate's pension plans are not a "church plan," a federal judge refused to exempt them from ERISA requirements. 

     The Securities and Exchange Commission has changed its rules to make money market funds less susceptible to redemption in times of economic stress.

     After SLS lost roughly $250 million in investor funds, the company's court-appointed liquidator blames majority owner and adviser CRT for playing "a pivotal role in a major international fraud."


     The United States fined BP Exploration for four oil pipeline spills on Alaska's North Slope, in Federal Court. 


     Two attorneys sued the Federal Election Commission, claiming it unconstitutionally bars people who have government contracts from contributing to federal election campaigns, in Federal Court.  

     The European Commission approved Apple's $3 billion acquisition of U.S. headphone maker and music streaming service Beats on Monday, finding the companies' combined share in the headphone market remains low while competition for music streaming customers is stiff in the EU.

     The United States seeks forfeiture of immigration attorney Owoli Salis' Brooklyn property, claiming it was purchased with his frauds upon his clients, in Federal Court. 

     Los Angeles sheriff's deputies shot Darrell Atkinson to death without cause as he stood at Venice Boulevard and Cadillac Avenue at 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2013, his mother claims in Federal Court. 


     Hart-Hanks Shoppers and Pennysaver violate minimum wage and overtime laws by paying sales reps on a straight commission basis, a class action claims in Orange County Court. 

     California accuses True Health, Health Resources, and VRP Manufacturing of false advertising and unfair competition in selling nutritional supplements, in Napa County Court. 

     Actor Kiowa Gordon, best known for his role in the "Twilight" series, owes his agent his 10 percent commissions, Derek Thornsberry claims in Superior Court.


     Isaac Villalta, an endorsement rep for (nonparty) Jayceon Taylor pka The Game, claims these defendants owe him royalties for the rapper's endorsement of the electronic cigarette products: Phantom SH, Nima Tabrizi, Ali Tabrizi, and Shyam Kuntawala, in Superior Court.

     Raw Deal Inc. supplied black raspberry extract contaminated with salmonella, Naturex claims in Bergen County Court.