Tag Archive for lawsuit

Ukpabio sues British Humanists for criticism of her anti-witchcraft methods

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Skeptics know very well what it’s like to be targeted litigiously by those who want to stop bad press. Helen Ukpabio, whom we’ve written about multiple times, is trying to silence criticism of her methods against witch children. Libel tourist and Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ (the self styled) ‘Lady Apostle’ Helen Ukpabio attempts to stifle critics by…

Will the church argue that this is REALLY the body of Christ?

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We don’t typically get into religious arguments here but this lawsuit has a physically questionable claim they are attempting to make. Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for ‘black Mass’ | News OK. Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it…

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor

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It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.…

Psychic burned through client’s cash

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“Where’s the rest of my money?” “Oh, I had to burn it to remove the curse. It’s all good now!” A lawsuit alleges a psychic preyed on a vulnerable person. Not news, but let’s share. Psychic Claims She Burned the Money. A spiritual guide defrauded a grieving Florida woman of nearly $10,000 and told her…

Another wrongful death connected to ayahuasca and a shaman’s services

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A mother seeks damages for wrongful death, negligence and pain and suffering when her son dies during a shaman’s retreat. Courthouse News Service. A man drugged with ayahuasca drowned on a “guided meditation” during a “personal growth retreat” led by a “hypnotherapist, minister, licensed spiritual health coach and author,” his mother claims in court. Laura…

Fake Holocaust memoir comes back to bite the author

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Parents taken by Nazis, she sets out to find them at age 6, is adopted by wolves, wait a minute…. NONFICTION? She’s not Jewish either. I often wonder why people just don’t write novels and not worry about getting caught later down the line. Author of fake Holocaust memoir ordered to return $22.5m to publisher.…

Amway’s latest lawsuit

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Amway, one of the world’s biggest multi-level marketing companies, is in court again. Amway’s Claims Are Malarkey, Distributors Say. The world’s largest Amway distributors expanded their business from Taiwan into Chinese communities in the United States, defrauding their new clients with promises of “enormous profits,” nine Amway sellers claim in court. Lead plaintiff Longsheng Lei…

Curious what kind of money para-celeb Zak Bagans makes?

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The buffed, quaffed-haired host of Ghost Adventures is in a tug of war over fees after he fired his agent. Ex-Agent Sues Ghost Hunter Zak Bagans. Abrams Artists Agency sued Bagans and his production company Bagans Entertainment in Superior Court, demanding $305,833 for breach of contract. The Agency claims it is owed fees on negotiated deals.…

Yep, they all them teeth gotta go!

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The man looks to have a justified gripe in this case but I hope he learned to GET A SECOND OPINION for such a drastic procedure! Man Sues Dentist Who Yanked All His Teeth. A dentist needlessly yanked 28 teeth from a 23-year-old patient, the man claims in court. Skyler A. King sued Mark D.…

Facilitated communication case regarding sexual assault will go to court

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Anna Stubblefield, the chairwoman of Rutgers-Newark’s philosophy department, and an outspoken proponent of “facilitated communication,” is accused of abusing a severely mentally disabled 33-year-old man that she was using as proof of her claim that FC works. Spoiler: It doesn’t. Rutgers-Newark philosophy chairwoman fights criminal sexual assault charges | NJ.com. Today, Stubblefield, 44, is facing criminal charges of…

Suing for superstition. Failed.

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This is one I hadn’t heard before – suing the family of your former tenant because he stigmatized the property by committing suicide. Actually, in this area of the world, this is serious stuff. Landlord loses lawsuit in haunted house case A landlord, surnamed Chen, lost a lawsuit yesterday in a case in which he…

Narconon lawsuit alleges it’s just a cover for Scientology recruitment

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Narconon has long been criticized not only for it’s non-scientific, unsupported regimen for drug treatment but also as a less than secret recruitment channel for Scientology. Now, there is a lawsuit to address this. Narconon Rehab Called a Scientology Come-on. Cathy Tarr and her son Michael Tarr sued Narconon Fresh Start dba Rainbow Canyon Retreat…

An icon of Dunning Krugerism: Joseph files frivolous suit against NASA

What IS this thing? A stupid lawsuit is not going to help find out.

Oh brother, talk about a textbook crank. Scientist sues NASA, alleges it’s failing to investigate alien life on Mars  – NY Daily News. A self-described scientist has filed a lawsuit alleging NASA is failing to properly investigate alien life. Rhawn Joseph, who’s written several books on extraterrestrial activity, wants the space agency to further analyze a…

Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean “denier”.

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Yay yay yay yay. I’m sick of yahoos thinking that science is just a belief system and getting away with intimidating researchers. Also, “Skeptic” is REALLY used inappropriately here. Are there any ideologues worse than climate change deniers? I think I would rather deal with creationists. I left a comment on Mother Jones linking to…

CIA psychic suit thrown out

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In an update to this story… Judge tosses Sacramento ‘psychic’ CIA lawsuit | news10.net. A federal judge has ruled the Central Intelligence Agency acted properly in responding to a retired California state worker’s search for information regarding an interrogation he claims took place nearly 50 years ago. Mosier sued under the Freedom of Information Act…

Class action suit against Kids Relief homeopathic products

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An INTERESTING case against a homeopathy manufacturer in the U.S. Parents Call Kids’ Medicines Snake Oil. Parents claim in a class action that a homeopathic medicine maker targets children for its “worthless” products called “Kids Relief,” and has “wrongfully taken millions of dollars” through misleading marketing. Lead plaintiff Jessica Medina sued HomeoLab USA, a Delaware-based…

Haunted property lawsuit dismissed as a joke

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Another story about haunted or not haunted real estate and what that means for buyers. Well, it’s not clear what it means, actually. A judge dismissed a lawsuit after finding there is zero evidence that a building in Kitchener is haunted. The new owner felt the building was stigmatized and wanted out of the deal…