Legal popcorn thread (or the unofficial TDWTF docket of suitably eviscerating and/or WTFy court opinions)



  • Kicking this off with an obscure, but good one for the sake of general aviation in New Jersey and perhaps beyond:

    [spoiler]
    TL;DR: local (privately owned, but open to the public) general aviation (National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems reliever airport) airport proposes modest expansion, town council gets up in arms about it and tries to block it via eminent domain taking of parts of the surrounding (owned by the airport owners) land as "open space" due to simmering hostilities between airport owners and city council. Airport owners prevail as they are able to amply demonstrate improper motive by the city council; furthermore, the ruling directly addresses the benefits general aviation provides to surrounding communities.
    [/spoiler]



  • Judge has cleared the way for employee lawsuit to go to trial.



  • @nightware said:

    devious defecator

    If I ever take up a job as a superhero comic book writer...



  • A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.
    ...
    Their legal arguments rested on axioms forbidding states from polluting to the extent that they damage other states, and the EU’s ‘precautionary principle’ which prohibits actions that carry unknown but potentially severe risks.

    I predict the eventual result is accounting shenanigans.



  • @boomzilla said:

    and the EU’s ‘precautionary principle’ which prohibits actions that carry unknown but potentially severe risks.

    Holy shit, that's a field day for lawyers with malleable scruples.



  • @boomzilla said:

    I predict the eventual result is accounting shenanigans.

    Like with the Schiphol Airport sound restrictions? Probably.



  • @PleegWat said:

    @boomzilla said:
    I predict the eventual result is accounting shenanigans.

    Like with the Schiphol Airport sound restrictions? Probably.

    Could you elaborate on that?

    But yes, I imagine similar, except reducing emissions like that is likely to have much graver consequences.



  • Every couple of years they hit sound limits, get a bunch of complaints, move a bunch of routes about, and redesign the way they calculate sound limits. Overall the number of flights is still going up...



  • In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organization Access notes, this goes against the European Union’s e-commerce directive, which "guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments."
    ...
    The ECHR cited "the 'extreme' nature of the comments which the court considered to amount to hate speech...


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