The widow of a 36-year-old chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago was awarded record punitive damages of more than $23 billion by a Florida jury in a lawsuit against cigarette-making giant the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company last Friday, but the company has vowed to fight it.
A Reuters report said the judgment was the largest ever in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by one plaintiff, according to a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut.
After the death of her husband, Michael Johnson, the widow, Cynthia Robinson of Pensacola, Florida, sued R.J. Reynolds charging that the company conspired to hide the health dangers of its products. more >>
A decision allowing a United Methodist Church pastor to regain his clergy credentials after losing them over officiating a same-sex wedding will be appealed.
Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who oversaw his son's gay marriage in 2007, will again have to face a church trial.
The Rev. Christopher L. Fisher, counsel for the UMC, filed an appeal with the United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest court in the denomination. more >>
In a recent interview with ABC News, Attorney General Eric Holder spewed more racist nonsense. He claimed that some of his critics and the President's critics were motivated by "racial animus."
According to Holder, "There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people."
Using the race card is the last refuge for liberals who do not want to be held accountable for their poor performance. more >>
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently voiced his support for last month's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling while speaking at a meet-and-greet event in Marion, Iowa this week.
Christie, a potential 2016 presidential contender, made his comments Thursday while responding to a question at MJ's Restaurant in Marion. The east coast governor was visiting Iowa to campaign for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad (R).
In a video recorded by the Democratic Super PAC American Bridge, Christie was asked if he supported the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based chain of craft stores. "Do I support the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case? I do," Christie replied. more >>
An atheist group is encouraging those opposed to the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling to crochet or knit rectangular pieces of fabric, meant to represent bricks, and send them into the organization's national office in Washington, D.C.
The Secular Coalition for America launched its "knit-a-brick" campaign earlier in July, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that corporations may refuse to provide birth control insurance coverage to its employees based on strongly-held religious beliefs. The atheist group plans to collect the "bricks" built by its supporters and sew a giant "wall" to symbolize the Separation of Church and State that it believes has been violated by the recent Supreme Court ruling.
The atheist group said on its website that it started the "knit-a-brick" campaign earlier this month to "harness outrage" following the Supreme Court ruling, as well as "create a striking visual impact for lawmakers and speak directly to Hobby Lobby's consumer base with the Knit a Brick campaign." more >>
The lawsuit brought by Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim's Islamic relatives in Sudan has been dropped, a lawyer working on the case said, which could open the way for Ibrahim and her family to soon travel to the United States.
"We are no longer proceeding with the lawsuit," Abdel Rahman Malek, the relatives' lawyer, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Malek did not provide a reason for dropping the lawsuit. more >>