Friday, January 13, 2012

Cop gives lady speeding ticket then hits on her...She Sues Cop!

Now we have all heard about low cut shirts and talking your way out of a speeding ticket, but this story takes the cake. Times must be really tough out there for a single man.    This police officer steps so far over the line that he's now getting sued.  Read the recent article from ABC News.

Cop Issues Speeding Ticket, Asks Driver for a Date and She Sues Him
-Associated Press

A suburban Chicago police officer allegedly turned a $132 speeding ticket into a pick-up opportunity when he later tracked down the female driver and asked her out, saying the least he could do for the money he’d cost her was to treat her to dinner, according to a lawsuit the woman filed in federal court.
Evagelina Paredes filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing police officer Chris Collins of violating her privacy, according to the Associated Press. She alleges that after she was ticketed on Oct. 22, Collins searched for her address in the motor-vehicle database and left a handwritten note on the windshield of her car, which was parked outside her apartment, asking her out on a date.

In the note, a copy of which was included in the court documents and was obtained by the Associated Press, the 27-year-old police officer tried to woo Paredes with humor and a seemingly heartfelt plea. “It’s Chris … that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you that ticket. … I know this may seem crazy and you’re probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you since. I don’t expect a girl as attractive as you to … even go for a guy like me, but I’m taking a shot anyways.”  “I did cost you $132 — least I can do is buy you dinner,” the note reportedly read.

The scenario is not that far off from the “meet-cutes” of Hollywood romantic comedies. In the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids,” Kirsten Wiig’s character starts a relationship with the traffic cop who let her out of a ticket for a broken taillight.  Arguably, it’s a lot less “cute” when it happens in real-life.

Paredes claims that the note caused her to “suffer great fear and anxiety.” In the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified payment in damages, according to the Associated Press, Paredes alleges that Collins used his position as a police officer to “manipulate” her into going out with him. Collins declined to comment to the Associated Press.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chiefs Quarterback Sues for lost millions!

If this is true it just goes to show you that you need to evaluate your lawyer before you hire them.  Not every attorney will give you accurate and trustworthy advice.  I suggest that prospective clients review what others are saying about our firm online.  On Google and on

Recent Article on ESPN Chicago

CHICAGO -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and some 20 other NFL players are suing a Chicago law firm for more than $10 million, claiming they received bad financial advice on investing in energy concerns.

The 14-page lawsuit filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court claims that the alleged negligence of Chuhak & Tecson cost Orton and the other players millions of dollars related to energy investments. The firm did not return several messages left Friday seeking comment.  The lawsuit only lists two individuals by name as plaintiffs -- Orton, now 29, a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, and Atlanta lawyer Edward Rappaport. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Konicek told The Associated Press the others he represents in the suit are all NFL players he declined to identify.

"I think this says a lot about the vulnerabilities of NFL players -- that they rely on the expertise of others," he said. "They relied on people who were supposed to have their best interests in mind."  In 2005, the law firm encouraged then-rookie Orton and others to set up partnerships that, in turn, would invest in producers and sellers of gas generated at landfills, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs didn't find out until 2010 that they didn't qualify for tax breaks that Chuhak & Tecson allegedly assured them they would benefit from.  Instead, the investors "suffered millions of dollars in damages, including loss of investment, adverse tax consequences, penalties, expenses and professional fees," the lawsuit claims.

The suit itself doesn't provide an exact figure for how much the parties are seeking in damages, but Konicek said that, combined, it will be more than $10 million.  "This is a lesson to make sure you're dealing with the right people," said Konicek. "These guys thought they were."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Josh Selby playing in a whole different type of Court.

Well we wished him the best.  He bailed on us went to the NBA but we still hoped the best for him.  He made a mistake.   Josh Selby is now facing a marijuana possession charge in Prince George County District Court in Maryland.  It appears that during the lockout Selby got in a little trouble, read below to see what he would be facing on a similar charge in Kansas.

Josh Selby faces Marijuana charge after incident at the University of Maryland.
By: Scott Schroder

Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby faces marijuana charges after being caught during the NBA lockout with the substance at the University of Maryland.
Jan 7, 2012 - Josh Selby saw his draft stock plummet last year as NBA teams took note of several off-court issues they thought might be too distracting to deal with once he made the jump to playing professional basketball. The Memphis Grizzlies took a chance on him in the second round, where they were able to get good value based on his talent, but Selby's off-court issues apparently popped up during the NBA lockout.

Selby has been summoned to court on Jan. 25 for an incident that happened at the University of Maryland on Oct. 5, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via Pro Basketball Talk). Selby didn't have any sort of comment about the incident, apparently:

"I have no comment about it," Selby said. "It is what it is."

Maryland makes a distinction between marijuana and all other illegal drugs. Possessing or using marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Griz general manager Chris Wallace said he is aware of the charge but the team will withhold judgment.  It was a rough 24 hours for Selby back then. On Oct. 6, just after midnight, Selby also received a ticket for a moving violation described as "failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions."

Selby has appeared in four games for the Grizzlies this season, playing 59 minutes and scoring 18 points.

I do not know what punishment he is facing in Maryland.  If he had been charged in Kansas for a similar crime he would be looking at a class A nonperson misdemeanor, up to a year in jail and a fine.