Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

A few nice just filed lawsuits images I found:

Hispanic Heritage Month Observance
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Image by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mendez family championed end of educational segregation in California

LOS ANGELES — With the theme “many backgrounds, many stories,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District closed out Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 13 at the District headquarters by hearing a first-hand account of a historic journey.

Sylvia Mendez was just 8 years old in 1943 when she and her brothers were denied enrollment in the Westminster School District in Orange County. At the time, roughly 80 percent of California school districts were segregated.

Sylvia’s father, Gonzalo, tried reasoning with the principal, the school board and finally the school district, to no-avail. He and other parents organized protests demanding an end to the segregation, ultimately filing the lawsuit.

They won their case in 1946, but the school district appealed. On April 14, 1947 the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision and California Governor Earl Warren signed a law repealing the state’s remaining school segregation statutes on June 14, 1947.

“Mendez v. Westminster School District was the precedent for Brown v. Board of Education,” said Mendez. “Seven years before the rest of the nation, California was integrated.”

The Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 does not mention the Mendez case, but it is no coincidence that two of the key players in both cases were Warren, by then Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and Thurgood Marshall, the chief counsel for the NAACP in both cases.

“As she became very sick, my mother would say, ‘nobody knows about this case and that California was the first state to be integrated, seven years before the rest of the nation’ and that’s when I promised my mother I would go around the country and talk about Mendez v. Westminster,” said Mendez.

Her mother, Felicitas, died in 1998 and Mendez has kept her promise, championing the family’s story.

Mendez’s passion has been recognized in California and around the country. Two public schools are currently named after her parents. In 2007, a U.S. Postage stamp marked the 60th anniversary of the case and on Feb. 15, 2011, President Barack Obama presented Mendez with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. With it, she once again joins Warren and Marshall.

“I talk to our folks a lot about passion in what they are doing; I see the passion in your eyes in what you are doing,” said District Commander Col. Mark Toy. “If we could all do that, it would be amazing.”

(USACE photo by Richard Rivera)

Rescue on Rolling Acres
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Image by hodge
Boy will this one be a mess of lawsuits, charges and counter-charges.

Came home from work today to be greeting be a huge array of flashing lights and vehicles. It turns out that a worker who had been working on a water main ~12 feet underground got flooded with water and mud up over his waist and was unable to get free, even with the help of his co-workers. 3 1/2 hours later he was finally freed after a big effort by rescue workers, construction crews, emts and police officers.

Ministry of Labour laws require that holes deeper than 4′-0" be shored and reinforced. None of those were in evidence on this site. This poor guy was working within several tons of wet, unreinforced mud and he was very lucky not to have been buried alive. No doubt the Ministry will crack down hard on the contractor. It remains to be seen just how severe the charges will be.

All of this is on top of the lawsuit the current homeowners are filing against the people who sold them the house for failing to disclose the severe problems which necessitated this work in the first place.

Talk about an exciting homecoming after 3 weeks in the UK!! (those photos are in the works).

One of these things is not like the others.
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Image by cizauskas
In 2014, Austrian beverage corporation Red Bull filed a trademark complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against a Virginia ‘craft’ brewery, Old Ox Brewing Company, for perceived consumer confusion over the name of the energy drink vs. the beer.

clockwise, from left:
logo for Red Bull GmbH;
logo for Old Ox Brewing Company;
logo for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

The Sesame Street childrens’ jingle goes:
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Can you tell the difference between these three logos? Apparently, the adults at Red Bull cannot. The brewery, exasperated, has gone public with the dispute.

9 February 2015.

"Would consumers of the energy drink Red Bull think the company has entered the beer market, if they came in contact with Virginia’s Old Ox Brewery? Attorneys for the extreme drink certainly think so, and have filed a complaint in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing can be found here.

Red Bull says Old Ox Brewery infringes upon its registered trademark. In it, attorneys for the energy drink assert some consumers might confuse the brands because “an ‘ox’ and a ‘bull’ both fall within the same class of ‘bovine’ animals and are virtually indistinguishable to most consumers. In addition, an ox is a castrated bull.”
All About Beer, 9 February 2015.

"Red Bull has never made a beer. Old Ox has never made a beverage called Red Ox, though they’ve made a few beers with colors in the name, including Black Ox porter and Golden Ox ale. And rather than a particular bovine, the brewery’s name comes from Old Ox Road, the Loudoun thoroughfare which dates back to the early 18th century."
Washington Post, 9 February 2015.

"Advocates of Ashburn’s Old Ox Brewery came out Thursday night to support the local business in its ongoing dispute with Red Bull over a trademark challenge the energy drink manufacturer filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about 10 months ago. Hundreds of supporters showed up, enough that some had to wait outside until others left. "
Loudoun Times, 12 February 2015.

Graphic by Yours For Good Fermentables.com. [Logos, of course, by the respective companies.]
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