“The Texas Lottery has generated well over $21 billion for the state of Texas since the first ticket was sold in 1992,” boasts the official lottery website at txlottery.org. Lottery players, the site says, have won “more than $43 billion ($43,267,157,341) in prizes.”
When it comes to building a thriving economy that benefits citizens across the board, Texas has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary: put people - employers and employees alike - in the best possible position to succeed, and then get out of the way.
New Jersey Civil Justice Institute, April 25, 2014
State legislation targeting “patent trolls” has been signed into law in Vermont and is pending in several other states. The legislation is in response to the practice of patent holders who focus on the soft targets of end users of patents, demanding low-dollar damages in exchange for settlements, or those who file a host of nuisance suits that will be costly to defend, in anticipation of settlement.
In 2014, Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel will cost the team $2.02 million against their cap. Thanks to a lawsuit from a disgruntled fan, the Bills will pay roughly $1 million more than that just for their phone bill.
The New York Daily News reports that a new class action lawsuit is seeking hourly minimum wage for people ordered to complete community service hours after being convicted of committing low-level crimes.