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2009-09-11 14:19:00

Authorities in Winona, Minn., said a man was cited under a seldom-enforced 1887 city code banning profanity in public. Police said Lucas Charles Wilcox, 19, allegedly shouted vulgarities at police who gave him a ticket for drinking at a party Wednesday, resulting in citations for swearing in public and being a public nuisance, the Winona Daily News reported Friday. No person shall, in the city, in any place of public resort or within the hearing of other persons, use any obscene language,...

2008-10-01 00:04:23

The prosecution against Patricia Hazelwood was carried out under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It states that a so-called abatement notice can be issued when a local authority is satisfied that a nuisance exists, or is likely to occur or recur, in the area of the authority. These notices require the subject of the order to effectively stop being a public nuisance. The Act then states: "If a person on whom an abatement notice is served, without reasonable excuse, contravenes or...

2008-07-09 18:00:18

Today's decision by the City of Columbus, Ohio, to dismiss its public nuisance lawsuit against paint manufacturers confirms such lawsuits are without merit, according to the Public Nuisance Fairness Coalition (PNFC). The action follows a July 1 decision by the Rhode Island Supreme Court to unanimously dismiss a lead paint lawsuit brought by the state. "The Rhode Island decision, and previous decisions, confirm such lawsuits are without merit and should not have been filed in the first...

2008-07-09 15:00:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The City of Columbus has voluntarily dismissed with prejudice its public nuisance lawsuit filed in December 2006 against former manufacturers of lead pigment. With Tuesday's filing in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, all ten public nuisances suits filed by Ohio cities since 2006 have been either voluntarily dismissed or rejected by courts. "The City of Columbus followed settled law by asking the court to dismiss its lawsuit," said...

2008-07-02 09:00:20

By ERIC TUCKER By Eric Tucker The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. Rhode Island's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a first-in- the-nation jury verdict that found three former lead paint companies responsible for creating a public nuisance, rejecting a closely watched case that had been seen as a bellwether for potential lawsuits across the country. The 4-0 decision ends the nearly decade-long court fight and spares the companies from potentially billions in cleanup costs for...

2006-04-26 06:52:27

LONDON (Reuters) - A "performance artist" sparked a major security alert in London on Wednesday when she left five packages, one with nails sticking out of it, across a busy area of the city during the morning rush-hour, police said. The woman, who has not been named, told officers she had strategically planted the "devices" around the Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith Grove areas of west London, a major traffic and transport hub crammed with commuters on their way to work. Police,...