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Comment Re:Something does not add up in the summary... (Score 1) 339

That was my point, however poorly made. The summary's sensationalist tone implied that the sentence was outrageous, but neglected to mention the other possible repercussions. If he was avoiding a three-strikes law as you point out, then it was a good deal.

Comment Something does not add up in the summary... (Score 3, Interesting) 339

Because no one would "plead guilty" in exchange for a 15 year sentence. That's not much of a plea bargain. The article mentioned seizures of weapons as well. Missouri has some form of "three strikes" law, which uses the phrase "prior and persistent offender." One wonders whether this sentence was lighter than what might have resulted had he been charged for gun possession.

Comment Re:State gone Mad (Score 1) 383

The point is that people kept doing stupid shit with the magnets despite having been extensively warned NOT to stupid shit. One quote states: "The warnings were not effective." So we should banning matches, because people still do stupid shit with matches. The legal question is whether these magnets are inherently dangerous. They clearly are not, imho. Dynamite, gasoline...these are examples of inherently dangerous products. But this company has small resources to fight the good fight, and more critically, no pro-magnet-toys lobby.

Comment Re:I'm just a simple caveman... (Score 1) 93

Agree with the above - Let's have a little disclosure here - more than likely, the attorneys representing the plaintiff are schooling in fashioning class action lawsuits. This "plaintiff" is likely a stand-in until the attorneys move to certify the class. If allowed by the court, the case will settle for $X millions, with the attorneys taking their 1/3 contingency. If the class is not certified, the case will go away. In the end, I suspect the attorneys here are little different than your common patent troll.

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