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Legal News Roundup: February 10

Here’s a roundup of recent legal stories in the news.

Robinhood Sued Over 20-Year-Old Trader’s Suicide

Alex Kearns

Alex Kearns

BBC – The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death.

The lawsuit said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $730,000 when he took his own life.

Dan and Dorothy Kearns say their son was unable to get help or support from customer services before he died.

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New video at impeachment trial

impeachment proceedings

Impeachment proceedings, via ABC News.

Reuters – Democrats plan to show new security camera video depicting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters as they open their formal case charging the former president with inciting insurrection.

The House has charged Trump, a Republican, with inciting an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol, where Congress was gathered to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

“We will be using footage never seen before that shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary and a view of the attack that has never been public before,” one senior aide said.

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Starbucks Frappuccino is target of deceptive vanilla labeling lawsuit

Starbucks

Starbucks is the target of a $5 million lawsuit.

The National Law Review – Starbucks became the most recent food producer to be sued for deceptive and misleading labeling on its vanilla Frappuccino.

Glen Skalubinski filed a proposed class action against Starbucks claiming the company misled customers into believing its Frappuccino drink contained real vanilla as an ingredient, when it contained only natural vanilla flavoring.

Skalubinski argued that by failing to disclose that vanilla was not an ingredient, Starbucks violated federal and state food labeling laws and regulations.

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Filter makes lawyer look like cat in court

Zoom video of attorney with cat filter

Due to a filter, an attorney appeared as a cat during a Zoom hearing. Image credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice via AP

AP – A West Texas judge has a word of caution to those attending court hearings via Zoom: Always check for filters before logging on.

Judge Roy Ferguson’s warning comes after an attorney accidentally joined a Tuesday video conference of a civil forfeiture court hearing while using a Zoom filter that made him appear like a fluffy white kitten.

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat,” Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton said.

“I can see that,” replied Ferguson, whose district covers five counties in West Texas.

The short video clip ends with others coaching the attorney on how to remove the cat filter.

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