Federal Judge dismisses Lawsuit against "Black Lives Matter": Social Movements Can’t Be Sued

"Plaintiff … produced a Proposed Amended Complaint that not only fails to state a plausible claim for relief against any of the named Defendants, but that also attempts to hold a hashtag [#BlackLivesMatter] liable for damages in tort.  The Court therefore finds that granting leave to Plaintiff to attempt to file a Second Proposed Amended Complaint would be futile.  The Court also notes that Plaintiff’s attempt to bring suit against a social movement and a hashtag evinces either a gross lack of understanding of the concept of capacity or bad faith, which would be an independent ground to deny Plaintiff leave to file a Second Proposed Amended Complaint...." 

—Judge Brian A. Jackson, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, September 28, 2017.

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“Owner Occupied” Condo Communities: Unreasonable Restrictive Covenants?

A condominium's governing documents frequently prevent condo purchasers from renting their units to residential tenants for a period of one year or so after the initial sale of a new unit.  Beyond the typical one-year period, rules and regulations of the Condominium Association may attempt to require owners who want to lease their units to place their names on a waiting list, with only a small percentage of units permitted to be rented at any one time.

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