Articles by Polly Mosendz

Boston Cop Who Was Shot Sues Online Gun Dealer for Negligence

Armslist, an online peer-to-peer firearms dealer, was sued on Thursday by a Boston police officer allegedly shot by a convicted felon with a gun purchased on the platform. The officer, Kurt Stokinger, argued in the complaint that the website acted …

NRA Sues Insurance Broker Lockton Over ‘Carry Guard’

The National Rifle Association is suing Lockton Cos., alleging the insurance broker breached its contract with the firearms lobbying group. Lockton administered the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance program, which was advertised as the nation’s “most complete self-defense membership program.” Following …

InfoWars Host Jones Faces Defamation Suit by Sandy Hook Victims’ Families

The parents of two children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 sued Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, who had derided the shooting as fake and possibly staged by the government. Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, …

Driverless Vehicle Makers Reach Feared Crossroad with Uber Fatality

Last week, Waymo showed a video of people riding in its self-driving minivans. They thumbed their phones, yawned and one snoozed. The message: Driverless cars are so safe, they’re boring. The clip was meant to drum up support for a …

House Republicans Advance Bill Making It Easier to Carry Guns Across State Lines

The National Rifle Association has called the concealed carry bill, which would make it easier for gun owners to keep their firearms hidden when crossing state lines, its “highest legislative priority in Congress.” Despite concerns raised by Democrats about states’ …

Gun Industry Immunity Again Tested with Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit

Last week’s massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival offers gun control advocates a fresh chance to test a law, put in place by Republicans and the gun industry’s lobby, that protects the industry from liability for the criminal …

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Sue Bump Stock Manufacturers

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting sued manufacturers of bump fire stocks, accusing them of negligence. A dozen bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire with the rapidity of an automatic weapon, were found in gunman Stephen Paddock’s …

Now May Be the Time for Homeowners to Buy a Dam

Traveling from Louisiana, four 18-wheelers and more than a dozen workers rolled into the heart of Houston last Tuesday morning. The Cajun crew was there to unfurl and install a unique form of flood protection: three-foot high, seven-foot wide, 250-foot …

Titleist’s Fight Against Logo Parody: Infringement or Free Speech?

A golf-centric social media page had a hit on its hands when it started peddling hats mimicking the logo of Titleist, the golf equipment and apparel company. Only their stuff didn’t say Titleist—the merchandise replaced the brand name with a …

Failed Fyre Festival and a Lesson in Events Insurance

Already facing numerous lawsuits, Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland was arrested on federal charges last week. The government alleged he defrauded investors who bought into Fyre Media Inc., the New York-based company behind the music festival which collapsed so spectacularly …