A family’s lawsuit against a New York hospital alleges that a medical school rejected a man’s corpse for being too large.

The family of George Cardel filed a lawsuit after the 59-year-old man, who weighed about 300 pounds, was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center after suffering a heart attack Dec. 29, 2011.

Cardel’s last request was for his body to be donated to science, but the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University rejected the corpse for being too large.

The hospital then took 13 days to return the body, resulting in heavy decomposition that led to the body needing to be cremated.

“We thought everything was taken care of until 13 days later,” said Cardel’s sister, Maryann O’Donnell.

Officials at the hospital said they attempted to donate the corpse to multiple medical schools, but there were no takers.

The lawsuit alleges “grave humiliation.”

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The Vatican has threatened to sue a satirical magazine in Germany over their July edition.


Because it features an altered image of the Pope with a yellow stain on the front of his white robes with the headline, “Hallelujah in the Vatican – the leak is found.”

The cover story of the latest issue of Titanic is about the so-called Vatileaks scandal, where internal documents have been made public, including information about the church’s tax problems, scandals involving priests and correspondence involving the Pope.

In a letter to a German lawyer, published by the magazine, Archbishop Angelo Becciu asks the lawyer to take “the necessary legal steps against this publication.”

But magazine officials said there must be some mistake.

“Pope Benedict must have misunderstood us,” the magazine’s editor in chief Leo Fischer said, suggesting the yellow stain could be from a drink, such as lemonade. “It is well known that the Pope is a great fan of the soft drink Fanta.”

The magazine said they hope for a personal interview with the Pope to “address the misunderstanding” and they will not comply with a cease-and-desist order from the Vatican.

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Vancouver, Washington, City Council member Jeanne Harris has filed a $500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.

Onslow’s toss caused her left retina to become loose and partially detached, Harris wrote in a claim for damages filed June 11. She said she has had six unsuccessful surgeries over the past year to repair the eye.

The incident happened at an Association of Washington Cities meeting in Spokane in June 2011.

At some point, foam balls with a globe printed on them were distributed to the assembled local government officials. Onslow said he attempted to tag Ridgefield City Councilor Don Stose with his ball but missed and instead struck Harris.

“I lobbed it, I didn’t throw it,” Onslow said last week. “It was an errant little toss and it hit the side of her face, her temple.”

The mayor said that at the time, Harris was surprised, but that he apologized and he thought that was the end. In the claim, Harris listed Washougal Mayor Sean Guard, Washougal Councilor Paul Greenlee and Ridgefield Councilor David Taylor as witnesses.

Harris’ attorney, Longview-based Joseph Daggy, said the demanded payment, $500,000, was chosen because it may be enough to recompense for the loss of something as significant as an eye.

Harris, 56, has health insurance through her position on the city council.

“Health insurance might cover the treatment, but that doesn’t cover the damages and the loss,” Daggy said. “It’s a severe injury and she has a right to be compensated for those injuries and to be made whole for those injuries.”

Daggy said the claim may reach a resolution. The claim has been referred to the city’s insurance agency, the Washington Cities Insurance Authority.

However, if Harris and the insurance company can’t reach an agreement, the next steps may be litigation, arbitration, or structured negotiation.

Harris, who is undergoing a contentious divorce, has been going through financial difficulties. She filed for bankruptcy in early 2011 and has since had her debts discharged through that process. Harris formerly ran an Allstate Insurance agency but closed it last year.

Her job as a part-time city council member pays $21,372 a year.

When asked if her financial troubles led to filing a claim against the city of Ridgefield, Harris replied: “Oh my God, are you kidding me? I lost an eye! They are not connected. … One has nothing to do with the other. Don’t you dare say that to me!”

Daggy, her lawyer, noted that filing a claim for damages is the appropriate way to go about resolving Harris’ issue.

“Another person threw a rubberized ball, shaped like a world globe, hit her in the eye, caused problems and they have gotten worse,” Daggy said. “It’s a serious injury, it’s not a financial move.”

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A tattoo artist in Canada who misspelt a word on a client’s body message, has cost her employer a $9,000 legal levee for removal costs.

In December 2010, 23-year-old Marie Huckle went to the Newcombe’s Ink tattoo parlor in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to have a tribute to a recently deceased friend inked on the side of her abdomen.

She asked for a Gothic font to read “See You at the Crossroads,” the National Post reported.

It wasn’t until she got home that she realized her tattoo said “Cossroads.”

The tattoo parlor first offered to do a cover-up tattoo, which Huckle declined.

The parlor’s owners then agreed to pay for eight laser tattoo removal sessions, which Huckle said wasn’t close to removing the error.

It’s “100 times more painful than getting the tattoo itself,” she said.

She took legal action as it could take as many as 15 more laser treatments to remove the tattoo.

In awarding the damages, the adjudicator placed the blame on the tattoo artist.

“There is a high duty upon a tattoo artist to double check that everything is precisely as it ought to be before putting a needle to someone’s skin and potentially making permanent something that the person would not want on their skin,” the ruling said.

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A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three.

Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 – an extra €3,000.

“When I got the lawsuit, I thought it couldn’t be true,” Pohl, who now works for a bank in Frankfurt, said. “Performance is supposed to be worth something.”

Pohl completed his turbo degree by dividing up all the simultaneous lectures with two friends and then swapping notes.

At the same time, he completed an apprenticeship in a bank.

“We didn’t get any freebies, and we agreed our plans in advance with the school,” Pohl said.

“We’re always against slow students,” said his lawyer Bernhard Kraas. “But when someone hurries and finishes early, suddenly he has to pay. That can’t be right.”

But the FOM argues that its fees are the total price for the studies, independent of how long the studies last.

But if that it is the case, it remains unclear why they are only calling for a part of the cost for 11 semesters.

“We do not want to comment on the case before it has reached court,” a university spokesman said.

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A California man who says he was attacked by a deer has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Fish and Game, claiming it “mismanaged” the animal.

Tadeusz Wyrzykowski, in a handwritten court filing, says the deer jumped into his fenced yard last spring and “attacked me (twice) on a narrow path. I fell into a window pane,” he wrote. “A shred of glass imbeded [sic] in my right foot.”

Wyrzykowski, who lives in Bolinas , said that the wildlife department “owns that animal, manages it and is responsible for the diversified use of it.”

“CDFG mismanaged negligently its animal its claims & duties,” he said. “As a direct result, I suffered trauma, pain and lasting injury, compromising my health till present.”

Wyrzykowski, 58, seeks unspecified damages. A case management conference was set for Oct. 19 before Judge Roy Chernus in Marin Superior Court.

Jordan Traverso, a spokeswoman for the Department of Fish and Game, said the agency has not seen the lawsuit, and in any case does not comment on pending litigation.

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