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New Year's revelers (of varying degrees of sobriety) provide ample fodder for this week's edition of T.G.I.FindLaw! So while you may have already recovered from your New Year's hangover, for these folks the legal headaches are just beginning...
Bouncers at a Miami nightclub may have messed with the wrong patron. Clubgoer Alex Rubin, who's also an attorney, claims he and 11 friends were blocked from entering a New Year's bash -- despite having paid $60 apiece for tickets.
When Rubin's posse arrived at the Louis Bar-Lounge after 1 a.m., bouncers allegedly told them the party had ended. But Rubin's keen clubbing senses picked up pulsating music inside the lounge.
The bouncer then allegedly claimed Rubin's tickets were fake, and tried to charge each clubber an additional $50 to get in. "It was a blatant lie. I think he was trying to shake us down," Rubin told the Miami New Times. Rubin says he's considering a lawsuit to settle the score.
Drinking-related arrests seem to go hand in hand with New Year's. Here are just a few that made headlines:
Speaking of vomit, did you know that in Singapore, you can be fined for throwing up in a taxi? Singapore is known for its strict laws on cleanliness, but The Jakarta Globe reports it's common for cabbies to charge $10 to $20 to cover vomit clean-up, and it's especially common over New Year's. If puking passengers refuse to pay, cabbies can take them to court.
Finally, there's video of a chair-smashing New Year's Eve fight at a restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown. No one has pressed charges, and insurance should cover the damage, Canada's CBC reports. But with Chinese New Year just around the corner (Jan. 23), the restaurant's managers may want to consider adding some security -- or nailing down the furniture.
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