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News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society

News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society

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News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society

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32 pages
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Dec 18, 2012
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9781449437756
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Who’s fault is it when a man crashes into a table, tearing several ligaments and suffering a severed tendon while attempting in vain to improve his base-stealing technique in his den? Apparently, it’s Mickey Mantle Sports Productions, according to the victim’s lawsuit. “Litigious Society” catalogs the petty and darkly humorous lawsuits filed by victims of painful, self-inflicted foolery. In a world where a man can sue Starbucks for “goading” him into stealing money from the tip jar by placing it in plain sight, you’ll wonder how absurd the process of law has truly become.
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Dec 18, 2012
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9781449437756
Format:
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News of the Weird - Chuck Shepherd

News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society

Chuck Shepherd

If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you? asked a Fortune magazine columnist, describing the lawsuit filed in May by Lauren Rosenberg, asking for damages of more than $100,000 against Google Maps after she was struck by a car. Rosenberg had queried the map service for a walking route between points in Park City, Utah, but a short stretch of the suggested route lacked sidewalks. Rosenberg was hit while walking in the street. Though Google and other map services warn users against walking in the street, Rosenberg’s route was delivered on her small Blackberry phone screen. [Fortune, 5-29-10]


Woody Allen Joke Come to Life: Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support—even though she and his father had abandoned him when he was 15 (having one day just picked up and moved and, as in Mr. Allen’s joke, left no forwarding address). An archaic 1922 law in British Columbia obligates adult children to support dependent parents, and in 2000, Shirley sued, demanding $350(Cdn) per month each from Ken, who is a trucker, and his four siblings (three of whom were at least 17 when the parents left and not considered abandoned). A judge awarded token interim support pending a final resolution, which after years of paperwork and delay was to come in early August but has been postponed once again. [Vancouver Sun, 8-4-10, Montreal Gazette, 7-24-10]


Ron Kravitz, 22, filed a lawsuit in June (1989) against Mickey Mantle Sports Productions Inc., for injuries he suffered the previous September while watching a company baseball video in his den to improve his base-stealing technique. While attempting to beat Tom Seaver’s pickoff throw to first base, he crashed into a table, resulting in torn ligaments and a severed tendon, which he thought somehow was the production company’s fault. [Baltimore Sun, 6-5-89]


In May, a federal appeals court reinstated the Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit

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