Thursday, January 14, 2010
Most ridiculous lawsuits of 2009
The US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has announced the winners of its 'Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Of 2009' poll.
5th place: Neighbor sues woman for smoking in her own home.
4th place: Double-murderer sues to claim his victims’ classic Chevy pickup.
3rd place: Holocaust denier sues Auschwitz survivor, alleging memoir contains “fantastical tales”.
2nd place: Tourist sues hotel, claiming swimming pool got daughter pregnant.
And the winner: Illegal immigrants sue rancher who stopped them on his property at gunpoint and turned them over to the Border Patrol.
The link at each award will take you to a news story about it. The monthly winners of the 2009 contest, and each month's entries, may be found here. It's sometimes entertaining reading, but at other times it's so disgustingly money-grubbing and opportunistic that it's frankly disgusting. With a litigation-mad culture like this, is it any wonder that some industries and occupations have to charge huge price premiums just to cover their legal insurance bills?