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    Why You Hate Lawyers: Exhibit “A” - Ridiculous Lawsuits

    By Stephen Bloom | January 4, 2010

    The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR)  of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is out with its annual list of most ridiculous lawsuits.

    Here’s the top five examples of over-the-top legal insanity, in reverse order of ridiculousness:

    5.  Neighbor sues woman for smoking in her own home

    4.  Double-murderer sues to claim his victims’ classic Chevy pickup

    3.  Holocaust denier sues Auschwitz survivor, alleging memoir contains “fantastical tales”

    2.  Tourist sues hotel, claiming swimming pool got daughter pregnant

    1.  Illegal immigrants sue rancher who stopped them on his land at gunpoint and turned them over to Border Patrol

    The President of ILR rightly notes, “While ridiculous lawsuits may be easy fodder for late-night television hosts, they are no laughing matter for the defendants targeted.”

    The ILR is exactly right. Stupid lawsuits hurt real people in real ways.

    The pain inflicted by unnecessary litigation is financial, emotional, and sometimes even physical (stress-related illnesses).  And our society pays a heavy price too. For example, what happens when citizens are afraid to report criminals to the police for fear of being sued by the criminals!!!???

    Question: Have you been victimized by a ridiculous lawsuit?

    Topics: conflict resolution |

    5 Responses to “Why You Hate Lawyers: Exhibit “A” - Ridiculous Lawsuits”

    1. How to find a Christian lawyer | Is There a Lawyer in the Church? Says:
      January 8th, 2010 at 11:42 am

      […] Why You Hate Lawyers: Exhibit “A” - Ridiculous Lawsuits […]

    2. http://carpolaw.com/about-us/corporate-tax-lawyer-philippines Says:
      January 22nd, 2010 at 2:18 am

      No. Not yet. It is very sad that though the law offers only justice to everyone, it is still use to inflict problems through manipulation of the law. Well, people want things to be rational though we know it is not.

    3. Ken Shigley Says:
      February 2nd, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      I would appreciate specific citation to court case names, case numbers, dates and locations of the lawsuits listed above, if indeed they are real. Many such examples cited by tort “reform” advocates turn out to be urban myths.

    4. Ken Shigley Says:
      February 3rd, 2010 at 12:47 am

      I’ve searched for the listed cases. Here’s what I’ve found.

      5. “Neighbor sues woman for smoking in her own home.” Allegedly cigarette smoke wafted through wall between townhome units, making the plaintiff’s home uninhabitable due to her strong sensitivity to cigarette smoke. That was supported by her allergist and internist. She had to move out, get all her upholstery, art and clothing professionally cleaned. Certainly it would be absurd to complain about my neighbor in a subdivision smoking in his own home, but is it absurd to complain about a neighbor’s smoke invading your home and forcing you to move?

      4. “Double-murderer sues to claim his victims’ classic Chevy pickup.” This is another absurd pro se suit by a death row inmate, and the trial judge granted summary judgment against him. No lawyer had anything to do with filing it.

      3. “Holocaust denier sues Auschwitz survivor, alleging memoir contains “fantastical tales.” Another pro se suit by an anitsemitic nutcase. Again, no lawyer had anything to do with filing this absurd suit.

      2. “Tourist sues hotel, claiming swimming pool got daughter pregnant.” Absurd, but not American. A Polish woman sued an Egyptian hotel, claiming that her 13 year old daughter was impregnated by “stray sperm” in the pool. Again, no American lawyer had anything to do with this.

      1. “Illegal immigrants sue rancher who stopped them on his land at gunpoint and turned them over to Border Patrol.” The merits of this case are dubious to me. However, note that no private attorney had anything to do with this. The case was filed by a Mexican immigrants advocacy group.

      Your title, “Why You Hate Lawyers,” is hardly fair when it appears that only one of the five cases involved an attorney in private practice is the U.S.

    5. Hamilton Says:
      May 20th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      Your illustration is absolutely brilliant! To make your case for why AMERICAN lawyers are hated, you have to resort to an EGYPTIAN lawsuit and 3 others filed WITHOUT lawyers. Only ONE out of the FIVE examples you mention include an American lawyer. (And that case seems to be both frivolous and politically motivated). So by your very own standards, out of the millions of lawsuits filed this year in the United States, only ONE frivolous lawsuit was filed by a lawyer! That’s pretty good odds.

      However, this all pales in comparison to the rest of your site. Using our Lord’s name in vain to get clients to trust you could not be more reprehensible. Claiming to be a “Christian Lawyer,” while clearly lying that these lawsuits were filed by American lawyers, is beyond hypocritical. There is a special place in Hell for people who use God’s name to gain someone’s trust, and then lie.

      Lying, half-truths about lawyers are what has given our profesion a bad name — and the lawyers like you that hope to gain someone’s trust by it.

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