From the U. of Northern Florida's Web edition of the Spinnaker

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ridiculous lawsuits with even more ridiculous outcomes:

* January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $780,000 after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running amok inside a furniture store. The verdict was most surprising, especially since the toddler was Robertson's son.

* June 1998: 19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses after a neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the car's hub caps

* October 1998: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pa., was leaving a house he had just robbed by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to open because the door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and the garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation. Dickson found himself in the garage for eight days. He survived on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food. Dickson sued the homeowner's insurance, claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish, and the jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.
* December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Del., successfully sued the owner of a nightclub when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
There's something wrong with a legal system that takes this stuff seriously. But hey, lawsuits can really be lucrative.

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(Some rejiggering for clarity. Note that most of what I quote was originally quoted by Franke from the Web)
From the U. of Northern Florida's Web edition of the Spinnaker (quote) ridiculous lawsuits with even more ridiculous outcomes: * ... who was running amok inside a furniture store. The verdict was most surprising, especially since the toddler was Robertson's son.

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http://www.unf.edu/groups/spinnaker/archives/2002/apr10/colomn.html There's something wrong with a legal system that takes this stuff seriously.

There's also something wrong with college students and teachers of ESL who take this stuff seriously:

But hey, lawsuits can really be lucrative.
Sure can, but not the ones in your posting.

Bob Lieblich
Who has enough legal business already
on 26 Oct 2003:
From the U. of Northern Florida's Web edition of the Spinnaker

The line above is the only line in my post that I wrote myself. All other characters on the page were copied verbatim (cut and pasted) from the Web, including, of course, the address.
(quote) ridiculous lawsuits with even more ridiculous outcomes: * January ... was most surprising, especially since the toddler was Robertson's son.

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http://www.unf.edu/groups/spinnaker/archives/2002/apr10/colomn.html
The Web address above appeared after the comment below and after the "(/quote)" you deleted, Bob. Why you did you rearrange things and delete that "(/quote)" sign? Do you really think that my computer doesn't know how to cut and paste? Or that I don't know how to cut and paste and where to indicate what material has been quoted and what has not?
There's something wrong with a legal system that takes this ... because I cannot stand it whensomeone misrepresents what I say.}

The "There's something wrong with a legal system" comment above was made by the college-student author of the Spinnaker article, not by me. Your rejiggering makes it appear as if I wrote that, so your rejiggering created some unclarity here. Why did you do that?
There's also something wrong with college students and teachers of ESL who take this stuff seriously: But hey, lawsuits can really be lucrative. Sure can, but not the ones in your posting.

And there's something wrong with lawyers who rearrange (rejigger) other people's posts in order to make specious points. Or don't you agree?
By the way, did you notice the last word in the subject line of my post?I found the last case mentioned in the humor section of My Netscape, googled it, and found this college newspaper article that mentioned three others that I hadn't heard of, so I thought I'd post it for a laugh. I was suspicious of the factuality of these reports when I noticed one on Netscape that reported a Pennsylvania woman who sued the maker of a spermicidal jelly after she had become pregnant despite having used the product before sex: she'd spread it on her toast in the morning.

The version that I might have read in a different newspaper (I'm no longer sure where I read it, but I'll see if I can find it because I did use it in my conversation classes a couple of years ago) placed the woman in New York City and said that she hadn't read the instructions because, she allegedly quipped, "Who has time to read instructions?"

Franke: Who doesn't like being rejiggered for clarity when the result is obfuscation, pettifoggery, and misrepresentation.
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CyberCypher filted:
* October 1998: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pa., was leaving a house he had just robbed by way of the ... the homeowner's insurance, claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish, and the jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

I'm not sure it applies in this case as the broken door opener was most likely unintentional, but it's very definitely criminal to capture a burglar in your home and then restrain and torture him...the principal characters of "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" were both breaking the law..r
Franke: Who doesn't like being rejiggered for clarity when the result is obfuscation, pettifoggery, and misrepresentation.

I thought it best not to repost the offending material.

I got off on the wrong foot, Franke, and never recovered. I apologize.

Bob Lieblich
Franke: Who doesn't like being rejiggered for clarity when the result is obfuscation, pettifoggery, and misrepresentation.

I thought it best not to repost the offending material. I got off on the wrong foot, Franke, and never recovered. I apologize. Bob Lieblich

Sans bon mot! Now, that's sincerity.
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You can never be sure, when you read a report in the newspaper even, whether it's true or not. I do remember reading about a criminal who broke into a shop through the roof, breaking a limb and trapping himself and getting compensation - I think that was in the UK. In Australia, there one where an intruder broke his leg (I think on the garden path) and allegedly received damages. OTOH, I'm pretty sure we (in Oz) now have a law that no-one shall make money out of criminal activities.

Rob Bannister
on 27 Oct 2003:
CyberCypher filted:

* October 1998: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pa., was leaving ... anguish, and the jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

I'm not sure it applies in this case as the broken door opener was most likely unintentional, but it's very definitely criminal to capture a burglar in your home and then restrain and torture him...

Ach! The guy was torturing himself by drinking Pepsi instead of recycling his urine. And dry dog food was much too good for him, I suspect. Burglars are a sorry lot and deserve whatever punishment they get, IMHO.

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on 27 Oct 2003:
Franke: Who doesn't like being rejiggered for clarity when the result is obfuscation, pettifoggery, and misrepresentation.

I thought it best not to repost the offending material. I got off on the wrong foot, Franke, and never recovered. I apologize.

Apology accepted. I certainly can understand why you thought I might have mad that final remark, though, I have been known to express similar opinions about the US legal system. I know your misstep was an honest one.

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