Frivolous Lawsuit Myths
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
Recently one of my oldest and dearest friends, a man whose Harvard Ph.D. doesn't begin to measure his intellect and wisdom, sent out one of those mass e-mails meant to amuse and appall. "OMG! It's even worse than we thought," his message began. It was followed by something called the annual Stella Awards, a list of the year's seven "most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S." In last place was the tale of Kathleen Robertson of Austin. A jury decided a furniture store owed her $80,000 for a broken ankle she suffered tripping over a toddler running wild in the store. "The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son," the e-mail said. Numbers six through two are more ridiculous. Then comes numero uno.