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Ridiculous and frivolous lawsuits

(This article is mostly from X10.com. Special thanks to them!)

Let’s start it off with a set of parents who decided to sue Sea World in Orlando because their son took off all his clothes but his underwear and jumped into a 50-degree pool with an Orca whale. Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel Dukes was found dead early in the morning draped over the back of the largest Orca. The cause of death was believed to be hypothermia, and drowning. The lawsuit? The parents are saying that the theme park caused his death by portraying the large animals as safe and huggable (never mind that the man was trespassing in the first place, and nobody in their right mind jumps in a pool with two animals that are bigger than you are).

In another story, Kevin Pezzi, MD, a Michigan emergency physician, was sued by a patient who had a mild heart attack nine months after Pezzi treated him in the ER for hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Pezzi administered two intravenous medications to control the blood pressure, which responded perfectly. The patient had a full cardiac evaluation in the ER and during his subsequent admission arranged by Dr. Pezzi, all of which showed no current cardiac or other problems, except for the hypertension now controlled by medication. The patient was seen for months in the medical clinic by other doctors, and remained symptom-free. His heart attack occurred within the first few months he began seeing a physician in private practice. The patient's attorney sued Dr. Pezzi, apparently thinking that his client might have done better had he been given more than two antihypertensive medications. The lawyer was evidently unaware that some blood pressure is actually a good thing, and that lowering it too much can itself be rapidly fatal. In spite of the fact that Dr. Pezzi flawlessly managed the patient's blood pressure nine months before the heart attack, this case dragged on for two years until the attorney belatedly realized his mistake and dismissed Pezzi from the case. Pezzi spent over $5,000 to defend himself. It is the belief of thelegaleagles.org that a prepaid legal plan could have helped Dr. Pezzi.

Then there’s the family of an Orlando woman who was killed in a car accident. They’re suing the rental car company. The woman was riding in the rental car that was being driven by her boyfriend, an Irish tourist, who just happened to be drunk at the time. The driver of course survived and was charged with manslaughter, but the parents are going after the rental company. Why? Because they "either knew or should have known about the unique cultural and ethnic customs in Ireland which involve regular consumption of alcohol at pubs as a major component to Irish social life."

Speaking of drinking and driving, Chicagoland prep star Rickey Higgins was kicked off his high school basketball team when he was caught drinking and driving. His second offense by the way. His lawsuit? He’s suing the school under the Americans with Disabilities Act. His lawyer, Steven Glink, says that his client "has been diagnosed as an alcoholic, and that is a recognized disability under federal law." So what does this mean? If I walk into a bar after two a.m. and prove that I’m an alcoholic does that mean they have to serve me? Does that mean that if I drive drunk I’m a victim of a disease rather than socially irresponsible?

And one last one. The San Antonio Express-News reported that a dozen students are suing a computer school because they failed their certification tests. They were training to be Microsoft Certified Professionals, which would enable them to find jobs overseeing Microsoft computer systems. Their suit? Jason Crowson, the group’s attorney says: "They were told all they had to know how to do was point a mouse and click." So does that mean now that every school has to specifically say in their application "if you study hard and do your homework, you'll pass this class?" What purpose does that serve? And if they forget to publish that, and I fail the final exam, does that mean that I can sue them for better grades?

These lawsuits are crazy, and they ought not be allowed to happen. But since they are allowed, we would like to propose one last "crazy" lawsuit. We would like to sue every one of the people that we listed above. We would like to sue them for filing stupid frivolous lawsuits. On behalf of the public, we’d like to make damages include... the amount of money spent pursuing the trial... the amount of money lost by those who had legitimate lawsuits and had to wait for this stuff to get through court... and finally we'd like to claim undue distress and emotional pain and suffering at having suffered through reading these stories. The intense frustration we feel when we hear about this craziness has got to count for something. We think that our lawsuit against frivolous lawsuits is a great idea. Let’s sue these people and make our own statement. Perhaps we could sue for having to live on the same planet and share the same air with them.

We actually have filed such a lawsuit, but with the length of the legal docket these days, and learning how to file a class action case, we might be a while in getting any money. So until we do get your money for you, you may as well protect yourself from these idiots by signing up for a prepaid legal plan. With a prepaid legal plan, you pay a low monthly fee, and receive a covered set of hours for lawsuit legal protection. If you were to be the one who were sued, and needed to defend yourself against a frivolous lawsuit, you would be able to have your prepaid lawyer tell these FLD's (Frivolous Lawsuit Dummies) that they could sue you, but that you would not be out of pocket for any amount up to the plan amount worth of trial time spent defending you. In addition, you might decide to file a lawsuit back for all the harassment and difficulty caused to your life by filing the lawsuit.

Do you think that they might just decide to go pick on someone else? We at thelegaleagles.org know this to be the case (because we've seen it work this way on many occasions), and is why we tell you:

Avoid frivolous lawsuits by taking a look at a prepaid legal plan.


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