Friday, May 13, 2005

Tales of litigiousness (And other foolishness)

A news addict, it is well nigh impossible for me to avoid the increasing number of reports of frivolous lawsuits. Now, I'm not talking about the out right fraudulent claims, errant extremities not withstanding. Nope, I'm talking about these sorts:

• The ethics class cheater who is suing his university for re-instatement.
• The Russian astrologer who is suing NASA for upsetting the balance of the universe.
• And worst of all; television icon Wile E. Coyote, who sued ACME for USD17M in damages. The following is an excerpt from the opening statement made by the canine's legal counsel.
Mr. Coyote states that on eighty-five separate occasions he has purchased of the Acme Company (hereinafter, "Defendant"), through that company's mail-order department, certain products which did cause him bodily injury due to defects in manufacture or improper cautionary labelling. Sales slips made out to Mr. Coyote as proof of purchase are at present in the possession of the Court, marked Exhibit A. Such injuries sustained by Mr. Coyote have temporarily restricted his ability to make a living in his profession of predator. Mr. Coyote is self-employed and thus not eligible for Workmen's Compensation.
Upon reflection, I'm thinking he may have had a case there.

5 Ninjas, 1 Kitten and a Fifth of Vodka!