09-02-2013   2 comments

As is painfully obvious from many of my earlier posts I’m not a huge fan of attorneys.  I wouldn’t broad-brush all of them because I know many that do their jobs well.  Unfortunately they’re in the minority since we as a nation have become over-run with a ridiculous number of lawyers.  They’ve spent decades slowly and deliberately turning the United States from a common sense way of thinking country to our current levels of lawsuit paranoia.  The fact that ninety percent of judges are either former politicians or attorneys easily explains our country’s litigious difficulties.

They’ve managed to weasel their way into every facet of our lives.  Suing one and all with a landslide of frivolous lawsuits that have clogged up our court system for years to come.  Here are just a few examples.

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  • A convicted bank robber on parole entered a bank, went up to the teller, and said, "Give me the money. I’ve got a bomb." The bank teller did as instructed, except that hidden in the rolls of money turned over to the robber was an anti-robbery device that released tear gas. The device functioned as intended .. and the robber sued the bank.
  • Sometimes, being frugal can cost you more than anticipated. While apparently trying to steal a soft drink from a vending machine in 1998, 19-year-old Kevin Mackle was rocking it dangerously. Suddenly, the weight shift was too hot to handle and the contraption fell on him. The man died following the accident. His relatives sued Coca-Cola Co., two other companies, and Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec (for about $660,000 US in damages and funeral costs) alleging that the machine was not secured and bore no warning signs.
  • A minister and his wife sued a guide-dog school for $160,000 after a blind man learning to use a seeing-eye dog stepped on the woman’s toe. She sought $80,000 for medical bills, pain & suffering, humiliation and disability. Her husband sought the same amount for loss of his wife’s care, comfort and consortium.
  • A 27-year-old man from Michigan was involved in a rear-end collision. Four years later, he sued the owners of the truck that was responsible for the accident. Having suffered minor injuries, he stated that from then on, his sexual relationship with his wife deteriorated, as he was unable to maintain their sex life. He claimed that he had been so affected by the crash that his personality had been forever changed. In fact, he maintained that the accident turned him into a homosexual. He left his wife, moved in with his parents, began hanging out in gay bars, and became a fervent reader of gay literature. He won his case and was awarded $200,000, while his wife received $25,000.
  • A woman went to her friend’s house and asked for a haircut. Unhappy with her new look, she claimed her friend had willfully, intentionally and maliciously cut her hair without her consent … and sued him for $75,000.

I could continue with hundreds more of these useless and costly lawsuits but what’s the point.  In the majority of these cases the  attorney is paid a large percentage of the money won.  It’s called taking a case on contingency.  The same strategy used for those individuals suing the government for disability benefits for a variety of addictions, both drug and alcohol related.  These attorney believe if you throw enough crap against a wall, some of it is bound to stick.  Free money . . . . Yeah!

These so called attorneys-at-law have also forced companies to over label our everyday products due to fear of lawsuits.  I actually saw an aluminum step ladder for sale in a nearby Home Center that had a sticker on the top step.  Of course it stated an important and secret fact that we weren’t aware of:  This is the Last Step – Don’t Stand Here.  The “Nanny State” strikes again.  Not only is the advice on many of these labels utterly obvious, many are just plain stupid.  Here are a few of those.

  • On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights:
    For indoor or outdoor use only.
  • On a package of peanuts:
    Warning: contains nuts.
  • On a child’s Superman costume:
    Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.
  • On Sears Hairdryer:
    Do not use while sleeping.
  • On a bar of Dial soap:
    Directions: Use like other soap.
  • On some Swann frozen dinners:
    Serving suggestion: Defrost.
  • On frozen food package:
    Product will be hot after heating.
  • On packaging of an iron:
    Do not iron clothes on body.
  • On Nytol sleep aid:
    Warning: may cause drowsiness.

We’ve allowed this to go on for so long it’s now become the norm.  We have only ourselves to blame when we’ve allowed the pursuit of possible free money to completely corrupt our judicial system.  It was never meant to a be a gravy-train for those less than scrupulous attorneys who finally got tired of chasing ambulances.

2 responses to “09-02-2013

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  1. This all boils down to people being ridiculously and utterly STUPID. I’m so ashamed to be human.

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