Friday, January 7, 2011

The Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2010

I am posting this mostly for fun, but also to demonstrate just how ludicrous and out-of-joint our society is becoming in this grossly over-barristered nation.


( – A lawsuit against a restaurant for failing to offer artichoke-eating instructions and a convicted killer’s lawsuit to receive electrolysis as part of a state-funded sex change are among the top five Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2010 compiled by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

The Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign was launched by ILR to raise public awareness of the impact that abusive lawsuits have on small businesses, communities, and individuals. Small business account for 64 percent of new jobs in the economy, and they paid $105.4 billion in tort liability costs in 2008.

“While many of these lawsuits are humorous and others quite troubling, the damage inflicted by abusive litigation is very real,” said ILR President Lisa Rickard. “More litigation is something we can ill afford in this troubled economy that desperately needs more jobs, not more lawsuits.”

Number five on the list was the lawsuit filed by Dr. Arturo Carvjal, a doctor with a family practice in Hollywood, who sued Houston’s Restaurant because he was sent to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and discomfort after eating an entire artichoke.

You can read the rest at this link.

And we wonder why our society is sliding into the gutter.

We need a Loser Pays system, as that would bring a swift end to much of this hideous, expensive nonsense that only lines the pockets of the trial lawyers and drives up the cost of everything for everybody.

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