Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004


Lawsuit Logic, Finally

We're up to here with stories about stupid lawsuits. Time for a few stories that make sense.

You may be relieved to know that Clarence Wiggins has lost his lawsuit. Clarence broke into a man's house in Torrington, Connecticut and apparently expected to be treated with courtesy. Instead, the invaded homeowner shot him with a shotgun. When Clarence recovered, he sued for damages. Logic prevailed and so did the homeowner.

Up in Wisconsin, couch potato Tim Dumouchel blamed the cable company for him watching too much TV and his wife gaining 50 pounds. He said he was gonna sue. Tim reportedly changed his mind after his wife got mad at him for telling about the 50 pounds.

In Nevada a car didn't stop at a dead end. It plowed through a residential fence into a flower garden. One of the passengers sued the homeowner, and the builder, for having the wall where it was. The Nevada Supreme Court has tossed the case out, reasoning that homes should not have to be built to be crashproof.

I mention these few cases that make sense, to balance all those other dopey lawsuit stories that drive normal people nuts.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

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