Judge: no “emotional distress” for Empire State-jumper

by Walter Olson on June 16, 2010

“Preventing an individual from jumping off of the 86th floor of the Empire State Building is neither extreme nor outrageous,” wrote Judge Jane Solomon in disallowing the emotional-distress claim of Jeb Corliss, a daredevil jumper who had been prevented from jumping off the skyscraper in 2006. Solomon also found that the owners of the building had not defamed Corliss in legal papers when they called his stunt attempt “illegal.” (He was in fact convicted on misdemeanor charges.) The owners are suing Corliss for damages over the incident, which forced an hourlong shutdown of the observation deck. [AP]

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1 Ted Frank 06.16.10 at 6:53 am
2 Aaron Worthing 06.16.10 at 10:11 am

i would like to see sanctions for this truly frivolous action.

3 Dave Lincoln 06.16.10 at 7:57 pm

After waiting 1 1/2 hours in line to get up there, after thinking every 15-20 minutes that the end is in sight before rounding a corner, I’m surprised more tourists don’t just jump to their deaths. For some, it may beat waiting in line another 1/2 hour to get down. Time is money!

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