Lawsuit demands $38 quadrillion

by Walter Olson on August 25, 2010

That sum, demanded by a Las Vegas man in a suit against three Utah attorneys, is far in excess of all the money in the world, so there may be collectibility problems. [Provo Daily Herald]

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1 Bob Lipton 08.25.10 at 6:45 am

Sounds like he’s leaving some room for negotiation. He’s probably willing to settle for half of that.

Bob

2 John Rohan 08.25.10 at 8:43 am

Isn’t asking for such an outlandish sum, an amount that could not be collected under any circumstances, proof in itself that the lawsuit is not sincere (AKA “frivolous”)?

How would the judge react if he demanded other impossible things, such as having the defendant tarred and feathered, or put in a rocket and blasted into the sun? This should be no different.

Also, the article says the plaintiff claims that the land under dispute is worth $36 billion. 36 billion?? In Utah?? Is this property all located in downtown Salt Lake city?

3 Penfold 08.25.10 at 9:31 am

From what I read in the article, the land in dispute is a mine of some sort, but even at that the property value seems to be overstated. Apparently the plaintiff had a consulting contract and he was not allegedly paid for a few months work then everything becomes weird.

4 B.RAD. 08.25.10 at 9:49 pm

Reminds me of a scene in Austin Powers where Dr. Evil is trying to exort the U.S. government.

5 B.RAD. 08.25.10 at 9:49 pm

6 GregS 08.26.10 at 11:37 am

Perhaps this guy is just being proactive. Maybe he’s looking at the U.S. government’s massive and rapidly growing debt load and has concluded that the only way they’ll be able to pay it down is by having a round of hyperinflation. So maybe he’s just suing for what the property will be worth a decade from now, when bread will cost $2000 a loaf and you’ll be poor if you’re making less than $50 million a year.

7 R 08.26.10 at 2:43 pm
8 Jay Markowitz 08.26.10 at 4:51 pm

I demand to have the letter ‘m’ stricken from the english language.

* hat tip to Steve Martin

9 MF 08.27.10 at 10:49 am

“The Nobel prize in mathematics was awarded to a California professor who has discovered a new number! The number is bleen, which he says belongs between 6 and 7.” —George Carlin

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