Overlawyered » personal responsibility http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:44:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 “Friends May Be Liable for Man’s Drunken Cliff Fall” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:26:12 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47268 “A man who fell off a cliff while intoxicated can sue the people who brought him there and waited hours to get him help, a California appeals court ruled.” [Jeff Gorman, Courthouse News] Tweet Tags: personal responsibility

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“A man who fell off a cliff while intoxicated can sue the people who brought him there and waited hours to get him help, a California appeals court ruled.” [Jeff Gorman, Courthouse News]

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Delaware: “Man sues pizzeria for thwarting robbery” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:45 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47259 Nigel Sykes, currently serving a 15-year sentence, is suing employees of Seasons Pizza in Newport, Del. who allegedly tackled him as he was robbing the pizzeria at gunpoint. His suit, filed without a lawyer, asks in excess of $260,000, saying employees of the dining establishment beat him up and poured hot soup on him. “While […]

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Nigel Sykes, currently serving a 15-year sentence, is suing employees of Seasons Pizza in Newport, Del. who allegedly tackled him as he was robbing the pizzeria at gunpoint. His suit, filed without a lawyer, asks in excess of $260,000, saying employees of the dining establishment beat him up and poured hot soup on him. “While U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson tossed out several of Sykes’ claims, she allowed the case to move forward against the pizza employees, two arresting officers and Seasons.” Sykes, whom police linked to a series of robberies at a bank and various retail establishments, had filed an earlier suit with different factual allegations which was dismissed on procedural grounds. He has also claimed that he should be allowed to take back his plea in the criminal case, arguing in a motion, “I’m not good at making good choices.” [Sean O'Sullivan, Wilmington News Journal]

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“Woman Scared by ‘Dexter’ Ad Sues MTA for Subway Fall” http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/woman-scared-dexter-ad-sues-mta-subway-fall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=woman-scared-dexter-ad-sues-mta-subway-fall http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/woman-scared-dexter-ad-sues-mta-subway-fall/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:15:33 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46770 “A woman using a Grand Central Terminal stairwell fell and broke her ankle last year because a spooky advertisement for the [Showtime serial-killer] series startled her, a new lawsuit charges. Ajanaffy Njewadda and her husband, a former Gambian ambassador, are suing the MTA and the cable network, accusing them of placing the ad in a […]

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“A woman using a Grand Central Terminal stairwell fell and broke her ankle last year because a spooky advertisement for the [Showtime serial-killer] series startled her, a new lawsuit charges. Ajanaffy Njewadda and her husband, a former Gambian ambassador, are suing the MTA and the cable network, accusing them of placing the ad in a dangerous spot for pedestrians.” [James Fanelli, DNAInfo New York]

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Great moments in defense law http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/great-moments-defense-law/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-moments-defense-law http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/great-moments-defense-law/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:12:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43679 Menlo Park, Calif.: A 90-year-old lawyer’s BMW SUV jumped the curb and pinned two 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall, seriously injuring them. Now the driver, Edward Nelson, “states in his response to the lawsuit that the plaintiffs ‘carelessly, recklessly and negligently conducted and maintained themselves’ in a way that contributed to the accident. Furthermore, […]

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Menlo Park, Calif.: A 90-year-old lawyer’s BMW SUV jumped the curb and pinned two 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall, seriously injuring them. Now the driver, Edward Nelson, “states in his response to the lawsuit that the plaintiffs ‘carelessly, recklessly and negligently conducted and maintained themselves’ in a way that contributed to the accident. Furthermore, ‘knowing the probable consequences thereof, (they) placed themselves in a position of danger and voluntarily participated in all the activities,’ and so assumed any related risks. Finally, the plaintiffs failed to ‘reasonably mitigate’ any damages they sustained.” [Sandy Brundage, The Almanac (Peninsula communities, Bay Area)]

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Drunk driver will recover $6.6 million from two Pennsylvania bars http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/drunk-driver-will-recover-6-6-million-two-pennsylvania-bars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=drunk-driver-will-recover-6-6-million-two-pennsylvania-bars http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/drunk-driver-will-recover-6-6-million-two-pennsylvania-bars/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:15:34 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43097 “Two Northeastern Pennsylvania bars have settled for a combined $6.6 million with a man who became quadriplegic after driving drunk and crashing his car into a tree.” Jason Mercado sued two East Stroudsburg, Pa. bars on the theory that they had inexperienced bartenders and staff who should have known better than to serve him. Attorney […]

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“Two Northeastern Pennsylvania bars have settled for a combined $6.6 million with a man who became quadriplegic after driving drunk and crashing his car into a tree.” Jason Mercado sued two East Stroudsburg, Pa. bars on the theory that they had inexperienced bartenders and staff who should have known better than to serve him. Attorney Robert Sink, who represented Mercado, said the case was not without its difficulties: “if the jury found the drunk driver was more than 50 percent at fault, then he would have gotten nothing” under Pennsylvania law. The insurers defending the case decided that the risk of a verdict otherwise was worth $6.6 million. [Legal Intelligencer]

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Update: Long Island judge rules against Leatrice Brewer http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/update-long-island-judge-rules-leatrice-brewer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-long-island-judge-rules-leatrice-brewer http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/update-long-island-judge-rules-leatrice-brewer/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:18:14 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42513 “A mom found to be insane when she drowned her three young children can’t get money from the wrongful death settlements that followed their killings, a Nassau judge ruled [last week].” [Newsday, earlier] Tweet Tags: absent parents who sue, Long Island, personal responsibility

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“A mom found to be insane when she drowned her three young children can’t get money from the wrongful death settlements that followed their killings, a Nassau judge ruled [last week].” [Newsday, earlier]

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Great moments in personal responsibility, Euro edition http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/great-moments-personal-responsibility-euro-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-moments-personal-responsibility-euro-edition http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/great-moments-personal-responsibility-euro-edition/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:55:06 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42119 “A Romanian man who has admitted to stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso on Tuesday threatened to sue the Dutch museum he took them from for making his robbery too easy.” [AFP/ArtDaily] Tweet Tags: art and artists, Netherlands, personal responsibility

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“A Romanian man who has admitted to stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso on Tuesday threatened to sue the Dutch museum he took them from for making his robbery too easy.” [AFP/ArtDaily]

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Parents may sue ex-NFLer for saying their kids trashed his house http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/parents-may-sue-ex-nfler-saying-kids-trashed-house/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-may-sue-ex-nfler-saying-kids-trashed-house http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/parents-may-sue-ex-nfler-saying-kids-trashed-house/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:53:05 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=41540 Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of teenagers held an illegal party in the upstate New York home of former NFL star Brian Holloway. They left a wide swath of photos on social media, and Holloway put up a website identifying more than 100 of the 300 partiers. “But rather than apologize to Holloway for their […]

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Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of teenagers held an illegal party in the upstate New York home of former NFL star Brian Holloway. They left a wide swath of photos on social media, and Holloway put up a website identifying more than 100 of the 300 partiers. “But rather than apologize to Holloway for their children’s behavior, some parents have contacted their lawyers to see what legal action they can take” against him. [New York Daily News; response from radio personalities Chuck and Kelly, WGY]

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Long Island: “Woman who drowned her 3 kids in tub in 2008…” http://overlawyered.com/2013/07/long-island-woman-drowned-3-kids-tub-2008/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=long-island-woman-drowned-3-kids-tub-2008 http://overlawyered.com/2013/07/long-island-woman-drowned-3-kids-tub-2008/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:33:17 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=40163 “… wants cut of wrongful death settlements.” “A mentally disturbed suburban New York woman who drowned her three young children in a bathtub in 2008 wants a cut of $350,000 in wrongful death settlements obtained by the children’s fathers, attorneys said Friday. Leatrice Brewer, 33, was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect […]

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“… wants cut of wrongful death settlements.” “A mentally disturbed suburban New York woman who drowned her three young children in a bathtub in 2008 wants a cut of $350,000 in wrongful death settlements obtained by the children’s fathers, attorneys said Friday. Leatrice Brewer, 33, was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect in the deaths of her children, so her attorneys say she should not be subject to laws that bar convicts from profiting from their crimes.” [Associated Press/NY Daily News]

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“Dead robber’s widow sues shop clerk” http://overlawyered.com/2013/05/dead-robbers-widow-sues-shop-clerk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dead-robbers-widow-sues-shop-clerk http://overlawyered.com/2013/05/dead-robbers-widow-sues-shop-clerk/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 04:15:39 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=38540 Albuquerque: “The wife of an armed robbery suspect shot dead by a shop clerk said the clerk was wrong, and now she has filed a civil lawsuit claiming wrongful death….’He [deceased robber Ramon Sedillo] does bear some fault, but it’s like a pie. You divide out the fault accordingly, and [store clerk Matthew] Beasley could […]

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Albuquerque: “The wife of an armed robbery suspect shot dead by a shop clerk said the clerk was wrong, and now she has filed a civil lawsuit claiming wrongful death….’He [deceased robber Ramon Sedillo] does bear some fault, but it’s like a pie. You divide out the fault accordingly, and [store clerk Matthew] Beasley could have done something different,’ [Sedillo family lawyer Amavalise] Jaramillo said.” [KRQE]

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