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#335180 - 01/21/11 01:08 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
I doubt that she would win because that would open the flood gate for people to sue for doing stupid things on purpose.
There have already been a number of lawsuits based on that principle. the most famous of which is the Mcdonald's coffee cup lawsuit

Some people seem to think they can text and drive at the same time, yet here is proof some people can't even walk and text at the same time laugh
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#335181 - 01/21/11 01:14 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: jakewash]
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The McDonald's coffee cup lawsuit has been blown out of proportion and was, to my knowledge, actually legitimate. See here. Couldn't find it on snopes, for some reason.

Heck, even based on that wikipedia link, it's not a good example of a frivolous lawsuit.

I'd sue someone if their coffee gave me 3rd degree burns, too.


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#335183 - 01/21/11 01:32 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: Ken.C]
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Spill your own coffe you just made on yourself would you sue the coffee maker company, the manufacturer of the coffe cup you used for not printing a warning on the side etc.? Seems frivolous to me. Coffee is hot and and as some of the links from the wiki show properly brewed coffee is at a temp that will give 3rd degree burns no matter where you get it.
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#335185 - 01/21/11 01:37 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: Ken.C]
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Things like she did. Walk into a fountain while texting, but on purpose, appearing it was an accident, then lying about it later.

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#335186 - 01/21/11 01:39 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: CatBrat]
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The legal system appears to have not collapsed yet.

And Jason, no, I wouldn't if I had just made the coffee--but suing the company that made the coffee at too hot a temp for recovery of medical bills, yeah, I can see that.
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#335187 - 01/21/11 01:40 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: jakewash]
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Give her a break....I mean she was chewing gum at the time....
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#335188 - 01/21/11 01:41 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: CatBrat]
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Falling on a neighbor's sidewalk and suing because you slipped on a small rock. My homeowner's insurance used to only have $1000 allocated for stuff like this. When I asked my agent why this was only $1000, he said because they usually will offer this small amount to possibly avoid a bigger amount later. When my agent changed, I reviewed this again and had it raised to $5000, because $1000 seemed awfully small for damages.

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#335189 - 01/21/11 01:44 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: CatBrat]
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That is definitely frivolous and should be thrown out of court.
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#335190 - 01/21/11 01:45 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: Ken.C]
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Conversely, if a homeowner left their front steps in such disrepair that the mail delivery person fell through them and broke his leg, that's not (as?) frivolous.
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#335191 - 01/21/11 01:49 PM Re: 'Pending Lawsuit' [Re: CatBrat]
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I originally thought the McDonald's case was frivolous, but when I heard the facts a few years back, I changed my mind. Serving coffee at 185 degrees is reckless endangerment, IMHO. Asking for trouble.
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