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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

From the Ridiculous File-Speeding Cruise Ship?

The lists of the best, the worst, the top, etc., for 2011 have been circulating the last week now. One list caught my eye. There is a group, Faces of Lawsuit Abuse, that publishes a list of the most ridiculous lawsuits of the year. The list ranges from a man who was suing for age discrimination and claiming a judge was too old to hear his case to a convict who sued the people he kidnapped for not helping him evade the police.

Somewhere in the middle of the list was the case of an Indiana woman who is suing Carnival Cruise lines because the ship she was on went too fast and swayed causing her to become ill and have "bleeding, which I had not has [sic] in three years." The court in Indiana threw out the case not because it is totally ridiculous but because the fine print on her cruise ticket says that she must file the case in South Florida where the cruise line is based.

Hmmm. The ship went too fast? Well, that would make the cruise shorter wouldn't it? Could we sue for that? Better read that fine print.

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