Frivolous Lawsuits

May 6, 2007 at 10:01 pm 3 comments

The news this week of Roy Pearson’s 65 Million Dollar Suit for a Missing Pair of Pants reminded me of something one of my relatives wrote when he first arrived in America.  He spoke on the cultural differences he discovered, including how lawsuit-happy his new country was:

Of course, there are such as abuse of the freedom. The law makes the children their own master when they are 21 years old, and let no father ever forget it.  If he should see fit to give his boy a spanking, the boy is liable to sue his father and the father will be imprisoned.  Indeed an incident like that occurred a few weeks ago.  The pitiable father of such an unnatural son was a German.

That passage was written by Eduard Fenderich.  He was my great-great-great-great grandfather.  He penned those thoughts in 1829 in his diary of his immigration from Switzerland to the U.S.  If this ancestor of mine thought a son suing a father over a spanking was an abuse of freedom, imagine just how incredibly ridiculous Roy Pearson’s lost pants would seem.

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  • 1. legalreform  |  July 2, 2007 at 11:18 am

    As you are undoubtedly aware, a $54 million lawsuit was recently brought in DC District Court against a small neighborhood drycleaners over a pair of alleged lost trousers. While the Court found resoundingly in favor of the business owners, Jin and Soo Chung, their ordeal is not yet over—they have drained their saving accounts contesting this frivolous lawsuit, and they have racked up over $100,000 in legal expenses.

    In order to help the Chungs defray their legal bills, ILR and the American Tort Reform Association are co-hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday evening, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the US Chamber Building in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, businesses large and small across America must deal every day with similar extortionist tactics from some plaintiffs’ lawyers. The collective outcome is not justice, but lost jobs, ruined businesses and billions of dollars in lost economic opportunity. Additional details, sponsorship opportunities and easy online registration are available at

  • 2. Clint  |  July 3, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    As a counterpoint:

    I’d never fund or donate to a tort reform organization. They generally seek to limit medical liability lawsuits to an amount that is so low that it is wrong.

    $50,000 or even $500,000 is a bullshit cap, when a doctor can easily fuck you up so bad you will need $100,000 care every year for the rest of your life. It can cost millions to take care of someone who is damaged for the rest of their life. Liability caps like that are simply corporate protection against citizenry asserting their rights.

  • 3. Gina Powell  |  October 10, 2007 at 11:55 am

    I have an ancester named Eduard Fenderich, who had brothers Carl, Joham, and sisters Caroline and Amalea. You may be my cousin!


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