OT - McLawsuit - Not so Hot This Time

John Parker made a pit stop at a McDonald's drive-thru window. After wedging his chocolate milkshake between his legs and putting his burger and fries onto the seat next to him, he headed back onto the road. When Parker leaned over to reach for his fries he inadvertently squeezed his legs together, causing the cold shake to leap out of its cup and onto his lap. A stunned Parker then plowed his car into the vehicle in front of him. William Bailey, who was at the receiving end of Parker's mishap, was not sympathetic. He sued Parker and McDonald's, claiming that the fast-food franchise neglected to warn customers of the dangers of eating and driving.
The Verdict, Please . . . The judge wasn't stirred, never mind shaken, by Bailey's claim. He dismissed his suit; however, he also denied McDonald's request that Bailey reimburse them for their $10,000 in attorney's fees. In the judges words, Bailey was "creative and imaginative and shouldn't be penalized for that."
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I am betting that McDonalds was not out any extra for attorney fees. I suspect they work full time for McDonalds.
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Bailey
words,
that."
Perhaps if there weren't BS lawsuits like this one, McDonald's wouldn't have to carry as many attorneys on staff as they do now.
todd
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.. but then there would be that many more who might be running around suing the rest of us :-)
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Bailey
words,
that."
Actually, most major corporations do not keep litigation attorneys on staff. Staff attorneys are usually specialized business law types that handle day to day stuff. It is common enough to keep a firm on retainer, but that comes with a cost as do the actual hours spent working on defending a case.
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So if you are a creative and imaginative crook it's OK? Good to know that.
Tim Douglass
http://www.DouglassClan.com
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