Saturday, December 10, 2016

Lawsuit

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In another case of de facto stupidity, finally common sense triumphs.

An entitled Manhattan-er attempted to sue her own nephew to the tune of $127,000 –So you know, pocket change for a 12 year old– after he was a little too aggressive in his affections.

On March 18th, 2011 the boy ran into the arms of his aunt. The then 8 year old and 50 pound boy, Sean Tarala, was excited to see his aunt at his birthday party and ran to her saying, “Auntie Jen! Auntie Jen!”. The two tumbled to the ground. Apparently, that was the day that shattered Jennifer Connell’s life forever. The accident, she says, broke her wrist.

She cited in court that it has become difficult to attend parties where at she may have to hold her own appetizer plate. Other difficulties have emerged as well and her privileged existence is suffering because of the injuries sustained. I’m thinking that the boy who lost his mother last year has other incidents he could point to that were traumatic for him.

Connell has no children of her own, but believes wholeheartedly that an 8 year old should have known better. She claims that she did not say anything at the time because, “it was his birthday party and I didn’t want to upset him”.

It took a jury just 25 minutes to decide that the little boy would not have to pay up. The judge ruled that Connell would receive nothing and I can’t say for sure, but it may have been the first time that the 54 year old had ever heard that she wouldn’t be getting her own way.

Doubtless that this will make for an awkward holiday season.

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Dominique Sharpton, daughter of world-class shakedown artist Al Sharpton, is suing New York City because she sprained her ankle last October on the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

According to her lawsuit, she $5 million from the city for being “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she tripped over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year and that taxpayers need to compensate her for the pain and inconvenience caused by the sprain.

According to a New York Post report, Ms. Sharpton is:

“Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.”

“And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.”

In her lawsuit, Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”

In the weeks that followed the tumble, Ms. Sharpton was seen in a walking boot but by December, she seemed well enough to participate in the National Action Network’s “Justice for All” march in Washington, DC as well as a New Year’s Eve trip to Miami Beach. Photo’s also show her climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.

Broken sidewalks, rough pavement, potholes and other street hazards can be a windfall for pedestrians. One woman, Denise Giles, won a $2.25 million settlement from the city after suing the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. for failing to fix a broken sidewalk outside one of its clinics.

Her claim was one of 885 that were settled by the city over the past two years for a total of $60 million. Ms. Sharpton said she fell in a crosswalk making her complaint a “defective roadway” claim. Other injuries described by Ms. Sharpton include:

“…internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish.”

Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income,” according to court papers.

Sharpton’s lawyer, John Elefterakis, said his client had:

“…multiple ligament and tendon tears” and “has not had any involvement in selecting a figure that would be fair and adequate compensation for her pain and suffering. The number was selected by my firm and is meant as a safeguard for Ms. Sharpton in a worst-case scenario.”

Ms. Sharpton may have gravely hurt her claim by using social media like Twitter and Instagram to describe her travel and her activities following the alleged accident in addition to a “lol” (laugh out loud) comment describing her lawsuit she posted on social media.

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Kim Dickens gave her close friend–colorful former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry–a kidney.

What she didn’t expect in return was a lawsuit.

Barry’s widow, Cora Masters Barry–who controls his estate–is suing Dickens to stop using Barry’s likeness in promotional materials for her foundation. Marion Barry died in November 2014.

Dickens, who gave Barry one of her kidneys in 2009, claims on the foundation’s website that the Marion Barry-Kim Dickens Kidney Foundation was founded together by both herself and Barry–and that her use of his image is completely reasonable. The Barry-Dickens Kidney Foundation encourages organ donation–the kind of work that helped keep Barry alive.

Barry’s estate left only $16,000 in assets, along with an open ethics investigation. The lawsuit makes no mention of monetary damages, but Masters Barry has been keeping a tight leash on who is able to use her late husband’s image.

Barry, who was the self-proclaimed Mayor-for-Life of Washington, D.C., held the mayorship from 1979 to 1991, and again from 1995 to 1999. At the time of his death, he was a city councilman.

He was also, famously, weathered a number of political and personal scandals. Most famously, he was arrested in 1990 by the FBI, after a sting caught him purchasing and using crack cocaine on video. Barry’s ex-girlfriend was used as a confidential informant, leading Barry to utter the infamous quote: “B*tch set me up.”

Despite his scandals, he remained a titan in Washington, D.C.–and D.C.’s African-American community in particular–until his death.

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