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Texas Woman Sues Over Turbulent Flight

  1. Oct 13, 2011 #1

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    Why are these frivolous lawsuits allowed? They cost the taxpayers a fortune. She's suing the airlines for the weather?

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/1...bulent-flight/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz1ahOrf3vU
     
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    I'm white knuckles all the way even on a smooth flight. I'm going to sue as well. I've been on dozens of flights so I should make out pretty good.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2011 #3

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    *facepalm*

    She should eventually pay all the costs of the trial. That should teach her.
     
  5. Oct 13, 2011 #4

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    I'm going to sue over that near miss at Dulles, we were circling the airport in a holding pattern for almost 45 minutes. Apparently the pilot got the ok to start descending, then suddenly we went straight up, the overhead bins opened and suitcases flew out, I got conked in the head, people were screaming.

    It doesn't matter that pulling up like that prevented us from crashing into a plane beneath us that the control tower missed.

    I now have PTSD caused by the article about that woman, so I am suing her for causing me crippling stress. I will never be able to look at carry-on luggage again, not to mention ever get on an airplane. It's all her fault!!!!
     
  6. Oct 13, 2011 #5

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    Well, a serious answer raises a number of interesting questions.

    Obviously, they exist because there is a group with substantial assets that benefits - lawyers. Before going on a lawyer bashing crusade, the same set of principles allows suits for e.g. ignoring a manufacturers usage guidelines for epoxy, leading to a tunnel roof collapse killing a driver (as happened in Boston). It's not an option not to have civil courts; that leads only to 'gangster capitalism' which is indistinguishable from communist dictatorship.

    So, the real answer here is more measured: judges need to be willing to make jugements. Throw this case out, and charge the lawyers for all taxpayer court costs. The woman is immaterial, really. The case can only be brought because lawyers see a risk free gamble to make money. The answer to that is judges with convictions.
     
  7. Oct 13, 2011 #6

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    Sometimes, when I read about such cases, I yearn back to the time when the complainer had to pay the judge his fee up front...
    Like in the Roman empire; those were the days..
     
  8. Oct 13, 2011 #7
    Or at least indictments.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2011 #8

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    I have had rough flights, too. It never occurred to me to sue. What lost opportunities!
     
  10. Oct 13, 2011 #9
    I've been on a flight where there also was turbulence, causing me to spill my drink! I should have sued too!
     
  11. Oct 13, 2011 #10

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    Instantly reminded me of this haha!
     
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  13. Oct 13, 2011 #12

    PAllen

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    One of my favorites. I have every farside ever published.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2011 #13

    Evo

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    We're talking about frivolous suits, you have gone off topic.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2011 #14

    PAllen

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    I was responding to a suggestion for dealing with them that I found inadequate. If my comment was off topic, then so was the comment about how to deal with them based on a Roman model.
     
  16. Oct 13, 2011 #15

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    Arildno was making a joke.

    You went off topic in post #5, before Arildno's post, and you continue to drag this off topic.
     
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    PAllen

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    #5 was meant to discuss constructive ideas about your question "why are they allowed?". I made a specific suggestion for how to discourage them.
     
  19. Oct 13, 2011 #18

    Evo

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    Yes, and that is why your post is there.
     
  20. Oct 14, 2011 #19

    arildno

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    Hi, Pallen!
    I have a deep, abiding love for ancient Rome, as Evo knows well.
    She also knows that I regard them as just about the most cynical, power-hungry and unempathic b*st*rds that ever lived.

    It is within THAT context Evo easily can spot a joke from me, which might not be apparent for you.

    My comment was not in any way meant to be disparaging of what you wrote, and I'm sorry if it seemed so.
     
  21. Oct 14, 2011 #20

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    I had an inkling you were kidding or pulling my chain. Forget that, and get back to silly suits.

    How does this compare to the suits about "I got fat and unhealthy eating only at burger chains"? As silly as those are, I rate this one sillier. Even sillier than the "I put hot coffee down in the car, and it spilt on me and burned" suit. This is in the league of the "million dollar pants" suit.
     
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