Back in January, in a monologue making fun of Mitt Romney’s lavish lifestyle, talk show host Jay Leno showed a photo of Sri Darbar Sahib, a Sikh holy shrine, identifying it as Romney’s summer home. The American Sikh community was less than amused, and now a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Sikh community organization, charging Leno with libel for “exposing Sikhs to hatred, contempt and ridicule.”
Speaking of unwinnable lawsuits, two involving our National Pastime:
- In Georgia, the father of a 10-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a foul ball at an Atlanta Braves game in 2010, is suing the team for not providing adequate protection: the family claims the section they were sitting in should have had protective netting, even though the section they were sitting generally does not have protective netting, and even though every ticket notes that “The holder assumes all risk and danger incidental to the game of baseball, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to, the actual playing of the game, including specifically … the danger of being injured by thrown or batted balls, thrown or broken bats,” and reminders to stay alert are posted on the scoreboard. (More)
- And in New Jersey, a woman is suing a boy who, as an 11-year-old warming up in the bullpen during a Little League game two years ago, made a bad throw and hit her in the face. She failed in her attempt to sue the Little League organization, so now she wants $150,000 from the boy.
The woman was sitting at a picnic table about 5 feet away from the bullpen. Personally, I’d say go after the genius who placed the picnic table 5 feet away from the bullpen.
The Naked Indian — a New York City street performer (shown below with Dorothy and the Tin Man; Times Square can be a very strange place sometimes) — claims that the Naked Cowboy, a New York City street performer who apparently originated the “Naked” concept (there’s also a Naked Cowgirl) wants to sue him. Maybe and maybe not, but this interview with the Naked Indian is amusing.
In 2009, in Great Britain, Fiona Dickie was in an automobile accident but went on to win the Miss Edinburgh title. The most serious lingering effect of the accident is that she suffers chronic back pain any time she wears high heels, which she continues to do at charity events.
In her lawsuit against the man responsible for the accident, the judge commended her for continuing to make charitable appearances, saying “She knows she can wear high heels but will suffer the next day for doing so. Its eems to me that rather than being criticized, she should be commended for her efforts,” and “This is not the conduct of a malingerer or someone who is seeking to secure the most compensation possible for her injuries.”
He awarded her £18,000 (about $28,500), rather than the £3500 the defense was arguing for.
Which is all very well… but it sounds a great deal like she was awarded the £18,000 not just for her injuries, but because the judge admired the fact that she continued to help charities despite them.
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