The Sue-nited States of America

Simon Black relates an amusing tale on the way to making his point in his latest post Quote:

On June 6, 1991, Richard Overton finally hit his breaking point.

Apparently, Mr. Overton had been spending quite a lot of time in front of his television, watching a flurry of beer commercials featuring scantily clad women falling all over themselves for average looking men.

Overton realized immediately that drinking Anheuser-Busch’s magical products would be the solution to all of his problems.

So he hurtled to his nearest liquor store for a case of beer.

Except… nothing happened. No tropical islands. No Clydesdale horses. No Swedish bikini team.

Moreover, Overton found out that alcohol can actually have negative effects on the mind and body.

Overton was shocked and dismayed. He felt that, by buying and drinking beer, he was entitled to the fantasy lifestyle in the commercials… without any of the downside.

Anheuser-Busch had betrayed him. And he wasn’t going to take it lying down.

So, in the name of beer drinkers everywhere, Overton sued on grounds of false advertising, claiming that Anheuser-Busch’s TV commercials “involving tropical settings, and beautiful women. . . had caused him physical and mental injury, emotional distress, and financial loss.

Sadly this is a true story– just one example of the countless absurd, frivolous lawsuits that get filed in the Sue-nited States of America every year.  [He lost]

Here’s a more recent one:

Alice Jean

Late last week, the Democratic National Committee […] launched a suit against everyone they could think of.

The DNC believes a carefully coordinated conspiracy between Russia and the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump hijacked the 2016 US Presidential Election.

So they filed a federal lawsuit in Southern District of New York (Manhattan) against more than two dozen defendants, including:

– Russia  [actually it is The Russian Federation, that is named in the suit]
– Wikileaks
– The Trump Campaign
– The GRU (the successor to the KGB)
Ten unknown, unnamed individuals, cited in the lawsuit as John Doe #1 through #10.

The DNC alleges in the complaint that these defendants violated a multitude of laws, from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to the State of Virginia’s common law prohibiting ‘Conspiracy to Commit Trespass to Chattels’.

[…] However you feel about this Trump/Russia issue, it’s important to step back for a moment and take note of the absurdity of this lawsuit.

How in the world is it even possible to sue “Russia?”

“Russia” is not even a legal entity. It’s just the name given to a giant piece of land on a map.

In theory you could sue the Russian president. Or even the Russian government.

But suing “Russia” is about as ridiculous as suing “Rap Music.” Yet in the Sue-nited States, you’re free to sue anyone or anything. End of quote.

Russia, or the Russian Federation is officially a federation of 85 federal subjects; republics, oblasts, krais, autonomous okrugs, federal cities, and an autonomous oblast. Several of the federal subjects are ethnic republics. Quote:

Perhaps more importantly, the DNC is suing ten different “John Doe’s,” i.e. people who are entirely unknown.

But again, in the Sue-nited States, you’re even free to sue people who might not exist.

One of the truly bizarre things I find about this lawsuit is that the defendants are alleged to have violated an obscure Virginia state law… even though the lawsuit was filed in New York City.

[…] If you ever get sued, you’ll quickly end up going through a ‘discovery’ process, whereby the opposing legal counsel will obtain access to EVERYTHING in your entire life– financial records, bank statements, phone records, Facebook messages, and emails.

Their job isn’t to prove that you actually wronged their client.

All they need to do is demonstrate to the jury that you’re a bad person.

[…] And of course, even if you win, you lose. The mere pain of having to go through a lawsuit can be incredibly expensive and emotionally draining. End of quote.

So now the fun and games begin because discovery works both ways and Republican strategist Roger Stone and his lawyers intend to try and examine the Democratic National Committee’s servers for evidence of Russian hacking.  “The DNC lawsuit opens the door of discovery. My lawyers and I want to examine the DNC servers to settle this bogus claim of Russian hacking once and for all,” Stone declared.

But has the DNC already cremated the bodies?  Roger Stone’s attorney has said: Quote:

In recent media reports the DNC claims the remedy was costly. The suit details the necessary fixes; the DNC had to “decommission more than 140 servers, remove and reinstall all software, including the operating systems, for more than 180 computers, and rebuild at least 11 servers.”

If the DNC thought there was even a remote chance it would sue a foreign government, the Campaign of the President of the United States, Roger Stone, and others, it had an obligation not to destroy the evidence.

We sent the preservation and hold letter because we want to know if the DNC “cremated the body” before we could examine and test the toxicity of the DNC’s questionable claims. Based on the reports and the lawsuit, the DNC is expecting, without verification, for a jury and America to accept its narrative. End of quote.

Will this lot still be on this “woe is us, the election was stolen from us” bandwagon when the 2020 election campaign rolls around?

 


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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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