Monday, February 27, 2006

Oh, for the love of....

There's a reason why lawyer jokes are so prevalent. And, occasionally, vicious.

From Denver, this lovely little story.

Yes, folks, you can be sued for bathing too early for your neighbors' taste.As noted by the aptly-named blog Overlawyered,
Shannon Peterson, a special education teacher in the Arvada. Colo. public schools, "can't believe she's being sued for bathing before leaving for work." But the elderly couple who lives upstairs from her Denver condo unit have been complaining about noisy pipes, and unfortunately for Ms. Peterson they happen to have a son, Sheldon Smith, who's an attorney at the large law firm of Holland and Hart. Represented by their son, the Smiths "sued Peterson just before Christmas, citing the 'reckless and negligent use of her bathtub.'" Before that, the younger Smith had fired off a letter to Peterson, saying her "intransigence ... and tortuous conduct have resulted in incredible sleep deprivation for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Your obstinacy has ruled the day. That will now cease." According to the Denver Post, his demand letter insisted that Peterson not run water in her bathtub before 8 a.m. Peterson says she can't afford steep legal fees on a schoolteacher's salary; a judge has scheduled a hearing on the suit for March 22.

I hope the judge throws the book at the attorney. Sheesh.

H/T American Spectator.

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