Two high school baton twirlers, who were cut from the majorettes program at North Haven High in Connecticut, haved filed a lawsuit suing the coach, the athletic director and the high school principal, claiming the majorette coach violated their civil rights by cutting them from the team without just cause.
The mothers of the twirlers hired a lawyer to argue that, under the 14th Amendment, being a majorette is a noncompetitive activity that shouldn't exclude anyone. "We're just protecting our rights," said one of the mothers.
A West Virginia convenience store worker was awarded a whopping $2,699,000 in punitive damages after she injured her back opening a pickle jar, this according to a report in the Charleston Daily Mail.
The 'injured' worker also received $130,066 in compensation and $170,000 for emotional distress.
A State Supreme Court Justice, Spike Maynard, called this award an "outrageous sum." In his dissenting opinion, he wrote, "I know an excessive punitive damages award when I see one, and I see one here."
The court, however, upheld most of the punitive damages. Net result: $2.2 million.
Originally posted by BlueTileSpook
I have the chance to sue a hospital right now for messing up on my last surgery. Instead of suing the hospital, my wife and I wrote a letter to the doctor in charge of the Neurology clinic that scheduled the surgery and did a bullet style list point-by-point of all the screwups. Their lawyers have been evaluating it for 6 weeks now, and I got my first reply from them just a few days ago.
My doc told me at my last appointment that I really shook up the admin of the hospital, and even he walks on egg shells around me. I wasn't nasty about it, but I was very direct in detailing what the problems were, what I suggested to correct the problems and that I did not want an reoccurance of the same in the future.
Yes, I could have sued, but I didn't feel it was the "right" thing to do. I may be out some money, but I can sleep at night. And my wife was part of the decision so she is comfortable with it too.
[edit on 4/7/2006 by BlueTileSpook]