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A Frenchman born under the sign of Aries who sued a newspaper for giving him an unfavorable horoscope was told he was wasting the court's time and ordered to pay $425 in legal fees.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050920/od_afp/francejusticehoroscope

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I can't help but wonder if the unfavourable horoscope was "-you will make a poor financial decision"

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ETA yes I did read the article first, I just couldn't help myself

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He's really going to hate today's horoscope: Your name will become synonymous with jackass.

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quote:
Originally posted by me, no really:
I can't help but wonder if the unfavourable horoscope was "-you will make a poor financial decision"

Naw, I bet it was:
"The look on your face will be priceless when you find that forty pound watermelon in your colon"

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I would like to applaud the reporting of the fact that a stupid lawsuit failed. This must happen all the time but we are usually just read about "Stella"-worthy claims rather than their outcomes.

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I think his argument was that since he was on the dole, he would never be able to find a job. It makes the story more understandable, but still makes him a nutter.
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The story was reported with more details in the French press. Apparently, the guy has filed quite a number of loony lawsuits in the last six months.

Story (in French)

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Fortunately, in Europe, such ludicrous lawsuits are much less likely to succeed than in the US.

Being an Aries myself, I know we tend to be short-tempered, but this guy is going too far and gives us aries-folks a bad reputation.

If we wasn't in France, I'd sue him. [lol]

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I don't believe in horoscopes and I'm a Taurus so don't even bother trying to change my mind about it.
Okay, I think I know what to do...
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quote:
Originally posted by The Fourth Man:
The story was reported with more details in the French press. Apparently, the guy has filed quite a number of loony lawsuits in the last six months.

Story (in French)

Aw, it doesn't give details on the other lawsuits. [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
Being an Aries myself, I know we tend to be short-tempered, but this guy is going too far and gives us aries-folks a bad reputation.

WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN WE'RE SHORT TEMPERED?!?!! [flame]

PS. All caps used for shouting soley for the purposes of humour.

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quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
Fortunately, in Europe, such ludicrous lawsuits are much less likely to succeed than in the US.

And this statement is based on ... what exactly? Any, you know, proof or evidence to back it up?

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Hey, I thought that was a headline from The Onion. It actually isn't bad - kind of a play on the "area man..." headlines they use.

Area man... aries man... get it?

Hello, is this thing on?

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quote:
Originally posted by ratface:
Hey, I thought that was a headline from The Onion. It actually isn't bad - kind of a play on the "area man..." headlines they use.

Area man... aries man... get it?

Hello, is this thing on?



Apparently not....

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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahoring Has Broken:
quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
Fortunately, in Europe, such ludicrous lawsuits are much less likely to succeed than in the US.

And this statement is based on ... what exactly? Any, you know, proof or evidence to back it up?

Pogue

If I remember correctly, many European countries have a system where the loser of a civil litigation pays the court fees. Therefore, many European people aren't as willing to bring to court civil suits if there is a chance that they will have to pay for the proceedings if they loose.

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[/qb][/QUOTE]If I remember correctly, many European countries have a system where the loser of a civil litigation pays the court fees. Therefore, many European people aren't as willing to bring to court civil suits if there is a chance that they will have to pay for the proceedings if they loose. [/QB][/QUOTE]

This is correct. If you lose, you are charged with the court fees, and of course you have to pay your lawyer, too. So, suing someone for an unlikely reason in order to get money is pretty risky from a financial point of view.

Plus, european mentality and legislation may have another vision of personal responsibility, so, to take an example, sueing a cigarette manufacturer because you have lung cancer or sueing McDo because you're too fat has no chance to succeed. After all, no one forced you to eat or smoke their stuff.

Besides,Pogue,looney lawsuits in the USA have achieved a legendary status. A quick google-search led me to this site:

http://www.atra.org/display/13

or this one, from Michigan:

http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/loonylawsuits.html

... and I can tell you every one of them would cause a european judge to laugh himself sick (as you see from a single german case cited on the first site).

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Although, playing devils advocate for a while, I'll point out that all the cases in the last post either failed or contain no information on verdict.

You'll have to show crazy cases that actually won.

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So here's a couple of recent cases that might be considered "looney", and they won...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4289892.stm
quote:

Beheading video man sent to jail

A man who used his mobile phone to replay footage of a beheading in Iraq to a hotel shop worker has been jailed for 60 days.

Subhaan Younis, 23, played the images to shocked Charlotte McClay last September at a hotel in Glasgow.

BTW That one was a criminal case, not civil.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4295968.stm
quote:
The Danish air force has admitted causing the death of Rudolph the reindeer and has paid compensation to Father Christmas.

Olovi Nikkanoff, one of Denmark's professional Santa Clauses, says his reindeer died of shock as fighter planes flew low overhead.


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These are strange, but not really looney cases.

The first guy is a sicko who deserves to get jailed. I wonder if he thought showing this revolting footage would be a successful pick-up tactic. The lady could have run away instead of watching it, however, but maybe she couldn't or was too surprised to do so.

The second case is quite classical. Whole chicken farms or sheep flocks can be decimated by an overflying jet, and all the world's air forces are faced with such lawsuits from time to time. It's just more original because the plaintiff is a professional Santa Claus.

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