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June 10th, 2009

Brooklyn Man Sues for Humiliation and Disappointment

A Brooklyn man filed suit yesterday against for humiliation and disappointment. That humiliation, of course, will be nothing compared to being known as the guy that sued for humiliation and disappointment. His name is Sean McGinn.

It seems that the women McGinn was sending missives to were no longer on, but the service kept their names and profiles up anyway. Having sent hundreds of letters, this tended to waste a lot of time. He was steamed. He started a class action based on deceptive practices.
But it seems to me that if he has a legitimate beef about his time being wasted, then that is what he should have sued for. Overreaching into the realm of a personal, psychological injury is just the kind of thing that will get you skewered up, down and sideways. It’s a distraction from the real issue, and not a healthy distraction.
It’s not unusual to overreach, of course. Judge Robert Bork famously did that when his lawyer sued — when he slipped ascending the dais at the Yale Club for a speech and hurt himself — for “in excess” of a million dollars, punitive damages, legal fees and interest from the time of the accident. Even if the hematoma on his leg that he claimed he needed surgery for was significant, New York law doesn’t even provide for legal fees and interest from the time of the accident in such an instance, and punitive damages were an idiotic claim. The reputation of this tort “reformer” was badly tarnished by his hypocrisy in overreaching.
The lesson? Don’t overreach in demands. Because an legitimate complaint will get overshadowed by the illegitimate ones.

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sean mcginn of brooklyn, and lawyers seeking class-action status, say left canceled profiles up, resulting in “humiliation and disappointment” suffered by paying members who sent love-struck missives to the old accounts.
posted by Walter Olson @ June 11, 2009 11:16 AM

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