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Offline Johnnie F.

The Mess Lawyers Can Create
« on: August 31, 2011, 08:56:46 AM »
Having close personal contact to an ambitious lawyer can really turn you into an idiot. Dig this story from the Chicago Tribune about kids suing their mother with representation by their lawyer father:

'Bad mothering' lawsuit dismissed

Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for "bad mothering" damages allegedly caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn't like.

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, "haggling" over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

Last week, when the court record stood about a foot tall, an Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, finding that none of the mother's conduct was "extreme or outrageous." To rule in favor of her children, the court found, "could potentially open the floodgates to subject family child rearing to … excessive judicial scrutiny and interference."

In 2009, the children, represented by three attorneys including their father, Steven A. Miner, sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity. Steven II, now 23, and his sister Kathryn, now 20, sought more than $50,000 for "emotional distress."

Miner and Garrity were married for a decade before she filed for divorce in 1995, records show.

Among the exhibits filed in the case is a birthday card Garrity sent her son, who in his lawsuit sought damages because the card was "inappropriate" and failed to include cash or a check. He also alleged she failed to send a card for years or, while he was in college, care packages.

On the front of the American Greetings card is a picture of tomatoes spread across a table that are indistinguishable except for one in the middle with craft-store googly eyes attached.

"Son I got you this Birthday card because it's just like you … different from all the rest!" the card reads. On the inside Garrity wrote, "Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo."

In court papers, Garrity's attorney Shelley Smith said the "litany of childish complaints and ingratitude" in the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by Garrity's ex-husband to "seek the ultimate revenge" of having her children accuse her of "being an inadequate mother."

"It would be laughable that these children of privilege would sue their mother for emotional distress, if the consequences were not so deadly serious" for Garrity, Smith wrote. "There is no insurance for this claim, so (Garrity) must pay her legal fees, while (the children) have their father for free."

Messages left for Smith were not returned. Steven A. Miner, reached by phone, did not comment. In court papers he said he only filed the lawsuit after much legal research and had tried to dissuade his children from bringing the case.

The Cook County judge who ruled on the case, Kathy Flanagan, declined to assess sanctions against Miner, but said the lawsuit amounted to nothing more than children "suing their mother for bad mothering."

DePaul University law professor Bruce Ottley, who co-wrote a textbook on Illinois tort law, said courts have long carved out an exception to family members suing each other, barring any extreme conduct.

"If junior slips on the rug in the living room and sues mom or dad, that can't happen," Ottley said.

He said such emotional-distress damages are a way for the legal system to address situations — sexual harassment for instance — where there is no physical harm. But those bringing a case to court must prove the conduct was outrageous.

"The fact that it is such a high standard, it doesn't succeed very often," Ottley said.

In court filings, Garrity's attorney writes that "she does still love" her children but found that they wanted "the benefits afforded by a family relationship, but none of the restraints."

Steven A. Miner wrote that the case is no different from a patient suing a physician "for bad doctoring."

The children "do not view their (lawsuit) as an attack on mothering, but rather on accountability," he wrote. "Everyone makes mistakes, but … there must be accountability for actions. Parenting is no different."

Garrity called the lawsuit nothing but harassment.

"Everything ... shows that these children, orchestrated by their father, will stop at nothing to embarrass and financially harm their mother," Smith wrote in a court filing. "In the process they have embarrassed themselves and left a public record blogged about on the Internet that will shadow their every future relationship."

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I've heard of other "law-loving" creatures who take "the law" into their own hands and kill their mothers instead of making a fool of themselves by accusing them of "Bad Mothering" and asking for compensation in a lawsuit. :o
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Mitraparp Monkey

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Re: The Mess Lawyers Can Create
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 09:44:10 AM »
"Everything ... shows that these children, orchestrated by their father, will stop at nothing to embarrass and financially harm their mother," Smith wrote in a court filing. "In the process they have embarrassed themselves and left a public record blogged about on the Internet that will shadow their every future relationship."

...and maybe they'll even threaten or even attempt to sue each blogger or forum administrator as well for allowing reports about or even only references to their conduct calling it "defamation"...
 

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Re: The Mess Lawyers Can Create
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 10:00:37 AM »
The woman is lucky that her children did no more than sue her. They might easily have turned to, say, violence as an alternative.
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 10:02:29 AM »
"I've worked hard for this job. Therefore, we will sue."
 

Offline Johnnie F.

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 10:18:22 AM »
The woman is lucky that her children did no more than sue her. They might easily have turned to, say, violence as an alternative.

I hope they don't get the idea still when they hear of the Canadian precedent of a minor jail sentence, a pardon and above all the forcing of the Quebec Bar Association to let a misfit take the bar exam and let him call himself a lawyer, so he can hassle a peaceful expat community in Thailand.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 10:23:46 AM »
"I've worked hard for this job. Therefore, we will sue."

Does SUE stand for "stab unprovokedly edges" by any chance?
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 12:10:56 PM »
"I've worked hard for this job. Therefore, we will sue."

Does SUE stand for "stab unprovokedly edges" by any chance?

That's the final straw JF.  "WE" will sue and "WE" will contact your web host if you do not bring down these defamatory remarks immediately.  Furthermore, "WE" will make an attempt to impersonate you on other forums in order to discredit you and deceive the Korat community into thinking that there are three bad guys in Korat who have a personal vendetta against us.  "WE" will prove in a court of law that "WE" are not living here illegally or conducting in any illegal activities.
 

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Re: The Mess Lawyers Can Create
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2011, 07:32:09 PM »
"In the process they have embarrassed themselves and left a public record blogged about on the Internet that will shadow their every future relationship."

And can be perpetually expanded upon.
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 10:22:04 PM »
Queens always use the royal 'we'.

My life is happy and fulfilled. I wonder what his is like.
 

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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2011, 01:49:59 AM »
Queens always use the royal 'we'.

My life is happy and fulfilled. I wonder what his is like.

Judging by the looks of him in his videos, probably not too good.

Saf, don't start with my looks and life or "WE" will sue you too. LOL.
 

 



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