Two more examples of why I think America’s lawyers are out of control.
A lawsuit against the US National Parks could spell the end for climbing in one of the world’s premier climbing areas. A rock slide six years ago in Yosemite, the US climbing haven, killed climber Peter Terbush. Now Terbush’s parents have filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service for wrongful death, accusing the park of causing the rock slide by having an overflowing water tank in the area.
Hanging by your fingernails onto a cliff a few thousand feet above the ground is an inherently dangerous activity. Part of the richness of life is the freedom to choose to do that sort of thing. Rock slides could never kill this sport, but lawyers most assuredly can.
And a class-action lawsuit has been filed against a large number of oil companies, naming as plaintiffs “all persons, businesses and entities in the state of Louisiana who have suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Katrina’s winds and storm surge.” I can’t improve on
Eaglespeak’s explanation of why you sue oil companies for a hurricane. It’s the same reason that Willie Sutton is supposed to have given for why he robbed banks, namely “that’s where the money is.”