10 Oct City Employee Sues After Hitting Her Own Car
While Florida is generally recognized as having the most amusing legal cases, Minnesota had a noteworthy contribution this week.
Megan Campbell was driving a city van on the West Side of Saint Paul when she hit a parked car. The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder she struck received about $1,600 to $1,900 in damage. It also happened to be her own car.
Rather than make the compelling case for Megan, I’ll let her argue the merits in her own words. “Because I was working for the city and driving their vehicle, I feel they are responsible for the damage done to my car.”
Bold move, Ms. Campbell. Though no damage was found to any vehicles owned or rented by the city, she stands by her claim and position that the city is responsible for her actions against herself.
Megan Campbell’s case reminds me of one of my favorites from nearly 20 years ago. Robert Lee Bork’s claim may be even more bold and creative than hers.
As an inmate at Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, Bork sued himself to the tune of $5 million for violating his own civil rights. “I partook of alcoholic beverages in 1993, July 1st,” he stated. “As a result I caused myself to violate my religious beliefs. This was done by my going out and getting arrested [for grand larceny].”
So how does suing yourself help you? Well Bork further argued that because he had no income as a prisoner, and because he was a ward of the state, that the federal government should pay the $5 million he owes to himself on his behalf.
We salute the creativity of these individuals and hope that one day they will use their powers for good.
If you have a potential case, give us a call at 1-800-881-2021. But be prepared, if your claim is completely ludicrous, we might send you to the blackboard…