Hook me up with this legal team! Another frivolous lawsuit hits the jackpot

September 4, 2009

We’ve all seen too many headlines about juries rewarding absurd compensation for people caught in stupid situations.  The latest to cross my path came from Smyrna, TN.  According to the Chatanoogan:

Jury Orders Ruby Tuesday To Pay $10 Million After Patron Served 19 Beers
posted August 29, 2009

A jury in Rutherford County has returned a $10,035,000 verdict against Ruby Tuesday, Inc., in a lawsuit arising from a 2005 incident at a Ruby Tuesday in Smyrna, Tn.

In August 2005, a Ruby Tuesday bartender served a patron the equivalent of 19 beers in a two-and-a-half-hour period, with no food, Chattanooga attorney Joe DeGaetano said.

The attorney said, “The extremely intoxicated patron then perpetrated a vicious and unprovoked attack on the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Dan Maddy. Mr. Maddy, an innocent customer, suffered severe lacerations to his face and chest as a result of the attack.

The proof at trial further showed that Ruby Tuesday’s chief risk management executive steadfastly maintained that the bartender who served the 19 beers to the obviously intoxicated patron did absolutely nothing wrong, and that the company never fired, suspended, or otherwise disciplined the bartender.”

The trial began on Tuesday. The verdict on compensatory damages came down on Thursday afternoon after the jury was out about three and a half hours. The verdict on punitive damages came down on Friday afternoon after the jury was out about two and a half hours.

The plaintiff’s lawyers were Mr. DeGaetano of the DeGaetano Law Firm and George Nolan of Leader, Bulso, Nolan & Burnstein, PLC, in Nashville.

Who looks at this place and thinks damn, Im fin to get trashed here tonight!?

Who looks at this place and thinks "damn, I'm fin to get trashed here tonight!"?

It’s no secret that your boy E loves the sauce.  Ask any members ofthe Too Old Crew and its extended family and you’ll be regaled with a litanny of “E acting a drunk fool” stories.  I would, however, like to think that even I am not foolish enough to drink 19 beers at a Ruby Tuesdays and attack some random dude.  Heck, I don’t think I could drink 19 beers in that span (or, much of any span) of time and still be standing.  This dude apparently downed over an 18-pack in less than 3 hours.  I would say that’s pretty darned impressive.  What I still fail to understand is how this dude getting sauced up and beating some other guy down makes Ruby Tuesdays liable to the tune of 10 milli.  I don’t know about any of you, but I would probably let some drunk fool one-time me for that kinda loot.  This story also shows you how, with the right legal team, and an assemblage of morons in the jury box, you can strike it rich.  So get out there, America, act a fool.  And maybe, just maybe, you can convince a jury to put you on easy street for being in the right place at the right time.

One Response to “Hook me up with this legal team! Another frivolous lawsuit hits the jackpot”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    Dude, If I even see your car in a Ruby Tuesdays parking lot you better be sauced b/c I’m gonna give you sh-t!
    Anyway, how did this case get to court? Ruby Tuesday’s attorneys should have settled this case months ago.
    BTW, where is the song?

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