January 26, 2006
Two Little Ankle-Biters, And A Barracuda
I do agree, the best non-fiction writing has to actually be devoid of fiction. But isn't this taking things a bit far? Two Seattle readers have filed a lawsuit to recover the value of their lost time, spent reading James Frey's now-infamous hoax-riddled memoir, "A Million Little Pieces."
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Seattle Attorney Mike Myers lists as plaintiffs two Seattle residents, Shera Paglinawan and Stuart Oswald, who each received or purchased the book "before news of the book's falsity was disseminated."
The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status.
Myers is a Seattle personal injury attorney and Seattle U. law grad, who enjoys skiing vacations in Whistler and Argentina. Not much info. on Paglinawan. Oswald is a Laurelhurst resident and VP for GMAC Commercial Mortgage in Bellevue who is sometimes quoted in the local business press. Reached on the phone today, he confirmed his identity as one of the plaintiffs mentioned in the news report. He added, "I am being replaced, though, so I've got no comment. Thanks." (Click).
Good move Stu, Baby. But what came over you in the first place? And a memo to Attorney Myers: This kind of stuff may be part of the plaintiff bar's game plan, but you're giving your colleagues a black eye.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at January 26, 2006
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Just think, this could open the door for a class action lawsuit against the MSM for wasting our time......
Could we sue for the coverage of the lawsuits?
2. MORE FARE FOR THE 15 MINIUTE OF FAME GRIS MILL!!!
3. I'm surprised my colleague at the bar didn't include the Oprah as a defendent. Book Club malpractice, anybody?
Just read that Oprah has gone public condemning this author. Perhaps these parasites should sue Oprah for her efforts on behalf of this author to get him on the best sellers list? There's some real money there.
5. Oh, get real!!! Are these people serious?? Can I join in because of the politically correct garbage I had to read in my college classes or the hours wasted in pointless meetings? Sheesh! These people need a life and we need to come up with a system that forbids these frivolous lawsuits or at the very least makes the loser pay all costs. Hey, why don't we sue Comrade Hillary because she said she wrote her book by candlelight with quill pen. If this issue has caused the plaintiffs that much grief, they need more than a class action lawsuit. Does the nut house have any vacancies?
6. Burdabee.... Couldn't agree with you more. Ironically(sp) the book is about addiction, and overcoming it. These people need to get a life, and MOVE ON. I would be ashamed......Leeches, darn leeches is all they are.....
P.T. Barnum is credited with two sayings that apply quite nicely here:
1: "There's a sucker born every minute."
2: "A fool and his money are soon parted."
The best part of this lawsuit is that they aren't suing for the price of the book--they're suing for lost time.
How does that work? I guess as a class action, they have to work out the average time it takes to read the book times a fair wage for sitting on your rump reading.
That's not fair to slow readers: "Your honor, I know I only make minimum wage, but I'm a really, really, s-l-o-w reader."
9. This isn't the first time that Oprah has been hornswaggled. Don'tya remember her I'll never eat beaf again statement about 20 years ago that caused the industry great harm?
Just when you think you've heard the most absurd lawsuit imaginable....
If the judge who hears this case doesn't dismiss it out of hand and give the plaintiffs and their lawyer a tongue lashing they will never forget we'll just have to set up a kangaroo court and break out the hanging rope.
.......where was I? Oh yeah, you have to remember that you live in Seattle where the oh so sensitive souls think that time wasted reading a bad book damages their delicate psyches which is a good as reason as any for a lawsuit.
11. Another reason to live in Pierce County!!!