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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/y_detroit/y_detroit_ts2286

    The lady falls asleep on a DC to Philly flight and doesn't wake up for four hours... then sues the airline for not being her alarm clock.

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    This is why we need a "loser pays" court system on stuff like this. What it would cost her to sue an airline like that and lose would make her think twice about something this silly.

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    Yeah, but then when you were really hurt by one of them who would want to try to sue when there is a chance you could lose?

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    I would think a lawyer could tell you if you had a good case or not. If there is no chance to win, they would probably just charge a set fee. If they thought you could win, they would probably charge you a percentage of the winnings. If you make a dumb lawsuit and he doesn't say he would do it for a percentage of the winnings but wants a set fee instead, then you might not want to sue. If he wants only a percentage, you probably have a good shot. If he wants both, then you better check your bank account.

    I'm sure there is a lawyer on here laughing at that paragraph right now. But, if there was a loser pay system, then lawyers may actually do business the way a described. At least I would hope.

    Now, riddle me with all the ways I am wrong. I can take it. And maybe learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I would think a lawyer could tell you if you had a good case or not. If there is no chance to win, they would probably just charge a set fee. If they thought you could win, they would probably charge you a percentage of the winnings. If you make a dumb lawsuit and he doesn't say he would do it for a percentage of the winnings but wants a set fee instead, then you might not want to sue. If he wants only a percentage, you probably have a good shot. If he wants both, then you better check your bank account.

    I'm sure there is a lawyer on here laughing at that paragraph right now. But, if there was a loser pay system, then lawyers may actually do business the way a described. At least I would hope.

    Now, riddle me with all the ways I am wrong. I can take it. And maybe learn.
    Well my first thought would be that the attorney representing this lady must think he can win or he wouldn't waste his time. He can't be doing it just for the press because who in their right mind would stand next to the lady if he assumed he'd lose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    Well my first thought would be that the attorney representing this lady must think he can win or he wouldn't waste his time. He can't be doing it just for the press because who in their right mind would stand next to the lady if he assumed he'd lose?
    I wonder that too. But, he's probably charging a fee she can pay. If she also had to pay the expenses of the airline if she lost, she might think twice.

    I wouldn't want to represent a dumb case like this, but lawyers are a rare breed. I don't think they care about their image sometimes.

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