Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Katrina idiocy

Overlawyered has this gem:

    Giving property rights a bad name? "A Broadmoor man who said he rescued more than 200 residents after commandeering a boat during the flood after Hurricane Katrina is being sued by the boat's owner for taking it 'without receiving permission.'" Mark Morice cut the unattended boat loose and managed to hot-wire it, then used it to rescue an elderly dialysis patient and many others; he then left the vessel for other rescuers' use. "The lawsuit contends that boat owner John M. Lyons Jr. suffered his own distress, in the form of 'grief, mental anguish, embarrassment and suffering ... due to the removal of the boat,' as well as its replacement costs."

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