I overheard recently, while listening to a radio talk show, that a woman was suing Victoria’s Secret because of a defective thong. The woman was changing into the thong in a locker room at her work place when a “sharp dangly” addition to the thong snapped and hit her in the eye. She had three cuts to her cornea and decided to sue the boutique.
While this matter may seem comical, even a bit juvenile, what this woman is doing certainly is not. She is putting the civil justice system in the same bad light as the woman with the finger in her chili did, and that is unfortunate. More and more people feel the necessity to take cases to trial for “Hollywood” reasons. “Hollywood,” for me, refers to the incorrect views society today gets on the legal system by watching slanderous movies and humiliating television series that portray the legal system as a way to earn a quick buck through ticktack cases that have no reason being in court. It is apparent that the woman (who had worn the thong at least twice before the incident) has watched one too many Judge Maria Lopez episodes.
This case is bad for the legal system for two reasons:
1) It causes the public to continue to view courts and the legal system with a false “Mickey Mouse” and “Looney Tunes” mindset.
2) The case will possibly cause copycat cases from people more interested in making a quick Franklin than actually receiving justice.
Reading other blogs posted about the thong case, it is true that clients with preposterous cases will never stop entering attorney’s offices, and attorneys looking for spotlight will never stop taking these preposterous cases. It is apparent however, because of media and Hollywood, these cases will have the most affect on the public’s view of the legal system, as opposed to the thousands of righteous cases that settle and/or go to trial daily.