Legal causes I’ve lived through

The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Aside from professional experience, I’ve tripped into other legal foofaraw.  Pretty much by accident, I’ve been a key witness in three entirely separate cases; a deliberating juror twice; and a defendant once; and a plaintiff two-and-a-half times personally and at least thrice in class action lawsuits.

Indeed, I recently got an e-mail from “Claims Administrator,” with the subject heading “Expedia Class Action Settlement notification.”  Did I know I was part of a class action lawsuit against Expedia?  Beats me.  But apparently between 2001 and 2008 I booked a hotel stay through Expedia.  Hey, I’m willing to believe it.  Because as part of the winning class I have been awarded an Expedia credit for…$40.97.  Big stuff.

Other legal causes I’ve been involved with: criminal defense, police brutality, breach of contract, civil rights, wrongful imprisonment, personal injury, employment disputes, defamation, legal malpractice and real estate co-operatives.

Then, shortly after I signed the complaint that is a model for the lawsuit process, I accidentally broke a bone in my foot on a sidewalk badly maintained by a careless neighbor.  For two months I was homebound in a small walk-up apartment, on crutches.  So there was yet another lawsuit tucked into my file drawer.

I was destined to become a plaintiff.


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