News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society

Who’s fault is it when a man crashes into a table, tearing several ligaments and suffering a severed tendon while attempting in vain to improve his base-stealing technique in his den? Apparently, it’s Mickey Mantle Sports Productions, according to the victim’s lawsuit. “Litigious Society” catalogs the petty and darkly humorous lawsuits filed by victims of painful, self-inflicted foolery. In a world where a man can sue Starbucks for “goading” him into stealing money from the tip jar by placing it in plain sight, you’ll wonder how absurd the process of law has truly become.

About the Author

Any serious purveyor of public misconduct must necessarily draw upon a broad range of education and experience, and Chuck Shepherd has worn many hats in his journey to becoming America’s acknowledged wizard of weird. He holds degrees from three of our finest institutions of higher learning: a B.S.. from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D.. from American University and an M.B.A.. from George Washington University.

Among the jobs he has held are business school and journalism law professor, government bureaucrat and White House wonk, trade journal editor, practicing attorney, basketball referee and NBA statistician, night club revue producer and radio operator for the U.S.. Air Force, including a 362-day/4-hour/19-minute tour in the Republic of Vietnam.

Today, Chuck and his wife live a quiet life in Tampa, Fla., where he decreasingly ventures outdoors.

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