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When Do Governments Cease To Be Responsible For Our Misfortunes?

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When do governments cease to be responsible for our misfortunes? My last blog mentioned the death of a 41-year-old cyclist in Toronto when his bike tire became lodged in a stretch of unused streetcar track. He was not wearing a safety helmet and he was carrying a bag of groceries on his front handlebars. There are rumours the case may lead to a lawsuit. Apparently, similar incidents in Canada and the US have sparked litigation against municipalities, for example, in Seattle 6 cyclists sued the city after falling along the streetcar line. Their lawyer argued the city breached its duty...

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Outrageous Lawsuits

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Although I'd love to laugh, the following makes me want to cry. In the U.S., lawsuits have become a way of life and, in response, all professionals, businesses, drivers and homeowners have to buy expensive insurance to protect themselves just in case they are sued (rightly or wrongly). Here's a sampling of some of the most ridiculous lawsuits in the U.S.: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering...

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