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Article: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Articles' started by Chatterton, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Chatterton

    Chatterton Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Dominican Republic & Fort Lauderdale, FL
  2. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    Frivolous law suits should be made painful. When a shotgun law suit such as that is brought against a person, and they win, all of their costs should be recoverable from the claimant and their lawyer(s).
    koozemani and tplyons like this.
  3. BVickery

    BVickery Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Jacksonville, FL
    We will never see any sort of Torte Reform, which the legal system desperately needs (and I know many lawyers who feel it is needed and get sick when they read about such lawyers and what they do). The reason for this is simple. The Trial Lawyers Association donates (read: bribe) both sides of the aisle. Most of the Dems are actually trial lawyers (not a slam against them, just the truth. John Edwards made all his money this way and is trying to do so again).
  4. chrpai

    chrpai Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cedar Park, TX
    The OpEd is rich in inflammatory opinions but utterly lacking in details. It's easy to criticize the legal system until we are the ones seeking relief.

    This rant belongs in Thumbs Down but having connections seems to do wonders...
  5. HowardE

    HowardE Diver Staff Member

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    Did you read the rest? I doubt it.

    As for "connections" - there's no wonder. John Chatterton is a famous diver, a dive industry personality, with 2 best selling books about him, and 54 episodes of a television program to his credit. Not to mention that he's one of the few people to actually see the Titanic in it's final resting place. John Chatterton doesn't need help from me to be a person of interest.

    It's certainly easy for you to throw stones from the protection of your armchair though. :thumb:
    Slmason.72 likes this.
  6. chrpai

    chrpai Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cedar Park, TX
    Of course I did.
  7. HowardE

    HowardE Diver Staff Member

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    I know for a fact that John verified the details with Richie.

    As for the rest... When you become a dive industry personality, then you're more than welcome to submit articles for the SB homepage, as is any other Dive Industry Professional.
    Jai Bar likes this.
  8. chrpai

    chrpai Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cedar Park, TX
    Ah, argument of authority and attack the person not the opinion. Connections? Yes.... your personal dive buddy.
    daniel f aleman likes this.
  9. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    What this says to me is that despite what the pundits say on Scuba diving chat boards, a properly executed release does speak to the state of mind of the releaser prior to the fatality. Kudos to David Concannon for his tenacity and to the jury for realizing that the gold digger (the lawyer in this case, not Terry's widow) was who he was.

    As an aside, the lawyer found Terry's widow, not the other way around.
  10. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    It's my understanding that if a court rules a lawsuit was frivolous, the court can impose sanctions on the lawyer. I have to believe that in this case the court found at least a shred of evidence supported the lawsuit, so it was not "frivolous." Without further information than what's in this article, we have no way to know what the plaintiff alleged happened or what the evidence was. The article presents an awfully one-sided, black and white picture: it was an unforeseeable heart attack, and the victim signed a waiver. The article would be much more interesting to me if at least a little bit of the other side of the story was presented. But then again, I'll read anything Chatterton writes.

    I do agree that that the shotgun approach is used all too often. It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that if someone died, there is a reasonable likelihood it was at least in some small part someone else's fault.

    And to respond to a question in the article, yes, I believe there are "evil" lawyers and there are "good" lawyers.
    chrpai likes this.

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