A $4.1 million settlement awarded to a north Jersey man who overdosed on stolen drugs as a teen is gaining national infamy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce nominated it for this month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit http://www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org/.
The plaintiff, who said the neighborhood pharmacy should have done a better job of guarding the drugs his friend stole, sued several partygoers, the host, and the host’s mother in addition to the pharmacy.
The pharmacy will pay the majority of the settlement.
As of today, the Bergen County settlement is killing the competition by a 3 – 1 margin. You can cast your vote on the Institute of Legal Reform’s website.
“In this case, the pharmacy was the victim – not the plaintiff, who made a decision to ingest stolen drugs.” said Marcus Rayner, NJCJI’s president. “Yet it is the pharmacy that is being denied justice by today’s legal system and the drug user who is benefiting from it.”
“This case underscores just how much our tort system has become out-of-step with common sense and fairness. Instead of investing in Ridgewood’s local economy, Harding Pharmacy will be sending $1.9 million to the pocket of a man who made poor and illegal choices,” he said.
Doesn’t this just make your heart, um, not swell with pride?