On The Lighter Side

The defendants left a hammer on the pavement to warn people there was a hole. The plaintiff, a blind man, tripped over the hammer and won damages. The defendants should not have been blind to the needs of the blind. (Haley v. LEB, 1965)When you win, nothing hurts. When you don’t… Lee was bench –pressing a 565-pound bar in a weight –lifting competition when it slipped and landed on him. He blamed the ‘spotters’ for not catching the bar and saving him. The New York Supreme Court held that he’d taken the risk on himself by entering the competition. (Lee v. Maloney, 1999)

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