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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Judges curb garage sale lawsuit award

KMBZ-AM's Jerry Agar made hay out of this Star story:

Garage-sale tumble award thrown out
The story of a giant rag doll in cowboy clothes — sold for $5 at a garage sale seven years ago — made legal history Tuesday though an appeals court ruling.
The Blue Springs woman who bought the doll carried it sideways so its boots would not fall off, but that meant the doll blocked her view of her feet. Jeannine McLaughlin, then 59, tripped over a rolled-up rug at the Independence sale, broke both her shoulders and amassed more than $100,000 in medical bills.
Last year a Jackson County jury awarded McLaughlin more than $67,000 in damages from the homeowners, Mack and Joyce Hahn. On Tuesday, a three-judge appeals panel in Kansas City overturned the verdict, ruling that the lower-court judge erred in jury instructions.

Hat tip to reader lr!


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