It is an unfortunate indictment of our society that some go to court as a first retort to address most any real or imagined offense. Recently The Morning News carried an article detailing a $19 billion class action lawsuit against a pipeline company. Oddly enough, the plaintiffs did not claim breach of contract, personal injury or property damage. In fact, they didnt claim any distinguishable harm at all. Their chief complaint was fear of future injury, which is not recognized by the courts as grounds for damages. Apparently, the class action lawyers want the courts to oversee the ongoing maintenance and operations of the pipeline and are hoping the judge will reward their novel legal theory with a gusher in legal fees.
Cora Sue Mach, President
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Houston