Three years ago, Pennsylvania resident Melody Stoops bought 35 cell phones, acquired Florida area-code phone numbers for them, and waited for them to ring.
When first targeted by asbestos lawyers, Garlock Sealing Technologies accepted its victim role and strove to accommodate the predators. When it later changed tactics and started fighting back instead, the bullies with briefs turned into snowflakes.
Greenstein is currently suing Pennsylvania-based Hershey for the psychological trauma he suffered after purchasing a pack of Jolly Ranchers that was less full than he thought it should be, a phenomenon known in the trade as “slack fill.”
The negative effects of champerty and the bad incentives it creates are well-documented and have been known for centuries. Nevertheless, it has its appeal for attorneys hoping to profit by it without being challenged and held accountable.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me.” It's not much of a taunt, is it? In fact, it's positively foolhardy insofar as it encourages the name-caller to abandon his verbal attack and start throwing hard and pointed objects.