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Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor

There are lots of stories about frivolous lawsuits and ridiculous legal settlements. Clearly there have been bad settlements but sometimes popular perception is wrong. For example, if I say “McDonalds Coffee Lawsuit”, you’ll probably think: “Oh yeah, that woman who got millions for spilling McDonalds coffee on herself”. But the facts of that case are more complicated and there really was a problem with the way McDonalds was serving coffee.

And then there’s this case. Two teenage girls left cookies on a neighbor’s doorstep, knocked on the door and left. The neighbor claimed that this triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day. A Colorado judge ordered the girls to pay about $900 in medical and court costs. Maybe there’s more to the story than appears in the article but it’s hard to accept this as a fair settlement.

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