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.