Monday, August 21, 2006

Shopping for profit

Diana Newton is suing J. C. Penney Co. after a mannequin allegedly hit her on the head. In Diana's favor, the mannequin will not be able to testify in its own defense. This approach has been profitable in the past:
And in 2001, a Canadian shopper in Vancouver won a $330,000 verdict after a Gap store mannequin landed on her head. Elizabeth Ball was apparently jinxed when it came to store displays. A few years earlier, while shopping at a lighting store, she was beaned by a falling chandelier, according to the Canadian Press.
On the downside, not all lawsuits against malicious mannequins have been successful: Indiana woman claimed she caught herpes from the lips of a CPR training dummy. She dropped her lawsuit against the American Red Cross in 2000 after further tests revealed that she didn't have the disease, according to news reports.

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