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Mon December 9, 2013

Man Tried To Sue Island Nation After Rainy Vacation



And our last word in business today is: Backfired.

A Canadian man sued the Dominican Republic because it rained during his vacation, but his ordeal ended up with the courts raining on his parade.


Not only did Mr. Bruno Leduc not win his case, he was labeled a quarrelsome litigant by a Quebec judge, which is a rare distinction, in which the judge declares that someone often demonstrates stubbornness and narcissism.

GREENE: The judge based that conclusion on the 70 small claims suits Leduc filed in recent years, including one against Costco because employees took too long loading a lawnmower into his shopping cart.

INSKEEP: Oh, come on. They were really slow.

GREENE: Anyway.

INSKEEP: And he has won $114,000 in lawsuits since the year 2000. He's won $114,000, but that is likely less than the legal fees he's paid.

GREENE: He's now barred from filing any other lawsuits without first getting an approval from a judge.

And that's the business - Steve, you know, it's a little warm in the studio. Do you have a lawyer who we might call?

INSKEEP: I'll try to get your phone number.

GREENE: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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