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Mon December 9, 2013

Man Tried To Sue Island Nation After Rainy Vacation

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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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