March 6, 2009

Great moments in tort reform

De facto Republican Party leader1 Joe the Plumber is seeking punitive damages in federal court against three former Ohio government officials for invasion of privacy, alleging he suffered emotional distress, humiliation, and — wait for it — embarrassment. Reportedly, this is not a joke.

Yes, you read that right: Joe the Plumber is seeking the assistance of the federal government in having somebody else punished for embarrassing him. Because it's a new era of personal responsibility.

As to the latter allegation, attorneys representing the United States of America, et al. are said to be preparing a class action countersuit.

1 There's more than one.

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