Man Who Lost Both Legs in Accident Loses Trial Against Metro-North

New Haven resident Omar Colon fell from the tower and was electrocuted after landing on power lines owned by Metro-North in March 2011.

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    That this case was even filed speaks volumes about America‘s steady slide away from its roots in self-reliant personal responsibility and toward blame-shifting parasitism, which not coincidentally began in earnest when plaintiffs‘ lawyers were increasingly freed to advertise themselves crassly in the late-1960s and early-1970s. After all, considering the ubiquity of deer throughout Connecticut, only a fool would climb some 40 feet up a utility tower -- warning signs or no warning signs -- simply to get a look at yet another deer. Messrs. Rush and Jowdy should be sanctioned for their waste of court resources and their imposition on commuters and utility rate payers who‘ll now be forced to absorb the defendants‘ litigation costs over time. And Constitution State lawmakers -- at least those not wholly owned and operated by the plaintiffs‘ bar -- should consider amending state trespass law so judges in the future can grant summary judgment for comparable defendants.

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