Serial Litigants

Work… earning a living… being productive… All of these things have different definitions for many folks. Rarely will you find two folks who have a common basis for what they think “proper” work should be. That said, I think that many folks will agree that their is some common ground to be shared in the thought that work takes place when things of value are exchanged. I wash your clothes, you give me money. You tend my fields, I give you shelter. Establishing a quid pro quo is just one way of describing the work/value arrangement. But what about serial litigants?

What’s that you say? I am talking about folks who seize upon an opportunity created by legislation to use that legislation to earn a living. Huh? For the record, I am not coming down on those folks who cannot work and collect some kind of government subsidy. I am talking about those who turn themselves into well-paid champions of contorted regulation. Thomas Mundy, a beefy ex-contractor with longish brown hair and a daily routine of dining out and enjoying the ocean, spies an 8-inch concrete platform on which a woman in a dark-green sari has set up a table of sunglasses under an awning. “There’s nothing in there that I’d want to buy but this might be of interest to a judge,” 50-year-old Mundy, a paraplegic since a 1988 motorcycle accident in Maryland, observed with a knowing air. Mundy says he has filed more than 150 lawsuits in 18 months demanding damages from small businesses in violation of the exacting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Attorneys representing those he has sued estimate Mundy’s proceeds at about $300,000 in little more than a year, and a similar sum for his attorney, Morse Mehrban, from Mundy’s cases alone.

This is not work. This is extortion.


1 Response to “Serial Litigants”

  1. January 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Not only is it extortion, it makes it very difficult for deserving disabled persons to have their claims heard in an unbiased venue.

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