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$5 Million Lawsuit Against Air Canada For Lost Cat  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

okay, so I guess frivolous lawsuits aren't only limited to Americans?  Big grin


Associated Press

Couple Sues For $5M Over Lost Cat
Lawsuit Targets Airline, Airport, Cargo Handlers

Posted: 8:28 a.m. EDT August 28, 2002
Updated: 8:48 a.m. EDT August 28, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- An airline is the target of a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly losing a cat.

A couple who moved from Canada to San Francisco say they had their 15-year-old tabby, named Fu, and four other cats with them last August.

They say when the plane arrived in San Francisco, Fu's crate had a big hole in the corner, the front door was broken and the cat was gone.

The suit was filed against Air Canada, its cargo handling company and individuals at San Francisco International Airport.

It charges negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and false advertising.

The couple's lawyer said it's the biggest lawsuit ever filed over a cat.



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User currently offlineAvilitigator From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

Plaintiffs can ask for anything they want. I've seen lawsuits from prisoners demanding ONE TRILLION DOLLARS (brouhahahahaha!). Whether they can prove their damages, let alone show liability on the part of the defendants, is another thing. If anything, they should get a new cat carrier and visit the local SPCA for a new cat.

User currently offlineB767-400er From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

So, their cat digs a hole out of their crate, bust the door and gets out. I'm sorry, but I don't see where the airline comes in other then the fact their riding on the airline's aircraft. The cargo people, ok, maybe they did handle it a little carelessly. And people at the airport, what did they do? These people are the ones that are making us Canadians look like fools. What's next, infliction of emotional distress due to excessive bumps on taxiways? I say give them $100 for a new cat, and name it "Fu...*king mentally unstable people trying to rip an airline off".  Laugh out loud

Tony,
B767-400er


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Hmmm...... Looks like the cat Fu da coup!  Laugh out loud

At fifteen, the poor cat probably didn't survive the trauma of being stuck in the cargo hold on such a long flight, anyway. However, that doesn't explain the damaged cage.
Seems like an X-File to me. I suppose the folks at Air Canada will be contacting Maulder and Scully to investigate this one.

aw


User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

$5 Million? Man, even if Air Canada did screw up (which they didn't) a single cat is not worth $5 Million!

-GD727



Mmmm forbidden donut.
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

I think it was the influence of being in America at the time they arrived, they probably contacted an American lawyer whilst on the ground and that would be what he would suggest they should do  Big grin  Big grin.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13478 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2780 times:
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Is that $5 million in USD or CAD? And are they subject to paying the GST on it?  Smile


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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Man, that's some expensive pussy.

User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

Here, Pussy!? Heeeeeee'rreee Pussy Pussy!?

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

My cat is worth at least $5 million to me.
Good for them.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Ah, screw em! It's only a goddamned cat for crying out loud. Go to the bloody pound and get a new kitty.

User currently offlineAircanadaguy From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

If they are so worried about there cat....If it's worth the 5 mil. Why not bring him on board.. The stress that animals will go threw in the bulk in insane.
Someone see's a easy way at cash....
ACG


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

ACG, I agree. Once, our family flew our Cocker Spaniel from YVR-YYZ. That poor animal was indeed upset and stressed at the journey. We never did that to him again. I remember flying AC YYZ-YVR in 1999. I was at the back of the A340, and before engine start and push-back, I and fellow pax could hear
a poor dog whining and crying from below deck. It was most upsetting to hear.

P.S: Even though it was a cat, it was still a beloved pet to that family, and
for that, I'm sorry to hear of its gone missing. But $5 million?? LOL.


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

They moved to San Fran from Canada. I guess they decided that they should be American from the get-go!

America: the land of opporsuenity.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9602 posts, RR: 69
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
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wonder what they were serving in the first class cabin  Smile

User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2463 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2606 times:

Right, Clickhappy. Now if it were an Asian airline, I'd REALLY be concerned about what was on the menu.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2595 times:

Well I love cats and all the North American carriers I know are crap so I say get every dollar you can.

P.S. Would like to try Jet Blue, they sound GOOD !!


User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2572 times:

I've seen roasted cats sold in rotisserie ovens in
southern China during a trip several years ago.
(can't remember the name, but it's the province
a few hundred miles west of Hong Kong, can someone
tell me what province that is?)

The cats are cooked just like Boston Market's rotisserie
chickens. I was somewhat sickened by the sight,
but I have to admit it did smell rather nice.(probably
tasted like chicken, too!)  Sad I own several large cats
and I've never looked at them the same way after that trip.

Anyway, I just realized that this couple is asking for
USD $5,000,000. Do they know that airlines don't even
pay that much when a human dies in a crash?  Angry  Angry  Angry

Yes, give them compensation. Not $5 mil. If it were up
to me, I'd say somewhere around $30000. I spend roughly
$2000 a year on each one of my cats.(cat food, litter, vet
visits, white mice, etc....) Their cat was 15 years old,
so 15 x $2000 and the total is $30000. Of course, don't
forget the initial cost of the cat, which was $250....



User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Bobcat;
If anything, I think they should base it on the life expectancy of the cat. If the cat had... say... about two years left to go, then, pay the determined equivelent (in your case, $4Gs) as compensation.

AW


User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

AW,

Sounds good to me... When one of my oldest cats died
a year ago, she was 23 1/2 years old...  Sad The ages
of the cats currently in my home are: 3, 14, 17, 17.5, 19
years....


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