Monday, April 24, 2017

Here's A Solution, Don't Ride The Elevator

Talk about dumb lawsuits.
From the Chicago Tribune: The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney will have to share the elevator with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit last week against her condo association asking for canine-free carriage.
Holly Geraci filed the housing discrimination lawsuit in March 2015 against the Union Square Condominium Association, where she shares a penthouse with her husband, attorney Peter Francis Geraci. She said fear of dogs amounted to a disability under the Fair Housing Act and sought to avoid riding with them in the close quarters of her building's elevator.
A jury disagreed, finding in favor of the condo association Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
"They didn't believe that Holly Geraci actually suffered from a disability as it's defined by the Fair Housing Act," Graham Miller, an attorney representing the condo association, said Monday....
Thomas Patterson, an attorney representing Geraci, did not respond Monday to a request for comment. Reached by phone, Geraci hung up after identifying herself.
When the Geracis moved into the development at 333 W. Hubbard St. in 2000, the association didn't allow dogs, but it made an exception for their older Cairn terrier, which weighed 10 pounds. In 2004, the building opened the door for dogs of all kinds, Geraci said in January....
While dogs are now free to ride the Union Square elevators with Geraci, Miller said it wouldn't surprise him if the couple appealed the verdict.
"I don't know what they'll do with this case," Miller said. "They certainly take litigation to its extreme."
So, this lawyer first has a dog, got special treatment, and when others got to bring their dogs in elevators, then she gets ticked off and sues.
Another solution....don't ride up the elevator with dogs and wait for the next elevator.
And then lawyers wonder why they get a bad name, from yutzes like this lady.

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