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Chord? Really? Has the job of "editor" been eliminated?
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I think we would all have to know more facts to decide this one. Was there a pattern of cutting corners here, whereby the suit may clean up the company's act, or did the customer not know what they were doing? My best guess is the latter. They must have already had the shore side cable plugged into to a hot pole, which you never do for many reasons. That has nothing to do with the worn plug or awkward position, etc. You either plug the shore in last or leave the breakers off until all connections are made. This guy now knows one reason why.

As far as the company taking responsibility for fully determining the competence of their client, I can not agree with that. If they knew the client didn't know what they were doing, that is different. But writing rules, laws, disclosures, regulations etc, to try to protect the dummest common denominator is absolutely worthless. The only protection those provide is to the company for the next lawsuit. They do not impact consumer behavior.

Further, if I shocked myself because I didn't know what I was doing, it wouldn't even dawn on me to sue. That is a cultural problem here.
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Always make sure you inspect those power chords, they better rock out hard or you may face a lawsuit.
The ones in the key of C are particularly deadly!

Kidding aside, what happened to the GFI which would have kicked the circuit off in microseconds after current went to ground?
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Re: WOW...another crazy law suit

As I write this, I have a 120v 30 amp plug and receptacle in hand. It is physically impossible to stick the plug in incorrectly even if the ground lug had its tiny ear worn off.
Why?
Because the 3 prongs are not 120* equally apart!
Either the receptacle was wired wrong, or the plaintiff is a liar.
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There is not a fix for stupid- AND there is a lot if that going around these days.

Hey, it is never our fault when we screw up. Just ask any attorney
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The ones in the key of C are particularly deadly!

Kidding aside, what happened to the GFI which would have kicked the circuit off in microseconds after current went to ground?
The media tends to over simplify (imagine that).

The "hot coffee" lawsuit is often laughed at or used as a bad example by those who don't know the history.

Truly frivolous law suits are like the monster under the bed. Yes, there are sharks or grisly bears out there somewhere, and the media loves blood. However, the numbers speak for themselves.
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..failure to have an employee of the company re-engage all shore-supplied power, among other allegations.


And this, my friends, is how we end up with rules and policies that prevent a grown adult from doing a simple task that a child could do with ten minutes of instruction.
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..failure to have an employee of the company re-engage all shore-supplied power, among other allegations.


And this, my friends, is how we end up with rules and policies that prevent a grown adult from doing a simple task that a child could do with ten minutes of instruction.
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Chord? Really? Has the job of "editor" been eliminated?
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writing rules, laws, disclosures, regulations etc, to try to protect the dummest common denominator is absolutely worthless. The only protection those provide is to the company for the next lawsuit. They do not impact consumer behavior.
They DO impact consumer behaviour in that they can drive whole industries out of existence. The light aircraft industry in the States is a shining example. When I was a kid in the 50's & early 60's Piper, Cessna, Beech etc. were vibrant companies and light aircraft were everywhere. The ambulance chasers with their product liability suits virtually eliminated the entire industry. Go to a private airfield and take a look - most of the planes in use are from that era. It's like cars in Cuba - little newer than 50 years old.

It's not the lawyers fault really - they are hired advocates. The ones to blame are the bottom feeders who LAUNCH the suits - the "injured" parties.

Lawyers are like cops & tow truck drivers - everyone loves to hate them until they need one, at which point they become their new best friend.
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