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Feb 6, 2004 3:13 pm


A COUNTRY GOES MAD



And so does its legal system:

It took almost three days, but the first lawsuit has been filed in connection with Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl halftime show.

TV watcher Terri Carlin wants to make a federal case out of Ms. Jackson's bare breast.

Ms. Carlin filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday against Ms. Jackson, singer Justin Timberlake, broadcasters MTV and CBS and their parent company, Viacom.

Ms. Carlin alleges that she and others who watched the halftime show during Sunday's Super Bowl were injured by the performers' lewd actions when Mr. Timberlake ripped off part of Ms. Jackson's costume, exposing her breast.

"Ms. [Carlin] and millions of others saw the acts and were caused to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury," the lawsuit says.

But Ms. Carlin, who works in a bank, doesn't specify the type of injury allegedly suffered. The lawsuit seeks billions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.

Pathetic. And if this lawsuit isn't thrown out quickly, that's even more pathetic.

And to use the phrase that seems to be called for at least once a day at this point: Ms. Carlin, grow up.

Unbelievable.

ON THE OTHER HAND: This could be a legitimate lawsuit:

The fetish shop that sold Janet Jackson her Super Bowl outfit are furious over her boob flashing stunt.

DeMask, of Manhattan, New York, say it made it look as if her £140 bustier was flimsy, reports the New York Post. ...

The stunt, during a half-time duet, has caused a storm in the US but DeMask are more concerned with their reputation.

Manager Sam Hill said:"There's no way it would have ripped that way. We're known for putting together solid, long-lasting pieces."

She wants Jackson to own up to altering the top for the stunt which was originally billed as an accident.

"They took off the studs that kept the cup in place and replaced them with snaps so the top could just come off," she said.

"It would have looked like Justin was assaulting her if he'd tried to rip it off before it was modified. It's really easy to modify rubber. It's not rocket science."

My brain circuits are overloading with the possibilities for jokes...

I need to lie down for a while. Excuse me.

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Robert L. Campbell - 2/6/2004

Well, you had to know that after all of the success that freebooting tort lawyers have had, prospecting for new sources of plunder, someone was going to file a class-action suit...

And if meritless lawsuits were all promptly dismissed, think of all the laywers who would suffer loss of income :-(

Robert Campbell

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