Friday, October 3, 2008

A World of Hurt

Tyrone Hurt defines the term "abusive litigant." Or, maybe he's just got a lot of time on his hands.
On Friday, in a rather snippy opinion, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed 44 pending cases filed by Mr. Hurt. The three-member appellate panel tells it best; listen for the arched tone:
"An extraordinary number of people, institutions, and inanimate objects have wronged Tyrone Hurt. In just the last couple of years, Hurt has sued the Declaration of Independence, Black’s Law Dictionary, the United Nations, agencies of the District of Columbia and the Federal Government, and various courts and their officers...Nor are the slights Hurt suffered mere glancing blows; he routinely demands trillions of dollars in damages."
The per curiam opinion further suggests Mr. Hurt might be filing the "absurd and frivolous" lawsuits simply "as a form of costless entertainment." But no more. Sternly, the appellate court declares,, that from now on Mr. Hurt must pay for every lawsuit he files; no more IFP filings. And if you know what IFP stands for, you know this relatively rare move will likely be the end of Mr. Hurt's legal joy ride.

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