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"One Man, One Lawsuit"



David Thomasson, who writes occasional editorials on litigation subjects for the recently launched Washington Examiner, had a piece in the paper May 17 describing an unusual case in which the parents of a 17-year-old boy sued over his injuries, the boy himself upon turning 18 filed a separate suit, and the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the settlement of the youth's own suit did nothing to settle his parents' claim for medical expenses on his behalf. The ruling might seem to suggest (perhaps correctly as a matter of law, and perhaps unnervingly as a matter of human relations) that the youth is under no obligation to use his lawsuit winnings to recompense his parents for the medical costs they so recently had laid out in his behalf.

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.