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The Joys of Respondeat Superior

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[picked up from the AP wire today]
Man Hits His Own Car Then Sues Himself
Mar 16 7:17 AM US/Eastern


A dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car in Lodi, Calif. Curtis, a town employee, was driving the dump truck. That didn't stop him from suing the town for $3,600 because the "town's employee" was a fault.

After the city denied that claim because Gokey was, in essence, suing himself, his wife Rhonda, sued under her name. [They jointly own the car.]

Rhonda's claim is for a larger amount, $4,800. "I'm not as nice as my husband is," she said.

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