Saturday, November 12, 2011
Snakes errrr Make That "Bugs" On A Plane
WCNC is reporting that a Charlotte couple is suing Air Tran Airways, claiming they saw cockroaches coming out of air vents and storage areas on a recent flight and that attendants ignored their concerns.
The lawsuit stems from a flight that attorney Harry Marsh and his fiancée, Kaitlin Rush, took from Charlotte to Houston with a stop-over in Atlanta on Sept. 15.
In the lawsuit, Marsh and Rush allege that several other passengers became aware of the cockroaches, and that it caused distress to a number of passengers.
The suit also claims the cockroaches made them sick. Marsh said Rush become nauseous and now doesn't want to fly.
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Marsh also said they had to throw away some of their belongings and wash others because of concern that cockroaches got on their clothes and into their luggage.
They're alleging that Air Tran's negligence and failure to provide a clean, pest-free flight caused them mental and emotional distress.
They're suing for more than $100,000, plus the price of their tickets.
Cedar's Take: Marsh needs to look elsewhere to make a living. Lawyers have a bad enough reputation without this sort of shenanigans.
A check of his office web site states:
"Harry Marsh Law is a mid-size law firm that focuses on quality legal counsel. Although we provide the attentive customer service of a small firm, our team of accomplished lawyers is experienced in performing a high volume of complex legal matters. In addition to our experienced attorneys, Harry Marsh Law has a knowledgeable and accommodating support staff that is known for exceptional customer service."
Cedar Posts is not sure what qualifies as "Mid-Sized" but I'd guess 25 or more attorneys? A check of the North Carolina State Bar shows that Mr. Marsh has been licensed about a year in North Carolina.
Cedar Posts contact Mr. Marsh via email asking how many attorneys, and staff the firm employed. Nothing but "crickets" so far. Additionally the firm web site shows no listing for partners, associates or staff.
Cedar Posts Update: Well nice of the UK's Daily Mail to pick up the story. Thanks to Mr. Marsh and his bride to be we have re-confirmed the notion of "Ugly Americans".
Cedar Posts Update: No reply from Harry Marsh about the number of lawyers his firm employs, but the claim stating that Harry Marsh Law is a "mid-size" law firm has been deleted. I expect the suit against AirTran will be withdrawn as well since it speaks volumes as to his ethics.
Thanks to Google the bogus site is still visiable here.