Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dogs are not chairs

It seems that, in New Jersey at least, dogs are not chairs or other types of furniture, nor are they automobiles or pensions. Above the Law reports that an appeals panel has decided that dogs were "like "heirlooms, family treasures and works of art" whose "special subjective value" should be factored in by the court. Money damages were not adequate compensation." Accordingly, there should be a retrial in a case involving formerly engaged couple Doreen Houseman and Eric Dare, who are in dispute as to who should have custody of their 'nearly six-year-old brown pooch', Dexter. Dare's attorney James M. Carter apparently described the decision as the "first step down a slippery slope" that could lead to the courts spending "a ridiculous amount of time" on these issues. Still, Mr Carter, just think of the increase in your fee income...

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