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It’s the case that’s been called “the poster child for everything that’s wrong with America’s lawsuit system” and a case that legal experts agree should have been thrown out of court.

A tow truck driver in Florida was clearing wreckage from an accident when fire ants crawled up his leg and bit him. But he later changed his tune when he sued the towing company, claiming he was injured by battery acid—even though his medical records show he told his doctors that fire ants bit him.

During the trial, a medical specialist verified that it was fire ants, not battery acid that caused the driver’s injury. Yet a jury still awarded the driver $5.2 million in damages.

Justice might not have been served, but one thing is certain: the driver and his attorneys got a big payday!


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