Who Else Shall We Sue Today?
A reader of the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer named Keith Hempstead is suing the newspaper because, he argues, recent staff cuts have made the paper not worth the money he paid when he renewed his subscription. Hempstead, perhaps not surprisingly, is himself a lawyer.
Highlights from the N&O‘s own report:
In a phone interview today, Hempstead, 42, said he could cancel his subscription but filed the suit to make a point. … “I hate to see what companies that run newspapers are doing to the product,” Hempstead said. “The idea that taking the most important product and reducing the amount of news and getting rid of staff to me seems pointless to how you should run a newspaper business.”
“We’ve had some really good papers recently, and they’re worth more than the 36 cents a day that Mr. Hempstead is paying us,” [the N&O‘s executive editor John] Drescher said.
“In fact, he owes me money,” Drescher continued. “So when he gets a lawyer, he can work with my lawyer and figure out how much he’s going to pay me for the excellent coverage he’s been getting recently.”
As much of a nuisance as Hempstead’s suit may seem, it certainly suggests other plaintiff possibilities. Shall I sue the New York Yankees if I take my family to a game and the team underperforms? I can certainly think of a restaurant or two that deserves my legal attention. And what about all the schools I’ve ever attended, none of which managed to teach me everything I wanted to know?
Since we’re in the suing mood, who would you like to take on?
(Hat tip: Romenesko)