Thursday, May 10, 2007

O.J. & his Attorney: Lawsuit for kicking OJ out of Restaurant?

O.J. Simpson, who is guilty (according to a civil jury verdict) of the wrongful death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, was asked to leave a restaurant last week. "I didn't want to serve him because of my convictions of what he's done to those families," Jeff Ruby said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "The way he continues to torture the lives of those families ... with his behavior, attitude and conduct." Source here.

It looks like many who have heard about or read about this story side with the restaurant owner. On CNN last night Ruby mentioned on air that he had received many supportive emails.
O.J.'s attorney, however, sees it differently. Alas, he let his emotions get in the way of rational thought. According to published stories, Yale Galanter (Simpson's lawyer), said the incident was about race, and he intended to pursue the matter and possibly go after the restaurant's liquor license. Oh by the way ... Michael Jordan, walked in five minutes after Simpson left and got a table. He stayed, ate, paid his bill, and left.

"He screwed with the wrong guy, he really did," Galanter said by telephone Tuesday night. Source same as above.

Really? Let me think this through a bit. Kentucky like most states has a public accommodations statute. Is it likely that it was violated by the restaurant owner? IMHO, probably not. Let's presume though that on some level it was.

What happens next? Suing the restaurant? If I'm the restaurant attorney, I am thinking about a jury in Kentucky considering a case brought by someone found (in a civil court) of killing two people, the chances he would have in that state, and the likelihood that if he succeeds the money goes to satisfy the verdict against him in the wrongful death case. wqn

As an old law professor once said to me about a potential case, "Son, if I were you I wouldn't file that case."