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#1 Hum

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 14:27

Dr. Roger Herrin, a retired surgeon from Illinois who lost his son in a car accident, smoldered with rage. An appellate court had ruled that his family had over-collected insurance benefits. He was left with no choice but to pay back $500,000 to other passengers who survived the accident.

So the doctor exacted his revenge — in quarters.

On Wednesday, he delivered the money to the other parties, complying with a court-ordered settlement. But to their astonishment, he paid $150,000 of it in quarters.

An armored Brink’s truck drove 150 bags of loose quarters from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to a Marion, Ill., bank. The bags were then piled on flatbed trucks that the doctor had borrowed from a friend.

The trucks then rumbled through a busy downtown square, parked outside of two law firms, where the bags were dumped in the lobbies.

The 76-year-old doctor told Law Blog that his coin trick — reported by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper — was a “protest against the ruling.”

The coins weighed close to four tons or about as much as 70 regular-sized couches. If you lined up the quarters, they’d stretch across more than 11 football fields, or more than a kilometer.

“They were not happy. They didn’t know what they were going to do with it. And I wasn’t real congenial,” Dr. Herrin told Law Blog. “We have cash and checks. Which part don’t you want?” his attorney told the nonplussed lawyers and receptionists who gathered around the bags, according to Dr. Herrin.

“They decided they wanted it all,” said the doctor.

“If he wants to pay in quarters, that’s his business,” said Mark Prince, a lawyer representing two of the other passengers.

In 2001, Dr. Herrin’s son, Michael, and two teenage friends were riding in a Jeep Cherokee driven by one of the boys’ mothers when a farm truck failed to stop at an intersection and rammed the vehicle. Michael was killed and the other passengers suffered injuries. One of the kids, the worst of the injured, had to undergo several knee surgeries.

Dr. Herrin, who had purchased his own family insurance policies through nursing homes he owns, settled a wrongful-death claim with two insurance companies, which paid his family $1.65 million, according to court documents. The other passengers had no claim on that money.

There was also a pool of $800,000 in aggregated under-insured-motorist coverage from the crash vehicle for claims by all the passengers, but a trial court came up with a formula that gave the son’s estate most of that money.

Many years and lawsuits later, an appellate court ruled that the lion’s share of the common pool should go to the other passengers. “Frankly, I don’t need the money,” said the doctor. Most of it, he said, had gone to his ex-wife. He said he just didn’t think it was fair to have to return the cash when the only life lost was that of his son.

The doctor, who lives on a 20-acre estate in Harrisburg, had one of his grounds workers help with the hauling Wednesday. “He said he’s very sore from lifting the bags,” said the doctor. :huh:

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#2 jakem1

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 15:44

What an ar*ehole.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 15:51

probably couldn't find the quantity of pennies he needed so went with quarters...



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:05

What an ar*ehole.

 

Why? For protesting that the survivors ended up getting re-awarded cash even though he's the one who's son died?

 

He doesn't need the money sure, but it's the principal of the thing.  He's the one that's lost the most here, and now he's lost even more... All because some jerk killed his son in a careless accident.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:17

/applaud

 

Courts are so ridiculous, poor guy lost his son :(



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:21

He lost his son.  He followed legal protocol, it was awarded to him.  Now they want to say "no, we want some of that back."  I'd probably be irritated too.  But I'd probably simply stew instead of doing something about it.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:22

Why? For protesting that the survivors ended up getting re-awarded cash even though he's the one who's son died?
 
He doesn't need the money sure, but it's the principal of the thing.  He's the one that's lost the most here, and now he's lost even more... All because some jerk killed his son in a careless accident.


Because it's a mean, nasty and petty thing to do.  He got more than enough money out of his son's death (why did he get any?) and the court found that the other passengers were entitled to compensation too - fairly and squarely. 

 

If I believed in karma I'd say that he got what he deserved.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:31

Should have totally used pennies!



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:37

Incidentally I think this is illegal and he could be fined for this as well.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:50

Incidentally I think this is illegal and he could be fined for this as well.

 

 

Not at all. It's legal currency and he had the option to use whatever form of currency he wanted.  Your knowledge of US law leaves a lot to be desired. 



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 16:54

Because it's a mean, nasty and petty thing to do.  He got more than enough money out of his son's death (why did he get any?) and the court found that the other passengers were entitled to compensation too - fairly and squarely. 

 

If I believed in karma I'd say that he got what he deserved.

 

the passengers were compensated ... with not being killed



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 17:00

Incidentally I think this is illegal and he could be fined for this as well.


Why? Legal tender. And the lawyers didnt have a problem with it.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 17:02

Not at all. It's legal currency and he had the option to use whatever form of currency he wanted.  Your knowledge of US law leaves a lot to be desired. 

 

I'm pretty sure it's been mentioned before when someone else did this that you're not allowed to do this. there was a sensible reason, except for it just being retarded as well. 



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 17:06

Because it's a mean, nasty and petty thing to do.  He got more than enough money out of his son's death (why did he get any?) and the court found that the other passengers were entitled to compensation too - fairly and squarely.


He had life insurance on his family and why he was payed for his sons death. The life insurance is where most of the money came from. Not sure I agree most of the other 800k should of gone to him. The others should of at least gotten enough to cover the medical bills and then some.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 17:09

apparently at the very least, he has to be present while the count every little coin.