It happens every day. A car or truck owner walks into a dealership to trade
in a vehicle for a new ride. When a Texas plumber did this seemingly everyday
activity last year it did not go as planned, expected, or wanted. Soon
after he traded in his old truck for a newer version he started receiving
calls from all over the country asking him why he sold his truck to the
international terrorist organization known as ISIS.
Of course, the Texas plumber had no idea what all these people calling
him were talking about until he saw the picture
that circulated around the entire internet. In that picture is his old truck with his company’s logo on the
driver’s side door with his phone number at the bottom. Also in
the photo are masked terrorists firing a large weapon from the truck’s
bed. He was shocked and appalled to learn that his truck ended up in the
hands of ISIS.
Business Decline and Lawsuit
Following the revelation that his truck was being used by ISIS to conduct
their campaign for domination in the Middle East, the plumber started
receiving negative and even frightening responses from the public. People
called threatening him and his business lost a significant portion of
business due to the negative publicity. As a result,
the man decided to sue the dealership where he traded in his truck.
The lawsuit was based on several issues. First, according to the man, the
dealership agreed to take his business’s name and number off of
the truck before sending it somewhere else. Second, due to their failure
to comply with that agreement, his plumbing business lost money. Third,
because of the calls and attention he received after the picture surfaced
on the internet, he suffered great emotional distress.
The question remains as to how a Texas plumber’s truck can end up
in Syria as the property of ISIS. After doing some research it was discovered
that the truck was sold at auction and then shipped to Turkey. After the
truck ended up in Turkey it somehow made its way across the border and
into the hands of ISIS.
Emotional Distress and Damages
Recovering for emotional damages can take one of several forms under Florida
law. Under the theory of intentional infliction of emotional distress
a litigant can sue a person when they commit some act against them that
is outrageous, intentional, and causes severe emotional distress. A person
can recover the emotional damages that a person suffers in connection
with physical damages as well. This can happen in any event of negligence
from a car accident to an incident when a person slips and falls in a
slippery surface at a store.
Panama City Accident and Injury Attorney
The Pittman Firm we are an accident and injury law firm that will work to recover for you
if you have been injured. Our firms covers injuries from car accidents
to faulty products to medical malpractice. If you have been injured in
contact us. We will go over your situation and provide you with the legal and practical
counsel that your case deserves.
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