Monday, August 29, 2016

Each year, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform compiles a top ten list of the most ridiculous lawsuits featured on their site. Last year these included:
•Animal Rights Group Sues on Behalf of Monkey for Ownership of “Selfies”
•Armed Bank Robber in California is Suing Over Injuries Incurred While Fleeing the Scene
•An Officer in North Carolina is Suing Starbucks for $750,000 Over Hot Coffee

So a Jon Jones fan named Sean Slattery has some competition.

Business and analytics writer Paul Gift reports for BE that on August 19, Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, as well as his managers, First Round Management. Slattery charges concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence.

Slattery reports he bought four tickets “for the express purpose” of seeing the unification fight between Jones and division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.

“Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein,” argued Slattery. “In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”

Slattery further argues that Jones and his managment “created a duty” to act reasonably “including but not limited to refraining from the administration of banned substances to Jones or failure to disclose prescription medication to testing officials, and/or taking measures to ensure that ostensibly non-banned supplement mixtures did not in fact did contain banned substances.”

Only in America.

Unfortunately for Slattery’s wacky case, Jones only tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, two estrogen blockers that are sometimes used following a cycle of steroids. USADA categorizes these as “specified substances,” due to the greater likelihood of a “credible non-doping explanation” for a test failure. The penalty for knowingly taking a PED for the first time is a two-year suspension. The penalty for testing positive for a “specified substance” ranges from a public warning to a maximum one year suspension.

There have been multiple indications that Jones’ test was due to generic Cialis. Expect Jones to get a public warning, and a little worse if he did not disclose the Cialis use. Given all he has been through, he can roll with it.


So we are left with two takeaways. One, Americans will sue for anything. And two, don’t buy generic.