Oh to be plaintiff's counsel on this one!

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Oh to be plaintiff's counsel on this one!

Post by Ralph » Tue May 23, 2006 10:16 am

500-pound bear chases girl into home, mauls woman

ORWELL, Ohio (AP) -- A 500-pound bear escaped from an animal breeder Monday, entered a neighboring home and attacked a woman, a state wildlife officer said.

The victim was expected to survive, and the bear was lured out of the house and shot to death by the breeder, said Reno Reda of the state Department of Natural Resources wildlife division.

The owner of Grand River Fur Exchange, Mark Gutman, was attempting to enter the bear's cage to clean it when the animal escaped, Reda said.

The bear walked into a neighbor's garage, Reda said. A 15-year-old girl saw the animal and fled into the house, but the bear pushed the door open behind her and followed her inside, Reda said. (Watch where the bear left a bloodstained wall -- 2:00)

The girl's mother, Rachel Supplee, 36, was attacked in a nearby room, Reda said.

She was in satisfactory condition Monday night at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Reda said, but details on the injuries to several parts of her body weren't available.

The bear was shot about 20 minutes after it escaped. Gutman immediately called authorities, as required, when the bear broke loose, Reda said.

The bear was about 9 years old and raised in captivity, making it unafraid of people, Reda said.

Gutman is licensed for commercial game propagation, which allows him to breed animals and sell the offspring, Reda said. His business is in Hartsgrove Township, 50 miles east of Cleveland.

No charges had been filed and the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office was reviewing the matter, Reda said. The sheriff's office didn't return a phone message Monday night.
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue May 23, 2006 10:52 am

You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 23, 2006 1:58 pm

jbuck919 wrote:You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?
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Wrong plaintiff. :)
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue May 23, 2006 2:01 pm

Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?
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Wrong plaintiff. :)
I knew that, in case anyone else here doesn't realize I was making a little joke.

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 23, 2006 2:15 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?
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Wrong plaintiff. :)
I knew that, in case anyone else here doesn't realize I was making a little joke.
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I never joke about contingency fees. :twisted:
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue May 23, 2006 2:28 pm

Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?
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Wrong plaintiff. :)
I knew that, in case anyone else here doesn't realize I was making a little joke.
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I never joke about contingency fees. :twisted:
Well in that case I would wish you all the joy of collecting the $1000 from the $3000 that will be judged against this breeder because that's all that will ever be squeezed out of him.

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 23, 2006 3:48 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:You mean you actually think the breeder has a case against that family for making him shoot his valuable bear?
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Wrong plaintiff. :)
I knew that, in case anyone else here doesn't realize I was making a little joke.
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I never joke about contingency fees. :twisted:
Well in that case I would wish you all the joy of collecting the $1000 from the $3000 that will be judged against this breeder because that's all that will ever be squeezed out of him.
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Not a chance. Assuming he's insured, and I'm certain he is, this case won't settle for less than $100,000 and probably more.

A month ago a major insurance company settled with me for $48,000 for a client who received a dog bite on his left hand when attacked while fixing a HVAC system in a home.

The article suggests a serious injury and she's been hospitalized.
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