Man Tried To Sue Island Nation After Rainy Vacation

Bruno Leduc sued the Dominican Republic because it rained on his vacation, but his ordeal ended with the courts raining on his parade. And because of his history of small-claims filings, the Quebec judge labeled him a "quarrelsome litigant."

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our Last In Business today is backfired. A Canadian man sued the Dominican Republic because it rained during his vacation, but his ordeal ended up with the courts raining on his parade.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Not only did Mr. Bruno Leduc not win his case, he was labeled a "quarrelsome litigant" by a Quebec judge - which is a rare distinction in which the judge declares that someone often demonstrates stubbornness and narcissism.

GREENE: The judge based that conclusion on the 70 small-claims suits Leduc filed in recent years, including one against Costco because employees took too long loading a lawnmower into his shopping cart.

INSKEEP: Oh, come on. They were really slow.

GREENE: (Laughter) Right.

INSKEEP: Anyway, he has won $114,000 in lawsuits since the year 2000. He's won $114,000, but that is likely less than the legal fees he's paid.

GREENE: He's now barred from filing any other lawsuits without first getting approval from a judge. And that's the business - Steve, you know, it's a little warm in the studio. Do you have a lawyer who we might call?

INSKEEP: I'll try to get you a phone number.

GREENE: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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