We write about a lot of bogus lawsuits here.
Not all lawsuits are bogus, though.
Case in point: Francisco Javier Rivera Agredano's suit against the United States, in which he just won more than $550,000 from the feds. Why? Well, Francisco bought a used Nissan Pathfinder from the government at an auction in San Diego. Naturally the government inspected it before selling it to him. However, the government did not inspect it well enough to find seventeen kilograms of marijuana hidden in it seats. Nor did Francisco find it during his brief inspection. However, cops at a checkpoint in Tijuana — where Francisco lives — were apparently more diligent than the U.S. government, and found it immediately. Francisco spent 11 months in a Mexican prison of questionable habitability as a result.
The government's position? Hey, he bought it as is.
Judge Emily Hewitt of the Court of Federal Claims disagreed, finding that when the government sells you a car, there is an implied warranty that the car does not contain hidden contraband that will get you thrown in prison. Read her opinion here. And think twice about buying cars from the government proximate to high-traffic drug areas. You might find yourself in a prison even less appealing than Tijuana's.
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