Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against God

October 16, 2008 03:07 PM
by Lindsey Chapman
The lawsuit filed against God by Neb. State Sen. Ernie Chambers has been dismissed.

Can You Really Sue Anyone?

A district court judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit against God, saying it is impossible to serve him with papers.

Neb. State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit in 2007, seeking a permanent injunction that would stop God from causing floods, earthquakes and other acts that affect “millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants,” according to the Associated Press.
Chambers initiated the case because he disagreed with colleagues who wanted to prevent so-called “frivolous” lawsuits in court. “Nobody should stand at the courthouse door to predetermine who has access to the courts,” he said in a United Press International article. “My point is that anyone can sue anyone else, even God.” 

Regarding the decision to dismiss his case, Chambers said the judge provided a “thoughtful, well-written opinion.” He believes God would surely be aware of the lawsuit, however, because He knows everything.

Chambers has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

Background: An answer to the lawsuit

In a seemingly divine turn of events, “God” responded to Chambers’ lawsuit in 2007. A court filing “miraculously appeared on the counter,” district court clerk John Friend said in a CNN article. “It just all of a sudden was here—poof!”

The response from “God” argued that earthly laws weren’t applicable and the court lacked proper jurisdiction for the case.

Related Topic: ‘Frivolous’ lawsuits

In 1996, lawsuits filed by prison inmates were attracting attention because many of them were considered frivolous, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A convicted killer and rapist in San Quentin Prison became distraught after he was served a soggy sandwich and broken cookie for lunch. In New York’s Sing Sing Prison, another inmate said he’d experienced sleep loss, chest pain and headaches after receiving a “defective haircut.” A prisoner in Nevada was troubled after he requested two jars of chunky peanut butter and received one chunky and one creamy.

All three inmates filed lawsuits claiming their civil rights had been violated.

In 2007, Roy Pearson, a judge in Washington, D.C., filed a $67 million lawsuit over a pair of pants that were lost at the dry cleaners. That pants were important, Pearson contended, because he wanted to wear them on his first day of work. He alleged that the loss of his clothes caused “mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort.”

Lawsuits of this nature have made people “scared of each other,” legal expert Philip Howard said. “That’s why teachers won’t put an arm around a crying child, and doctors order unnecessary tests, and ministers won’t meet with parishioners. It’s a distrust of justice and it’s changing our culture.”

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