November 13, 2008
David Defeats Goliath in the Fourth Circuit
As WSAZ.com reports, Sam Juniper, a West Virginia man, sued his former employer to enforce the employer's promise that his medical benefits would not change after he retired in 2000. In 2002, he received a $40 invoice relating to some blood work after the former employer switched insurance providers. The case went all the way to the United States Court of Appeals in Richmond, which affirmed the district court's award of damages to Mr. Juniper in this per curiam opinion. Unfortunately, the opinion merely adopts the district court opinion, which I have been unable to locate online.
I note that the wages for giant-slaying have been suffering from a steady decline in the Common Era. David became King of Israel. Mr. Juniper is still awaiting his check for $40, which he plans to frame and mount. Still, there has been some improvement in the lives of giant-slayers. As the image at left illustrates, David's trophy was nasty. Bathsheba would never have put up with having that thing hanging on her living room wall.
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