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The Phillie Phanatic is sued. Again.

Jun 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that the Phillie Phanatic gets sued all the time or the fact that the plaintiff’s lawyer in this latest case — arising out of the Phanatic’s antics at a minor league game at Reading — seems to be doing a pretty good job of humanizing, er, Phanaticising the defendant:

Even the woman’s attorney, John Speicher, of Wyomissing, said that
people around him have said that “this is like suing Santa Claus.”

“I’m expecting him to come to a deposition, stick his stomach and his
tongue out at me and not say anything,” Speicher said . . .

. . . Speicher agreed that the Phanatic is more “engaging and interactive”
than the mascots typically seen at Reading Phillies games. “Their mascot is Screwball, and it’s like he’s on Valium,” Speicher
said. “They say Screwball has the energy of Perry Como.”

He also sued in Philly rather than in Reading, where the alleged incident occurred. Which while not totally silly — city juries may be more plaintiff-friendly than smaller town juries — is a bit counter-intuitive, because you don’t want to let your defendant have home field advantage.

Sue in Reading and the Phanatic will be on his ATV, going back and forth to court appearance, all the time.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    They booed Santa in Philly. I think they would sue him as well.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    He should have pulled a Flannery O’Connor move and run away with her false teeth too….

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    The Phanatic gets away with alot. I saw him hump some dude’s bald head before. He’s always cross dressing. He sexually assaulted that bird who’s Clevelands mascot, yup right on top of the dugout he did. He’s a dirty dog, or whatever, muppet? Anyway, the kids love him, he’s shown more love than any player is, by the kids anyway. I think he draws youngsters to the game, which is always good imo.

  4. nps6724 - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Phanatic will win in 7.

  5. RedsGhost - Jun 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Kind of a worthless article if you don’t mention WHY she’s suing him?!?!

  6. The Rabbit - Jun 30, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    That’s why there are links in a different colored typeface…You may want to check out the full article.
    I suspect the “injured party” and her attorney are hoping for a quick buck…sorry, settlement.
    BTW: From what I remember moderating programs in insurance law, there have been at least two lawsuits, one in Hawaii (ocean wave related) and one in Arizona (lightning related), where God was named as the defendant. No mention as to which insurer carries the Lord’s liability coverage.

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