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Suing over alien abduction

This would be hilarious if it weren’t for what it says about critical thinking skills:

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German lawyer hopes to drum up more business by pursuing state compensation claims for people who believe they were abducted by aliens.

“There’s quite obviously demand for legal advice here,” Jens Lorek told Reuters by telephone on Thursday. “The trouble is, people are afraid of making fools of themselves in court.”

Lorek, a lawyer based in the eastern city of Dresden who specializes in social and labor law, said he hoped to expand his client base by taking on the unusual work.

He has yet to win any abduction claims, but says there are plenty of potential clients, noting that extra-terrestrial watchdogs report scores of alien assaults every year.

“These people could appeal for therapies or cures,” he said.

Lorek, 41, is pinning his hopes for success on a German law which grants kidnap victims the right to state compensation.

The only thing that struck me as odd was that this guy is working in Europe. The U.S. is the place for such frivolous lawsuits. No doubt some lawyer right here in the good ol’ USA (probably somewhere near Roswell, NM) is looking for a law to use to file similar suits as we speak.

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