Wednesday, June 25, 2008

IGNORANCE IS ALL WE SEEM TO HAVE SOME DAYS - ON THIS ONE I BLAME THE HERALD - BUT PEOPLE - WHAT DOES FRIENDLY MEAN TO YOU?

I was just reading in the Herald web edition about a man being sued by DHS even though he had already agreed to sell his land to them for an agreed upon price. The Herald states DHS claims it is a friendly suit.

Definition Friendly Suit: "Action authorized by law, brought by agreement between the parties, to secure a Judgment that will have a binding effect in circumstances where a mere agreement or settlement will not. For example, a claim in favor of an infant or another lacking legal capacity to enter into a binding contract can for that reason be settled only through the entry of a judgment "

http://www.answers.com/topic/friendly-suit?cat=biz-fin

Obviously DHS gets an "F" in explaining this in advanced to the gentleman. If he needs an attorney at all it would be a real estate attorney to confirm the friendly suit only seeks to confirm the otherwise agreed to previous agreement. It is simply then a matter of signing an agreed judgment.

I guess what gets me is, everyone commenting on this all of a sudden became experts on the matter, while failing to even consider the meaning of "Friendly." The Herald screwed up the story in true fashion by not explaining this to its readers. The reporter should have asked DHS whether they explained this to the gentleman, or if there was just a misunderstanding. But then with no editor, and a publisher who is not doing his job, the reporters are left to report incomplete stories which leave their readers misinformed.

The commentary on this issue is just further evidence of how people just believe what they want to believe without ever actually reading what has been said and making sure they understand what has been said - namely - the meaning of friendly.

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