In a wopping 36-page complaint , Denise Norton’s neighbor Dr. Woodrow Thompson claimed Denise Norton’s dog named Cawper is known for “raucously, wildly bellowing, howling and explosively barking.” The lawsuit called the dog an outrage, with intentional infliction of emotional distress, and claimed the dog’s barking caused “profound emotional distress.”
The suit claims the dog’s barks and howls were as loud as 128 decibels through double pane windows. Research from Purdue University says that would make Cawper louder than a chainsaw and a clap of thunder. The dog would also almost be nearly as loud as the takeoff of a military jet.
So how did Norton lose such a ridiculous lawsuit? She failed to respond to the complaint and therefore lost by default,
“In my head, everything was so bogus that he’d been doing, I don’t know why, I just didn’t think it was real or something,” said Norton.
As a result, the lawsuit went to a default judgment because Norton didn’t challenge it.
“The Sheriff comes, puts the papers on the garage and the wall and everything and saying they were going to put the house up for sale,” Norton said.
Now, Norton is working to fight the judgement and get the case dismissed. A court date is pending. Experts tell Pet Radio that reversing a judgement is very difficult. If she had answered the complaint it would have likely been dismissed.
Dr. Woodrow Thompson, MD, practices Anesthesiology in Seattle, WA , 206-368-9234 and has refused to make any public comment about this case or his ongoing feud.
What is your opinion on this? Does this punishment fit the crime? What would you do?