By James Bowden
What goes in Vegas may sue Vegas when it gets home, pro-se. Our hero today, Hubert Blackman, who is clearly a hilarious human being in an ironic, tragic and unintentional way, did not thoroughly enjoy the services he purchased from a member of the world’s oldest profession. Based on the tragicomic complaint that Mr. Blackman filed in Federal Court in the Southern District of New York and an article detailing the event published in the Las Vegas Sun, I’ll try to reconstruct the events that “had gotten happen on December 17, 2010 around 6:50 pm.”
Mr. Blackman ordered a “stripper” from a periodical styled Las Vegas Exclusive Personals while visiting Las Vegas. The stripper performed traditional stripper services for him, plus a little bit extra (if you know what I mean, wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say no more), for a grand total of $275; following the delivery of services, Mr. Blackman called the escort service to complain that the stripper only stayed for half of the one-hour session and demanded a refund. When rebuffed, he wisely (for our purposes at least) chose to do the irrational thing and call the Las Vegas Police, at which point he “almost had (sic) gotten (sic) arrested.” Because while prostitution may be legal in some parts of Nevada, it certainly is not in Las Vegas.
This epic vacation fail would have ended there and never made it to this humble blog, except that Mr. Blackman decided that once he was on a roll he shouldn’t stop, and sued Las Vegas Exclusive Personals on the novel legal theory that “An excort (sic) had did (sic) an illegal sexual act on me during her paid service to me” and “the escort had (sic) broke (sic) the law.” Bravo, Mr. Blackman - Clarence Darrow you are not. Fortunately for the sake of establishing proof, despite there being no witnesses, “Technology acknowledged everything,” whatever that means.
The damages? Well, a refund. And $1.8 million for “the tragic event that happened.” Perhaps the plaintiff even surprised himself at the size of the punitive damages; he appears to have written the amount in italics. Why does he need $1.8 million? For medical treatment of a psychotic disorder. The compliant implicitly suggests but does not explicitly state whether this disorder preceded the incident.
Blackman Complaint.pdf (159.20 kb)