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Old 05 January 2014, 11:30 PM
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Comment: Back in 1986 there was a story about a New Jersey family that went to
Disneyland in California. Their 6-year old son ran up to Mickey Mouse and
pulled his tail. Mickey roughed up the kid so bad the parents decided to
sue HIM. Back in NJ they had papers served on a Mickey Mouse character at
the Parsippany Mall. this was the first time a fictional character had
ever been sued. I understand that the family won.
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Old 06 January 2014, 12:31 AM
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So... a person in a costume in California allegedly assaults a kid. The family sues a different person in a costume in New Jersey, and wins? Right.
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Old 06 January 2014, 12:44 AM
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Apparently if you sue a company, you can serve notice of the lawsuit on any employee of that company ...
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Old 06 January 2014, 10:08 PM
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Apparently if you sue a company, you can serve notice of the lawsuit on any employee of that company ...
I find that hard to believe. Doesn't it have to be either a director or a legal representative. Places I have worked have had people with varying degrees of mental health, or literacy and social skills, and they could not be expected to know what to do if served.

But does the second person even work for Disney. He could be working for a promotion company using the costume under licence, or even someone using it in violation of its copyright.
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Old 06 January 2014, 11:04 PM
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I find that hard to believe.
That's because it was intended as a sarcastic commentary on the silliness of the OP.
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Old 07 January 2014, 01:47 AM
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Given the relative size of the character, Mickey is usually played by a woman, I've heard from a few people who work for Disneyland/Disney World.
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Since the precedent of suing fictional characters has been established, I'm going after the Tooth Fairy. All those baby teeth lost, and nothing to show for it.
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That's because it was intended as a sarcastic commentary on the silliness of the OP.
Wel yes, the OP is silly, but the OP does say that they wanted to sue “him” indicating to me that they wanted to sue the person in the Mickey suit (or Mickey in general) and not suing Disney.

Of course it’s still silly since they court would never had sent an officer to serve papers to any old Mickey Mouse (it would have to indicate a specific person - a real person). Presumably the family in question didn’t know who it was so either the suit could not be filed unless the family decided to state Disney as the plaintiff instead of Mickey or the court did (though I doubt that the court could do that anyhow). That’s how a civil suit would work. If it were criminal, they wouldn’t have gone after a generic costumed worker unless they knew who it was and it wouldn’t be to serve papers, but to arrest.

Either way, the OP is silly as you rightfully point out.
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Old 07 January 2014, 02:48 AM
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Wel yes, the OP is silly, but the OP does say that they wanted to sue “him” indicating to me that they wanted to sue the person in the Mickey suit (or Mickey in general) and not suing Disney.
Yes, but no matter how you interpret it, it's silly because:

a) You can't sue a fictional character.

b) You can't sue someone by serving papers on a completely different person who happens to wear the same costume.

c) You can't sue a company by serving papers on anyone who works for that company.
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I tried searching for "Parsippany Mall" and found none by that name (at least currently), though there is a "Morris Hills Shopping Center" in Parsippany, and it may be commonly known as "Parsippany Mall" or may have changed its name somewhere along the line.
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Yes, but no matter how you interpret it, it's silly because:
I wasn’t discounting it’s silliness, but there isn’t anything in the OP that says that they sued Disney. Of course the whole thing is silly for obvious reasons, but it is possible that they tried to sue the guy in the suit. None of the rest makes sense after that though.
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