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Five Peculiar Things from a Very Strange Nike Lawsuit

A dream run in Iceland goes sideways into the courts

Five Peculiar Things from a Very Strange Nike Lawsuit

Photo: PROKamil Porembiński/Flickr

Last Friday, Kate and Jimmy Freeman filed suit in a state court in Oregon against Nike. Kate allegedly broke her leg on a Nike-sponsored running trip in Iceland in 2013 (and we wish her a full and speedy recovery). But it produced one of the stranger lawsuits we've encountered. And that is really all the context we’re going to give. Below are five excerpts from the Freemans’ $1.3 million complaint:

“Once the top ten dream runs were selected, entrants were advised to request all friends and acquaintances to log their running miles utilizing the Nike+ running application on Twitter referencing the entrant’s dream run in a hash tag.” 

“Participants were forbidden from using any equipment or gear that was not affiliated with and/or approved by defendant Nike.”

“The guides became disoriented and lost and during the run.”

“As a further result of the defendant’s negligence, Kate Freeman also sustained non-economic damages in the form of past and future pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life and the inability to engage in activities apart from gainful employment.”

“As a result of Kate Freeman’s injuries caused by the negligence of defendant Nike, Jimmy Dean Freeman has suffered her loss of society, companionship, consortium, services, and support all to his non-economic damage in the amount of $250,000.”

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