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Old 10-15-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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Another Lawsuit for Bono

Here's yet another court case involving the Bono's.
It seems a bit perplexing.
I am posting it for the sake of completeness only:


A day in the life of Bono: from settling with the gardener...
Friday October 14th 2005


A FORMER gardener of rock star Bono appears to have found what she was looking for after she settled a €38,000 personal injury claim with the U2 singer and his wife.

The exact amount of the settlement, announced yesterday in the Circuit Civil Court, was not revealed.

The claim was made by 43-year-old Abigail O'Donovan, of Oldcourt Drive, Bray, Co Wicklow, who sued Bono under his real name, Paul Hewson, and his wife Ali.

Vincent Scallan, counsel for Ms O'Donovan, told the Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, that the claim had been settled and could be struck out.

In her statement, Ms O'Donovan said she had been employed as a gardener by the couple at their home at Temple Hill, Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, when she had fallen in May 1999, dislocating her shoulder.

She claimed the accident had been caused by the negligence, breach of duty and breach of statutory duty of the Hewsons. She claimed that, while carrying out her duties as a gardener, she had been standing on a platform of stones which were unstable.

The court heard she had stood on the stone platform to survey a wall with a view to finding the best place in which to anchor wires to support a wisteria plant. She had fallen onto the rocks.

She claimed she had been treated by Dr Ernan Gallagher, Carlton Terrace, Bray; Mr Kieran O'Rourke, Loughlinstown Hospital; Mary Kennedy O'Brien, physical therapist, Glenthorn, Bray; and Mr Patrick D'Arcy, osteopath, Castle Street, Bray.

She alleged she had been unable to return to the same type of work she had initially been engaged in and had to change career through a Fas retraining course.

Murray Johnson, counsel for the Hewsons, had entered a full defence to the claim. It was not stated in court if the settlement included a denial of liability.

Mr Justice Deery struck out the case.
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:37 PM   #2
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I fell by Bono's house too. I have a scar on my elbow


*edited because I don't know how to spell fell
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:45 PM   #3
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That seems ridiculous; I'm sure no one told her to go stand on an unstable pile of rocks, and as a gardener she should have known better.

Re: ARW's fall: ! There's a very nice picture of me laughing my butt off at her while she tends to her bleeding elbow. :greatfriend:
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:48 PM   #4
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Not to take sides or anything, but who assumes that a "platform of stones" is a stable place to stand anyway?
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:51 PM   #5
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Re: ARW's fall: ! There's a very nice picture of me laughing my butt off at her while she tends to her bleeding elbow. :greatfriend:
I was laughing just as hard as you were That's the strangest thing I've ever done but now when someone askes me where I got the scar I can say at Bono's house in Ireland
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:55 PM   #6
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this seems a little overreactive if you ask me
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:32 AM   #7
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ppfffbbt. she mustn't a been a sensible gardener then.
honestly, who stands on a platform of stones to survey a wall?
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This is hysterical! What an eejit! Seems to me to be just another money hungry public taking advantage of the wealthy/celebrity. Now I wonder, will she write a book? Sell the rights for a made for TV movie or motion picture?
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:18 AM   #9
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I'm sure when she fell her first thought was, "Show Me the Money!"
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:46 AM   #10
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Not to take sides or anything, but who assumes that a "platform of stones" is a stable place to stand anyway?
People who know that if they would happen to fall, it would be totally worth it cos your boss is a multi-millionaire.

I don't think Bono's in the wrong at all though, from the information i have at least.
He hired her to be the gardener, so he DOESN'T have to concern himself with the stability of his "platforms of stones."
I don't know what exactly she was hired to do, but being in a garden most of the time, you learn where to step and where stepping could result in a dislocated shoulder and a change in careers.
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She probably fell on purpose
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Old 10-16-2005, 02:07 AM   #12
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*sigh*

I'm no lawyer, and *I* could probably win this case for Bono and Ali. Since they hired *her* to be the gardener, you'd think that maintaining the stone wall would fall under the duties of a gardener. Since maintaining that stone wall would probably include maintaining its stability, especially seeing as how Bono has small children (let's not forget about John)... at any rate, the stability of the stone wall probably fell under *her* list of responsibilities, not that of the Hewsons. After all - they hired *her* so they wouldn't have to worry about things like that, yes?



*sigh* To quote my co-worker - people should be outlawed.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:41 AM   #13
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Yeesh. I don't know what "really" happened, or how strong Ms. O'Donovan's case was, any better than anyone else in here--nor do I much care--but I can't believe the feeding frenzy of cold-blooded presumptuousness in this thead.

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I'm sure no one told her to go stand on an unstable pile of rocks
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honestly, who stands on a platform of stones to survey a wall?
Oh, so you know for a fact that there were other good ways available for her to survey the site then? And you know for a fact that there had been no prior discussion between the parties involved about, for example, repairing the unstable platform? Please cite your evidence for these assumptions.
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He hired her to be the gardener, so he DOESN'T have to concern himself with the stability of his "platforms of stones."
So you're aware of what Irish law prescribes about the responsibilities of landowners in such cases, then? Please share. It's quite different from what American law prescribes, if that is really the case.
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you'd think that maintaining the stone wall would fall under the duties of a gardener. Since maintaining that stone wall would probably include maintaining its stability, especially seeing as how Bono has small children (let's not forget about John)... at any rate, the stability of the stone wall probably fell under *her* list of responsibilities, not that of the Hewsons.
Stonemasonry is not generally done by gardeners, but if you happen to know something the rest of us don't about the responsibilities specified in Ms. O'Donovan's contract, please post it. I'd be especially interested to see the passage declaring her responsible in the event of any wall-related injuries to Bono's children. After all, she deserves everything she gets if she pitches off a stone wall, but we can't very well say that about a defenseless child, can we?
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I'm sure when she fell her first thought was, "Show Me the Money!"
Ever dislocated your shoulder before? It's excruciatingly painful. I wonder what your first thought would be if it happened to you.
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She probably fell on purpose
On purpose? Well if so, then she really must be dumb, because then why not go for broke and rack up a contusion, broken jaw and fractured pelvis too. You know...just to pad the kitty.
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Now I wonder, will she write a book? Sell the rights for a made for TV movie or motion picture?
But why bother to do that? I mean, who would possibly pay to read or watch such extortionist drivel? Surely no one in here!


For shame. Even if she does turn out to be an opportunistic moneygrubber--and that may be the case--who are we to jump to such conclusions, just because someone we find admirable was on the receiving end? Honestly, I'm appalled by the nastiness in here.
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Aww poor Bono, i bet he's lost a lot of sleep after paying out that 38,000 euro, poor guy probably has to remortgage his house!!
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:22 AM   #15
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Aww poor Bono, i bet he's lost a lot of sleep after paying out that 38,000 euro, poor guy probably has to remortgage his house!!
lmao!
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:17 AM   #16
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I'm sure when she fell her first thought was, "Show Me the Money!"
That was a good one! . Hmmmm guess common sense doesn't apply to some people,lol. You NEVER stand on a pile of unstable rocks! Geez some are idiots,lol.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:26 AM   #17
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I'm just surprised we didn't know about this before!

People on here seem to know pretty much everything and anything that's going on with them (in regards to their public life, at least.... and quite a bit about their personal life too, come to think of it!), whether it's major or minor.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:38 AM   #18
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Whoa, I can't believe this thread, yolland is right, people, let's put our heads down on our desks for a few minutes, shall we? First off, biff posted a news item, not briefs from both sides -- we have no idea what is completely involved in this case. And for all we know, the case could really be Bono's insurance company dicking out the details, very routine, but "Bono" in a headline is a hell of a lot sexier than "Mutual of Dublin." This poor woman fell and DISLOCATED HER SHOULDER, when that happened to Bono, everyone was mewing and weeping -- no one said, geez, he's a stupid git, couldn't he see the stage was wet??? This isn't an indictment of the Hewson's, the quality of their home, the safety of their children, the Motherland of Eire or Michael Collins. And this isn't Lola Cashman. Let's get a grip -- PLEBA stops being fun when the line is crossed from fan to fanatic.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:54 AM   #19
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People, people be kind. Let the law decide....even mere mortals have a right to at least be heard eh?
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:10 AM   #20
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Hey all. hate to be the bearer of bad news.. but luckily i am in law school lol. We also just finished studying negligence and read cases similar to this one. The owner is usually held liable in these cases. It is the duty of the homeowner to have a stable working environment for the worker (so having a plant that needs to be watered which can only be reached by standing on something which caused her to fall could be dangerous). In some cases the find the worker liable because he/she should have known.

I am sure Bono will be fine paying off this lawsuit..lol.

sorry for the rant...did you guys know U2 kicked ass friday night at MSG..thats all that matters!
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