Murdered By Swans, HOA Sued

I’m not sure how far this lawsuit will go, but homeowners in this HOA will end up with special assessments to pay all the lawyers.

Have you ever heard of someone being murdered by swans? Me neither. But according to this Illinois lawsuit mute swans are capable of breaking a man’s leg. That probably makes them as dangerous as a vicious dog. And we all know that HOAs which use vicious dogs in their common areas are not immune to lawsuits.

Don’t count me as a skeptic on this one. I vividly remember being attacked by a vicious goose in the Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston when I was just ten or eleven years old. My younger brother and I were both attacked and injured and it’s given me a lifelong fear of certain angry birds.  So believe me that large birds won’t hesitate at taking on a human. And even though I love animals, I get a special kind of glee roasting and serving certain birds on holidays.

Maybe this lawsuit will be tossed out of court because it’s frivolous. Maybe that won’t happen until the lawyers make a few hundred thousand bucks in legal fees. In the end, though, the homeowners will get pummeled. And these angry birds will get away with murder.

Count on it.

(link to murderous swans)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

4 thoughts on “Murdered By Swans, HOA Sued

  1. Dave Russell

    I do not have fond memories of “Tom the Turkey” who terrorized me in the 3rd grade. Everyday on the way home, this behemoth, purple necked turkey, chased me and pecked the back of my legs. Thanksgiving became my favorite holiday.

    From experience, I’m going to make a prediction in this case. The insurance carrier will probably settle vs. enduring a costly and lengthy lawsuit. The homeowners of course will pay in higher insurance premiums. Welcome to HOA Land everyone….. the land of the unknown liabilities and lawsuits.

  2. Nila Ridings

    “Welcome to HOA Land everyone….. the land of the unknown liabilities and lawsuits.”

    I would love to conduct a survey asking real estate buyers just three questions:

    1)If your neighbor falls out of his canoe and dies by drowning after being attacked by swans placed by the HOA in the lake, are you aware you could be writing a check to his estate?

    2)If a condo board member beats one of your fellow condo owners with a crowbar would you be happy writing a check for $50,000 just to pay the legal bill and injury settlement?

    3)If your “Neighborhood Watch” appointee claims he was beaten after following a teenager in a “hoodie” so he shot and killed him, are you prepared to write a check for $100,000 or more to the parents of the dead child?

    If they answer “No” to anyone of those three questions they should not buy into and HOA or Condo Association.

    And furthermore, those three questions should be required to be asked before any Realtor shows an HOA property or condo to a potential buyer. “No” to any one of those three questions should mean the Realtor cannot legally show that client that property!


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