Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spoiled brats

Two kids raised in a $1.5 million home in the Chicago suburbs sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity, for not spoiling them rotten during their childhoods. Their attorney father, Steven A. Miner, was one of three lawyers representing Steven II (23) and Kathryn (20) in the $50,000 lawsuit. Their "bad mothering" lawsuit against their mother includes such horrific accusations ("emotional distress") such as:
  • Failing to take her daughter to a car show
  • Telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police
  • Negotiating on the amount to spend on party dresses
  • Calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she come home
  • Failing to include money in a birthday card (which her son didn't like--the card, that is--and the lack of money)
  • Not sending cards or care packages while her son was in college
Last week, after two years of litigation, an Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, finding that the mother's conduct was neither extreme nor outrageous. To rule in favor of her children "could potentially open the floodgates to subject family child rearing to … excessive judicial scrutiny and interference."

Bottom line is it is one effective way to embarass their mother and stick her for the legal fees, while they do not have to pay their father's fees. I'm sure they're not hurting for money if they grew up in a $1.5 million home. I won't even go into the number of frivolous lawsuits filed in this country...and the fact they were allowed to bring this case to court, wasting Illinois taxpayers' money.

Instead of embarassing their mother, these two young people have stained their own reputations by leaving an internet trail showing that they are spoiled, overprivileged brats.



  1. I read the article. "Failing to take her daughter to a car show". Sounds innocuous unless it was a promise/agreement the mother made in exchange for something the daughter had already made good on. Was the mother a devoted but struggling parent or was she a manipulative, threatening one? The value of the house is irrelevant if the kids were asked to live in the basement.

    Maybe the kids were spoiled. It's weird that the father would encourage this kind of retribution. I suspect this is more about kids putting a price tag on pain and disappointment and asking a judge to validate it.

    Sad all around.

  2. Yes--I agree that a parent not following through on his or her commitments is not good...but I would think that would have been included in the lawsuit if that were the case. If I understand correctly, the children lived in the expensive house with the father when they were growing up.

    It's possible that the mother was neglectful, yes--who knows? But the trifling insignificance of the examples of "bad mothering" suggest otherwise.