Chair at the center of lawsuit against UNM Law School

Posted at: 03/21/2013 9:34 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A UNM law student is already putting her legal education to use. She filed a lawsuit against the school.

We found plenty of other students who don't think the school should take this one sitting down.

"Only in America could you get away with something like that," UNM student Suraj Bhatka said.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Santa Fe. Jennifer McCabe claims that the "Think Chair" she was assigned to collapsed when she leaned back in it while in class.

Students like Bhatka had no problem chiming in on what they think about the lawsuit.

"It's ridiculous that's for sure. It's just like you came up with an excuse to make money. It's what it seems like,” she said.

Nate Padilla is also a UNM student, he has real issue with the lawsuit.

"I think it's kind of stupid that you fell out of the chair- so you're going to blame someone else for it,” he said.

The lawsuit is also seeking blame against New Mexico Office Furniture, the company that the lawsuit claims sold and put together the chairs for the UNM Law School.

The suit claims there was a bolt missing from the "Think Chair.”

UNM Junior Kristin Padilla is concerned how it might hurt the university and its students if the suit is successful.

"It would be a tragedy for the school if tuition went up because of a cases like this,” she said. “But I mean- it sounds like kind of a ridiculous reason to make a lawsuit."

Eyewitness News 4 was actually the first to inform the university and its regents about the lawsuit.

Neither the law firm or the UNM Board of Regents wanted to comment on the pending litigation.