A 26-year-old convicted felon has filed a $100 million lawsuit against shoe makers Nike, claiming the company failed to warn him that his shoes could be used as weapons.
The Oregonian reported on Friday that Sirgiorgiro Clardy, acting as his own counsel, filed a three-page complaint from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Oregon, where he is currently serving a 100-year sentence after being found guilty for second-degree assault. The suit calls for the company to put warning labels on their Air Jordan shoe line and other merchandise.
The conviction stemmed from a June 2012 confrontation in which Clardy — who was wearing a pair of Jordans at the time — attacked an 18-year-old woman he forced to work as an escort, and an unidentified man who attempted to leave a Portland hotel room without paying her. The woman was beaten so badly she was bleeding from her ears, while the man required plastic surgery to repair his nose.
“Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potentially dangerous product” Clardy wrote. “Do [sic] to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering.”
The suit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, and will reportedly be delivered to the company’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, for a response.
Clardy’s July 2013 conviction for the attack was his 20th, and he has been found guilty on other occasions of compelling prostitution, assault and robbery. He claimed during the trial that he was suicidal and that he heard voices, despite a psychologist’s assessment that he was in the “the 100th percentile of narcissistic criminals.” The terms of Clardy’s conviction also allows for his possible release in 36 years.
“I’ve evaluated serial murders, serial rapists, and I’m going to tell you very few of those people reach the [scores] we’re going to talk about here,” the psychologist, Frank Colistro, was quoted as saying. “People like Mr. Clardy are born bad. It’s not something we can fix. That’s why we have prisons.”
State law allows for crimes involving “dangerous weapons” to have longer sentences. The Oregonian reported that the classification has been used for cases involving blood infected with the HIV virus, scalding hot water, and a phone receiver, among several unusual items.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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