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Professor Michael Green tells WFMY when people should file a lawsuit

Illinois — Didn’t get a check in your birthday card this year? Would you sue over it? A brother and sister in Illinois did.

According the the Chicago Tribune, Kathryn Miner and Steven Miner II, sued their mother in 2009 for “bad mothering.”

The children, now ages 20 and 23, claimed emotional distress and sued for $50,000.

The Chicago Tribune reports complaints against the mother, Kimberly Garrity, included not giving the kids money in their birthday cards, haggling over how much money to spend on a party dress and not sending her son care packages in college.

An Illinois appeals court dismissed the case last week saying the Garrity didn’t do anything “extreme or outrageous.”

The children were represented by three attorneys, including their father. He and Garrity got divorced in the 1990s.

You can read the full story about the lawsuit on the Chicago Tribune’s Website.

This story got us asking about filing lawsuits. We spoke with Michael Green, a law professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. He called this lawsuit ridiculous, and says no lawyer who was not associated with the family would have taken this case.

Read the full story and watch the video here.