The angry lawyers at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson actually SUED the Dupont Circle hamburger shop Rogue States because the alleged smell of burning dead animal was wafting up from the restaurant into the firm’s offices, making the lawyers sick and distracting them from doing whatever the remaining employed lawyers do with their billable hours. And they won: Rogue States is now closed.
In Washington DC, it is immoral to block access to cupcakes, lobster rolls or hamburgers. The lawyers are going to have to put in years of pro bono work to make up for ruining a local restaurant. In America, small businesses are supposed to fail because of ObamaCare, not because of big-shot lawyers who refuse to breathe the main smell of the United States: scorched feedlot animal muck and grease.
According to the Washington Post:
A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled the popular Dupont Circle eatery Rogue States a nuisance on Tuesday and ordered it to stop grilling hamburgers after an eight-month dispute with a neighboring law firm over its “intense and noxious odor.”
Over three days of testimony, [Judge John M.] Mott said he had heard “ample evidence” to conclude that the restaurant at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW is to blame for the itchy and watery eyes, nausea and headaches suffered by employees of Steptoe & Johnson.
The burger people say they will prevail, somehow; maybe by getting a new exhaust system that doesn’t send the smoke straight up to the “high rise canyon” surrounding the shop.