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Neighbor dispute thrown out of court

Most people in Washington State have lived next to or near a neighbor that they might find annoying at times. Whether music that is played too loudly, a yard and home that are not well kept or something else, these situations are not at all uncommon. Residents have a few choices when they encounter these types of situations. They may choose to simply go about their business and accept the matter as is, never addressing it at all. They may choose to talk with the neighbor in an effort to find a compromise solution. They might create a barrier on their property, so they do not have to see any unsightly mess.

These are just a few ways that neighbors handle tough situations. In some cases, matters might warrant the involvement of lawyers and even judges. This is what one woman in Australia believed was her only way of addressing what she felt was an unacceptable experience with her neighbors. A judge, however, felt differently on the mater.

According to Newsweek, the judge actually tossed the woman's case out of court, recommending instead that she just try to work with her neighbors to make things amenable. The judge is reported as indicating her assertions were not founded nor substantial enough to warrant court action.

From pets to kids to patio lighting, the woman had a laundry list of complaints against her neighbors. In the end, however, it was the smell of meat and fish cooking on an outdoor grill that forced her to go to court. Being a vegan, she alleged the smell of the animal products precluded her from being outdoors.




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