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There’s something about a lizard ...

We found several food and information sites on the Internet confirming that there are several varieties of edible lizards in the world.

However, we were unable to determine whether any of them were on the menu of American Airlines’ flights originating at New York’s JFK in 2003.

But a passenger on one of those flights, Monserrate Luna, claims there was a piece of lizard in her in-flight meal, and she’s been trying to get a day in court ever since. Luna sued American and its caterer Sky Chefs in New York in 2004, and the case has been bouncing around in the federal court system for nearly seven years.

A quick scan of the docket sheet indicates that there have been several settlement conferences, at least one summary judgment order, a quick trip to the court of appeals, a dismissal, numerous filing errors by one of the attorneys, a order for a bench trial and a subsequent request for a jury trial, which is apparently set to begin in November — barring any further twists and turns.

Last December, a magistrate framed the issue thus: "a claim for temporary emotional distress arising from her alleged encounter with a foreign object in her airline meal."

For reasons that are not entirely clear, the case finally attracted the attention of the New York Post last week, which served up a few paragraphs about the lizard meal that were repeated by numerous news outlets, but we have a feeling the media would never have picked up the story had the Post used the phrase "encounter with a foreign object."

There’s something about a lizard ... 

— Bill Poling

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