Houston Lawyer Threatens Suit Against City, Others Because He Lost His Coat

William Ogletree is a man who loves a good coat. Not so much that he won't leave it behind at an airport food court on his way to Las Vegas, but enough that he will threaten to sue anyone who didn't see that abandoned $800 coat and hold it for safekeeping.

The Smoking Gun has the details of Ogletree's letter to the City of Houston legal department on the matter. It begins:

On December 31, 2009, I left an expensive black leather coat at a food court on the way to Gate C-19 at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The coat was made by Polo, size X-Large and had a plaid lining. I have diligently attempted but failed to learn [who] is responsible for the area and who should have collected the coat, kept it in a secure place fand held it for a reasonable time for the owner to locate it.
Ogletree is more than willing to cooperate with anyone in this search: "I would volunteer to come to the airport and point out the person who waited on me. I remember her very well due to how badly she treated me."

These modern times: You just can't get impeccable service anymore at an airport pizza place.

Ogletree puts everyone on notice that if he isn't satisfied, a lawsuit will be filed.

But again, he's the voice of reason: "You can avoid further legal action by paying $800 for the cost of the coat," he says.

The letter is dated January 18; we've contacted Ogletree and the City of Houston legal department to see if this Legal Battle of the Ages has been resolved, but haven't heard back.

The website of Ogletree's law firm shows it handles auto accidents, personal injury and worker's comp cases. The firm's Twitter account contains tweets like "If you've been in a car accident, we want to hear about it."

The earliest Tweet seems to be January 19. It doesn't say "Anyone seen my coat?"

Update: Harlan Heilman of the city;s legal department says no suit has been filed. "We wrote him a letter saying the government is immune from this type of suit, and haven't heard back," he says.

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