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Man Sues Friend Over Painful Handshake

George Vallario Jr., 75 is a Florida man suing his colleague, Peter Lindley, 59, for his strong handshake. The suit claims that Lindley, shook his hand in greeting on Feb. 8, 2014, with such “ferocity, force, strength and violence” he yelled in "extreme pain." In the lawsuit, Vallario says the handshake was “uncalled for” and caused him “mental anguish.”

Vallario says, “I once had a nightclub in New York and I would shake 200 people's hands a night - that's what you did when you had a club - and nobody ever shook my hand so violently or forcefully as did Peter. As a consequence there of, that happened on a Saturday and by 2.20am Sunday morning I woke up with the most intense pain you can imagine. Monday I was at the orthopedic surgeon's office and I have just had the brace off now. The guy was just showing off.”

The two were at the same birthday party because the children of Vallario's god-daughter attend school with Lindley's daughter. Vallario went on to say, “He's not a mean guy, he's a pleasant man, he was my lawyer when I needed civil work done, he's a nice guy, but he wanted to show me how strong he was. And do you know what? He's strong, God bless him."

Vallario said he filed the lawsuit because he received no apology. Vallario explained, “After two days I sent him an email - ‘Dear Peter, no flowers? No candy? No card?.’ Day four - 'Dear Peter, this is the most intense pain I have had in my entire life.' All he had to do was do something nice, but he wouldn't, so I did sue."

The lawsuit states that Vallario has “suffered bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish, disfigurement, [and] loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life. The losses are either permanent or continuing and plaintiff will suffer the losses in the future.”

Vallario seeks damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest and costs. Lindley plans to argue that Vallario never yelled in pain, and they talked in a "friendly" way throughout the four-hour party.

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Man suing his friend over an injury sustained during a handshake.

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