Woman Sues Meth Dealer Over OD

The darnedest part? She wins
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 12:23 PM CST
Turns out dealing drugs could land you on the wrong end of a lawsuit, as one dealer found after a woman who OD'd on drugs he sold her successfully sued him.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – A 23-year-old Canadian woman is suing her drug dealer for selling her the crystal meth she overdosed on in 2004, the Leader-Post reports. And since the judge struck down the defendant’s testimony on Friday, she’s essentially won—an outcome her attorney says is the first of its kind.

Sandy Bergen spent 11 days in a coma after her overdose, and now speaks at high schools about the dangers of drug use. Her suit names both dealer and supplier, but the dealer can't remember who the supplier is. That convenient memory gap got his testimony stricken, handing the $50,000 case to Bergen. “It’s a way of holding him responsible,” she said.