Here’s to the common Joe Smith or Jane Jones or Steve Piispanen. It’s encouraging to see when they take a stand and defend themselves when they believe they are being wronged.
Piispanen, descendant of Finnish immigrants, owns Keene Auto Body. When a large insurance company refused to cough up the full cost for a proper car repair in his shop, Piispanen represented himself in taking the issue to small claims court seeking $1,093 and change. The court dismissed the case, ruling that the insurance company had not been consulted by the insured motorist in “assigning” the matter to Keene Auto Body.