Frog-Phobic Man Flooded With Frogs Wins $1.6 Settlement

CLARENCE, N.Y. (April 8, 2013)—Paul Marinaccio, of Clarence, N.Y., will received $1.6 million to settle a dispute over flooding from a nearby development that left him inundated with frogs.

The settlement ends a seven-year legal fight involving Marinaccio, the town of Clarence and a developer.

Marinaccio says runoff diverted onto his 40-acre property turned it into wetlands filled with frogs.

He said the amphibians forced him inside because of a childhood incident that left him with a crippling frog phobia.

The Buffalo News reported that the dispute was resolved last month after the State Court of Appeals decided Marinaccio wasn't entitled to punitive damages.

The developer's attorney says his client did only what the town told him to do.

A drainage channel will be dug as part of a post-verdict agreement.


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