US judge says parents owe son over trashed porn collection

US judge says parents owe son over trashed porn collection
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Daily US Times: A US judge in the Michigan state has ruled that a 42-year-old man can seek compensation from his parents because they destroyed his porn collection.

David Werking sued his parents over the items, which he claims were worth over $25,000. Mr Werking was living with his parents following a divorce.

His parents argued that they told their son to not bring the items home.

The judge said that, even as landlords, the parents had no right to dispose of items owned by their son.

After his divorce, Mr Werking had lived with his parents in Grand Haven, Michigan, for 10 months, but later moved out in August 2017. He now lives in Indiana.

He said he had left his extensive and “irreplaceable” collection of films and magazines at his parent’s house when initially moving out, and later discovered the items were missing, the Holland Sentinel newspaper reported.

His parents said they were not willing to help move the porn collection to Indiana and did not want them in their home.

In April 2019, Mr Werking filed the lawsuit arguing the items were illegally destroyed.

According to the Sentinel, the mails between Mr Werking and his father stated that the items included 12 full boxes of “pornography plus two boxes of sex toys”. Mr Werking said there were over 1,600 tapes and DVDs.

In one of the emails, Mr Werking’s father told him he did him a “big favour by getting rid of all this stuff”.

Following the verdict, an attorney for the parents said she was working to figure out the damages, and had hired an expert from the Erotic Heritage Museum in Nevada to help with the process.

The Werkings must outline the damages to the court by mid-February.

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