Just when you think you couldn’t hear about another crazy lawsuit that would surprise you, along comes Preston Henn.
Henn, a notable business man who pioneered the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop and also had a career as a champion race car driver, is suing car maker Ferrari because they won’t let him buy a brand new LaFerrari Spider. According to Autoweek, Henn is claiming that the decision to not allow him to buy the car damages his reputation as a Ferrari collector. He is demanding a trial by jury and asking for $75,000 in damages.
The publication of the statement that Preston Henn is not qualified to purchase a LaFerrari Spider is an untrue statement which harms Henn’s reputation, and holds him up to ridicule, disrespect, and disrepute in his profession, trade, occupation, avocation, and among his friends and business and social associates.
Ferrari is famously picky about who they allow to buy their cars. There is a wait list and an application process for the rarest of rare Ferraris. In Henn’s defense, he does already own an impressive fleet of other Ferraris, at least 18 different models. In Ferrari’s defense, suing because you can’t buy a new toy is pretty freaking ridiculous.
Henn was told point blank by Ferrari that he was “not qualified” to purchase the new Spider. That prompted him to write a bunch of letters to Ferrari bosses and even send a check for $1,000,000 as a deposit. The check was returned, along with a message that it was unwise to send large sums of money in the mail. Ferrari throwing shade!
According to Henn’s lawyers, the snub was just too much to bear.
By deeming Henn not qualified and publishing to third parties that Preston Henn was not qualified, Ferrari, acting through its employees and agents, uttered to unrelated third parties a false and defamatory statement, harming Henn’s reputation in the universe of Ferrari aficionados.
Talk about your #FirstWorldProblems.