Great news from an article in the Strib a couple of days ago about the Stephen Frenz tenants. Basically, after years upon years of litigation against one of the most notorious slumlords in Minneapolis, Frenz's tenants finally received some monetary compensation for the deplorable conditions they had to live in, sometimes, for years at a time.
Though I appreciated article, the headline really annoyed me. The story's editor chose the title "Tenants who fought Minneapolis landlord for years get a windfall." The word "windfall" derives from the concept of a person collecting low hanging fruit that has been blown off a tree by a gust of wind. In legal parlance, "windfall" is frequently used with regard to a monetary award that exceeds the amount of just compensation or is somehow undeserving.
Anyone who goes on to read the article can see that the compensation these tenants received was far from excessive or underserved. The formula used was $200.00 in compensation for every month someone resided in a Frenz apartment. Neither was this money low hanging fruit. It took a lot of hard work by the attorneys, housing advocates, and, most importantly, the tenants themselves to achieve this outcome. The reporter on this story did a great job; the headline writer not so much.