After reading that article, it makes me wonder if that is what caused my Persian, Stanley's liver disease that eventually killed him. I don't know if it could be possible or not, but I had all of my cats at that time, Stanley, Snoopy and Shane treated for fleas at the end of the Summer of 2002,(although, non of my cats went outdoors, I did take my dog out, and he got flea's, so I wanted to make sure the kitties didn't get them.) Stanley developed sores on his body, which eventually went away and everything seemed to be OK after that, except Stanley continued to very slowly lose weight. So slowly in fact that I really didn't notice it. Then in August of the following year, Stanley, who was only a little over 2 years old at the time, was diagnosed with severe, incurable liver disease. I'm wondering now, if that could have been the cause of Stanley's eventual demise.
As far as that law suit, I don't think the law is really set up to protect pets and their owners/guardians. Anyone knows you can replace a TV, or a computer, if it's damaged by a company, that is repairing it, but you cannot replace a living creature. They might be able to compensate that lady for the price of a new cat, but they can't replace the companion she loved so dearly. Animal's should NOT be considered, "property".