These crazy lawsuits are absurd and comical. Makes you think “Geez – how foolish can one get?” But believe me, there are plenty of people out there who would do anything to make a million or two. Some of these people won their lawsuits, while others didn’t, but nevertheless trust me these actually happened.
Commit a crime, and sue the game industry : Linda Sanders and other family members of Columbine High School shooting victims sued 25 movie and video game companies for $5 billion, claiming that had they not watched The Basketball Diaries or played, Doom, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, and other arcade games, the massacre would never have occurred. Of course it’s the fault of the makers of the game that they were influenced and shot dead 13 people. Not only was the case thrown out of court, the plaintiffs had to cover the legal costs of the game and movie companies.
Haunted houses are meant for laughs: Year 2000, Cleanthi Peters sued Universal Studios for $15,000, saying that the mental distress, and emotional trauma was too much to handle for her and her 10 year old granddaughter visiting the park.
The Osama Bin Laden haircut In China, a Chu Ieu sued her salon for giving her a haircut that made her look like Bin Laden instead of Julia Roberts, which was what she had asked for. Adjudicator Yuen Chun-kau dismissed the case, to which Ieu retaliated and said the judge did this as he himself was bald, and wouldn’t know or care about hairstyles
I look like Michael Jordan That’s something to be happy about no? Allen Heckard sued Michael Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight for $832 million in 2006, claiming to go through emotional pain and suffering, because people mistook him for the basketball star. I suppose he realized his good fortune at being Jordan’s look alike, and dropped the lawsuit later that year.
The robber who got it all Pennsylvania – Leaving by garage of a house he had just robbed, Terrence Dickson found that the automatic opener malfunctioned and the door would not open. He could not re-enter the house either as the door connecting the house and garage had locked itself when it clicked shut. The family living in the house were away on vacation, and he remained stuck in the garage for 8 consecutive days, living on a crate of Pepsi and a bag of dry dog food. When he was finally freed, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company for causing him mental anguish and won $500,000 from the case.
Rob a house, get a reward – I’m impressed!
Make coffee on cruise control Driving his brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home for the first time, Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma switched on cruise control and left the driving seat to make himself a cup of coffee. Did he actually expect the automobile to not leave the freeway, crash and overturn? Well surprise! That’s exactly what happened. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not mentioning in the user manual that he couldn’t do that, and walked away with $1,750,000! Winnebago later changed the user manual so that other morons buying the car wouldn’t do the same thing.
Tripping over your own son Kathleen Robertson from Texas won $780,000 because she broke her ankle after tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The misbehaving child happened to be her own son – but that didn’t matter, did it?