10 Of The Most Outrageous Lawsuits Ever Filed
Ah the joys of living in a democratic society! Thanks to judicial freedom we can pretty much utilize the courts whenever we feel that our rights have been violated. Unfortunately many in an attempt to make millions have come up with creative or oftentimes even ridiculous lawsuits that really have no place in a court of law. While some people genuinely feel that that they have been wronged and deserve their day in court, others are really just taking advantage of the judicial system in an attempt to make a quick buck, or gain some attention. Here are some of the most outrageous lawsuits ever filed, not surprisingly many of them have been thrown out due to their utter ridiculously, while others have been dropped due to lack of proper evidence. Some of these lawsuits have even backfired and have led to imprisonment for those who believe the judicial system is something to be played with!
New York Man Sues For 2 Undecillion Dollars
After being bitten by a dog on bus, then having his photo taken without permission during his treatment, Anton Purisima filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court for 2 undecillion dollars. He wants to sue the dog owner, NYC transit, Au Bon Pain store, two local hospitals and Kmart. In case your wondering, 2 undecillion dollars is more money than even exist on the planet; that’s a 2 follows by thirty-six zeros.
Woman Sues McDonald’s Over Hot Coffee
Stella Libeck sued fast-food giant McDonald’s after their coffee spilt on her body and she was hospitalized with third degree burns. Stella offered to settle the case for $20,000 but the fast food giant refused to offer her more than 800 dollars, so the case went to court. Ultimately a jury awarded Stella almost $3 million in punitive damages.
Jack Ass Sues Jackass
The popular TV show which aired for several seasons on MTV was actually sued by a man with the same name. The man who legally changed his name to Jack Ass in 2007 wanted $10 million from the company for ‘defamation of character’. Not surprisingly Mr. Ass lost his case in court.
Nebraska State Senator Sues God
Ernie Chambers is the longest serving senator in the history of Nebraska, and the only African American senator. However Ernie really made headlines when he decided to sue God over natural disasters. According to him, the “defendant directly and proximately has caused, inter alia, fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues.”
Chambers explained that his suit was not a personal attack on God, but the suit is to fight possible laws restricting the filing of frivolous lawsuits.
Woman Sues Shopping Centre Over Squirrel
In 2004, Marcy Meckler was leaving a shopping center in Illinois when she was attacked by a squirrel. She later filed a lawsuit against the center for £50,000 claiming that the shopping center encouraged the squirrel and failed to warn customers that squirrels lived outside the shopping center.
Dog Killer Sues Victim
While serving a 3 year sentence for killing Sarah McBurnett’s dog in a road rage incident, Andrew Burnett filed a lawsuit against Sarah McBurnett and the San Jose Mercury news for causing him post-traumatic stress disorder and mental anguish. The case was thrown out!
Haunted House Sued For Being Too Frightening
In 2000, Cleanthi Peters claimed that Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights haunted house was too scary and that she suffered mental anguish, emotional distress and extreme fear due to visiting. She decided to sue the company for $15,000.
Drycleaner Sued Over Lost Pants
In 2005 Roy Pearson filed a civil suit for £40 million against a dry cleaning company over his lost pants. Pearson claims that the company failed to live up to their “satisfaction guaranteed” sign displayed in the store. He lost the case after spending 4 years trying every legal avenue to win.
Woman Sues Wendy’s Over Finger
Anna Ayala filed a lawsuit against a Wendy’s franchise in 2005 claiming she found a fingertip in their chili. Investigation into the incident proved that the fingertip was planted by Anna and belonged to a co-worker of Ayala’s husband, Brian Rossiter who had lost it in a work accident. Ayala was eventually arrested and found guilty of attempting to extort money from Wendy’s. She was sentenced to 9 years in prison, but only served four. Meanwhile the bad publicity that resulted from the Ayala’s accusations cost the fast-food chain $2.5 million in lost sales.
Man Sues Fear Factor
A few years ago NBC had a popular TV show called Fear Factor which had contestants winning $50,000 if they had the guts to complete terrifying and disgusting stunts. Well one viewer, Austin Aitken, was not amused by a particular episode where contestants were challenged to eat rats. He sued NBC for $2.5 million, claiming that the episode caused him injury, suffering and great pain. Unfortunately for Aitken, a judge thought the case was frivolous and it was thrown out.