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DragonSlayer
31-08-09, 15:09
Blame Stella Liebeck. It was her ridiculous lawsuit against McDonald's that started the avalanche. Back in 1992, 79-year-old Stella spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap and burned herself. Everyone laughed when she declared she was suing McDonald's, until a jury awarded her $2.9m.

Now outrageous lawsuits are a fact of life no matter how farcical.

The latest involves ex-con Dawud Yaduallah, who is suing a prison nurse in the US after she sent him to his cell even though medication had given him a painful 55-hour erection that wouldn't go away.

It seems that particular dose of "hard" time was just too much for Yaduallah. But even his legal action isn't so harebrained when compared to the Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Of All Time.

1. Beers 'n' babes

During the 1990s Budweiser ran a series of adverts where two beautiful women appeared in front of two truck drivers drinking the brew.

Michigan man Richard Overton promptly bought a case of the beer, drank it and waited -- but no hot babes appeared. Cue lawsuit. Overton cited emotional distress and mental injury due to false advertising and wanted over $10,000 in damages.

Thankfully, the court realised it would take a hell of a lot more than a case of Budweiser to get this loser a date and they decided to dismiss the case.

2. When all else fails, sue yourself

In 1995 Robert Lee Brock, a prison inmate in Virginia, claimed the crime he committed while drunk had violated his civil liberties and religious beliefs.

The penniless prisoner sued himself for $5m in the hope the state would be forced to pay on his behalf. The case was dismissed and proved prisoners serving 23-year-sentences have far too much time on their hands.

3. The $65m pants

When Roy Pearson's neighbourhood dry cleaner misplaced his trousers he demanded compensation -- $65m worth to be exact.

He not only claimed "mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort" but that the Satisfaction Guaranteed and Same Day Service signs in the dry cleaners represented fraud.

Luckily Pearson, himself a judge, was not presiding over his own case and not only lost his pants and the case, but, eventually, his job as a judge.

4. Batman sues Batman

The mayor of Batman, a city in Turkey, is currently trying to sue Warner Brothers claiming the makers of the latest Caped Crusader movie The Dark Knight used his city's name without permission.

Mayor Huseyin Kalkan is also blaming the moviemakers for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate, which he claims are due to the psychological impact the film's success has had on the city's inhabitants.

As Robin would say, "Holy lame lawsuit Batman!"

5. The playboy pensioner

German playboy pensioner Rolf Eden (77) tried to sue 19-year-old Katharina Weiss in 2007 after she refused to sleep with him. His problem? Ageism. Eden claimed the teenager told him he was too old for her when the two arrived back in his place after a night out on the tiles.

Well, if Hugh Hefner can get away with it ...

6. Hit and sue

Spanish businessman Tomas Delgado tried to take the family of the 17-year-old boy he had killed when driving his Audi to court in 2004 over the dents left on his car. Even though speeding, Delgado was not prosecuted because the victim had been cycling at night without reflectors. Pubic pressure eventually forced him to drop the case.

Unfortunately, being an a*****e is not a crime under Spanish law.

7. You're too famous!

Michael Jordan lookalike Allen Heckard tried to sue Nike for $832m for making Jordan so recognisable it caused him permanent injury, emotional pain and suffering. CBS called the legal action "so outrageous that it actually gives frivolous lawsuits a bad name".

8. Natural born suers

In 1996 the parents of Patsy Ann Byers sued Oliver Stone, claiming his movie Natural Born Killers resulted in the shooting of their daughter.

Byers was left paralysed after two thugs went on a crime spree after watching the movie.

Their case was eventually shot to pieces by Stone's lawyers and dismissed in 2001.

9. Give me my kidney back!

Richard Batista decided enough was enough when his cheating wife presented him with divorce papers.

He promptly decided to force her to return the kidney he had given her eight years previously to save her life or pay $1.5m. She had ripped out his heart and now he wanted her to rip out his kidney.

10. The sound of silence

Music publishers for the late avant-garde composer John Cage sued Mike Batt for plagiarism in 2002. They claimed Batt's song, 'A Minute's Silence,' ripped off Cage's '4'33,' which also contained absolutely no music or vocals.

Even though copyrighting silence would seem to be impossible, Batt agreed to settle the case out of court by paying a six-figure amount.

Silence, it seems, is not only golden but it is also potentially worth millions.

1,2,3,4 6 and 9 are my favourites, anyone else got any ridiculous lawsuits they would like to share.

tombofwinston
31-08-09, 15:17
Did he get his Kidney Back.

DragonSlayer
31-08-09, 15:49
Did he get his Kidney Back.

good question somehow i doubt it

I read about a woman who is suing a supermarket chain probably tesco's or sainsbury's because a pineapple fell on her head

There is also the endless lawsuits jk rowling has to put with from other authors claiming that she stole their stuff, in reality they are just :cen: because her books are more successful than anything they have come up with and they just want to take advantage of the popularity of her books to make a quick buck

The church of england threatening to sue sony over the use of manchester cathedral in Resistance Fall Of Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversy_over_the_usage_of_Manchester_Cathedral _in_Resistance:_Fall_of_Man

xx_Hunt_xx
31-08-09, 16:07
I think some people have gotten sue happy!

Mad Tony
31-08-09, 16:21
The church of england threatening to sue sony over the use of manchester cathedral in Resistance Fall Of Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversy_over_the_usage_of_Manchester_Cathedral _in_Resistance:_Fall_of_ManI don't think that lawsuit is ridiculous at all. :confused:

Super Badnik
31-08-09, 16:22
Well we live in a sue first, ask questions later society.

Mokono
31-08-09, 16:25
Ridiculous was the one with Katy Perry involved.

TRfan23
31-08-09, 16:26
I know my mums friend was in I think it was BHS or some shop, in the cafe area. She sued the company as she bought some food there, they said it was mildly hot but she ate some of it. She burnt her lips and some skin came off... Is that a fair case?


The church of england threatening to sue sony over the use of manchester cathedral in Resistance Fall Of Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversy_over_the_usage_of_Manchester_Cathedral _in_Resistance:_Fall_of_Man

Wouldn't the people in that Cathedral already have known it was gonna be in the game (Surely they would have said something themselves?). As one day Insomniac would have been in the Cathedral and taken pics of the place for textures for the game. Right?

Paddy
31-08-09, 16:26
Natural Born Killers was pretty ludicrous one, blaming movies or games for what happens in real life is a bit ridiculous.

tomblover
31-08-09, 16:32
6. Hit and sue

Spanish businessman Tomas Delgado tried to take the family of the 17-year-old boy he had killed when driving his Audi to court in 2004 over the dents left on his car. Even though speeding, Delgado was not prosecuted because the victim had been cycling at night without reflectors. Pubic pressure eventually forced him to drop the case.


Wut.

Super Badnik
31-08-09, 16:34
I don't think that lawsuit is ridiculous at all. :confused:I have to say i do understand that lawsuit. To the developer and people who play the game, it's just a real life land mark, but to many it's a very personal place of worship.

Tonyrobinson
31-08-09, 16:45
Members of my family, who shall remain nameless love to sue people. Somehow though they always win the cases :p

Drone
31-08-09, 18:04
9. Give me my kidney back!

Richard Batista decided enough was enough when his cheating wife presented him with divorce papers.

He promptly decided to force her to return the kidney he had given her eight years previously to save her life or pay $1.5m. She had ripped out his heart and now he wanted her to rip out his kidney.




this has once been posted. Actually it is not that ridiculous, it's rather logical

aileenwuornos
01-09-09, 01:49
this has once been posted. Actually it is not that ridiculous, it's rather logical

How is it logical?

Man, most of these people really need to get over themselves eh?
The sue-rs, I mean.

Rai
01-09-09, 02:17
Wow, some people will sue for just about any reason.

My 'mouse' hand is hurting, who should I sue for spending so much time scrolling through forums like this one? :pi:

Jedd Fletcher
01-09-09, 03:41
Emotional pain and suffering ftw! Poor Michael Jordan lookalike...

SpongeBob Lover
01-09-09, 04:16
The church of england threatening to sue sony over the use of manchester cathedral in Resistance Fall Of Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversy_over_the_usage_of_Manchester_Cathedral _in_Resistance:_Fall_of_Man


LOL how lame!!!

Hermina94
01-09-09, 13:28
Terrible...especially the kidney one :vlol:

Higgy531
01-09-09, 13:49
It's a good thing this guy didn't sue, because it would make the list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JUu8sHpH6Y

TRLegendLuver
01-09-09, 13:59
Wow...???

Paddy
01-09-09, 14:12
This reminds me of the South Park episode Sexual Harassment Panda where everyone started suing everyone :vlol:

TRfan23
01-09-09, 14:28
How is it logical?


Because then they'd have truly been divorced ;) Considering a part of him is still inside her thus with her.

'An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth.' It's only fair especially when it comes to a divorce :D

Drone
01-09-09, 15:10
Because then they'd have truly been divorced ;) Considering a part of him is still inside her thus with her.

'A tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye.' It's only fair especially when it comes to a divorce :D


maybe the 'an eye for an eye' principle is wrong but it works pretty well :)

disapearing-boy
01-09-09, 18:21
5. The playboy pensioner

German playboy pensioner Rolf Eden (77) tried to sue 19-year-old Katharina Weiss in 2007 after she refused to sleep with him. His problem? Ageism. Eden claimed the teenager told him he was too old for her when the two arrived back in his place after a night out on the tiles.

Well, if Hugh Hefner can get away with it ...

Everyone has a right to not sleep with someone if they don't want to. That is disgusting!!
What would happen if he won? Would you have to sleep with someone by law just because they ask you to? What if a guy asks Rolf Eden to sleep with him? If he refuses will he sued for discrimination based on the mans sex and/or orientation? What a dirty, pervery old man to sue a girl:mad:

On a lighter note, I heard about a woman who tripped over a child running around recklessly in a furniture store. She won tens of thousands for her injuries. Fair enough right? The child was her own child!!!!! She wasn't watching her child and sues the store!! Stoopid lady:p

interstellardave
01-09-09, 18:55
On a lighter note, I heard about a woman who tripped over a child running around recklessly in a furniture store. She won tens of thousands for her injuries. Fair enough right? The child was her own child!!!!! She wasn't watching her child and sues the store!! Stoopid lady:p

Not stupid at all... she's a smart lady! She got a lot of money... stupid court for awarding it to her.

I'm surprised the famous "hot coffee" lawsuit doesn't appear on that list... although I guess all of these are worse. The "hot coffee" suit has to be in "honerable mention". :)