25 Astoundingly Ridiculous Lawsuits
Posted by March 5, 2012on
The RIAA or Recording Industry Association of America has filed tens of thousands of lawsuits since the turn of the millenium accusing people of sharing and illegally downloading songs. While some of these claims have been legitimate, there are numerous cases like that of Gertrude Walton who passed away the age of 83 only to be hit a lawsuit the following year. Apparently the RIAA believed her to be one of the piracy prone perpetrators despite her never even having a computer in her house.
In 1991 Anheuser-Bush was sued by Richard Overton on the grounds of false advertisement and causing emotional distress because apparently Richard, no matter how many buds he had, just couldn’t seem to get those beautiful girls in the ads.
81 year old German playboy Rolf Eden sought damages from a 19 year old girl in 2007 after she refused to sleep with claiming that she was discriminating on the basis of age.
After becoming frustrated with the service he recieved at Bank of America, Dalton Chiscolm sued for $1.7 billion trillion dollars. To clarify that’s 1.7 followed by 18 zeros. A professor at Courant Institute for Mathematical Science even testified that such numbers are only relevant to astronomers and others who deal with items on a cosmic scale. Furthermore, consider this, in 2008 Earth’s total combined GDP was $60 trillion which is still over 28 million times smaller than the amount Dalton was asking for.
In 2005 after Austin Aitken watched an episode of Fear Factor that involved contestants consuming blended rats, he sued NBC for $2.5 million claiming he had become dizzy and lightheaded.
In a fit of road rage San Jose resident Andrew Burnett killed Sara McBurnett’s dog by throwing it into the middle of a busy highway. Years later, after already having been convicted of the crime, Andrew decided to come back and sue both Sara and the local media for causing him mental anguish.
It seems like Warner Bros. is a popular target for frivolous lawsuits. After Patsy Byers was shot by two armed robbers her family sued the film studio for making and distributing the movie “Natural Born Killers”. In their estimation the perpatrators were “inspired by Hollywood”.
After Daniel Duke managed to somehow avoid Seaworld security and stay in the park past close, his body was found in the Killer Whale tank the subsequent day. Daniel’s family then decided to the sue the amusement park saying their was no warning saying that Killer Whales were dangerous.
In 1996 an Israeli TV station was sued by a woman claiming that while they had forecast fair weather, later that day it had in fact rained and because she was unprepared it resulted in her catching a cold.
In 2010 Jesse Dimmick, a convicted kidnapper, filed suit against his former hostages for not helping him escape from the police. According to Jesse they had breached a legally binding verbal contract.