They Sued for What? The Dumbest Lawsuits Ever

We’ve all heard about them. Lawsuit abuse and large jury awarded compensation settlements for lawsuits that leave many scratching their head – how did these cases go to trial or even get to the court system? Below is a collection of some of the silliest lawsuits, costliest lawsuits, most frivolous lawsuits and downright dumbest lawsuits ever. One has to wonder if common sense exists anymore...

Inmate Lawsuits / Prison Lawsuits

Inmate Sues State for His Flatulence/Gas

Unfortunately, silly lawsuits are overwhelming many state and federal courts. Consider Case No. 9650302 in Michigan where the prisoner sued the State of Michigan stating that the food in prison was causing his flatulence problem.

Technology Lawsuits

Man Sues Microsoft Over Undeleted Files

A man sued Microsft claiming that Internet Explorer(IE) failed to delete his history of bomb building sites he visited. He claims that he set is software to delete his browsing history after five (5) days, but it failed to do so. Plus any day beyond is supposed to be permanently deleted, and not recoverable. While some of the claim might be legitimate, the plaintiff was assured by Circuit City, whom he purchased the computer from in 2004, that the installed Internet Explorer, Windows XP, and other security programs would keep his information safe and secure from prying eyes

So what was his complaint? Based on tips that he had bomb making materials at his home, the FBI raided this guy's home and found incriminating files older than 5 days old on his computer and arrested him on the spot.

Why not sue Circuit City while you’re at it. What an idiot – for more than just the Microsoft suit!

Dumb Criminal Lawsuits

Thief rewarded for injury

A young man of 19 located in Los Angeles, CA was awarded $74,000 (plus medical expenses!) when his neighbor accidentally ran over his hand with his car. The young man was unaware that there was someone behind the wheel of the car…while he was trying to steal the hubcap’s off his neighbor's car!

Family Lawsuits

Woman Sues Store for Fall

A woman in Austin, TX was awarded $80,000 after she broke her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store she was shopping in. The store owners were very surprised by the verdict because the toddler running in the store was the woman’s son.

Costliest Lawsuits

Seriously, they got how much?

A woman purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home from a dealership in Oklahoma. On way home from a football game she drove on to the freeway she set the cruise control….and left her seat to go and make herself a sandwich! Needless to say the motor home veered off the freeway and crashed. The woman sued Winnebago for, are you ready….not writing in the owner's manual that a person can’t actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was on. A jury Oklahoma awarded her $1,750,000 PLUS a brand new motor home. And Winnebago updated their owner’s manuals because of this judgment.

Checking to see if you are paying attention. This has been proven to be false: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/cruise.asp

Lawsuit Abuse

Car dealership sued for nothing….and loses

AutoNation, one of the nation’s largest auto retailers, and is headquartered in Florida, The company has 66 car dealership operations in Florida with over 7,000 employees statewide.

In this video you will see AutoNation’s General Counsel, Jon Ferrando, explain how AutoNation was faced with a frivolous lawsuit - a situation where no one was harmed but it still cost the company more than $1.5 million in legal fees! Including a $1 million payout to the plaintiff’s lawyers to settle the case. And we wonder why costs are going up!

Celebrity Lawsuits

Man sues Michael Jordan

One of our esteemed fellow American sued Michael Jordan because, are you ready for it…he claims that Michael Jordan looks like him and this causes people everywhere to approach him.

He sued not only Michael Jordan, but also the founder of Nike, Phil Knight, for $832 million dollars! That will buy a lot of shoes!

And guess which lawyer represented this guy? Himself!

So what do you think…..is he Michael Jordan’s doppelganger?

Facebook /Social Media Arrests – Stupid Lawsuit on the Way

Many of us are avid Facebook users are are familiar with a Facebook poke. But did you know a poke could land you in jail? That’s exactly what happened to Shannon D. Jackson of Hendersonville, TN. She is facing the real possibility of jail time.

Jackson was arrested and on September 25th, and a bond set at $1,500, after she poked someone on Facebook. The problem? It allegedly violates the terms of an order of protection set by the court : "no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner."I can’t believe I am even writing about this. If found guilty, Jackson could face some even more jail time! How much time? It is possible she will receive 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. The Tennessean writes:

"According to the affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, Jackson is accused of using the "poke" option on Facebook to contact a Hendersonville woman, thus violating the terms of the order of protection…Hendersonville police have made copies of the page in which the alleged victim is shown to be "poked," according to the affidavit."

Ok people are really too sensitive these days. Cyber poking, come on!

These cases beg the questions:

  1. How do these cases actually make it to trial?
  2. Should the attorney taking on these cases be held liable for court costs?
  3. Should the judge who presided over the case, and didn’t throw it out, be liable for court costs?

Give us your opinion. Have other urban legend lawsuits you want to debunk, add them here?

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