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25 extremely bizarre court cases that actually happened (25 Photos)
Prisoner sued prison administration
A prisoner who was convicted in a single cell got infuriated after his prison administrator failed to give him free deodorant. He sued the prison administration but the case was later dismissed.
Robert Lee Brock sued himself
Robert Lee Brock was a prisoner in Virginia in 1995. One day, he decided to be removed from prison so he could enter a mental institution. To make this happen, he decided to sue himself for $50 million, claiming that he committed a crime while he was drunk. In the end, the case was dismissed and he failed to get his transfer.
Dukes family sued Sea World
In 1999, a man named Daniel Dukes got killed by a whale at Sea World. To achieve his lifelong dream of swimming with a whale, he hid himself from the security guards of Sea World so he could stay at the park after closing. After his death, his parents sued Sea World on account of failure to display public warnings that the whale could actually kill people.
Husband sued his wife
In the past, a man named Peter Wellis divorced his wife and did not want to pay compensation. He sued her on grounds of sperm theft, saying that she did not tell him that she was using birth control pills.
Rapist filed a case against Providence Hospital
In 2002, a man named Edward Brewer filed a $2-million case against Providence Hospital, saying that its security failed to prevent him from committing rape against one of its patients.
Woman sued a nightclub
Kara Walton wanted to enter a certain nightclub through its toilet window so she would not have to pay the $3.5 entrance fee. As a result, she fell down the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. In the end, the woman was awarded $12,000 and got all her dental expenses paid.
Romanian prisoner sued God
Pavel M., a Romanian prisoner, had been serving 20 years in prison for murder when he sued God for failing to keep him from the influence of the devil. Apparently, the case was dismissed.
Terrence Dickson filed a case against house owners
A man named Terrence Dickson broke into a house and tried to leave through its garage. Since the garage door was malfunctioning, he decided to use the house door. For some reasons, he got locked up inside the garage and had to stay there for eight days since the house owners were on a vacation then. He filed a $500,000 case against the house owners, claiming that he had suffered from severe depression and mental damage for what happened.
Diabetic patient sued Minnesota
Kathy Kelly, a diabetic patient, sued the city of Minnesota after she slipped into the Canal Park’s Fountain, sustained a laceration to her left lower shin and had her cut infected due to diabetes. Her fall was caused by a detergent dumped by a prankster into the fountain four hours earlier. In the end, she was awarded $125,000 and her $43,000 medical expenses was paid by the other party.
Woman sued a widow
A woman who got a man riding a snowmobile killed sued the wife of her victim, claiming that she got psychologically shocked after witnessing the death of her husband.
Lawyer filed a case against GTE California
A lawyer from Southern California sued GTE California after his name was listed in its GTE Yellow Pages Directory under the heading “Reptiles.” He sought damages in excess of $100,000 and claimed that the incident caused him to become the target of bad jokes and rude telephone calls.
Family sued “Natural Born Killers” movie producers
Patsy Ann Byers was left paralyzed in 1995 after Sarah Edmondson and Benjamin Darrus went on a crime spree after watching Natural Born Killers. This led the family of Byers to file a case against the makers of the movie, including Oliver Stone and Warner Brothers.
Woman sued a local radio station
A woman named Cathy McGowan from the United States won a local radio competition after answering a question on Radio Buxton right. The local radio said she was going to get a Renault Clio as a prize, but when she arrived at the radio station, she only got a toy car. She filed a case against the radio station and the latter was ordered to pay her $28,000.
Albuquerque woman sued McDonald’s
In 1992, an Albuquerque woman bought a coffee from McDonald’s drive-thru. She wanted to add cream and sugar to her drink so she placed the cup in between her knees. She pulled the lid of the cup toward her, and as a result, the coffee spilt onto her lap. She blamed McDonald’s for the incident, saying that the restaurant was serving coffee that was too hot to be safe.
Trina Thompson sued her school
In 2009, Trina Thompson of New York filed a $72,000 case against her alma mater, Monroe College, after she was unable to find a decent job months after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. She sought to recoup the $70,000 she had spent in her tuition from her school.
Two teens filed a case against a house owner
While trespassing on private property, Jeffrey Kline and Brett Birdwell got themselves burned after they touched an uninsulated wire. The two teenagers sued the owner of the house and received a combined $24.2 million after the trial.
Cleanthi Peters sued Universal Studios
In 2000, a man named Cleanthi Peters filed a $14,000 case against Universal Studios, claiming that she suffered extreme fear and mental stress after visiting the Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House of Universal Studios, which she found too scary.
New Yorker sued Subway
A 27-year old man from New York sued Subway after he took a bite of his sandwich and found a knife in its bread. He sued Subway for $1,000,000 because of food poisoning, which he said he had gotten from the filthy plastic handle of the knife.
Christopher Roller sued David Blaine and David Copperfield
Christopher Roller sued David Blaine and David Copperfield for defying the laws of physics and even demanded them to reveal their magic tricks to him. He also believed that the two magicians were using godly powers, and because he believed he was God, it was his powers that the magicians were stealing.
Macrida Patterson sued Victoria’s Secret
A cop named Macrida Patterson was trying on a new thong when the tight fit caused a metal clip from the thong to fly off and hit her eye. She filed a case against Victoria’s Secret on June 9, 2008.
PETA sued the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
A group of PETA volunteers had just attended an anti-hunt protest to defend the rights of deer to live. After the protest, two members of the group hit a deer. Ironically, PETA sued the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for the damage caused, saying that it was all because of its deer management program which involved efforts to increase deer population.
Family sued video game makers
In 2001, Linda Sanders and other family members of the victims in the Columbine High School massacre sued 25 makers of video games, claiming that if it were not for their creations, the massacre would not have occurred. In the end, the plaintiffs were ordered to compensate the video game makers for their legal fees.
Man filed a $5.4 million lawsuit against San Diego
A man from San Diego sued the Municipality of San Diego on grounds of his “suffering” after seeing a woman inside the men’s toilet at a concert held at the City Hall.
Israeli woman sued a TV station
Most people understand that weather reports are not 100% accurate. Unfortunately, this was never the case for an Israeli woman who filed a case against a TV station for its wrong weather prediction. According to her, the TV station predicted that the weather was going to be fine, but it rained. And because she dressed lightly, she caught a flu.
Richard Overton sued Anheuser-Busch
Richard Overton complained that the advertisements of Anheuser-Busch were misleading as they involved fantasies of beautiful women coming to life as men drove a Bud Light truck. The complainant said he suffered emotional distress and mental injury because of the false ads. The case was later dismissed by court.