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A Double Helping of Ridiculous Lawsuits

LadyJustice Lawyer haters and tort reformers, this is your lucky day. We have for you not one, but two separate lists of the most ridiculous lawsuits ever filed. Even better, there is surprisingly little overlap between them. Thus, from one top-10 list and another top-11 list, we net a grand total of the 18 most ridiculous lawsuits ever.

First up is the 10 most ridiculous lawsuits as published in The Independent and originally in the Irish Independent. The authors blame it all on that notorious cup of McDonald's coffee, writing, "Now outrageous lawsuits are a fact of life no matter how farcical." Their picks:

1. The man who sued Budweiser after drinking its beer brought him no hot babes
2. The prisoner who sued himself for violating his own civil liberties
3. The judge's pants suit. You know the one
4. The suit by Batman, the city in Turkey, against Batman, the movie
5. The 77-year-old man who sued the 19-year-old woman who said no
6. The driver who sued the family of the bicyclist he killed for damage to his car
7. The Michael Jordan lookalike who sued Nike for making Jordan too recognizable
8. The parents who sued Oliver Stone after two thugs who watched his movie went on a crime spree
9. The man who demanded his cheating wife return the kidney he'd donated to her
10. The copyright battle over two separate recordings of silence.

Next comes the list of the 11 most ridiculous lawsuits of all time as selected by the New York Daily News. Three repeats here from above, but the others are new to the ridiculous tally:

1. The woman suing Sacha Baron Cohen for offensively touching her at a bingo hall
2. The traffic cop who sued Victoria's Secret over an eye injury from her thong
3. Jordan lookalike v. Nike, supra
4. The man named "Jack Ass" who claimed the TV show "Jackass" defamed his good name
5. A man who sued the show "Fear Factor" for making him sick
6. A man who sued for emotional distress after finding women in a unisex bathroom
7. Beer drinker v. Budweiser, supra
8. The woman who sued Wendy's after planting a finger in her chili
9. Family v. Oliver Stone, supra
10. The suit over Sea World's failure to warn that killer whales kill
11. The woman who says Victoria Secret's bra violated her patent

Note to those who would say these cases prove the legal system needs reform: Virtually all of these
ridiculous cases were thrown out of court.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 25, 2009 at 02:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)


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