In today’s society, people have become lawsuit happy in an attempt to score some easy money from others. Everyone has to be on their guard for fear that somebody might file a lawsuit against them for the simplest thing.
Whether it’s somebody slipping and falling in your store or accidentally bumping someone with your car, there are people out there willing to sue you for all you’re worth. Just when you thought that people couldn’t get any pettier, here are the most absurd lawsuits to have ever come across a judge’s desk.
The Man Who Tried To Sue Subway For False Advertising
In 2013, 32-year-old Jason Leslie filed a lawsuit against Subway for false advertising after he read an article that revealed that the “$5 Footlong” did always measure to be 12 inches. Estimating that he eats 50 sandwiches from the establishment a year, he claimed that “They advertise in all these commercials, ‘Footlong, Footlong, Footlong,’ and now I feel like an idiot […] “The sandwiches are anywhere between a half-inch to an inch shorter…I feel cheated.”
Leslie’s attorney estimated that 25% of the sandwich empire’s revenue comes from selling footlong subs, totaling $2.8 billion a year. He demanded that Leslie was awarded some for being misled. Unsurprisingly, the lawsuit fell short.
Batman, Turkey Filed Charges Against Warner Bros. And Christopher Nolan
After the release of The Dark Knight Batman film in 2008, the mayor of Batman, Turkey threatened to sue Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan for using the city’s name without their permission. According to Variety, mayor Huseyin Kalkan filed charges against the company and director for royalties from the film.
Proclaiming that “There is only one Batman in the world,” he claimed there was evidence that the city of Batman was founded before the introduction of the Batman comics in 1939 (although no reason why they were only suing now). Warner Bros. stated that they had not been served with a lawsuit from Kalkan yet.
A Shop Owner Sued Homeless People For $1 Million
Karl Kemp, the owner of the high-end Karl Kemp & Associated Antiques, Ltd. in New York, sued three homeless individuals who were outside his store. He filed the suit for $1 million, claiming that the vagrants scared away customers as they drank alcohol, urinated, and kept warm under the heating duct in front of the shop. He also attempted to keep them at least 100 feet away from his store.
The deputy director for the Coalition for the Homeless spoke against the suit, saying, “[Kemp] could have called any number of homeless service organizations that reach out to people on the street. Suing them for $1 million is just wrong.”
Man Sues Wife Over Ugly Baby
In northern China, an ex-husband sued his wife for not disclosing that she had undergone plastic surgeries. The husband, Feng Jian, only found out about the surgeries after she gave birth to a baby that Jian described as being “ugly beyond description.” At first, Jian though that his wife was having an affair, although DNA tests proved otherwise. It was only then that the wife admitted to having over $100,000 worth of work done before they met.
The court ordered her to pay $120,000 for his claims of marriage under false pretenses. The case gave birth to an advertisement which says “The only thing you have to worry about after plastic surgery is explaining it to your children.”
Weatherman Sued For A Wrong Prediction
An Israeli woman sued Danny Rup, a well-known weatherman, after he made a false prediction for the weather in 1996. Rup announced that it was going to be sunny that day, so the woman took the weatherman’s word for it and dressed lightly before her house.
Unfortunately, a storm rolled in and she ended up getting rained on. She claimed that since she dressed so lightly, it caused her to get sick, miss a week of work, and forced her to spend money on medicine. In the end, she was awarded $1,000 and received an apology from the weatherman for his false report.
The Prisoner Who Sued Himself For $5 Million
In 1995, Robert Lee Brock, an inmate at the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, claimed that he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. In a handwritten seven-page lawsuit, he sued himself for $5 million and asked the state to pay since he had no income.
Brock, who is serving 23 years for breaking and entering and grand larceny wrote, “I partook of alcoholic beverages in 1993, July 1st, as a result I caused myself to violate my religious beliefs. This was done by my going out and getting arrested.” Unsurprisingly, Judge Rebecca Beach Smith was unimpressed and dismissed the lawsuit.
PETA Members Sued The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife
On November 16, 2001, two members of PETA were returning home from an anti-hunting protest when a deer jumped in front of a car, causing the two to collide. Damages to the car came to more than $6,000 and left the driver without a car for two months.
The PETA members proceeded to file a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Division and the Fish and Game Council. They believed that the accident was a result of department’s project to increase deer population for future hunting seasons. As you can imagine, the hunters shared a good laugh.
An Older Man Pressed Charges On A Young Woman For Refusing To Have Physical Relations With Him
German actor and self-proclaimed playboy Rolf Eden is a man who likes to get what he wants and also loves to receive attention. He once pressed age-discrimination chargers on a 19-year-old girl who refused to have sexual relations with him.
After a night out with the woman, the then-77-year-old Eden wanted to proceed forward with the evening. The girl said that he was too old for her. Well, that offended him so he pressed charges on her, claiming ageism. He later dropped the case, proclaiming that it was all a joke and that he “did it for equal rights.”
Suing For More Money Than Exists On Earth
After being bitten by a dog on a bus and then having his picture taken without permission during treatment, Anton Purisima took matters into his own hands. He then filed a lawsuit against the City of New York as well as other defendants for $2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or two undecillion dollars.
Although Purisima may not be aware, this is actually more money than exists on earth. So, he might have a difficult time explaining his plight and compensation expectations to the judge.
The Curse Of Looking Like Michael Jordan
Back in 2006, a man named Allen Heckard attempted to sue Michael Jordan, as well as Nike, for $416 million each. He filed the two lawsuits because Michael Jordan allegedly looked too much like him, which was causing him problems in his daily life.
He claimed that Michael Jordan looked so much like him that he couldn’t take public transportation, eat in restaurants, or be out in public without people coming up to him asking if he’s Michael Jordan. As it turns out, Heckard is six inches shorter than Jordan and doesn’t look anything like him.
Student Sues Scool After Being Woken Up During Class
In Connecticut, a 16-year-old student named Vinicios Robacher and his parents sued Danbury High School, the Connecticut Board of Education, and the City of Danbury after he was woken up during class. Robacher fell asleep with his head down on his desk when his teacher smacked the palm of her hand on his desk to wake him up.
Robacher’s father claimed that she smacked hand on the desk so hard that it burst his eardrum and his son almost experienced a complete loss of hearing in his left ear. The Robachers declined all requests for an interview, referring all questions to their lawyer. To date, they have refused to allow their son to speak to the press.
William Faulkner’s Family Vs. Sony Pictures
In Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson’s character says a line from one of William Faulkner’s book Requiem for a Nun. He states, “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner.” However, the actual line in the book says, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Even though Wilson’s character quotes Faulkner to praise his work, Faulkner’s estate saw it differently. They took Sony Pictures to court, claiming that the misquote was intended to mislead the viewers. The case was eventually dismissed by the judge.
Woman Sues McDonald’s Because Coffee Was Too Hot
In 1994, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman, suffered third-degree burns on her pelvic region after she accidentally spilled her hot McDonald’s coffee on herself. Liebeck was hospitalized for eight days, had a skin graph procedure, and required two years of medical treatment.
She filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s claiming that that at 180–190 °F, the coffee was defective and hotter than necessary and likely to cause harm. The jury damages included $160,000 cover medical expenses and another $2.7 million in punitive damages. However, it was later reduced to $640,000 and the two parties settled for a confidential amount.
Man Sues School After Becoming Injured Trying To Steal A Skylight
In 1984, a 19-year-old was attempting to steal a skylight from a high school gymnasium. In the process, the burglar fell through the skylight, becoming severely injured. He then sued the school for damages, claiming that since he was on school property, they were responsible for the injuries he sustained during the robbery.
Amazingly, the 19-year-old was awarded damages. However, the lawsuit spurred a wave of criticism throughout the community, leading to the reevaluation of some laws that would allow for such a suit.
Burglar Sues After Becoming Stuck In Their Garage During Robbery
In 1998, Terrance Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, robbed a house and exited through the garage. However, he was not able to open the garage because the automatic door system had malfunctioned. He couldn’t re-enter the house either, as he had locked the door behind him.
The family was on vacation at the time, so Dickson found himself stuck in the garage for eight days. He survived only by drinking Pepsi and a bag of dried dog food. After being discovered, Dickson sued the homeowner’s insurance for the mental anguish that he had suffered. He was awarded around a half a million dollars.
Ex-Husband Demands His Kidney Back
In 2001, vascular surgeon Dr. Richard Batista gave his kidney to his wife after she suffered renal failure. Then, in 2005, she filed for divorce after Batista had accused her of having an affair and kicking him out of his own home. He told the local news that “There is no deeper pain you can ever express than betrayal from someone who you loved and devoted your whole life to.”
After his wife denied him of contact with their three children, he sued her for the kidney he had given her. Doctors said that such an operation would not only be unethical but impossible, so Batista requested $1.5 million in compensation instead.
Student Sues School For A Higher Grade
Brian Delekta, who finished 11th grade in 2002, received an A+ from his mother for his work experience class where he worked as a paralegal in his mother’s law office. However, at Memphis High School, where he attended, the highest grade they offer is an A.
Delekta sued the school to change his grade to an A+ in order to raise his chance at becoming valedictorian. On the lawsuit, his mother commented: “It was what he would do if he were a paralegal in a law office […] He prepared documents, met with clients.”
Kidnapper Sues His Hostages For Turning Him In
In 2009, Jesse Dimmick was a fugitive on the run for murder charges when he kidnapped Jared and Lindsay Rowley, a couple from Kansas. After the couple escaped and turned him in to the police, Dimmick sued the couple for breach of contract. Dimmick claimed that he and the couple had a legally binding contract that they would hide him from the police in exchange for money.
Of course, the judge dismissed Dimmick’s lawsuit and he was convicted of kidnapping among other charges. The Rowley’s then proceeded to sue him for more than $75,000, with Dimmick attempting to counter-sue. He was unsuccessful.
Disgruntled Bank Client Sues For More Money Than Earth’s Combined GDP
In August 2009, Bank of America client Dalton Chiscolm became fed up with the bank’s customer service. Chiscolm sued the bank and its board for the absurd amount of $1.7 billion, trillion dollars as well as $200,164,000. During the trial, Sylvain Cappell, New York University’s Silver Professor at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences was called in to explain the size of his demand.
He stated that “These are the kind of numbers you deal with only on a cosmic scale […] If he thinks Bank of America has branches on every planet in the cosmos, then it might start to make some sense.” Safe to say, Chiscolm’s lawsuit was dismissed.
Man Sues Kanye West And Kim Kardashian For Allegedly Joining Al-Qaeda
In 2012, Jonathan Lee Riches, the man who holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Litigious Man,” filing 5,000 lawsuits in eight years, struck again. He claimed that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were un-American and members of the Al-Queda terrorist group.
He proclaimed that “On June 17, 2012, I was in West Virginia, deep in the hills and I stumbled upon the defendants who were all at an Al-Qaeda secret training camp.” He states that he also watched them burn the US flag, deface a picture of President Obama, and shoot Ak-47s in the air. To top it off, he said they played a concert for the terrorist group. His statement was ignored.