In 1992, a seventy-nine year old woman from Albuquerque (Stella Liebeck) bought a coffee from a McDonald’sdrive through and while in the car, adding sugar to the cup of coffee she spilled the hot coffee cup in her lap. She sued McDonald’s for negligence claiming that the coffee was too hot to be safe. Believe it or not, the jury found that McDonald’s was 80% responsible for the incident and even awarded Liebeck $160,000 in compensatory damages.
Danile Dukes, 27 year old from Florida had a dream. He dreamed of swimming with a whale. In order to fulfill his wish he hid from the security guards at Sea World and stayed there until the park closed. When there was nobody there anymore he dived into the tank containing the park’s whale. Daniel was killed by the whale and his parents sued the Sea World because there were no public warning signs about the killer whale.
Believe it or not, this is a true case. Christopher Roller, a guy from Minnesota sued David Blaine and David Copperfield and demanded that they reveal their secret magic tricks to him. Also, he wanted 10% of their total income for life because he thought he was God and that these magicians use his powers to perform the tricks.
In the 1990s, Anheuser-Bush, the producers of Budweiser ran a series of ads in which two beautiful women come to life in front of two truck drivers after they would drink a Budweiser. A guy from Michigan bought a case of beer and was extremely unpleased when he couldn’t see the two women come to life in front of him, as they would in the ad. He sued the producers of Budweiser for false advertising and asking for a sum of $10,000. However, the court dismissed the suit leaving the man penniless and dateless.
Marcy Noriega, a California police officer decided to tase a suspect in the back of her car when he became uncontrollable and started kicking at the windows. Noriega drew her taser from her belt and fired it at the man. Unfortunately for the crook, the officer had accidentally drawn her gun instead, and she shot him in the chest – killing him. The city is now suing the taser company, arguing that any reasonable officer could mistakenly draw and shoot their gun instead of their taser. They are suing for the full costs of the wrongful death lawsuit which the man’s family has filed against the city.
A 27 year old New Yorker is suing Subway because he took a bite of a sandwhich and found a 7 inch knife baked into the bread. The knife did not cut him and he did not swallow it. The reason he is suing is because he was violently ill with “severe stomach issues” for three hours and he claims that he caught food poisoning from the handle of the knife which was plastic and, according to the man, filthy. He is suing for $1,000,000.
PETA sued the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife when after an anti-hunt protest in 2001 for defending the rights of deer to live two members accidentally hit a deer which had run onto the highway. PETA intended to sue New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for damages and injuries resulted of their deer management program which includes in certain circumstances an affirmative effort to increase deer population.
A 52 year old traffic officer from Los Angeles sued Victoria’s Secret for damage to her eye. Macrida Patterson claims that her eye was damaged by a metal clip of a new thong, when she tried it on. The case was filled on June 9, 2009 and Officer Patterson seeks unspecified damages. It’s still unknown what happened next with this silly case.
In 1955, Virginia, a guy called Robert Lee Brock was imprisoned and couldn’t take it any longer. Therefore he thought of a plan in order to be moved from prison to a mental institution. For achieving this goal he decided to sue himself because he was violating his own civil liberties when he got drunk while his religion wouldn’t allow this. He sued himself for $5 million but the case was dismissed and Robert Lee Brock didn’t get the transfer.
We all know that weather forecast is often lacking precision but an Israeli woman couldn’t accept this and sued a TV station for making an inaccurate prediction. The station said it would be good weather but it rained heavily. The woman trusted the forecast and dressed lightly, action which resulted in her catching the flu, missing a week of work, being stressed and spending money on medication. She sued for $1,000and won.