Bizarre Lawsuits

You Won’t Believe Are Real

It’s the word that comes to mind when you read about these absurd lawsuits filed over the decades. These lawsuits you won’t believe are real.

Looking at some of the most outrageous lawsuits ever, it is surprising at some of the things that people think they can sue for. From robbers suing their victims, to Michael Jordan look alikes or suing for “mental anguish” … it is just unbelievable!

These 15 bizarre lawsuits that you won’t believe are real.

15. Man overdose and sues pharmacy

Scott Simon of New Jersey, was given Xanax form at a local pharmacy. At a party he attended, he overdosed and slipped into a coma. He then sued not just the pharmacy but every other party-goer including the host’s out of town parents and the drug manufacturer, Pfizer.

14. Man sues Walmart for wife's death

A Nebraska man recently sued Walmart after his wife’s supposedly defective grocery bag tore open in the parking lot and dropped a can of La Choy on her foot. The foot started bleeding and became infected, which eventually led to her death.

13. Women sue girls for their cookies.

In 2005, one night two teenage girls decided to surprise their neighbors with some home baked cookies. They were ordered to pay nearly $900 in medical bills, because the woman said she was so startled that she had an anxiety attack and had to go to the hospital.

12. Man sues ex-wife for return of kidney

A New York surgeon, Dr. Richard Batista donated one of his kidney to save his wife’s life after suffering renal failure. Four years later, his wife, Dawnell Batista filed for divorce. However, Dr. Batista demanded his kidney back. Either that or pay $1.5 million to him.

11. Man killed boy then sued his family

In January 2008, Thomas Delgado, a Spanish businessman sued the family of a boy he hit and killed. Amazingly, he didn’t get jail time even though he was speeding. He argued, the boy was cycling at night without a helmets or reflector. However, he decided to sue the boy’s family over damages to his Audi because of the crash. The boys mother said, 'Before the lawsuit we thought the poor guy would find it hard to live the rest of his life with the thought of having caused our son's death.'

10. Woman sues for her toddler's fault

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury, after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the toddler was her own son. The Lesson - is to always maintain safety even if it means doing someone else’s parenting, for their own good and for the good of the rest of your customers.

9. Man burgled family and got $500,000.

In 1998, Terrence Dickson of Pennsylvania, was trying to leave a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. But, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and did not open. Dickson was forced to sit for eight days surviving on a case of Pepsi, and a large bag of dog food. He sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, he was awarded $500,000 for his anguish.

8. Man sues Michael Jordan for look-a-like

In 2006, Allan Heckard of Oregon filed a case against Michael Jordan and Phil Knight for the emotional trauma he suffered as a result of looking like Michael Jordan. Heckard says people come up to him all the time, mistaking him for the basketball legend, and he's fed up with it.

7. Woman sues McDonald’s for hot coffee

In 1992, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck ordered a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in Albuquerque. Liebeck was in the passenger seat of her grandson's car. She placed the cup between her knees and attempted to remove the plastic lid but when she did, the entire contents of the cup spilled into her lap and was severely burned. She sued McDonald's and was awarded $2.8 million in punitive damages for the burns she suffered.

6. Woman sued for false weather report

An Israeli woman sued a TV station for making an inaccurate prediction of the weather. The TV station said it would be sunny instead it rained. This apparently resulted in her dressing lightly and catching the flu. The lady won her case and she got $1,000 and an apology from Danny Rup, for his incorrect weather report.

5. He sued himself and won US$300,000

Larry Rutman from Kentucky threw a boomerang that flew back and hit him on the head. He sued himself for US$300,000 and won. Astonishingly, a court determined he 'caused body damage through negligence and carelessness'. So his insurance company had to pay what was awarded. Mr Rutman claimed that it affected his memory and made him oversexed.

Mr Rutman said, 'I paid all that insurance for a long time just in case something unforeseen like this ever happened.' He was also planning to sue the boomerang manufacturer, but his lawyer advised against it.

4. Man sues himself

In 1995, Robert Brock, a Virginia state prisoner, decided he wanted to be moved from prison to a mental institution. He claimed that his crime was against his morals and that he had violated his own civil liberties. Although Brock sued himself for $5 million, he said the State should pay since he didn’t have an income.

3. Student sues school for waking him

Student sues school for being awakened by teacher. After falling asleep in class and being awakened by a teacher smacking the student's palm on his desk. The 16 year old’s parents decided to sue the Connecticut Board of Education for the hearing loss their son suffered.

2. Homeless man sued for $1 million

Karl Kemp, owner of a ritzy antiques store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, sued four homeless people who congregate in front of his shop because they scare off potential customers. The amount of the suit: $1 million, payable apparently in shopping carts full of aluminum cans.

1. Batman sues Batman

The mayor of Batman city in southeastern Turkey sued Warner Bros for using his city’s name without permission. “There is only one batman in the world” he was quoted as saying. Apparently the town of Batman, Turkey does have a high rate of female suicides, and Batman is to blame. Not the caped crusader, but the town itself.

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