Some people will try anything to make a million. Ever thought of suing someonebecause they look like you? Check out this and other frivolous lawsuits for a laugh,but don’t try them yourself! Frivolous lawsuits very rarely make it through the courts,and usually wind up costing the plaintiff.
If I just drink enough beer, women will love me, right?
1991, Richard Overtonsued Anheuser-Busch for $10,000. He claimed to have suffered emotional distress,mental injury, and financial loss because drinking beer did not make his fantasies of beautiful women in tropical settings come to life, as he claimed it had advertised,driving him to buy and drink more Bud Light. The case was dismissed.
If you can’t sue the system, sue yourself.
1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself for $5 million. He claimed that he had violated his own civil rights and religious beliefs byallowing himself to get drunk and commit crimes which landed him in the IndianCreek Correctional Center in Virginia, serving a 23 year sentence for grand larcenyand breaking and entering. What could he possibly have to gain by suing himself?Since being in prison prevented him from having an income, he expected the state topay. This case was thrown out.
Criminals need not bear the responsibility for their crimes alone when the realmoney is in Hollywood.
1996, the family of Patsy Ann Byers sued Oliver Stone,Warner Brother, and others involved in the making and distribution of the movieNatural Born Killers for an unspecified amount. They claimed that the movie causedSarah Edmondson and Benjamin Darrus to go on a crime spree which resulted inEdmonson shooting Byers during a robbery, leaving her paralyzed from the chestdown. The lawsuit was originally filed in 1995, against Edmonson and Darrus, theactual perpetrators of the crime spree. Stone and the others involved with the filmwere added in 1996. The portion of the case aimed at Stone and his associates wasdismissed in 2001.
Since when were haunted houses frightening?
2000, Cleanthi Peters suedUniversal Studios for $15,000. She claimed to have suffered extreme fear, mentalanguish, and emotional distress due to visiting Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights haunted house, which she said was too scary.
When kids commit heinous crimes, who is responsible? The makers of everyvideo game they’ve ever played, of course.
2001, Linda Sanders and other familymembers of Columbine High School shooting victims sued 25 movie and video gamecompanies for $5 billion, in a class action lawsuit.They claimed that were it not for movies includingThe Basketball Diaries and videos games including Doom, DukeNukem, Quake, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Mech Warrior, Wolfenstein, RedneckRampage, Final Fantasy, and Nightmare Creatures, the massacre would not haveoccurred, and that the makers and distributors of the movies and games were partlyto blame for their loved ones’ deaths. The case was thrown out and the plaintiffswere ordered to compensate the video game and movie companies for their legalfees.
Negligent security is a legitimate claim, when you’re the victim, not theperpetrator!
2002, Edward Brewer sued Providence Hospital for $2 million. Heclaimed that the hospital was negligent because it had not prevented him from raping