These Ten Lawsuits Are Absolutely Ludicrous
Any fan of courtroom dramas has a pretty good idea of how it goes down when court is in session. The serious arguments. The somber jury members absorbing every detail so they can make the best decision. The judge overlooking their courtroom in the hopes that justice will be served.
The cases on TV are written to be provocative and hold our attention. But even as far-fetched as some TV shows can be, real life can bring us situations much more dramatic and ridiculous than any television show!
Even if a lawsuit seems laughable or ridiculous to everyone involved, the same amount of work and preparation goes into them. Many are so frivolous that I imagine the judges and lawyers loathe even to take it seriously. They do, though, because that’s their job.
Get ready to laugh and shake your head at some of the craziest, most ridiculous lawsuits we have ever heard of!
#1. Grand theft
Kellie Smith, from Albuquerque, New Mexico was sued for stealing seminal fluid and impregnating herself on purpose without consent.
In 1998, Kellie was in a relationship with a man named Peter Wallis. According to his testimony, Smith said she was on birth control pills and promised to stay on them to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. He claimed that she stopped taking the pill without informing him, so she could get pregnant without his assent. She did become pregnant and he sued her for fraud and breach of contract for “intentionally acquiring and misusing his seminal fluid.”
His argument insisted that he was owed money because he would now be responsible for a child he never wanted and that was conceived through dishonesty.
Smith’s lawyers maintained that the seminal fluid in question was legally a gift because a voluntary act is what allowed her possession of it. Therefore, it could not have been stolen.
Wallis asked Smith to marry him and subsequently asked her to terminate the pregnancy. She declined to do either, and moved out instead.
Mr. Wallis claimed that women have all the power in these situations and it was a travesty for him to be expected to pay. The court ruled in her favor, and he lost the case.
H/T – Source
#2. Caution: Contents Are Hot
Another case out of Albuquerque is one that most people have heard before. It is the case of the hot McDonald’s coffee.
Stella Liebeck was with her grandson when they stopped at a local McDonald’s to order coffee through the drive-through. In order to add the cream and sugar to her coffee, she took the lid off of her Styrofoam cup and placed held the cup with her knees. Somehow, the coffee tipped and the hot contents spilled into her lap. She was wearing sweatpants, which absorbed the coffee, thus worsening the burns.
Her thighs sustained the injuries, and she was in the hospital for more than a week, being treated with skin grafts for third degree burns.
The initial lawsuit was for just enough to cover medical expenses and the lost income for Liebeck’s daughter who had cared for her mother while she healed. This offer was refused by McDonald’s. It was then discovered that 700 claims had already been filed about burns from McDonald’s coffee in the past ten years. Many of these claims included severe burns as well.
This information was then used to show that the company was cognizant of the danger that their coffee posed, and decided to sue for negligence. Liebeck was awarded compensatory punitive damages, to the tune of $160,000 and $2.7 million, respectively. Punitive damages were later adjusted to a little less than half a million.
H/T – Source
#3. Godly Ideations
This next example is very odd to say the least. A Minnesota man named Christopher Roller brought a suit against David Copperfield. In 2005, Roller thought that he was God, and became very distressed because he honestly believed that several magicians were stealing his godly gifts and using them for magic.
While the lawsuit was still ongoing, he said he would withdraw if Mr. Copperfield could show that he did not use the powers of God to perform his magical acts. And we all know that the first rule of magic is that the tricks are never revealed.
Roller was a former nuclear engineer for the United States Navy. He claims that he realized his heavenly gifts when he welcomed millions of spirits into his soul back in 1999, and applied for a patent for the exclusive rights pertaining to the use of his godly powers here on earth.
Of course, his application was never approved, and the lawsuit was dismissed.
H/T – Source