Top Ten Unbelievable Lawsuits

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Studies have shown that the US spends over $200 B in civil lawsuits every year. It comes as no surprise that personal injury lawyers are having their field day and that law schools in the US are packed with eager entrants who want to join the bandwagon. Our list of top 10 most bizarre or frivolous lawsuits is a strong proof that we are going to see more of these fantastic court battles for many years to come.

1.    McDonald’s vs Common Sense

In 1992, Stella Liebeck sued McDonald’s for gross negligence for serving coffee that was too hot. Amazingly, the court concurred with Liebeck and ordered McDonald’s to pay Liebeck $160,000 for compensatory damages and $2.7 M for punitive damages.

2.    Woman vs Act of God

We are all aware that weather forecasts are not precise. However, this seemed to be not acceptable for an Israeli. The woman sued a TV station for erroneously predicting a fair weather during a day when there was a heavy downpour. She sued the TV station for damages and was awarded by the court $1,000.

3.    Anheuser-Busch vs Man

Previously, there was this popular ad released by Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser beer, where two women suddenly materialize in front of two astonished truck drivers. A man from Michigan sued the company for deception through false advertising. He claimed that no women appeared after he bought and drank a case of Budweiser beer. Luckily, the court ruled in favor of Anheuser-Busch.

4.    PETA vs Division of Wildlife and Fish

PETA, the organization of animal welfare advocates, held a protest in 2001 to defend the deer’s right to live. After their anti-hunt rally, two members of the group accidentally run over a deer along the highway while driving back home. The group filed a complaint claiming that the program on deer management by the Division of Wildlife and Fish of New Jersey was faulty.

5.    Underwear vs Traffic Cop

A 52 year old LA traffic officer filed a damage complaint against Victoria’s Secret. The damage complaint arose from the injury on his eye when it was hit by a metal clip that got dislodged while he was trying to wear a new tight-fitting thong.

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