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The Dumbest Lawsuits In Recent History

Updated February 19, 2019 720.5k views20 items

We live in a litigious world and, more importantly, one filled with scam artists and cry babies looking for any stupid excuse to blame their mistakes, problems or minor shortcomings on large companies or the government. People will sue at the drop of a hat these days, but what are the dumbest lawsuits of all time? From spilled coffee to a Michael Jordan lookalike, these dumb legal cases on this list include some pretty funny, if absolutely crazy claims.

One man on this list tried to sue HIMSELF and then talk the government into paying the rewards he owed ... himself. Sometimes though, it isn't the large companies being sued; they're the ones doing the suing. Viacom even sued a dead woman in connection with illegal downloads ... Because that makes sense.

Here are some stupid court cases that will make you want to sue the pants off of someone instead of, you know, "working." They may be silly lawsuits, but many of these plantiffs actually managed to win their case and collect some major cash in the process. All those dollars may just be the best reasons to actually go to court. Check out the stupidest cases in recent history below!

  • Hellmann's Owner Sues Competition for Using the Word 'Mayo'

    Mayonnaise. You eat it. You love it. You can't eat sandwiches/live without it. But do you really know it? 

    According to Unilever (Hellman's parent company), federal regulators specifically define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs. Which is why they're not happy that a competitor is trying to pass off an egg-free version as the real stuff. The nerve!

    Hampton Creek's "Just Mayo" uses plant products instead of chicken eggs in its spread. Unilever contends that by calling their decidedly non-mayo product "Just Mayo," Hampton Creek is participating in false advertising and stealing the market share that is rightfully Hellman's. 

    "Consumers and cooks have an expectation that mayonnaise should both taste and perform like mayonnaise. Just Mayo does neither," the complaint states. BURN. 

    Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick doesn't think it's a big deal. "Today it's mayo, tomorrow it's a cookie ... next year it will be pasta," he said. "Maybe we'll see big cookie and big pasta lawsuits against us next."

    Careful Tetrick, big mayonnaise is a $2 billion industry. This food fight's about to get real (mayo). 

    Source: Fox News
  • Man Sues British Airways for Sending Him to Grenada Not Granada

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    Geography is tough. In 2014, American dentist Edward Gamson planned himself a trip to the beautiful southern city in Spain, named Granada. He was especially excited for the trip due to his lifelong interest in Islamic art and his Spanish Jewish heritage. Despite his insistence with his travel agent that he wanted to visit Granada, Spain, imagine his surprise when he ended up on a nine hour flight to the Caribbean island of Grenada.

    When British Airways refused to reimburse Gamson and his partner for the $4,500 first class tickets, he decided to sue the airline, for $34,000 in damages. Though there was likely much pain and suffering he had to endure as a result of the mixup, he still got a trip to the Caribbean!

    Lesson learned: always double check your spelling (and maybe a map) when booking travel.

  • McDonald's Mentally Scars a Man With Napkin Thriftiness

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    Webster Lucas, a California man who recently had a unsatisfactory visit at a Pacoima, CA McDonald's restaurant, has not had enough... napkins, that is.

    On a visit in late January, 2014, Lucas alleges that after asking for an extra napkin with his food, the Manager on duty - described as a Mexican-American - mumbled something that Lucas took to be racially discriminating. He claimed in a letter to the location's General Manager that the incident left him "unable to work because of the undue mental anguish and the intentional infliction of emotional distress" caused by the man who may or may not have provided him with an extra napkin.

    The price tag Mr. Webster has assigned to his emotional and mental distress? $1.5 million dollars. Frivolity: He's Lovin' It!


  • Man Sues Dry Cleaners for $67 Million for Losing Pants

    "I'll sue the pants off you!"... literally.

    A Washington, D.C. judge took his pants to get dry-cleaned at a family-owned business called Custom Cleaners. According to him, they never returned the correct pair of pants, and betrayed the "satisfaction guaranteed" sign in their store. This served as enough reason to sue the business for 67 million dollars for losing his pants a.k.a. the most expensive pants in the history of pants.

    Later on, he was gracious enough to drop the case down to only, just only, 54 millions dollars - what a nice guy, right?

    Lawsuit language has never sounded so beautiful. Roy Pearson, the offended pants-man, passionately describes his mental suffering, inconvenience, and discomfort at the hands of a business where "never before in recorded history have a group of defendants engaged in such misleading and unfair business practices" to the judge. Basically, life without pants has been hell.

    Pearson continued his tirade, always referring to himself as we (until the judge corrected him), in hopes he could get the thousands of Americans who are subject to "satisfaction guaranteed" signs to stand up and fight for their rights for quality service.

    The case ended with the dry-cleaner owner holding up a pair of pressed pants, facing the judge, the jury and the plaintiff, and delivering the final blow to Pearson's case. "These are your pants," he said. Pearson ran out of the testimony, tears streaming down his face, shocked at such an injustice. To this day, he denies that those are his pants.

    The epic 4 page story on ABC's website.