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!
Shannon Sacco and her teen-aged daughter were apparently underprepared for the Halloween festivites at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania. Sacco's daughter, not wanting to be scared, allegedly asked the park's costumed monsters not to bother her. When they persisted, she fell over in a fright and reportedly sustained injures - the details of which are not released to the public.
The pair are seeking $150,000 in damages, according to KTLA 5.
An Israeli couple had to pay more than $2,000 for an apartment they never rented thanks to an emoji. No, seriously.
The couple contacted a landlord they found online about their interest in an apartment. During their text conversations, the couple used various smiley faces, as well as other emojis like a champagne bottle and a peace sign. Because of this, the landlord thought the couple was sincerely interested and took his property off the market.
Except they weren't, and when they backed out, he took them to court for the month's rent he lost. And a judge ruled he had every right to do so. "Although this message did not constitute a binding contract between the parties, this message naturally led to the Plaintiff's great reliance on the defendants' desire to rent his apartment," he said in his ruling.
A Chicago java lover got fed up with her watered-down iced coffees from Starbucks, and decided to sue the company over it. The court documents brought on behalf of Stacy Pincus state, “Plaintiff alleges that…Starbucks has engaged in the practice of misrepresenting the amount of Cold Drink a customer will receive. As a result of this practice, Starbucks’ Cold Drinks contain significantly less product than advertised, by design and corporate practice and procedure.”
Getting jipped on your "cold drink" is no laughing matter. The complaint argues that standard practice at Starbucks is to fill a venti-sized container until just above the head of the siren on the logo, then fill the rest with ice. That means customers are getting somewhere around 14 ounces of coffee instead of the 24 ounces that fit in the cup.For their part, Starbucks says that customers can always ask for less ice.
New York resident Leif Nelson is suing Foster's beer for deceiving them. Apparently, all of their ads featuring kangaroos and the Australian flags misled him to believe that his beloved beer was being brewed down under. In fact, Fosters is brewed in Ft. Worth, TX, and has been since 2011.
Nelson says that he'll resume drinking his favorite beer when they properly label the cans, and stop falsely advertising their beer as Australian.