1. Hot Coffee Lawsuit : Lady sues McDonald’s for coffee being too hot
Stella Liebeck, an Albuquerque, N.M., woman who spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee on her lap while sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. As a result, the 79-year-old suffered third degree burns on her groin, inner thighs and buttocks. The coffee was not just “hot,” but dangerously hot. McDonald’s corporate policy was to serve it at a temperature that could cause serious burns in seconds. She was wearing sweatpants that absorbed the coffee and kept it against her skin. She required skin grafts on her inner thighs and elsewhere.
She won an astonishing £1.7million. ( $2.7 Million )
2. Nike I got screwed using you, I will sue you now
In 2014, Sirgiorgiro Clardy a pimp from Portland sued Nike for £60 million claiming the shoe manufacturer is partially responsible in his course of action.
In 2012, he was wearing a pair of Jordans when he repeatedly stomped the face of a man who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying one of his prostitute, with his shoes. In 2013 he was found guilty of second degree assault for using his Jordans to beat the man’s face to pulp.
After this he filed a lawsuit against Nike claiming Nike should have labeled in his Nike Air Jordans as a warning to consumers as they good be used as a deadly weapon.
3. RedBull : Benjamin Careathers sues the company for false advertising
The lawsuit made reference to the company’s slogan, “Red Bull Gives You Wings,” plaintiff Benjamin Careathers did not sue Red Bull because he remained wingless after consuming the energy drink. Rather, Careathers sued the company for false advertising, claiming they made false promises about Red Bull’s ability to boost energy, winning the case for $13 Million.
Plaintiff’s Claim : Even though there is a lack of genuine scientific support for a claim that Red Bull branded energy drinks provide any more benefit to a consumer than a cup of coffee, the Red Bull defendants persistently and pervasively market their product as a superior source of ‘energy’ worthy of a premium price over a cup of coffee or other sources of caffeine. Such deceptive conduct and practices mean that [Red Bull’s] advertising and marketing is not just ‘puffery,’ but is instead deceptive and fraudulent and is therefore actionable.
Defendant Reply : Red Bull settled the lawsuit to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation. However, Red Bull maintains that its marketing and labeling have always been truthful and accurate, and denies any and all wrongdoing or liability.
4. I want my Kidney back !
A New York doctor has taken his estranged wife to court to theoretically demand she give him his kidney back – or pay him $1.5million in compensation. Dr. Richard Batista gave his wife his kidney when she suffered from renal failure to save her lovingly wife life. She lived but their marriage failed ! As her wife Dawnella filed for divorce and he has accused her of having an affair.
Result : It is illegal for an organ to be exchanged for anything of value. Organs in the United States may not be bought or sold, and donating one is considered a gift & the case was dismissed.
5. These are not my kids! : Chinese man sues his wife for being ugly
Jian Feng was shocked by the child’s appearance, calling her ‘incredibly ugly’ and saying she looked like neither one of her parents. Mr Feng was so outraged that he initially accused his wife of cheating. Faced with the accusation, his wife admitted to spending around £62,000 on plastic surgery which had altered her appearance drastically. He filed a lawsuit against his wife for deceiving him and convicted him to marry her under false pretenses.
Result : The court agrees with him and he was awarded £75,000
6. Pants Lawsuit : Man sues over a lost pair of trousers
Roy L. Pearson, an administrative law judge in District of Columbia in the United States, filed a civil lawsuit against a dry cleaning company over a lost pair of trousers. He sued Jim & Soo Chung, the owners of custom cleaners in Washington, DC initially demanding $67 million for inconvenience, distress, and attorney’s fees for representing himself, as a result of their failure, in Pearson’s opinion, to live up to a “satisfaction guaranteed” & “sameday service” sign that was displayed in the store. On the contrary, Chungs’ lawyer portrayed Pearson as a bitter, financially insolvent man; under questioning, Pearson admitted that, at the start of the court case, he had only $1000–2000 in the bank due to divorce proceedings.
Result : Court ruled in the favor of dry cleaners and took judicial notice of Pearson’s divorce proceedings, where he was sanctioned $12,000 by the trial court for “creating unnecessary litigation and threatening both his wife and her lawyer with disbarment.
7. A man prank became city’s headache
Early on the morning of July 7, 2001, a prankster dumped detergent into Canal Park’s Fountain of Wind in Duluth, Minn., creating a mountain of bubbles. Several hours later, passerby Kathy Kelly walked into the suds and slipped into the fountain, sustaining a laceration to her left lower shin. Due to her diabetes the cut later became infected, resulting in $43,000 of medical expenses.
Kelly sued the city because it had not cleaned up the suds or posted warning signs, despite the fact that municipal workers had received a call concerning the hazard some four hours earlier. In March 2004, a jury found the city 70 percent responsible and Kelly 30 percent responsible for the injury, awarding $125,000 to the plaintiff. The fountain is now encircled by a railing.
8. Man sued for copying silence
British composer Mike Batt found himself the subject of a plagiarism action for including the song, “A One Minute Silence,” on an album for his classical rock band The Planets. The publishers claimed that Batt’s song, entitled “A Minute’s Silence,” ripped off Cage’s “4’33″, which also contained no music or vocals. “Mine is a much better silent piece. I have been able to say in one minute what Cage could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds.” – said Mike Batt
However, in the end Batt settled the matter out of court by paying an undisclosed six-figure sum to the John Cage Trust.
9. Good deeds sometimes ends punishable
Taylor Ostergaard, 18, and Lindsey Zellitti, 19, decided to stay home from a dance in July in order to surprise their neighbors with an anonymous delivery of homemade cookies. But one of their neighbors, Wanita Renea Young, 49, became so terrified she suffered an anxiety attack and called the police. Young sued the girls and this week was awarded $900 to recoup her medical bills.
10. Look alike lawsuit : Man sues Michael Jordan for looking like him
Allen Heckard, The Portland, Ore., man said he had been mistaken for basketball legend Michael Jordan almost every day for 15 years — and was sick of it. In 2006, he sued the former Chicago Bull along with Nike cofounder Phil Knight (for promoting Jordan) for a combined $832 million, claiming personal injury and emotional pain and suffering.
He soon dropped the lawsuit as Heckard knew he didn’t had the legs for his case to stand in court.
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