You’ve Been Sued: The Most Bizarre Lawsuits
The law was created to protect human rights, personal property, and, in essence, to keep us dastardly humans from killing each other. It’s easy to highlight corrupt cops, overcrowded prisons, and money-grubbing lawyers in order to chalk the system up as a failure. It’s flawed, sure. But in a roundabout way, it’s served its purpose, for the most part.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a politically motivated think-piece. But it’s important to establish that the legal system isn’t always motivated by the endless pursuit of liberty and justice for all. To say the absolute least, it’s complicated.
Today on FilthyRich, we highlight the absurd, the strange, and the downright bizarre. So brew yourself a coffee, make sure it’s not too hot, and settle in for our exploration of the most bizarre lawsuits in legal history.
Robert Brock v. Himself
One night back in 1993, Robert Brock had a few too many alcoholic beverages and then proceeded to “go out and get arrested.” Simple enough, right? Not exactly. You see, by consuming the alcoholic beverages, Robert Brock claimed to have violated his own religious beliefs. He was so disappointed in himself that a few years later Brock sued himself for $5 million in damages.
But here’s the kicker. Because Robert Brock was incarcerated and unable to afford the lofty damage claim, he asked the state to foot the bill. Though the judge praised Brock’s “innovative approach to civil-rights litigation,” she dismissed his case outright.
Woman v. Weather Station
There’s nothing more infuriating than watching the morning’s clear sky weather report, dressing accordingly, and then getting caught in a rain storm umbrella-less and freezing cold. Well, a woman from Tel Aviv, Israel did this so many times that she said enough is enough.
This lady, whose lack of preparedness led to a bout with the flu, sued the local news station for $1,000 in damages for their faulty weather forecast. And guess what? She actually won! Though the case never actually saw its day in court, the television station settled and forked over the 1K. Keep fighting the good fight, lady.
Woman v. Hot Coffee
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but back in 1992, a lady sued McDonald’s for brewing her coffee way too hot. We know most people scoff at the frivolous idea of suing over hot coffee, but there were real damages here. 79-year-old Stella Leibeck, having spilt the coffee on her pelvic region, suffered third degree burns.
So, why is this case so popular? We’re guessing that the attention it received had a lot to do with the exorbitant payout. The case went to court and Liebeck won big. She was awarded $2.7 million in punitive damages.