Every year there are a couple of crazy cases that highlight why people don’t like lawyers. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Donald Nixon — who is legally blind — filed a lawsuit against Playboy claiming that it was in violation of the American with Disabilities Act because he could not “fully and equally use or enjoy the facilities, products, and services” of the company. He’s right. Feeling the pages isn’t quite the same.
Hunter College had to evict a student from its dorms. She’d been living there since 2016, despite no longer being a student, racking up a $94,000 rent bill and refusing to leave. I bet her parents hope she wins and gets to stay.
A North Carolina husband got awarded $8.8M from the man who slept with his wife. Relying on the State’s “alienation of affection” statue, Keith King sued Francisco Huizar claiming his affair with King’s wife ruined their marriage, and won. Doesn’t that make Mr. King a pimp?
Brendan Vezmar of Austin, Tx., sued a woman who joined him on a first date to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 because she was texting during the film. The suit sought the cost of the movie ticket … a whopping $17.31. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. Only a short while into the film, the date began texting on her phone, which Vezman described as “like one of my biggest pet peeves.” Wow, she dodged a bullet.
Woman sues restaurant after falling off donkey statute. Kimberly Bonn sued the El Jalisco restaurant seeking damages of more than $15,000 after she voluntarily climbed up on the restaurant’s donkey statue and fell off. She claims it was “smooth and slick” and lacked “safety features, such as a steps, a ladder, or a non-slip saddle.” Headline should have been A%& falls off of donkey.
Chicago woman Stacy Pincus filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Starbucks in April 2016, claiming the company puts too much ice in its cold drinks. The lawsuit accused Starbucks of advertising iced drinks as 24-ounce beverages when the cup only contained 14 ounces of fluid.
California resident Webster Lucas sued McDonald’s for $1.5 million because he only received one napkin with his meal. Lucas was offered free burgers, but he claimed the incident left him emotionally distressed and unable to work.
Imprisoned pimp Sirgiorgio Sanford Clardy sued Nike for $100 million, claiming his Air Jordan sneakers should’ve come with the warning that they could be used as a dangerous weapon. Clardy received a 100-year prison sentence for stomping on the face of a prostitution customer who tried to flee a motel without paying.
A lonely 69-year old Dutch man claims his age makes him less desirable on Tinder. He’s suing to legally change his age to 49. This will make him more attractive to younger women. At least until they meet him.
I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!