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Sunday 21 September 2014

The ten most ridiculous lawsuits

During the 1990s Budweiser ran a series of adverts where two beautiful women appeared in front of two truck drivers drinking the brew.
Michigan man Richard Overton promptly bought a case of the beer, drank it and waited -- but no hot babes appeared. Cue lawsuit. Overton cited emotional distress and mental injury due to false advertising and wanted over $10,000 in damages.
Thankfully, the court realised it would take a hell of a lot more than a case of Budweiser to get this loser a date and they decided to dismiss the case.
In 1995 Robert Lee Brock, a prison inmate in Virginia, claimed the crime he committed while drunk had violated his civil liberties and religious beliefs.
The penniless prisoner sued himself for $5m in the hope the state would be forced to pay on his behalf. The case was dismissed and proved prisoners serving 23-year-sentences have far too much time on their hands.
Music publishers for the late avant-garde composer John Cage sued Mike Batt for plagiarism in 2002. They claimed Batt's song, 'A Minute's Silence,' ripped off Cage's '4'33,' which also contained absolutely no music or vocals.
Even though copyrighting silence would seem to be impossible, Batt agreed to settle the case out of court by paying a six-figure amount.
Silence, it seems, is not only golden but it is also potentially worth millions.

In 1992, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap and burned herself.

Everyone laughed when she declared she was suing McDonald's, until a jury awarded her $2.9m.

Now outrageous lawsuits are a fact of life no matter how farcical.

The latest involves ex-con Dawud Yaduallah, who is suing a prison nurse in the US after she sent him to his cell even though medication had given him a painful 55-hour erection that wouldn't go away.

It seems that particular dose of "hard" time was just too much for Yaduallah. But even his legal action isn't so harebrained when compared to the Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Of All Time.

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