Most Ridiculous Lawsuits
While frivolous lawsuits aren’t uncommon in today’s litigious environment, some stand out because they are so preposterous. Here are seven examples.
01: The $67 Million Pants
Roy Pearson was an administrative law judge in Washington D.C. In 2005 he took a pair of pants to a local dry cleaner for alterations. The dry cleaner was owned by South Korean immigrants named Chung. When Pearson went to retrieve the pants a few days later, he discovered they weren’t there. The Chungs had inadvertently sent them to the wrong location. The pants were soon located but Pearson refused to accept them. He claimed the pants weren’t his despite documentation provided by the Chungs that showed otherwise.
Pearson sued the dry cleaners for $67 million. Among other things, he claimed that the Chungs had committed fraud by failing to honor a “satisfaction guaranteed” sign displayed at the store. A court disagreed and Pearson ultimately lost the case. Pearson’s term as a judge expired in 2007, and he was not re-appointed. He sued the city for wrongful termination but did not get his job back.
02: That Ad Was Just Too Scary!
In 2014, a New York woman sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Showtime television network for an injury she sustained in a fall triggered by a scary poster. The woman claims she was on a staircase in Grand Central Terminal when she spotted an ad for the TV show “Dexter.” The ad featured a photo of Michael C. Hall, who plays a serial killer on the show, with his face covered by cellophane. The woman alleged that the image was so disturbing it caused her to fall down the stairs, sustaining a broken ankle and a head injury. The ad also caused her to have nightmares that necessitated visits to a psychiatrist.
At a March 2018 hearing in Manhattan, the presiding judge didn’t show the plaintiff much sympathy. According to the New York Post, he stated that negligence suits based on scary things are “a slippery slope.” While he didn’t issue a final ruling, he indicated he would likely dismiss the case. Otherwise, he would “let the floodgates open.”