A writer was sued for $60 million dollars after writing a book about a convicted Orange County serial killer. Although the inmate is on death row, he claimed that he was innocent in all 16 murders, so the characterization of him as a serial killer was false, misleading and “defamed his good name”. In addition, he claimed those falsehoods would cause him to be “shunned by society and unable to find decent employment” once he returned to private life. The case was thrown out in a record 46 seconds, but only after $30,000 in legal fees were incurred by the writer’s publisher.
A woman in Israel is suing a TV station and its weatherman for $1,000 after he predicted a sunny day and it rained. The woman claims the forecast caused her to leave home lightly dressed. As a result, she caught the flu, missed 4 days of work, spent $38 on medication and suffered stress.
(maybe something to think about after the summer season we’ve had… )
Susanna Barrett, mother of 5 year old Isabella, was terribly offended that several media websites dared to claim that her daughter was acting like a hooker, so she sued for 30 million in damages. The lawsuit goes on to allege that because of the media’s coverage of Isabella’s Libation lambada, the 5-year-old is now “perceived sexually, erotically and pornographically,” and that the media articles “have placed Isabella in serious physical danger, attracting the attention of others who would seek to sexualize a child.” These are serious accusations, which I don’t mean to laugh of and I agree that these media outlets have potentially opened up a child to be viewed as a “sexual icon,” but what about Susanna herself? What part did she play in this? By virtue of allowing her daughter to appear on Toddlers & Tiaras — a show that features little girls dressed up as Pretty Woman and Dolly Parton, complete with fake tans, fake hair, fake nails, and even fake teeth — hasn’t Isabella’s mother already done that on her own?
A college student in Idaho decided to “moon” someone from his 4th story dorm room window. He lost his balance, fell out of his window, and injured himself in the fall. Now the student expects the University to take the fall — he is suing them for “not warning him of the dangers of living on the 4th floor”.
A woman went into a Northridge discount department store to buy a blender. She decided to take the bottom box from a stack of four blenders from an upper shelf used to store extra stock. When she pulled out the bottom box, the rest of the boxes fell. She sued the store for not warning customers from taking stock from the upper shelf and for stacking the boxes so high. She claimed to sustain carpal tunnel syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
A minister and his wife sued a guide-dog school for $160,000 after a blind man learning to use a seeing-eye dog stepped on the woman’s toe. She sought $80,000 for medical bills, pain & suffering, humiliation and disability. Her husband sought the same amount for loss of his wife’s care, comfort and consortium.
And finally something to think about these days in London; Organizers of an Olympics event were ordered to pay damages to a man who missed the event due to heavy traffic. In Japan, a court has ordered the organizers of the Nagano Winter Olympics to pay damages for mental anguish to a spectator who missed an event because of heavy traffic…