3 Crazy Lawsuits
Lawsuits are very common. Citizens across the country have the opportunity to use the courts to achieve justice, but sometimes people take lawsuits to another level. Going to court is not an easy thing, either – it takes time, energy, and resources. But some people go to court for frivolous things. Because of that, there are some outrageous lawsuit cases out there – a lot of them, too! We've named three of these lawsuits below.
Case #1: The Look-Alike Lawsuit
People that resemble celebrities often enjoy it. They often get recognition and attention, and some people have become famous for it. However, Allen Heckard of Portland, Oregon wasn’t thrilled about his resemblance to a famous athlete. Instead, he was tired of getting comments saying he looked like Michael Jordan. In 2006, he sued Michael Jordan and Nike’s co-founder Phil Knight (for promoting Jordan) for a total of $832 million ($416 million each). He claimed personal injury in addition to emotional pain and suffering. Put pictures of the two of them side by side and there is definitely a resemblance, even though Heckard was older and shorter. His case didn’t hold up in court.
Case #2: No job? It’s your school’s problem
College is hard work. You put a lot of time and effort into homework, getting decent grades, and in the end, it will hopefully pay off with a degree and a job. But, for Trina Thompson, it didn’t end quite that way. She had a solid attendance record at Monroe College and a 2.7 grade point average, but when she graduated, she couldn’t find a job. After being unemployed for three months after graduation, she sued her school for $72,000 ($70,000 for tuition and $2,000 for the stress caused of not getting a job) claiming it was their fault that she could find a job with her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. She said the Office of Career Advancement didn’t help her find a job well enough.
Case #3: Alcohol blamed for a life of crime
A group of inmates in Idaho joined together and sued eight brewers for not warning them of the dangers of overusing alcohol. They claim that drunkenness and situations in which alcohol played a big role were the reasons why they had spent a large part of their lives in jail. They say that if the brewing companies would have told them that alcohol could have led to such situations that they wouldn't have started drinking in the first place. The group of inmates didn’t have a lawyer to help them with this claim and with all that time they had in jail, they were able to write the lawsuit themselves.