10 of the Weirdest Lawsuits Filed by People
A well-established judicial system of a country offers hope and an opportunity to people through lawsuits to seek justice for all the wrongdoing that happened to them. The majority of them are valid and have their merit, but some of them are so weird that they need to be placed into an entirely different category all to themselves. Here we have listed 10 of the weirdest lawsuits filed by people that are hard to believe.
1 In 2015, Nick Loeb, the ex-fiancé of Sofia Vergara, a famous television star, filed a lawsuit against her on behalf of their two frozen embryos in a Louisiana court for not allowing them to be implanted into a surrogate mother.
The Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, was sued in 2015 by two of her frozen embryos, Emma and Isabella. Of course, the embryos didn’t do it by themselves.
The lawsuit was filed by her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, in Louisiana, the place where the couple dated and planned for a lifelong relationship. Before the celebrity couple broke up, they created the embryos through in-vitro fertilization in 2013 at a California clinic.
According to the lawsuit, Ms. Vergara, refused to allow them to be implanted in a surrogate mother, whereas Mr. Loeb wanted to bring them to term. According to Loeb’s legal team, Ms. Vergara was violating the agreement made before the IVF process, which was to bring the embryos to term.
Either way, the case was dismissed by the judge, as neither parent had any connection with the state, and since the embryos were “citizens of California,” the case had to be filed there. (source)
2 Allen Heckard from Portland filed a lawsuit against Michael Jordan in 2006 for $416 million. According to the lawsuit, he suffered mental trauma, defamation, and permanent injury because of his striking resemblance to Mr. Jordan.
Allen Heckard didn’t enjoy the celebrity treatment he was getting for looking like Michael Jordan. The man who is eight years older than Mr. Jordan was frustrated with people coming to him and mistaking him for Michael Jordan.
He was reluctant to be in public spaces, like religious services, public transportation, public parks, and even restaurants, to avoid any unnecessary attention. “I’m constantly being accused of looking like Michael, and it makes it very uncomfortable for me,” Heckard said.
Finally, in 2006, the Portland man filed a lawsuit against the basketball legend for the astronomical amount of $416 million because he suffered mental trauma, defamation, and permanent injury because of his striking resemblance with the Chicago Bulls legend.
He also sued Nike for making Mr. Jordan one of the most popular faces in the world. He eventually dropped both cases. (source)
3 Mircea Pavel, a Romanian prisoner, sued “God” in 2005 for not giving him anything in return for his prayers and failing to protect him from “Satan.” The lawsuit was dismissed by a Romanian court, as “God is not subject to the law and does not have an address”.
A Romanian murderer made the headlines in 2005 when he did something unthinkable. Mircea Pavel, who is serving a prison sentence of 20 years, filed a lawsuit against “Almighty God” for “fraud, betrayal of trust, corruption, and influence peddling.”
He accused God of not fulfilling his wishes and ignoring his prayers. The daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei reported that Mr. Pavel sued “the defendant God, who resides in the heavens and the Orthodox Church in Romania took the responsibility of representing Him on Earth for failing to save him from evil sources. Mircea said that God “gave me to Satan, who encouraged me to kill”.
Thankfully, the case was discarded by the court in Timisoara, western Romania, since God does not have a legal address. (source)
4 Lauren Rosenberg from Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against Google, demanding more than $100,000 in compensation for her injury and troubles caused by Google Maps, which misdirected her on a busy road unsafe for pedestrians.
Have you ever got mad at Google Maps for leading you to the wrong location? In 2010, Lauren Rosenberg wasn’t just mad, she filed a legal case against Google Inc. in a Utah court, seeking more than $100,000 in compensation.
The Los Angeles resident was using Google Maps on her BlackBerry phone that day to make sure of the walking directions and this brought some troubles for her. Lauren accused Google Maps of directing her to a busy road without sidewalks that were unsafe for pedestrians, causing her severe injuries and lost wages. She sued for her expenses and also punitive damages.
The court, however, was not convinced of her allegations and ruled the case in favor of Google. The court stated that since the company wasn’t directly related to Lauren, they didn’t owe her anything. (source)
5 Jennifer Connell filed a lawsuit in 2011 against her nephew, Sean Tarala, a then-eight-year-old boy, for a loving hug on his birthday that caused her to break her arm in. She was seeking $127,000 for the damage but didn’t get anything as the verdict came out in favor of the boy.
Sean Tarala probably never imagined that his loving gesture towards his aunt would end up in the courtroom. In 2011, when Jennifer Connell went to celebrate her nephew Sean Tarala’s birthday at his home, he jumped towards her with excitement, causing her an injury.
Unfortunately, the over-enthusiastic, then-eight-year-old kid’s aunt probably didn’t expect this demonstration of his affection. The lady decided to file a case against her nephew for breaking her arm and was seeking $127,000 compensation for damage.
Recalling the incident, Ms. Connell mentioned, “I had to catch him, and we tumbled onto the ground. I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”
During the proceeding, Jennifer told the judge that she has been struggling with her daily life because of the broken arm, but the jury was not convinced with her lawsuit and gave their verdict in favor of Sean. (source)
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