Frivolous lawsuits affect all of us. Frivolous lawsuits clog
the court systems, taking time away from the "real"
cases. While everyone does have the right to sue anyone else,
some people take this to extremes, bringing about frivolous lawsuits
in hopes of a big lawsuit payday. Frivolous lawsuits are a part
of the much more complex arena of lawsuit
abuse where tort reform may
be needed for rational justice to take place.
While personal injury is no laughing matter and most cases are
legitimate, we wish to share some cases on this page that shed
a not so flattering light on personal
injury lawsuits and tend to negate the legitimacy of even
well-founded cases in the public eye. People who have been victimized
deserve to be heard, but unfortunately, it seems that the pseudo-victims
grab all the headlines.
Now that this has been said (and much to our chagrin) here is
some more attention given to this subject.
The Frivolous Lawsuit Cases
1. The television show "Jackass" is being sued by a
Montana man for plagiarizing his name, copyright and trademark
infringement and defamation
of character as well. In 1997, this Montana man legally changed
his name to Jack Ass in order to raise public awareness about
the perils of drunken driving. Mr. Jack Ass is seeking $10 million
2. A former Houston ambulance driver stopped for doughnuts while
taking an injured youth to Ben Taub Hospital. The youth's mother
filed a complaint against the driver and the driver is suing the
city for intentional
infliction of emotional distress.
3. A woman who attended 'Halloween Horror Nights' at Universal
Studios is suing for $15,000 in damages for extreme fear, emotional
distress and mental anguish.
4. Barney the Dinosaur sues the San Diego Chicken. The San Diego
Chicken is a sports stadium mascot who, while doing a routine,
pummeled a Barney look-alike. The judge threw out the case saying
that the act was clearly parody and would not cause trademark
5. A New York City woman was awarded $14.1 million by a state
supreme court jury after she was hit by a subway train as she
was patiently laying on the tracks in an apparent suicide attempt.
Later, the reward was cut 30 percent, to a mere $9.9 million,
because of her "comparative negligence."
6. A California couple sued Bally Health Club for loss
of consortium and emotional distress for a cyberspace romance
on the man's part. Apparently, the man cut his hand on the towel
dispenser at the health club sending him home for a few days where
he decided to roam in an online romance.
7. A man is suing the Utah State Prison, saying the prison is
violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide
him with a "vampire" diet. The man also filed a complaint
that he was denied a conjugal visit with his "vampress"
and denied to right to the sacrament of drinking blood.
8. In a "liar, liar no pants on fire case", a California
nudist sued an event organizer when he burned his feet while doing
a fire walk, after being told the activity may be dangerous.
The frivolous lawsuits listed above are fine examples of finger
pointing, playing the blame game and other methods to avoid personal
responsibility. When these pseudo-victims make the headlines,
they diminish and defame the reputations of those with legitimate
claims. This website is all about advocating for those with legitimate
personal injury claims and we show these
frivolous lawsuits only to contrast what our website is all about.