Thursday, January 14, 2010

Most ridiculous lawsuits of 2009

The US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has announced the winners of its 'Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Of 2009' poll.

5th place: Neighbor sues woman for smoking in her own home.

4th place: Double-murderer sues to claim his victims’ classic Chevy pickup.

3rd place: Holocaust denier sues Auschwitz survivor, alleging memoir contains “fantastical tales”.

2nd place: Tourist sues hotel, claiming swimming pool got daughter pregnant.

And the winner: Illegal immigrants sue rancher who stopped them on his property at gunpoint and turned them over to the Border Patrol.

The link at each award will take you to a news story about it. The monthly winners of the 2009 contest, and each month's entries, may be found here. It's sometimes entertaining reading, but at other times it's so disgustingly money-grubbing and opportunistic that it's frankly disgusting. With a litigation-mad culture like this, is it any wonder that some industries and occupations have to charge huge price premiums just to cover their legal insurance bills?



Anonymous said...

Insanity. Suing someone who arrested you for breaking several laws, including immigration laws?

Too bad it's illegal to mine your own property, I could see it being put to good use for this chap.

Chip said...

The easiest way to stop stupid lawsuits is Loser Pays. In other words whoever is on the losing side pays both sides legal fees. Want to sue me for smoking in my own home. Go ahead, but when I win you are going to pay my lawyer for defending me. Should make them think twice about filing a suit like that.

Anonymous said...

IIRC theillegal won his case and the rancher had to sell his ranch to pay the judgement.