When filing lawsuit, you need to make sure that you have a legitimate case. You have to be significantly physically, emotionally, or financially damaged, and someone else has to be liable. Sometimes people file lawsuits for some of the most frivolous reasons, and they don't stand a chance in court. If you are wondering what a frivolous lawsuit looks like, here are some chart toppers.
Robert Lee Brock Vs. Himself
Robert Brock had to serve 23 years for grand larceny and breaking and entering in 1993. While incarcerated, he wrote a letter stating that he violated his own religious beliefs and civil rights by drinking and getting arrested. He requested to sue himself for $5 million. Since he was a ward of the state with no income, he stated that the state should have to pay him. Luckily, the judge who received the letter dismissed the lawsuit as frivolous. She stated that while his approach was innovative, it was completely ludicrous.
Dukes Vs. Sea World
Daniel Dukes had a lifelong dream of swimming with a killer whale. On July 6, 1999, he fulfilled his dream. Daniel managed to elude security and hide in the park after closing hours. He dove into Tillikum's tank, where he died that night. Daniel's parents filed a lawsuit against the theme park. The lawsuit claimed that there weren't any proper signs stating that the killer whale actually kills people. They also said that the park is negligent by selling cute whale memorabilia, making the killer whale appear friendly.
While the theme park found the lawsuit crazy, the family stuck to their guns at first. After the medical examiner ruled the death a result of drowning and hypothermia. Eventually, the family dropped their lawsuit and the park went back to business as usual.
Christopher Roller Vs. Magicians
A man named Christopher Roller tried to sue David Blaine, David Copperfield, and a handful of other magicians for millions. His claim is that they defy physics, which can only mean one thing, they inhabit godly powers. So why would having godly powers be a problem for Roller? Roller believes that he is God because he has powers himself. He believed that these magicians were stealing his powers. He wanted a lump sum payment, plus a percentage of the magicians' income for the rest of his life. The court threw out the lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction.
Richard Overton Vs. Anheuser-Busch
In the 1990's Anheuser-Busch ran several ads where men would drink their beer, and beautiful women would immediately materialize in front of them. Everyone knows that the company wasn't stating women appear out of thin air when you drink their beer right? Wrong. Richard Overton filed a lawsuit against the beer company when he drank their beer and beautiful women didn't magically appear in front of them. He claimed that their ad was misleading, causing him mental and physical injury, financial loss, and emotional distress. He said that he drank too much beer thinking women would appear, and the company didn't disclose the dangers of drinking too much.
The court ruled in the favor of Anheuser-Busch. It was decided that the dangers of excessive drinking are well-known to the general public. Therefore, they are not required to disclose the dangers of alcohol consumption.
When you file a lawsuit, you don't want to spend your time putting together something frivolous. You need to make sure that you can prove that you are actually damaged in some way, whether it is physical, emotionally, or financially. Someone has to be legally responsible. To prove that, you have to be able to prove that the responsible part could have prevented the problem. If you feel you have a legitimate lawsuit, you need to hire an attorney from a firm like Hardee and Hardee LLP to represent.