The EPA and former employees sued Area 51 for failure to comply with hazardous waste disposal laws. The case was thrown out on national security grounds.
In 1990, parents sued Judas Priest over their son’s suicide, claiming a song contained the words “Do it” when listened to backwards. Judas Priest won the case, and said if they did add subliminal messages, it would have said “Buy seven records”.
A man wrote his own credit card contract then sued the bank for breaking the contract’s terms.
A Jehovah’s Witness was temporarily incapacitated following a car accident. Her doctor transfused her with blood which saved her life, despite knowing she had signed a card requesting this not be done. Following her recovery she successfully sued the doctor for battery.
Irrawaddy dolphins have developed a mutual relationship with local fisherman by chasing fish into their nets in exchange for some leftover fish. This relationship has become so embedded that when a fisherman’s “own” dolphin helped a rival, he followed up with lawsuits.
Singer Tom Waits successfully sued the LAPD. He was wrongfully arrested for disturbing the peace when, outside a coffee shop, he intervened a group of men who were bullying other patrons. The bullies were plainclothes officers.
Back in 1997, Ross Lucock of Australia won a meat tray during a pub raffle. Informed that he needed to be wearing shoes while in the pub, he proceeded to strap the meat (pork chops) to his feet and parade around the pub, leading to the inevitable accident in which another pub patron slipped on the trail of pork slime and broke his arm. The guy with the broken arm then sued the pub, arguing that it had breached its duty of care by its “failure to remove [Mr. Lucock]… in the knowledge that he was inebriated and was clad with pork chops strapped to his feet.” He was awarded $750,000 in damages.
An investment bank which lost 75% of its employees in 9/11 sued American Airlines for negligence in allowing terrorists on board, and won $135 million.
A Missouri family sued the previous owners of a house that they had just bought after Brown Recluse Spiders “started bleeding out of the walls.” An expert came in and estimated that the house was infested with 4,000 – 5,000 of the spiders.
After Disney threatened to sue three day care centers for unauthorized use of their characters, Hanna-Barbera gave them the right to use Universal characters as decorations. use of their characters, Hanna-Barbera gave them the right to use Universal characters as decorations.