The producers of the Sopranos were sued in 2001 by the “American Italian Defense Association” for allegedly violating the Illinois Constitution’s guarantee of individual dignity.
In 1997, three men from Yemen sued NASA for landing on Mars.They claimed that they inherited the planet from their ancestors 3,000 years ago.
The brand Puma sued Dolce & Gabbana over a slipper design they believe was copied. D&G argued that their design was for a different clientele and used real fur. Puma lost because D&G only sold 3 pairs with 2 being bought by Puma’s test buyers. The judge said there was no competition.
In 1997 a Danish woman visiting New York City was arrested and strip-searched for leaving her baby in a stroller outside a restaurant while she and the baby’s father dined inside, a common practice in Denmark. She later sued the city and was awarded $66,000.
A man sued Warner Bros after he was injured while fainting during a screening of The Exorcist. He claimed that the film contained subliminal messages that caused his fainting spell. When he lost consciousness, his face hit one of the seats, breaking his jaw. They settled out of court.
A women bought one of those robocaller’s “Car Extended Auto Warranties” so she could once and for all figure out who they were. Then she proceeded to file a class action lawsuit against the company for violating Do Not Call lists.
A California lawyer filed for a restraining order to stop his neighbor’s kids from playing basketball claiming their game dropped the value of his house by $100k. He was ultimately denied with the court saying that reasonable people can expect “some inconveniences and annoyances” from neighbors.
Three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated “too fast”. They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency.
Because American textbooks are sold at a lower price in Thailand, somebody was reselling them in the US and making enough of a profit to get sued by the publishers, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the publishers because the “first sale” doctrine applies everywhere, not just the US.
The original drummer of The Offspring became a medical doctor. During a malpractice lawsuit against him he saved a jurors life causing a mistrial by tainted jury pool.