A man who was napping under a tree and had his skull crushed by a 16 pound pinecone sued various governmental agencies for $5 million due to the lack of warning signs.
A federal court in California ruled earlier this year that a lawsuit against Facebook can proceed. The suit claims Facebook is illegally collecting biometric data from people “tagged” in photos posted by other users.
A woman in Nebraska tried to sue all gay people. Her appeal had no legal references, but quoted Webster’s Dictionary and the Bible.
An inmate filed a US$5 million lawsuit against himself. He claimed that he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He then asked the state to pay because he has no income in jail.
In 1980 the Sioux Nation tribe won their case claiming the Black Hills of South Dakota were wrongfully taken and required compensation. The tribe refused the $106 million award and continues to do so even though the award with interest is now $1.2 billion.
Houdini once sued a police officer who accused him of making his escapes through bribery. Houdini won his case when he opened the judge’s safe.
Pink Floyd were refused payment after a show in 1966. The club owner claimed “Their performance wasn’t music”. They took him to court and lost.
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement.
In 1971, a woman petitioned a Judge for permission to sterilize her “somewhat retarded” daughter. Without a hearing, evidence, or representation for the daughter, the judge granted permission. The daughter later tried to sue the judge, but the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to grant the judge immunity.
A man convicted for violating a century-old Michigan law against swearing near women and children challenged it in court and eventually won with the courts striking down the law.