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.
A man sued Blue Man Group claiming he suffered permanent damage to his esophagus when the performers shoved a camera down his throat. It was revealed that it was a camera trick and nothing entered the mans mouth as the live footage was actually a pre recorded medical video.
An inmate filed a $5 million lawsuit against himself, claimed he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested – then asked the state to pay because he has no income in jail.
In 2004, a woman engaged to a video game programmer anonymously vented her frustrations about her fiancé’s brutal 85-hour work week in a single blog post which eventually led to three class action lawsuits and a $14.9M judgement against the company he worked for.
Breast Cancer Cure foundation, Susan G. Komen, have been suing other many small charities for using the word “for the cure” in their names or the color pink.
A person who picked on Eminem in school sued him for his 1999 song ‘Brain Damage’. The judge dismissed the case and delivered the verdict as a rap.
In Japan if someone on trial is filmed while in handcuffs their hands have to be pixelated to be shown on TV. This is because a man named Kazuyoshi Miura brought a successful case to court arguing the image of him in handcuffs implied guilt and had prejudiced his trial.
Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis.
A family fighting a $474,000 hospital bill, got charged $12 for each of those little paper cups nurses give you when they administer pills.