Two inmates sued the state of Alabama, claiming the cramped space in their cell was a cruel and unusual punishment. The state argued that students at Auburn University actually paid to live in even smaller living space in the Magnolia Dorm.
A prison inmate tried to sue himself for allowing himself to get drunk and ruin his life. He demanded 5 million from himself and reasoned that the state should pay since he didn’t get a salary behind bars. Needless to say, the case was thrown out.
Jonathan Lee Riches got the Guinness world record for having filed the highest number of lawsuits in the world. When he heard of this, he sued the Guinness Book of World Records.
A German citizen was arrested by the CIA, taken in secret to Afghanistan, tortured, sodomized, and held captive for 5 months. His lawsuit against the U.S./CIA was dismissed to “preserve state secrets”.
A kid paralyzed by a bully’s punch has been awarded a settlement of $4.2 million after proving the school knew about the bully’s tendencies and did nothing to prevent his attack.
A man was hit by a Metro train going 70mph and his flying body parts injured a woman. She sued his estate on the theory that “If you do something as stupid as this guy did, you have to be responsible for what comes from it“.
The senator of Nebraska tried to sue God.
A teenager invented a quick-release ratchet and offered the patent to Sears. Sears told him the patent was valueless and gave him $10,000, then went on to make $44 million selling the ratchets.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family filed a civil case in 1999, alleging that his assassination was the result of a police/federal conspiracy, and won. Their restitution? $100, to prove it was not for financial gain.