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.
Sony once sued itself; RIAA (partially controlled by Sony Music) sued Launch.com (owned by Sony’s Tech & Business unit), meaning that the Music Dept. somehow sued it’s Tech Dept.
In NYC, you cannot sue the city for tripping on cracked sidewalks unless the city was previously aware of the cracks. As a result, lawyers pay people to map every single crack so they can sue the city more easily.
In 1994, a man walked into a Washington middle school and killed his former teacher. 11 years later, the killer won $250,000 from the school district after it was revealed that the teacher sexually abused him.