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Legally Weird - The FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog


A long-haired woman is suing Walmart after a shampoo purchase allegedly forced her to cut several feet of her hair.

Jennifer Fahey, 30, of Portland, Oregon, alleges that she bought a bottle of Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo at Walmart and was dismayed to find that the product made her long-grown locks "irreparably tangled." Fahey is suing Walmart and the shampoo's manufacturer for the suffering caused by her de-coifing.

Can Fahey's hair-related suffering make Walmart pay out?

Stop Using ALL CAPS to Email Kids, UK Court Tells Dad

You may think that using ALL CAPS in emails may get your point across better, but some courts around the world have told people to just STOP already.

For example, in England, a judge told an "insensitive" father that he has to stop emailing his children in all capital letters because it looks like he's yelling at them. Apparently, the all-caps emails were hurting his role in a custody dispute, according to UPI.

Besides emails to your kids, can all-caps emails get you in trouble at work?

Airbnb is already on thin ice in many cities, but New York City sex workers are turning these short-term rental apartments into brothels, according to a new report.

The New York Post says at least one escort service has turned to Airbnb for a "more discreet" and cost-effective alternative to hotels. The rooms are rented by each individual escort who then pays the rent with a pre-paid debit card, leaving the owners unaware of the "business" that went down in their homes.

What's up with these Airbnb rentals (allegedly) becoming hooker hot spots?

A strange and provocative taxicab interaction has landed a Louisiana lawyer with a misdemeanor battery conviction. And the cabbie who captured the incident on cell phone video is now suing the police.

Jennifer Gaubert, 33, is a New Orleans attorney and ex-host of a legal call-in radio show called "Law Out Loud." She's alleged to have filed false accusations against cab driver Hervey Farrell, claiming that he was trying to blackmail her with the video. Gaubert claimed that Farrell had recorded her sexually propositioning him and threatened to release the video unless she paid up, reports The Times-Picayune.

But prosecutors didn't buy it, and have charged Gaubert with a felony for allegedly filing false statements. What exactly was going on between Gaubert and her cabbie?

Is Ohio Bully's Public Shaming a Sign of the Times?

Many people think that bullies need to be publicly shamed, and an Ohio judge certainly felt the same way.

South Euclid, Ohio Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to stand at an intersection while holding a sign saying that he bullied disabled children, according to Cleveland.com. Judge Williams-Byers also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, seven months probation, and 100 hours of community service and counseling.

Aviv's public shaming stems from a disorderly conduct charge.

A Brooklyn man is suing Equifax over the right to use his given name: God.

God Gazarov, 26, owns a jewelry store in Brighton Beach and was outraged when the credit-reporting agency suggested that he change his name in order to obtain his proper credit history, reports the New York Post. Gazarov, a native of Russia, is named after his grandfather. His lawsuit seeks to force Equifax to accept "God" as his proper name.

Can Gazarov sue to make "God" a part of Equifax's business?

Nursing Home Stripper Lawsuit Claims Woman, 86, Was 'Shaken'

First there was a senior prostitution ring at a nursing home, now a nursing home is facing a lawsuit for a stripper show.

Bernice Youngblood, 85, a patient at East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New York, and her family are suing her nursing home for urging her to participate and view a strip show against her will, according to the Associated Press.

The rehab center said the show was requested by the resident committee.

A programmer in San Francisco got some justice after posting a viral video that showed her smartphone and laptop being swiped from a neighborhood cafe.

Police arrested Paul Raynal, 32, on Monday, after a tweeting tipster who'd seen the viral video spotted the alleged perpetrator at a nearby Starbucks -- wearing the same outfit seen in the video from three days earlier.

Can social media and stupidity combine to fight crime?

Squirrel-Cooking Lawsuit Seeks $2M for Apartment Fire

Using a propane torch in a small apartment is never a good idea. But using it to prepare a squirrel for dinner and then leaving the torch next to a plastic plant holder that causes a fire is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Khek Chanthalavong, 38, and his live-in girlfriend Barbara Pellow are being sued by an insurance company after Chanthalavong's squirrel roast allegedly caused a fire that destroyed a building at their apartment complex, according to Grand Rapids, Michigan's WOOD-TV.

Pellow is claiming that she had nothing to do with the fire, but the insurance company says their lease makes them both jointly liable for the fire.

A man who broke up with his ex-fiancee by text message has lost his legal claim over a $53,000 engagement ring that he wanted back.

A New York judge ruled that Louis J. Billittier Jr., 55, couldn't get the expensive ring back from his former would-be-wife because of what he said to her during the text-message breakup, reports The Buffalo News.

Did a loose-lipped text crush Billittier's engagement ring case?