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People were fairly creeped out when they discovered their smart TVs were tracking viewing data and could even be hacked to record video and sound wherever the television is located. But it's not just your TV you need to worry about.

A recent lawsuit claims Bose's wireless headphones use an app to track the music, podcasts, and other audio customers listen to, and the company then sells that information without permission. So is it illegal for your headphones to listen to what you're listening to?

Hell hath no fury like a man scorned who has access to an online dating app. A New York man says his ex-boyfriend created a multitude of fake accounts on the dating app Grindr to send 1,100 men to his home over the past five months, all looking for sex as part of a "rape fantasy."

And now he's suing the app, claiming product liability, fraud, and deceptive business practices for Grindr's failure to address the issue.

Making weird news headlines across the country is the recent lawsuit filed against the city of San Diego on behalf of a former mayor and his wife as a result of the wife's trip and fall on a city sidewalk. While this is just one of many lawsuits the city of San Diego has faced due to the poor maintenance of their city sidewalks, it may be the strangest. The plaintiff was walking along a San Diego sidewalk, when she tripped and fell over an unrepaired crack in the concrete walk.

While trip and falls are typical accidents, what's weird about this one is that the mayor's wife broke her breast implants.

But that's not all, it gets even weirder. In addition to the mayor's wife claiming that her fall resulted in two ruptured breast implants requiring surgery and a protracted, and painful, recovery, the mayor is claiming individual damages as well. Unlike the injury suffered by his wife, the mayor is seeking damages for the oft-pled legal claim of loss of consortium, commonly referred to as a loss of sex.

A Montana State University professor has filed a libel lawsuit against Walmart over the job description a Walmart employee entered on the professor's fishing license application. Rather than list the professors actual occupation of college professor, the employee wrote "cleans toilets." The following year, when the professor went to renew the license, the error remained despite the professor again informing the clerk of his occupation.

When the professor showed his license to fellow MSU teacher, the other teacher made a joke, within earshot of other students, about the fact that "cleans toilets" was listed on the license. The professor's lawsuit explains that in his culture, in Zambia, people who clean toilets are considered to be the lowest social class, and are shunned. The lawsuit asserts that the professor suffered embarrassment and shock as a result.

If you were looking to join Bluto, D-Day, Otter, and Boon this semester by pledging Delta Tau Chi, we've got some bad news for you. It looks like Dean Wormer has finally had the last laugh and banned our favorite frat from Farber College.

No, wait -- it was actually Alpha Delta, a real life frat that inspired the Animal House writers, that was banned from Dartmouth's campus. And there won't be a homecoming parade this time around.

These days they're teaching kids all kinds of things at school. Thanks to the invention of "drunk goggles," kids can now be taught what it feels like to be drunk and have impaired vision.

Unfortunately for one Salt Lake City teen, one teacher's overzealous use of drunk goggles resulted in a fractured ankle, two surgeries, and one of her legs being permanently shorter than the other. In addition to those injuries, the teen, who used to run track competitively, now endures pain and swelling after engaging in physical activity.

One would never guess that the self-proclaimed inventor of e-mail would be so litigious. However, the now middle aged man wants his credit, and although TechDirt has provided critical coverage over his saga and claims, the website is now the focus of his litigious ire.

While this story has all the usual signs of silly, non-sense lawsuits, this is one book that shouldn't be judged based upon the cover. The lawyer representing the claimed inventor of email also represented Hulk Hogan against Gawker, and like Gawker, TechDirt is worried that the litigation will result in the news organization's demise. And while we're on the subject of Gawker, the email inventor sued them too. Gawker settled out for $750,000 in addition to removing all articles on the subject.

Eating competitions or challenges are not always about quantity, like the famous Ol' 96er from the Great Outdoors. A relatively recent trend involves spicy food -- specifically the heat of the ghost pepper. A quick Youtube search for "Ghost Pepper Challenge" will bring up countless videos of individuals attempting to eat the incredibly hot fruit, and generally failing to not remark on the pain.

However, ghost peppers can be downright dangerous. In San Mateo, California, a restaurant was recently sued after a patron slipped into a two week coma and suffered a severe tear in his esophagus after eating their special ghost pepper burger. The lawsuit alleges that the patron was not warned about the extreme spiciness of the ghost pepper burger, although he was told that there would be a reward for finishing it, and that he would have his photo taken and posted on the "Wall of Fame."

Strange lawsuits get filed all the time, particularly against law enforcement officers and prison guards. But a lawsuit against two cops for forcing a person to take a field sobriety test on the side of a pubic roadway without pants is not only strange, it's justified.

The lawsuit brought by the pant-less, but sober, driver, is seeking monetary damages as a result of the public humiliation, and violation of her civil rights.

When a person suffers from a condition that has an effect on their digestion, it can lead to embarrassment at work as a result of frequent, prolonged, or particularly odorous, trips to the bathroom. Unfortunately, courts are not very forgiving when it comes to employment discrimination claims that involve flatulence. Even when those claims are based on disabilities causing the gas, or preventing an employee from being able to hold the gas until an appropriate time or place, courts routinely dismissed these claims.

Recently, a hostile work environment lawsuit related to excessive flatulence, that was initially filed in a New Jersey federal court in 2015, was dismissed again this past January. The re-filed claim was brought by the wife and co-worker of a man who was terminated because his uncontrollable flatulence was a problem for customers and management, at the Case Pork Roll Co. in New Jersey.