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Imprisoned ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the makers of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" for allegedly harming his reputation and using his name and likeness without permission.

The Activision Blizzard Inc. game, which has made more than $1 billion in worldwide sales, includes a mission in which the protagonists must track down Noriega and capture him, reports Gamespot. Noriega's lawsuit claims the game portrays him as a "kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state" and used that virtual vilification to profit.

Does Noriega have a case against his fictional portrayal in a video game?

A shoplifter who broke his ankle while getting arrested was awarded $510,000 by a jury this week for his injury.

Even more noteworthy: This is actually the third time the man, 50-year-old Kevin Jarman, has gotten a payout from New York City in a case against the New York Police Department. Two previous court cases were settled before trial for $15,000 and $20,000, according to The New York Post.

What earned Jarman his biggest payout yet, and how do you go about suing the police in court?

Disneyland's 59th Anniversary is today, which makes it a great time to reflect on all the joy (and pain) Disney has brought its fans.

From injury suits to employee beard bans, the company has enjoyed a wide range of legal issues from its employees, intellectual properties, and customers.

It really is a small legal world of Disney, but these 10 legally weird Disney incidents capture the magic of the iconic company:

Two unlucky chumps are suing the New Jersey Lotto after they supposedly tossed a winning ticket worth $1 million in the garbage in 2013.

New York residents Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango filed suit against the New Jersey Lottery Commission, the lotto commissioner, and even Gov. Chris Christie for failing to post the current winning Powerball numbers on the state lottery's website on the night of the drawing. The pair alleges that because of the delay in posting the current winning numbers, they thought their ticket was a loser and tossed it in the garbage.

Can you really sue the lotto for a ticket you toss in the trash?

It's a classic battle: nuns versus strippers. A group of Illinois nuns are suing a neighboring strip club for being a public nuisance and for alleged violations of state law.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians allege that nearby Club Allure keeps them up at night with "blinking neon lights and loud thumping music," reports the Chicago Tribune.

Is this suit the premise for a new Whoopi Goldberg vehicle: "Sister Act 3: Sister's Brand New Suit"?

A New York lawyer who claims to have once played drums for Michael Bolton is suing a woman for $10 million for ruining his Pink cover band with her "subpar" musicianship and unattractiveness.

According to The New York Post, Long Island lawyer Charles Bonfante had grand plans for the area's first cover act dedicated to the Grammy-winning pop star Pink -- until those plans were foiled by 40-year-old singer Collette McLafferty.

What was Bonfante's beef with McLafferty's Pink impression?

Buyer's remorse or broken heart? A Houston man is suing a stripper he claims he'd been "dating" for $2,000 in alleged loans, along with a laptop and his entire "Harry Potter" DVD collection.

What was going on behind closed doors in this man's chamber of secrets and what does his now-former Hermione have to say for herself?

A Georgia city is being sued over its sex-toy law, which a federal lawsuit alleges is unconstitutional.

The city of Sandy Springs, Georgia, has enforced an ordinance that labels sex toys as obscene and prohibits their sale without proof of non-recreational use, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But some residents have alleged that this law violates their constitutional rights.

What's the inside story on this sex-toy ban?

If "$2 undecillion" dollars sounds to you like a made-up amount, you're not too far off. Although 2 undecillion is an actual number -- its a 2 followed by 36 zeros -- in dollars it represents more money than exists in the entire world.

Nonetheless, that's the amount that New Yorker Anton Purisima is seeking in damages from an equally astounding number of defendants. Along with the the City of New York, the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, and a "'Latina' Dog Owner," Purisima's complaint, filed in New York's Southern District Court, also lists an eye-popping number of unnamed defendants: "Does 1 to 1000," to be precise.

What's Purisima's undecillion-dollar beef, and what are the... shall we say... legal challenges facing Purisima in securing what would potentially be a record-setting damages award?

There are mothers-in-law. And then there are mothers... in law. No offense, but we prefer the latter.

To celebrate Mother's Day, we combed our archives and found the Top 10 legal cases involving moms.

If you think your mom's weird... she probably is. But these cases involving moms are (hopefully) even weirder: