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A recent lawsuit filed by PayPal against Pandora alleges that the music streaming company has infringed upon the payment processor's double 'P' logo. Although Pandora's P is only a single P and PayPal uses a double P, the trademark infringement lawsuit claims Pandora's logo confuses mobile app users.

PayPal's lawsuit seeks a court order forcing Pandora to stop using the infringing logo, as well as pay damages, and attorneys' fees, to PayPal. The lawsuit itself contains several pictorial depictions of the logos, as well as several examples of users claiming confusion on various social media platforms.

One woman is making headlines for her lawsuit against the now infamous maker of jelly beans, Jelly Belly. Though many might have a hard time believing that the makers of such a silly, sweet, and fun confection could commit fraud and intentionally deceive customers, the evidence for this lawsuit was printed on every single box of one of their novelty products: Jelly Belly Sport.

The confectioner, like so many other food product manufacturers, is alleged to have attempted to trick customers by leaving the word "sugar" off their list of ingredients. Rather than use the common name for the item that consumers vigilantly try to avoid (sugar), Jelly Belly used the misleading phrase "evaporated cane juice" in their list of ingredients.

A recent wrongful termination lawsuit filed in San Diego, California alleges that a safety manager was fired for not responding to text messages while driving for work. You read that right, fired for not texting and driving. While the company denies the allegations and states there is a firm anti-texting policy at the company, the lawsuit alleges the plaintiff was terminated for refusing to "get with the program" and text and drive like the other truck drivers.

What's more surprising is that the plaintiff, Thomas Aylott, wasn't a truck driver, but worked for the trucking company as a safety manager. The plaintiff alleges he was terminated soon after complaining about the safety concerns of texting while driving. Specifically, he alleges that his termination was retaliatory for opposing unlawful conduct, and an act of age discrimination.

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.