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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?

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?

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.

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?

Hay isn't the only thing for horses anymore. Apparently Connecticut Supreme Court decisions about their innate "viciousness" are too.

The Connecticut High Court issued a decision Wednesday in a case involving a 2-year-old boy who was allegedly bitten on the cheek by a horse named Scuppy, The Connecticut Post reports.

But did the Connecticut Supreme Court actually rule that horses are "vicious" animals, as some news headlines suggest? The answer is "neigh," not really.

Motorcyclist's 20-Month Erection Lawsuit Peters Out in Court

A California court has dismissed a motorcyclist's BMW erection lawsuit. In his suit, Henry Wolf alleged that a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW K1100RS motorcycle led to a prolonged and painful erection that lasted 20 months.

It kind of makes you wonder about that Viagra commercial showing an older man riding home on a motorcycle, ready to rekindle his passion with his perimenopausal wife.

So why did the court give Wolf's case the shaft?

In a very un-sexy lawsuit, model Liz Dickson is suing Playboy for allowing a radio host to attempt to "tee-off" from her butt.

According to Dickson's lawsuit, she was asked to lie on her stomach with a golf tee between her buttocks during a 2012 Playboy photo shoot with comedian and radio personality Kevin Klein, reports TMZ. Klein attempted to strike a golf ball balanced on the buttocks tee, but ended up missing and whacking Dickson's derriere.

The stunt allegedly injured Dickson, and now she's seeking a half-million dollars in damages.