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For the most part, courts aren't concerned with telling people who they can and can't sleep with. Sodomy laws are unconstitutional, and even the states that still have them rarely enforce their adultery statutes. But there's one legal claim jilted lovers can use to extract some financial penance from those with whom their spouses cheated, and one state that appears all too happy to order millions in relationship restitution.

Keith King says his wife's affair with Francisco Huizar ruined their marriage. And a North Carolina judge is ordering Huizar to pay King over $8 million in damages. Must've been some marriage.

Cyberbullying has become an epidemic. And some people are taking online harassment to new levels. Instead of just threatening rape or telling someone to kill themselves, which seems part and parcel of the online experience these days, one Twitter user sent a strobing GIF to another user he knew to be epileptic, along with the message, "You deserve a seizure."

The GIF had its intended affect. The victim did have a seizure, and the sender was arrested on federal cyberstalking charges. And this week a judge allowed a battery lawsuit based on the incident to proceed in federal court.

There have been some famous falling outs in the music industry. Eric Clapton stole his buddy George Harrison's wife. Black Crows brothers Chris and Rich Robinson have been feuding for what seems like decades. Fleetwood Mac just kicked out Lindsey Buckingham, and the beef between Drake and Pusha T may tear Kanye West in two.

Still, none of this bad blood ever involved an ex-manager commandeering a musician's website and redirecting it to porn.

Dum Dums v. Tootsie in Lollipop Legal Lunacy

A lot goes into the decision of how to package a given product. Who's the target consumer? What kinds of emotions do certain colors evoke? What font catches the eye? It's not usually a haphazard process. And with millions of dollars at stake, this is no less true within the candy industry, especially as people catch wind that sugar and corn syrup are somehow "bad for you." With a tight market, that could be why Dum Dums is suing Tootsie, claiming their packaging is too similar to that of the famous sucker.

McDonald's Quarter Pounder Lawsuit

There are real problems, and then there are first-world problems. As first-world inhabitants, we expect things to be exactly as we want. The temperature of the shower is not too hot and not too cold. Our coffees have just the right amount of sugar substitute and steamed soy milk. And our t.v.'s are programmed to let us watch whatever we want, when we want. And we want what we pay for. When these things aren't just right, it's easy to become indignant.

A couple of Florida fast-food fans are taking their own first-world, capitalist grievances to court against McDonald's. They're upset that they're being charged for cheese on their Quarter Pounders, cheese that they either don't want, or didn't receive. They're seeking justice and at least $5 million.

Is a Chimpanzee Entitled to Habeas Relief?

While the Framers of the Constitution probably didn't envision granting legal rights to non-human animals, they probably also didn't foresee canine birthday parties and pet resorts. And let's be honest, you probably feel there are some animals who are more deserving of certain rights than some of our human brethren. Nonetheless, animals do not have the same rights as humans, as a New York court recently explained in a case where lawyers argued that chimpanzees were entitled to habeas relief.

Martino Recchia was homeless, living on the streets of Los Angeles, and caring for 20 birds when animal control officers showed up at his tent to investigate complaints about the animals in 2011. Officers found 18 pigeons, a crow, and a seagull in boxes and cages in his home on a sidewalk, all in various states of health, according to reports.

The city decided to seize all of the animals, giving Recchia 10 days to request a hearing to regain custody. But before that deadline was up, a city veterinarian euthanized all the pigeons, claiming they could've been carrying pathogens without ever testing their blood. Recchia sued the city, and his case was dismissed by a lower court. But a federal appeals court revived some his claims, saying his constitutional rights might've been violated.

Dr. Pepper Sued Over Ginger Ale Labeling

People say there are a lot of health benefits associated with consuming ginger. From digestion and nausea to inflammation and heart health, it's touted as a wonder root. Maybe that's why some people drink ginger ale, whether on its own or mixed with whiskey.

But what if there's no real ginger in ginger ale? One man is heading a class action suit against Dr. Pepper, claiming their ginger ale doesn't actually contain ginger, despite labeling that says otherwise.

Michigan Stole Blood of 5M Newborns, Parents' Lawsuit Claims

Few feelings rival the intensity with which parents seek to protect their children. From the helpless stages of infancy well into adulthood, parents try to guard against germs, sharp corners, bad influences, inadequate love interests, and poor life choices. In Michigan, one group of parents is trying to protect their children from the overreach of the state. Their lawsuit claims that Michigan took and stored the blood of over 5 million newborns without consent.

Man Sues for Lost Job After 'Pocket Dialing' Boss

Oh, the dreaded butt dial! There's nothing quite like gossiping about your arch nemesis and suddenly realizing it was all recorded on voicemail because you accidentally pocket dialed their best friend. Or something similar to that dramatic scenario.

A butt dial is often innocuous -- your mom gets to listen to 4 minutes of you walking to your car. But every now and then it's disastrous. A Georgia man experienced the latter when he accidentally called his boss while talking about his boss.