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Woman Sues to Keep Moon Dust

Laura Cicco claims that the gray dust in a test tube vial she possesses is actually moon dust given to her by astronaut, Neil Armstrong, when she was ten years old. Cicco has filed a lawsuit in Kansas seeking declaratory relief to pre-emptively keep NASA from seizing her moon dust. Scientific experts think Cicco is mistaken -- there's no way Armstrong gave her moon dust from his time on the moon.

NASA says she's paranoid -- they have no interest in confiscating Cicco's vial. Many in the aviation community things she's wasting her time, howling at the moon ... or is she?

No Fault or Not, Fortnite Is Apparently to Blame for 200 Divorces

Fortnite has become a real epidemic. Not only has it been instrumental in the World Health Organization's declaration that "gaming disorder" is a mental health condition, now it has been linked as the cause for 200 divorces in the United Kingdom.

Legendary NYC Comedy Club Sued for Being 'Rat-Infested Dump'

The Comic Strip, a legendary New York City Comedy Club that launched the careers of such famous comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler, has fallen on hard times. One of the co-owners, Tess Wachs, is suing the other, Richie Tienken. She claims that he has mismanaged the club and misappropriated company funds for his own personal pleasures.

In May, a couple of Florida McDonald's customers filed a class action lawsuit against the burger chain, claiming they (and possibly millions of others) were charged for cheese on their Quarter Pounders "which they do not want, order, or receive." Some thought the legal action was a joke, some saw it as a frivolous lawsuit, and others wondered if it was some sort of false flag operation aimed at tort reform.

But McDonald's was certainly taking the litigation seriously. It filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that allowing the lawsuit to proceed "would create utter chaos in the retail food industry." After some legal back-and-forth, the company has again asked the court to toss the case, claiming an amended lawsuit has the same "fundamental and fatal flaw that marred the original complaint -- a complete lack of standing."

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.