5 Outrageous Lawsuits That Will Make You Sigh for America

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october 2015 thats outrageous sue meNishant Choksi for Reader's Digest

A Woman Sued St. Paul, Minnesota, for $1,900, claiming a parks and recreation employee drove a department vehicle into her parked car, causing damage. Confusing matters is the fact that the woman works for the department. Really confusing matters is the fact that she was the reckless driver who smashed into her own car. “Because I was working for the city and driving the city vehicle, I feel they are responsible,” she said. Source: twincities.com

Mila Kunis is a chicken thief, says Kristina Karo. Karo insists that when they were in first grade, the future actress absconded with her pet fowl. The pilfering turned Karo into an emotional wreck, so much so that 25 years later, she sued Kunis for $5,000. Kunis denied the charges, and Karo later dropped the suit. Source: tmz.com

Frederick County, Maryland, councilman Kirby Delauter was so unhappy with an article that ran in the Frederick News-Post, he threatened a lawsuit should the paper ever mention him again. The News-Post answered with an editorial titled “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter,” and repeated his name 26 times, not counting various anagrams of his name, like “Rebuked Artily” and “Bakery Diluter.” Source: Frederick News-Post

What’s a blown call during a football game worth? If it’s in the playoffs, $88,987,654,321.88, says one Colorado inmate. He sued the NFL and others for a poor ruling that cost his beloved Dallas Cowboys the game, causing their fans “true injury.” Source: wfaa.com

A commuter sued Showtime and New York City’s transit authority because an advertisement caused her to break an ankle. The ad for the crime show Dexter, featuring the star’s face covered in a plastic sheet, was so startling, the horrified woman lost her balance and fell down a subway staircase. “It’s advertising gone amok,” says her lawyer.  Source: dnainfo.com 

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