ILR’s Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013

December 27, 2013

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) announced the results of a survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013.

“Whether cringe-worthy or laugh-out-loud ridiculous, ask yourself: ‘Is this really what we want our legal system to look like?’” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “Abusive lawsuits both big and small take a collective toll on our society and our economy. We should resolve to make 2014 a year where lawsuits are a last resort, not a first reaction.”

ILR compiled the “Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013” from votes cast throughout the year by visitors to The Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign is ILR’s public awareness effort highlighting the impact of abusive lawsuits on businesses, communities, and individuals.

The “Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013” are:

    1. Inmates’ suit blames a life of crime on beer companies (Idaho)
    2. Ohio teacher claims fear of children in suit against district (Ohio)
    3. Student kicked off school track team for absences, Dad sues county for $40 million (N.J.)
    4. Woman suing over “severe and permanent injuries” still able to complete half-marathon (W.Va.)
    5. Lawsuit claims ‘footlong’ sandwiches come up short (N.J.)
    6. Grown man sues parents for their “indifference” to his problems (N.Y.)
    7. Customer sues restaurant over hostess’ rude comment (W.Va.)
    8. Grad student who received free tuition sues school over grade (Pa.)
    9. Two years to toss suit from robber who sued shop owner (Ariz.)
    10. Man sues Apple for his porn addiction (Tenn.)

More information on these cases and the complete poll results are available here.

Source: U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

Latest Comments

  • January 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    mark campbell says:
    I'm fairly sure that tort reform has nothing to do with denying or limiting the right to sue. One approach, transforming to "loser pays" basis, clears the way for legitimate ... read more
  • January 6, 2014 at 11:02 am
    Joe Downey says:
    Then there is the Lawsuit in Texas where I was sued for telling the truth about a Company (VR BUSINESS of Dallas) where they swindled me I was not sued for Libel since I was t... read more
  • December 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    ben kelley says:
    There are examples of ludicrous (mis)behavior in very realm, including the business realm in which Chamber members operate. Finding them is easy, but suggesting that a few bad... read more

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