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9th Nov '17 6:40:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* In May 2017 a Muslim man sued Little Caesar's Pizza for $100 million after a few consecutive orders of pepperoni pizza did not contain halal meat. Given that, for a sausage to be called "pepperoni", it has to be made from beef and ''pork''...
29th Oct '17 2:12:34 AM Nazetrime
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* In the ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' prologue, a man finding out that the ferry he's riding will not be making the return trip to mainland Denmark because of a governmental decision to halt boat traffic threatens to sue all the boat's waiters if they don't make the captain turn it back while it's still on the way to Bornholm island.

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* In the ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' prologue, a man finding out that the ferry he's riding will not be making the return trip to mainland from the Bornholm island in Denmark because of a governmental decision to halt boat traffic threatens to sue all the boat's waiters if they don't make the captain turn it back while it's still on the way to Bornholm island.its destination.
22nd Oct '17 9:58:27 AM Bissek
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* ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'': Good Girl gets a power up that makes her look more archetypally angelic, and finds herself sued by Religion for trademark infringement.
20th Oct '17 6:46:13 AM Daeolus
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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/the-cake-is-a-lie-part-3/25165 This woman]] attempts this, when she enters a bakery and asks them to create a wedding cake and bill her for it, totally ignoring the submitter's insistence that they don't sell cakes or send bills out before she leaves; naturally, none of what she asks for is accomplished. She then begins sending attorneys to the bakery, apparently oblivious to the reason why they all immediately drop her case against the bakery, and ends up going through ''four'' of them, probably wasting thousands or even millions of dollars in the process, before she gives up (or, less charitably, before she gets enough of a bad rep amongst attorneys that they won't take her case, goes pro se, and winds up being declared a vexatious litigant).

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/the-cake-is-a-lie-part-3/25165 [[https://notalwaysright.com/the-cake-is-a-lie-part-3-2/75543/ This woman]] attempts this, when she enters a bakery and asks them to create a wedding cake and bill her for it, totally ignoring the submitter's insistence that they don't sell cakes or send bills out before she leaves; naturally, none of what she asks for is accomplished. She then begins sending attorneys to the bakery, apparently oblivious to the reason why they all immediately drop her case against the bakery, and ends up going through ''four'' of them, probably wasting thousands or even millions of dollars in the process, before she gives up (or, less charitably, before she gets enough of a bad rep amongst attorneys that they won't take her case, goes pro se, and winds up being declared a vexatious litigant).
30th Sep '17 12:43:43 PM SeptimusHeap
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** On the other end of the aisle in almost every way: your life sucks? [[http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/cyberia-l/msg40881.html Sue Satan]]! The "unofficial account" comes from a fictional story and the whole thing reads with such a DeadpanSnarker tone that it's impossible not to laugh. Good luck getting that summons served, as it requires Satan be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.[[note]]Technically not true: Pennsylvania allows service outside Pennsylvania where the defendant committed acts in Pennsylvania or committed acts outside Pennsylvania causing harm in Pennsylvania, among other things, so long as the suit arises out of those acts and the exercise of Pennsylvania's jurisdiction would be acceptable under the Due Process Clause. Whether the Devil has sufficient minimum contacts with Pennsylvania, or whether it would be reasonable and fair for Pennsylvania to exercise personal jurisdiction over a resident of Hell, a foreign country, is left as an exercise for the reader. Also left as an exercise to the reader is whether the Devil has sovereign immunity as the ruler of Hell.[[/note]] While not binding precedent in Pennsylvania, being a New Hampshire case, the record of ''[[TheDevilAndDanielWebster Stone v. Scratch]]'' may provide some guidance on that count. The judge also notes that the plaintiff neglected to give the court directions on how to serve Satan the complaint. Even if you get past all that, Satan is a lawyer.

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** On the other end of the aisle in almost every way: your life sucks? [[http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/cyberia-l/msg40881.html Sue Satan]]! The "unofficial account" comes from a fictional story and the whole thing reads with such a DeadpanSnarker tone that it's impossible not to laugh. Good luck getting that summons served, as it requires Satan be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.[[note]]Technically not true: Pennsylvania allows service outside Pennsylvania where the defendant committed acts in Pennsylvania or committed acts outside Pennsylvania causing harm in Pennsylvania, among other things, so long as the suit arises out of those acts and the exercise of Pennsylvania's jurisdiction would be acceptable under the Due Process Clause. Whether the Devil has sufficient minimum contacts with Pennsylvania, or whether it would be reasonable and fair for Pennsylvania to exercise personal jurisdiction over a resident of Hell, a foreign country, is left as an exercise for the reader. Also left as an exercise to the reader is whether the Devil has sovereign immunity as the ruler of Hell.[[/note]] While not binding precedent in Pennsylvania, being a New Hampshire case, the record of ''[[TheDevilAndDanielWebster ''[[Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster Stone v. Scratch]]'' may provide some guidance on that count. The judge also notes that the plaintiff neglected to give the court directions on how to serve Satan the complaint. Even if you get past all that, Satan is a lawyer.
24th Sep '17 7:25:53 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In January 2017, the lawsuit was thrown out because Romine filed as a singular person, yet spent the entire lawsuit claiming damages against a company. Romine re-filed the lawsuit with almost no changes, with the total amount sought now increased to $15 million. Romine now charged that Sterling was guilty of civil conspiracy, claiming that Sterling attacked the company because Sterling does voice work for games and thus was a direct competitor. [[note]]Sterling doesn't make any money off the sales of the games he voices. As with most voice actors, he gets paid in advance regardless of how a game sells.[[/note]] The case was eventually dropped when Sterling's lawyer visited Romine for official business, and drilled into his head how deeply and utterly screwed Romine would be if the case ever saw the inside of a courtroom. Romine filed to dismiss the case in March 2017.

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** In January 2017, the lawsuit was thrown out because Romine filed as a singular person, yet spent the entire lawsuit claiming damages against a company. Romine re-filed the lawsuit with almost no changes, with the total amount sought now increased to $15 million. Romine now charged that Sterling was guilty of civil conspiracy, claiming that Sterling attacked the company because Sterling does voice work for games and thus was a direct competitor. [[note]]Sterling doesn't make any money off the sales of the games he voices. As with most voice actors, he gets paid in advance regardless of how a game sells.[[/note]] The case was eventually dropped when Sterling's lawyer visited Romine for official business, and drilled into his head how deeply and utterly screwed Romine would be if the case ever saw the inside of a courtroom. Romine filed to dismiss the case in March 2017. Sterling noted that the case was so blatantly for the purposes of harassment that he could easily have counter-sued for his expenses, but since Romine had no money it would be self-defeating.
22nd Sep '17 9:00:42 AM CaptainTedium
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* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko swats a fly while cooking burgers. The fly sees an ad on TV saying how he can make money by suing someone... and he sues Rocko. Rocko is sentenced to 30 days... as a fly. [[spoiler:Until the judge sees him at a fancy restaurant, completely uninjured, and turns Rocko back.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Fly Burgers", Rocko swats a fly named Flecko while cooking burgers. The fly Flecko sees an ad on TV saying how he can make money by suing someone... and he sues Rocko. Rocko is sentenced to 30 days... as a fly. [[spoiler:Until the judge sees him Flecko at a fancy restaurant, completely uninjured, and turns Rocko back.]]
25th Aug '17 10:04:25 PM Daeolus
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# Matthew Inman (creator of Webcomic/TheOatmeal) finds out [=FunnyJunk=] hosts copies of his comics without his permission, and posts an annoyed rant about it on his own website.
# [=FunnyJunk=] hires a lawyer who claims Inman's post constitutes defamation of their site, and demands $20,000 in damages.\\
# Inman refuses, and instead starts an Indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000 for the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society (he ends up raising more than ten times that amount).\\
# [=FunnyJunk=]'s lawyer sues Inman, Indiegogo, ''the American Cancer Society, the National Wildlife Federation and a hundred anonymous Internet users'', claiming they ''might'' commit charity fraud.\\
# Finally, Inman proves he has donated all the money he had raised to charity, and [=FunnyJunk=] drops their lawsuit.
:: It gets even more bizarre. The laywer that [=FunnyJunk=] hired? He proceeded to go completely insane and started suing everyone under the sun. He tried to sue a satire site about him for libel, however by doing so he managed to make himself into a public figure, and so the site was protected by parody laws. His wife started to rant about how anyone that criticized them were [[GodwinsLaw Nazis]], etc. Net result was that he had to pay $46,100 to the satire site.

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# ** Matthew Inman (creator of Webcomic/TheOatmeal) finds out [=FunnyJunk=] hosts copies of his comics without his permission, and posts an annoyed rant about it on his own website.
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website. [=FunnyJunk=] hires a lawyer who claims Inman's post constitutes defamation of their site, and demands $20,000 in damages.\\
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damages. Inman refuses, and instead starts an Indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000 for the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society (he ends up raising more than ten times that amount).\\
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amount). [=FunnyJunk=]'s lawyer sues Inman, Indiegogo, ''the American Cancer Society, the National Wildlife Federation and a hundred anonymous Internet users'', claiming they ''might'' commit charity fraud.\\
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fraud. Finally, Inman proves he has donated all the money he had raised to charity, and [=FunnyJunk=] drops their lawsuit.
:: ** It gets even more bizarre. The laywer that [=FunnyJunk=] hired? He proceeded to go completely insane and started suing everyone under the sun. He tried to sue a satire site about him for libel, however by doing so he managed to make himself into a public figure, and so the site was protected by parody laws. His wife started to rant about how anyone that criticized them were [[GodwinsLaw Nazis]], etc. Net result was that he had to pay $46,100 to the satire site.
13th Aug '17 6:21:52 PM Malady
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* A woman in Seattle was sued by her neighbor for several hundred thousand dollars because her dog's barking caused him mental anguish and also caused him hearing damage as the barking reached volumes of 120 decibels. (That's louder than an ambulance siren and only slightly softer than a jet engine during takeoff). The woman ignored the lawsuit- since it was obviously frivolous and would never stand up in court- and the neighbor ''won the suit by default'' because she didn't respond. Now she's at risk of losing her home and it's going to take some ''serious'' legal fees for lawyers to overturn the lawsuit[[note]]The actual default can be waived pretty easily - all that you have to do is file a motion to set aside a default judgment, and if the motion isn't obviously frivolous, the court will usually grant it. It's drafting the motion that can be costly - while motions themselves are almost always copied with minor alterations, Mad Libs-style, from a preexisting template, few laypeople have access to law books or other sources of those templates and have to rely on attorneys to do it for them. A motion written by an ordinary citizen will likely lack crucial elements and be thrown out.[[/note]].

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* A woman in Seattle was sued by her neighbor for several hundred thousand dollars because her dog's barking caused him mental anguish and also caused him hearing damage as the barking reached volumes of 120 decibels. (That's louder than an ambulance siren and only slightly softer than a jet engine during takeoff). The woman ignored the lawsuit- since it was obviously frivolous and would never stand up in court- and the neighbor ''won the suit by default'' because she didn't respond. Now she's at risk of losing her home and it's going to take some ''serious'' legal fees for lawyers to overturn the lawsuit[[note]]The actual default can be waived pretty easily - all that you have to do is file a motion to set aside a default judgment, and if the motion isn't obviously frivolous, the court will usually grant it. It's drafting the motion that can be costly - while motions themselves are almost always copied with minor alterations, Mad Libs-style, from a preexisting template, few laypeople have access to law books or other sources of those templates and have to rely on attorneys to do it for them. A motion written by an ordinary citizen will likely lack crucial elements and be thrown out.[[/note]]. However, courts can set aside default judgments “for good cause shown and upon such terms as the court deems just.”
9th Aug '17 12:28:43 PM KingLyger
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* In early 2016 James Romine- one of the two heads behind independent game developer studio Digital Homicide- filed a lawsuit against video game journalist [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]]. Sterling- a games journalist- had been covering Digital Homicide for some time, negatively critiquing their games (all of which had very little real gameplay, were made entirely of premade assets, and had litanies of bugs and glaring flaws that went un-patched) and reporting on their assorted underhanded activities (setting up 9 fake accounts to post games and cranking out so many games their average development time was less than a month each). After publicly clashing with Sterling several times Romine sued Sterling for 10.7 million dollars (later bumped up to 12.5 million) charging every single thing Sterling has ever said or written about them was libel. The crux of the lawsuit was an article Sterling published where he alleged a game's artwork had been stolen when it had been purchased- an article that Sterling corrected so quickly Romine had to cite ''Sterling's own retraction'' to prove it existed. Most of the complaints cited are over petty insults, like when Sterling compared them to the villains in ''Film/HomeAlone''. Romine also demanded Sterling take down every article and video talking about Digital Homicide and replace them with an apology video on his Youtube channel for at least five years. Romine ended up representing himself- as no lawyer would take the case- and Romine also demanded Sterling compensate him for the time he spent researching law ''so he could file the lawsuit in the first place.''
** In January 2017 the lawsuit was thrown out because Romine filed as a singular person, yet spent the entire lawsuit claiming damages against a company. Romine re-filed the lawsuit with almost no changes, with the total amount sought now increased to 15 million dollars. Romine now charged that Sterling was guilty of civil conspiracy- claiming that Sterling attacked the company because Sterling does voice work for games and thus was a direct competitor. [[note]]Sterling doesn't make any money off the sales of the games he voices. As with most voice actors, he gets paid in advance regardless of how a game sells.[[/note]] The case was eventually dropped when Sterling's lawyer visited Romine for official business and drilled into his head ''how deeply and utterly screwed he'd be if he tried to air all his whiny bullshit in court.'' Romine filed to dismiss the case in March 2017.

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* In early 2016 2016, James Romine- Romine - one of the two heads behind independent game developer studio Digital Homicide- Homicide - filed a lawsuit against video game journalist [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]]. Sterling- a games journalist- Sterling had been covering Digital Homicide for some time, negatively critiquing their games (all of which had very little real gameplay, were made entirely of premade assets, and had litanies of bugs and glaring flaws that went un-patched) and reporting on their assorted underhanded activities (setting up 9 fake accounts to post games games, and cranking out so many games their average development time was less than a month each). month). After publicly clashing with Sterling several times times, Romine sued Sterling for 10.$10.7 million dollars (later bumped up to 12.$12.5 million) million), charging every single thing that anything Sterling has ever said or written about them was libel. The crux of the lawsuit was an article Sterling published where he alleged a game's artwork had been stolen when it had been purchased- an article that purchased - Sterling had already noted this and corrected his article much earlier. In fact, Sterling had corrected it so quickly quickly, Romine had to cite ''Sterling's own retraction'' to prove it existed.even happened. Most of the complaints cited are over petty insults, like when Sterling compared them to the villains in ''Film/HomeAlone''. Romine also demanded Sterling take down every article and video talking about Digital Homicide and replace them with an apology video on his Youtube channel for at least five years. Romine ended up [[AFoolForAClient representing himself- as himself since no lawyer would take the case- case]], and Romine also demanded Sterling compensate him for the time he spent researching law ''so he could file the lawsuit in the first place.''
** In January 2017 2017, the lawsuit was thrown out because Romine filed as a singular person, yet spent the entire lawsuit claiming damages against a company. Romine re-filed the lawsuit with almost no changes, with the total amount sought now increased to 15 million dollars. $15 million. Romine now charged that Sterling was guilty of civil conspiracy- conspiracy, claiming that Sterling attacked the company because Sterling does voice work for games and thus was a direct competitor. [[note]]Sterling doesn't make any money off the sales of the games he voices. As with most voice actors, he gets paid in advance regardless of how a game sells.[[/note]] The case was eventually dropped when Sterling's lawyer visited Romine for official business business, and drilled into his head ''how how deeply and utterly screwed he'd Romine would be if he tried to air all his whiny bullshit in court.'' the case ever saw the inside of a courtroom. Romine filed to dismiss the case in March 2017.
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