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18th Jun '18 5:51:11 AM JamesAustin
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* In 2017, comedian Creator/JohnOliver was planning to do a story about coal mining on his satirical news show ''Series/LastWeekTonight''. Mining company Murray Energy got wind of this, and sent him a letter preemptively threatening to sue him up to the level of the Supreme Court if necessary, if he mentioned the company or their CEO Bob Murray in any way. Obviously no judge would rule in their favour, since that would be a clear violation of Oliver's First Amendment rights, and in all likelihood they were hoping to intimidate him into silence with the prospect of a long and costly trial. Unfortunately for them, John Oliver is not a nameless blogger or activist but a celebrity with the [[BullyingADragon money and lawyers of]] Creator/{{HBO}} behind him. Oliver did his story, with special focus on Murray Energy and directly attacking Bob Murray personally several times, the promised lawsuit was filed but fizzled out within months.

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* In 2017, comedian Creator/JohnOliver was planning to do a story about coal mining on his satirical news show ''Series/LastWeekTonight''.''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver''. Mining company Murray Energy got wind of this, and sent him a letter preemptively threatening to sue him up to the level of the Supreme Court if necessary, if he mentioned the company or their CEO Bob Murray in any way. Obviously no judge would rule in their favour, since that would be a clear violation of Oliver's First Amendment rights, and in all likelihood they were hoping to intimidate him into silence with the prospect of a long and costly trial. Unfortunately for them, John Oliver is not a nameless blogger or activist but a celebrity with the [[BullyingADragon money and lawyers of]] Creator/{{HBO}} behind him. Oliver did his story, with special focus on Murray Energy and directly attacking Bob Murray personally several times, the promised lawsuit was filed but fizzled out within months.
9th Jun '18 3:58:50 AM apm483@gmail.com
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* When Creator/MichaelJackson released "Billy Jean", he was sued by a woman who was actually named Billy Jean Jackson, claiming the song had been written to mock her. Why? She claimed she ''was'' his lover, that Jackson had married her, and also the mother of his first child. (Jackson never revealed who Blanket's mother was, claiming it had been a surrogate). She sued for £668 million (that's over a billion U.S. dollars) joint custody, and a say in Blanket's education. A blood test easily proved she was lying, so ironically, the lyrics of the song were accurate when claiming "she's just a girl who says that I am the one".
7th Jun '18 7:38:16 PM costanton11
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* [[MeaningfulName Courtney]] from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Her first lawsuit wasn't so unjustified (fellow competitor Harold rigged the votes against her, sending her home instead, and the host of the show didn't care), but she also bargained for unfair advantages (most notably contact with the outside world via her PDA) along with reentry into the second season. Once she was back in the game, she threatened to sue the producers again every time something didn't go her way.

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* [[MeaningfulName Courtney]] from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''.''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. Her first lawsuit wasn't so unjustified (fellow competitor Harold rigged the votes against her, sending her home instead, and the host of the show didn't care), but she also bargained for unfair advantages (most notably contact with the outside world via her PDA) along with reentry into the second season. Once she was back in the game, she threatened to sue the producers again every time something didn't go her way.
30th May '18 3:39:52 AM apm483@gmail.com
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* Bluehole, the developers of the popular Battle Royale-style video game ''Videogame/PlayerunknownsBattlegrounds'' first threatened one of these in September 2017 against Epic Games' competing title ''{{Videogame/Fortnite}}''. They went through with the lawsuit sometime in January 2018. What makes it frivolous is that ''[=PUBG=]'' did not invent the Batte Royale genre of video games, ''Fortnite'' uses its distinct assets to create its own Battle Royale mode instead of copying from ''[=PUBG=]'', and that the Unreal engine that powers ''[=PUBG=]'' is owned by Epic, effectively meaning Bluehole are biting the hand that helped them made their game. Comments noted that Bluehole are envious of ''Fortnite'''s success and popularity, which overshadowed them so quickly despite them being first to popularise Battle Royale games, and that they squandered profits from microtransactions just to put the lawsuit in motion instead of optimising ''[=PUBG=]'' and remove its copious bugs and glitches.


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* Bluehole, the publisher of the popular Battle Royale-style video game ''Videogame/PlayerunknownsBattlegrounds'' first threatened one of these in September 2017 against Epic Games' competing title ''{{Videogame/Fortnite}}''. They went through with the lawsuit sometime in January 2018. What makes it frivolous is that ''[=PUBG=]'' did not invent the Batte Royale genre of video games, ''Fortnite'' uses its distinct assets to create its own Battle Royale mode instead of copying from ''[=PUBG=]'', and that the Unreal engine that powers ''[=PUBG=]'' is owned by Epic, effectively meaning Bluehole are biting the hand that helped them made their game. Comments noted that Bluehole are envious of ''Fortnite'''s success and popularity, which overshadowed them so quickly despite them being first to popularise Battle Royale games, and that they squandered profits from microtransactions just to put the lawsuit in motion instead of optimising ''[=PUBG=]'' and remove its copious bugs and glitches.
30th May '18 3:26:48 AM apm483@gmail.com
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* Bluehole, the developers of the popular Battle Royale-style video game ''Videogame/PlayerunknownsBattlegrounds'' first threatened one of these in September 2017 against Epic Games' competing title ''{{Videogame/Fortnite}}''. They went through with the lawsuit sometime in January 2018. What makes it frivolous is that ''[=PUBG=]'' did not invent the Batte Royale genre of video games, ''Fortnite'' uses its distinct assets to create its own Battle Royale mode instead of copying from ''[=PUBG=]'', and that the Unreal engine that powers ''[=PUBG=]'' is owned by Epic, effectively meaning Bluehole are biting the hand that helped them made their game. Comments noted that Bluehole are envious of ''Fortnite'''s success and popularity, which overshadowed them so quickly despite them being first to popularise Battle Royale games, and that they squandered profits from microtransactions just to put the lawsuit in motion instead of optimising ''[=PUBG=]'' and remove its copious bugs and glitches.
19th May '18 3:17:38 PM faunas
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* ''Film/{{Denial}}'' is about "historian" David Irving's RealLife Holocaust denial and his attempt to silence real historian Deborah Lipstadt from calling him a Holocaust denier via a frivolous libel lawsuit.
17th Apr '18 10:19:11 AM Doodler
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* [[http://fox61.com/2015/10/14/aunt-who-sued-nephew-speaks-out-says-she-was-forced-to-go-to-trial/ Weaponized]] by a woman in Connecticut, whose insurance company wouldn't cover the surgeries needed for her broken wrist unless she had ''some'' sort of lawsuit so she sued her eight year old nephew for acting "unreasonably" when he jumped into her arms, knowing full well that the jury would throw it out.
12th Apr '18 4:11:52 PM Discar
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* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' spent years dealing with harassing lawsuits from Larry Fowler after blowing out most of his talk show's electronics. Given that the only way to find him guilty was for a judge to accept the existence of magic, this mainly served to drain Dresden's bank accounts.
** This is possibly an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the usual way this trope is played, since the lawsuit is ''legally'' frivolous but ''morally'' quite sound; Harry's magic really ''did'' blow out all the electronics and cause some very expensive damage, and Harry went into the talk show knowing the risk of this but decided to go in anyway, and he (obviously) didn't give Fowler due warning that he was a real-life wizard who carried a high risk of accidentally destroying all the electronics. Based on this, Fowler actually seems quite justified in wanting compensation.
*** However, in a further complication, Fowler himself presumably doesn't believe in magic, so to the best of his knowledge he ''is'' launching a frivolous lawsuit against Harry, and his accusations ''just happen'' to be true.

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* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' spent years dealing with harassing lawsuits from Larry Fowler after blowing out most of his talk show's electronics. Given that the only way to find him guilty was for a judge to accept the existence of magic, this mainly served to drain Dresden's bank accounts.
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accounts. This is possibly an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the usual way this trope is played, since the lawsuit is ''legally'' frivolous but ''morally'' quite sound; Harry's magic really ''did'' blow out all the electronics and cause some very expensive damage, and Harry went into the talk show knowing the risk of this but decided to go in anyway, and he (obviously) didn't give Fowler due warning that he was a real-life wizard who carried a high risk of accidentally destroying all the electronics. Based on this, Fowler actually seems quite justified in wanting compensation.
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compensation. However, in a further complication, Fowler himself presumably doesn't believe in magic, so to the best of his knowledge he ''is'' launching a frivolous lawsuit against Harry, and his accusations ''just happen'' to be true.
12th Apr '18 2:25:21 PM ironballs16
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** As ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQdPGV1AJU pointed out]], part of this is simply down [[InherentInTheSystem to how US Trademark and Copyright law works]] - a failure by a company to defend against possible infringement, [[LawfulStupid no matter how inane]], can be used in a future case that ''is'' infringement as evidence that the company isn't active in protecting its Trademark, and thus has lost legal claim on it, which prompted a similar lawsuit from Creator/BethesdaStudios against Mojang over their new game "Scrolls".

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** As ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQdPGV1AJU pointed out]], part of this is simply down [[InherentInTheSystem to how US Trademark and Copyright law works]] - a failure by a company to defend against possible infringement, [[LawfulStupid no matter how inane]], can be used in a future case that ''is'' infringement as evidence that the company isn't active in protecting its Trademark, and thus has lost legal claim on it, which prompted a similar lawsuit from Creator/BethesdaStudios {{Creator/Bethesda}} against Mojang over their new game "Scrolls".
12th Apr '18 2:24:44 PM ironballs16
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** As ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQdPGV1AJU pointed out]], part of this is simply down [[InherentInTheSystem to how US copyright law works]] - a failure by a company to defend against possible infringement, [[LawfulStupid no matter how inane]], can be used in a future case that ''is'' infringement as evidence that the company isn't active in protecting its copyright.

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** As ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQdPGV1AJU pointed out]], part of this is simply down [[InherentInTheSystem to how US copyright Trademark and Copyright law works]] - a failure by a company to defend against possible infringement, [[LawfulStupid no matter how inane]], can be used in a future case that ''is'' infringement as evidence that the company isn't active in protecting its copyright.Trademark, and thus has lost legal claim on it, which prompted a similar lawsuit from Creator/BethesdaStudios against Mojang over their new game "Scrolls".
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