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22nd Jun '16 8:28:05 PM BNSF1995
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* A string of these set off the plot of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. After one man wins a lawsuit blaming Mr. Incredible for injuries incurred while ''saving his life'', so many people follow that all superheroes are forced into retirement and hiding.

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* A string of these set off the plot of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. After one man wins a lawsuit blaming Mr. Incredible for injuries incurred while ''saving his life'', life'' (since said man was trying to commit suicide), so many people follow that all superheroes are forced into retirement and hiding.
20th Jun '16 3:57:56 PM Morgenthaler
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I sued Colorado, 'cause you know, I think [[EvilIsPetty it looks a little bit too much like]] Wyoming!\\
I sued Neiman Marcus, 'cause they [[ChristmasCreep put up their Christmas decorations way out of season.]]\\
I sued Creator/BenAffleck ... aww, [[TakeThat do I even need]] [[Music/JenniferLopez a reason]]?''

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I sued Colorado, 'cause you know, I think [[EvilIsPetty it looks a little bit too much like]] like Wyoming!\\
I sued Neiman Marcus, 'cause they [[ChristmasCreep put up their Christmas decorations way out of season.]]\\
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I sued Creator/BenAffleck ... aww, [[TakeThat do I even need]] [[Music/JenniferLopez need a reason]]?''reason?''
7th Jun '16 12:38:03 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Harmony Gold, Western publishers of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', was at one time an industry giant riding high on the popularity of their licensed material. They also initially sued several other franchises (Hasbro staple ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' and FASA's front runner ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'') for using the designs of mecha that were originally from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', even though those uses had been licensed from the original Japanese rights holders. It proved too expensive for Hasbro and FASA to keep fighting, so they settled and effectively {{UnPerson}}ed the offending products. Problem is, when the Japanese courts went and took a look at it, they ruled that Harmony Gold's rights weren't license rights for ''Macross''-derived work, but ''distribution'' rights. In other words, Harmony Gold can sell all the ''Macross''-based product it wants (or doesn't want), but had no legal power to say who could or could not use images from ''Macross'' in the West under new names. Studio Nue, the original license holder, could tell the other Western companies to stop, but seem to have no inclination to do so. Harmony Gold continues to try to sue anyway, targeting Hasbro in 2013 over a ''Franchise/GIJoe'' vehicle that loosely resembles a Valkyrie in fighter mode (which just so happens to look like an F-14 Tomcat fighter, a vehicle already in the G.I. Joe armory). The difference is that Harmony Gold is now such a small and thoroughly despised fish in the market that even the owners of ''Battletech'', a franchise that's been handed off no less than four times, look down on them, to say nothing of international toy giants like Hasbro. Reportedly, Hasbro's lawyers sat down with Harmony Gold's, showed them the 30-years-ancient G.I. Joe products they were updating (and that Harmony Gold had not thought to sue over before) and asked if they ''really'' wanted this to be taken to a public court. Harmony Gold sheepishly cut its losses and dropped the suit.

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* Harmony Gold, Western publishers of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', was at one time an industry giant riding high on the popularity of their licensed material. They also initially sued several other franchises (Hasbro staple ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' and FASA's front runner ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'') for using the designs of mecha that were originally from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', even though those uses had been licensed from the original Japanese rights holders. It proved too expensive for Hasbro and FASA to keep fighting, so they settled and effectively {{UnPerson}}ed the offending products. Problem is, when the Japanese courts went and took a look at it, they ruled that Harmony Gold's rights weren't license rights for ''Macross''-derived ''Anime/{{Macross}}''-derived work, but ''distribution'' rights. In other words, Harmony Gold can sell all the ''Macross''-based product it wants (or doesn't want), but had no legal power to say who could or could not use images from ''Macross'' in the West under new names. Studio Nue, Creator/StudioNue, the original license holder, could tell the other Western companies to stop, but seem to have no inclination to do so. Harmony Gold continues to try to sue anyway, targeting Hasbro in 2013 over a ''Franchise/GIJoe'' vehicle that loosely resembles a Valkyrie in fighter mode (which just so happens to look like an F-14 Tomcat fighter, a vehicle already in the G.I. Joe armory). The difference is that Harmony Gold is now such a small and thoroughly despised fish in the market that even the owners of ''Battletech'', a franchise that's been handed off no less than four times, look down on them, to say nothing of international toy giants like Hasbro. Reportedly, Hasbro's lawyers sat down with Harmony Gold's, showed them the 30-years-ancient G.I. Joe products they were updating (and that Harmony Gold had not thought to sue over before) and asked if they ''really'' wanted this to be taken to a public court. Harmony Gold sheepishly cut its losses and dropped the suit.
11th May '16 11:56:45 PM DarthLink22
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* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'': A bear attacks Kevin, who easily backhands him. The bear responds by suing Kevin, claiming that, as a rabbit, he violated the natural order by fighting back and demanding Kevin's weight in meat. Mei Li gets the case thrown out by pointing out that the bear using the judicial system to attack Kevin is equally unnatural.
10th May '16 9:01:21 PM Eddy1215
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'', Bender is caught in an explosion on Zapp Brannigan's ship, and screams that he can't feel his legs and will never walk again. Kif tells him in a bored voice that you can't sue the military, and Bender gets up.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'', ''Into The Wild Green Yonder'', Bender is caught in an explosion on Zapp Brannigan's ship, and screams that he can't feel his legs arms and will never walk be able to paint again. Kif tells him in a bored voice that [[UltimateJobSecurity you can't sue the military, military]], and Bender gets up.
7th May '16 9:17:38 AM dmcreif
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* In a particularly horrible example of such a lawsuit actually winning, Canadian "feminist" Stephanie Guthrie sued an artist from Toronto named Gregory Alan Elliott for disagreeing with her on ''Website/{{Twitter}}'', went to the judge and, yes, won it. The punishment for the guy was being ''barred from the internet'' by virtue of being forbidden to own any kind of device with internet connectivity until he was acquitted on all charges in January 2016, over 3 years later.

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* In a particularly horrible nasty example of such a lawsuit actually winning, Canadian "feminist" Stephanie Guthrie sued an artist from Toronto named Gregory Alan Elliott for disagreeing with her on ''Website/{{Twitter}}'', went to the judge and, yes, won it. The punishment for the guy was being ''barred from the internet'' by virtue of being forbidden to own any kind of device with internet connectivity until he was acquitted on all charges in January 2016, over 3 years later.later.
* [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/05/04/woman-sues-starbucks-5-million-ice-chilled-coffee-tea/83920832/ A woman sues Starbucks Coffee for $5 million]], claiming the company short-changes customers by filling chilled beverages with too much ice. Starbucks immediately fired back in a press statement that the suit has no merit. Time will tell if the suit actually goes through or not.
24th Apr '16 1:30:35 PM KingLyger
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* Monster Cable Products will threaten to sue (and has occasionally filed suit against) anyone who uses the word "Monster" to sell anything. Monster Energy Drink, ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'', Monster Mini Golf, and Monster.com have all been pressured by the company.

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* Monster Cable Products will threaten to sue (and has occasionally filed suit against) anyone who uses the word "Monster" to sell anything. Monster Energy Drink, ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Monster Mini Golf, and Monster.com have all been pressured by the company. The suits have all ultimately gone nowhere, since Monster Cable's copyrights only extend to just that: electronic cables.
23rd Apr '16 2:50:19 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* Joe Adler, a recurring incompetent lawyer on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, specializes in this (with Beavis and Butthead's help). In the episode "Sexual Harrassment," he decides to sue Beavis and Butthead's classmate Kimberly (as well as their high school and teacher) for giving the boys erections. In the episode "Whiplash," he decides to sue the city and the state for an obviously false case of whiplash (which he helps to create the illusion of) is arrested for dozens of counts of fraud.

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* Joe Adler, a recurring incompetent lawyer on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', specializes in this (with Beavis and Butthead's help). In the episode "Sexual Harrassment," he decides to sue Beavis and Butthead's classmate Kimberly (as well as their high school and teacher) for giving the boys erections. In the episode "Whiplash," he decides to sue the city and the state for an obviously false case of whiplash (which he helps to create the illusion of) is arrested for dozens of counts of fraud.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E17DontJudgeMe Don't Judge Me]]", Dr. Eggman spends most of the episode in a neck brace, claiming Sonic injured his neck in a battle between them, and attempting to sue him over it. He very nearly gets away with it, too, until Sonic notices him move his neck just fine and points it out near the end of the episode.
11th Apr '16 11:28:50 PM jameygamer
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* ''Film/TheRoom'' director Tommy Wiseau made a laughingstock of himself when he threatened lawsuits to various negative video reviews of the film, claiming that their use of clips from the film violated copyright (the use of short excerpts for the purpose of criticism is protected by the Fair Use section of the U.S. Copyright Act and backed up by extensive court precedent). Most notably, among his targets were two videos on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, whose massive fanbase put Wiseau on the end of a counterattack of epic proportions. They eventually got him to back down, and the reviews are now back up.

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* ''Film/TheRoom'' director Tommy Wiseau made a laughingstock of himself when he threatened lawsuits to various negative video reviews of the film, claiming that their use of clips from the film violated copyright (the use of short excerpts for the purpose of criticism is protected by the Fair Use section of the U.S. Copyright Act and backed up by extensive court precedent). Most notably, among his targets were two videos on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses (one was WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of the film), whose massive fanbase put Wiseau on the end of a counterattack of epic proportions. They eventually got him to back down, and the reviews are now back up.
11th Apr '16 11:25:38 PM jameygamer
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* When Creator/DavidLetterman left NBC for CBS, NBC threatened to sue him if he used intellectual property from ''Series/LateNight'' such as "Stupid Pet Tricks" and the Top Ten list. The problems with this include top ten lists preceding Letterman's show, and the fact that Stupid Pet Tricks actually came from a show which Letterman legally owned the intellectual property of. When both Letterman and Jay Leno mocked them for it, the issue was dropped.

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* When Creator/DavidLetterman left NBC for CBS, NBC threatened to sue him if he used intellectual property from ''Series/LateNight'' such as "Stupid Pet Tricks" and the Top Ten list. The problems with this include top ten lists preceding Letterman's show, and the fact that Stupid Pet Tricks actually came from a show which Letterman legally owned the intellectual property of. When both Letterman and Jay Leno mocked them for it, the issue was dropped. This made it into ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'', and the entry included a ShoutOut to Judge Wapner and mocked the trope.
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