We’ve seen some classic frivolous lawsuits through the years.
In 1996, a physical therapist from Florida named Paul Shimkonis sued his local strip claim on the basis of the whiplash he sustained from Tawny Peaks’ gigantic, size-69HH breasts, which he referred to as “cement blocks.” Shimkonis sued for $15,000 in damages. His lawsuit actually ended up in front of Ed Koch on The People’s Court, and the former NYC mayor ruled in favor of the stripper.
In 1991, a Michigan man named Richard Overton sued Anheuser-Busch for $10,000 for false and misleading advertising. Among his three claims, Overton complained about physical and mental injury, as well as emotional distress, because the ad’s fantasies of beautiful women that come to life in tropical locales did not occur when he drank Bud Light. The case was dismissed.
And, of course, in 2005, Judge Roy L. Pearson sued a Washington DC dry cleaners for $67 million for inconvenience, mental anguish and attorney’s fees over a lost pair of pants. He was nonplussed about the “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign. The Chungs prevailed, even after Pearson cried at the trial.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more frivolous suit than those three (that infamous McDonald’s coffee suit is not frivolous, despite popular folklore). But a Michigan movie patron is trying her best to join the folks at the top of the list when it comes to wasting the court’s valuable time.
Sarah Deming is suing a film distributor, Film District, and a Michigan movie chain, Emagine, claiming that the trailer for the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive made the film look like she’d be seeing something akin to the Fast & Furious series. She paid her $10+ for a ticket and found instead a movie she thought was not only dark and un-driver-y, but even anti-Semitic.
Part of her suit claims “Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film…having very little driving in the motion picture.” She also claimed there were “extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith.” What a mashugina.
Deming is seeking a refund for her purchase, as well as “an end to misleading movie trailers,” whatever that means. Next week, she’ll be turning her complaint into a class-action lawsuit.
Somewhere, Jackie Chiles is smiling.
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