You're suing me for what?! Five peculiar lawsuits that are hard to believe

By admin
25 February 2014

These days it seems like people can sue for anything (and we mean anything!). Here is a list of 5 peculiar lawsuits against big brands.

Portland-based pimp Sirgiorgiro Clardy made headlines for suing Nike for $100 million for not including a warning on its Nike Air Jordan shoes – a warning of how the shoes could be used as dangerous weapons.

Sirgiorgiro (26) stomped on a man’s face with his Nike Air Jordan shoes because the man attempted to leave a hotel without paying Sirgiorgiro’s prostitute. The victim was so badly beaten with the shoes that he went in for stitches and plastic surgery.

But Sirgiorgiro is not the only person to have sued a big company/brand for something so strange.

1. Victoria’s Secret sued for an injury

Los-Angeles traffic cop, Macrida Patterson sued Victoria’s Secret back in 2007 for an eye injury she says was caused by a defective thong back. Macrida’s attorney Jason Buccat said she suffered three cuts to her cornea.

The damage was so severe that Macrida had to take some topical steroid to heal her eye.

Reports described the thong as “a blue bit of fabric with a rhinestone heart forming part of the waistband, connected to the fabric by metal links”.

The incident happened when Macrida was changing in the locker room of her workplace after her shift. “I was putting on my underwear from Victoria’s Secret, and the metal popped into my eye. It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That’s what happened,” Macrida told USA Today.

2. Man sued Beer Company for selling him dreams

Have you ever wondered why advertisers include the “plate or props not included” fine print in ads? Well in the 1991 Richard Overton from Michigan sued brewing company Anheuser-Busch, which produces the beer Budweiser, for false advertising.

He alleged that the false advertising caused him emotional distress, mental injury and financial loss. He claimed the beer ads depicted the beer’s magical ability to facilitate "scenic tropical settings [and] beautiful women and men engaged in endless and unrestricted merriment", which didn’t happen to him once he bought and drank the beer.

His case was dismissed.

3. Walmart sued for a sexless marriage

Aracely Gonzalez and her husband from Florida sued Walmart store for selling her a dress that she claims led to the lack of sex in her marriage. She bought the dress three years ago and that very same dress caused her to have heart palpitations and a severe rash; all those things eventually ending the sex in her marriage.

Aracely claimed to have developed a painful red rash over large portions of her body. She had to go to a hospital to get medical attention. She was then informed by an allergist that the cause of the dermatitis (an itchy inflammation of the skin) was caused by the dress she bought at Walmart.

Her husband then sued Walmart “for loss of consortium”, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse.

4. Apple blamed for man’s pornography addiction

Chris Sevier from Tennessee sued Apple for selling him a Mac Book that didn’t come with a filter for pornography.

Chris claimed Apple sold him the product without including a warning of the damage that pornography could cause. He stated that “Apple’s product was not adequately equipped with safety features that would have otherwise blocked unwarranted intrusions of pornographic content that systematically poisoned his life.”

Chris claims that by Apple not providing him with a notice of the dangers of pornography that he accessed through Apple’s product, he suffered a lot. He suffered: mentally and emotionally, humiliation, depression, sever physical, thrill seeking and emotional distress.

He also claims to have suffered from an untreated ulcer from losing his wife and child. Chris said he had arousal addiction, which ruined his marriage and left him unemployed.

5. Nike sued for turning Michael Jordan into celebrity

Portland resident Allen Heckard was tired of being mistaken for basketball legend Michael Jordan everywhere he went. So in 2006 he sued Nike and Michael for $416 million each.

Allen sued Michael for emotional pain and suffering, defamation and permanent injury, all caused by his resemblance to Michael. Allen was reported to be 6 inches shorter than Michael.

Allen then sued Nike founder Phil Knight for turning Michael into a celebrity. Allen explained that looking like the respected former basketball player made him uncomfortable.

Sources: Time; Huffingtonpost; Listverse.com; The Oregonian; Findlaw.com; Today; Daily Mail

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