Legal Follies: 16 Silly Lawsuits That Actually Happened

11Robert Lee Brock

Robert Lee Brock

In 1995, an inmate named Robert Lee Brock tried to sue himself for $5 million because he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He then asked the state to pay because he had no income in jail.



Two boys tried to sue Nintendo in 1999 alleging that Pokémon caused their gambling addictions.

13Ben Edelman

Ben Edelman

In 2014, a Harvard business school professor named Ben Edelman in Boston threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant because the prices on their website were out of date. He was over charged a total of $4.



In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to sue farmers who tested their cattle for Mad Cow Disease on the grounds that it "might create the false impression that beef that is not tested is unsafe."

15Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp

In 2003, Creed fans sued the band over their notoriously poor performance during which frontman Scott Stapp allegedly appeared drunk, had trouble singing and passed out. The suit asked the band to refund ticket and parking costs for all 15,000 fans who attended, at a cost of about $2 million.

16Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison

A former employer of dating website Ashley Madison tried to sue the company because she hurt her wrists and forearms typing up 1,000 “fake female profiles” for their site over a few weeks for a new Portuguese-language version of the site.

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