We’ve all seen them, those unbelievable lawsuits that somehow end up going to trial. Often we wonder what the plaintiffs are thinking! Yet occasionally, they win, spurring others to sue as well. Here are the some of the craziest lawsuits of all time:
1. Trapped in the Garage
In 1998, Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was in the middle of robbing a house when he decided to exit through the garage. After entering the garage he went to lift the door but found himself unable due to a malfunctioning automatic door opener. He attempted to return to the house but was also unable as the door had automatically locked as he came out. Dickson ended up stuck in the garage for 8 days while the family was away on vacation, all the while surviving on Pepsi and dog food. When the family returned he sued the homeowner’s claiming he underwent severe mental anguish. The case went to court and he was awarded $500,000.
2. The Mother/Son Con
Kathleen Robertson sued a furniture store in January 2000 after having broken her ankle tripping over a toddler. Kathleen stated that the toddler was running wild and she was awarded the hefty sum of $780,000. The real kicker is that the misbehaving toddler was her own son.
3. Cruise Control Is Not Autopilot
In November of 2000 a Mr. Grazinski was awarded $1,750,000 after crashing his brand new Winnebago motor home. Mr. Grazinski after taking off on his trip in his brand new home on wheels, set the cruise control and then left the driver’s seat to go make himself a cup of coffee in the back. The motor home crashed, and Grazinski sued Winnebago stating that they had not specifically pointed out that he could not get up to go make a coffee while driving. He was also awarded a brand new Winnebago. The company quickly updated their handbooks just in case someone was this dumb in the future.
4. Don’t Sue the Messenger
A Michelle Knepper, of Vancouver Washington sued the phone company after a doctor she selected from the book turned out to be a dermatologist instead of a plastic surgeon. Knepper herself selected the doctor and chose to go ahead with her liposuction procedure even though the man was unqualified to conduct such a proceedure. Afterwards, Knepper faced complications and stated she never would have chosen the doctor had she known he wasn’t board certified to conduct the liposuction. In the end she won $1.2 million plus another $375,000 for her husband whom complained of “loss of spousal services and companionship.”
5. Glued Together
Bob Dougherty had no clue what he should have expected when he decided to take a trip to the restroom in a Home Depot. As he sat to take care of his business, he quickly realized that some deviant had smeared glue on the seat ensuring that the next occupant would stick to the seat and be unable to leave. Home Depot claimed the incident was not their fault and offered him $2,000. Mr. Dougherty was not pleased with their offer and called it “insulting” and went on to file a suit demanding $3 million.