Everyone dreads hearing the words “you’ve been served” by some guy pretending to deliver you a bouquet of flowers. But it happens to the best of us. Being sued is not unusual nowadays, and there are hundreds upon thousands of things you could be sued for that you will never see coming.
We have all heard the story of the lady who slipped on a wet floor somewhere and successfully sued the company for millions, right? But that is just a fraction of the unbelievable lawsuits that have been won across the world. There is no shortage of lawyers who are willing to fight a huge corporation if they think it will get them noticed, and put some money in their pocket.
Luckily, the judicial system knows a ridiculous lawsuit when it sees one. Most of the time. Read on for stories of people who didn’t always use common sense before filing their lawsuit.
9. The Misleading Beer Commercial Fantasy
Most people realize that advertisements are not reality, but not Richard Overton. In 1991, he sued beer company Anheuser-Busch (makers of Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Shock Top beer, among others) for $10 000 for false and misleading advertising. He alleged that the commercials depicting the beers magical ability to facilitate “scenic tropical settings and beautiful women and men engaged in endless and unrestricted merriment”, all turned out to be untrue. Shocking! His basis for the lawsuit was that the “lies” the ads told him caused emotional distress, mental injury, and financial loss. Not surprisingly, his case was dismissed.