Lawsuits are filed every day. Some sue for child support or workers’ compensation, others for sexual harassment or dog bites.
But suing over a bad date or having a cellphone taken away? According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, these and more happened in 2017.
The institute on Thursday released its annual Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits list, including two that were filed in California.
“Lawsuits like these may be a dream come true for late night comedians, but the toll that abusive litigation takes on our society is no joke,” Lisa A. Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform, said in a press release.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
A video by the Institute for Legal Reform and published by Faces of Lawsuit Abuse summarizes the list. Here’s a look at the suits, from 10 to 1:
A Texas woman says a burn on her finger from hot nacho cheese ultimately made her lose her job. She sued for $95,000.
A 15-year-old boy in Spain claimed “mistreatment” over having his phone taken away.
A Texas man wanted his $17.31 back over what he told the Austin American-Statesman was the “first date from hell.”
A Massachusetts man filed two lawsuits, including a class-action suit, after Dunkin’ Donuts put a butter substitute on his bagel.
A woman sued a Mexican restaurant in Tallahassee, Fla., after falling off a “smooth and slick” donkey statue while attempting to have her photo taken.
Florida lawyer says friend’s handshake was “unexpected, unprovoked, uninvited, unauthorized, uncalled for and most certainly negligent.”
New Jersey man says complex “recklessly, carelessly and/or negligently” discarded trees, ultimately leading to his injury.
California man wants to be paid for the time it takes to clock out and lock up when the store closes.
A French man says the ride-sharing company sent info to his wife’s phone, leading to divorce. He seeks $48 million.
A California woman claims the term “evaporated cane juice” misled her over how the amount of sugar in Jelly Belly’s Sport Beans.