WTFPatent Infringement Without a Patent

The world-famous magician David Copperfield was sued by fellow magician Davis Roller for patent infringement. Mr. Roller alleged that he had patented his seemingly other-worldly powers and that Copperfield had used them without his permission. In fact, Roller had neither applied nor obtained a patent for these so-called powers.

Of course, Copperfield’s legal team filed a motion to have the case dismissed due to the fact that Rolled owned no such patents, this brought an amended complaint from Roller. This time Roller alleged that Copperfield and several other individuals had conspired to murder him. The court noted that the plaintiff had not cited any facts to support his claim and that he did have a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits, including previous claims against Mr. Copperfield. Roller’s suit was dismissed by the court and he was barred from ever filing such a lawsuit in the future.


Fantasy Not Reality

Anheuser-Busch came under fire from Richard Overton, who, according to the lawsuit said that the King of Beers violated Michigan’s pricing and advertising act. According to the suit, the brewing company placed ads containing images of beautiful women and tropical settings. These ads were deceptive and misleading because they implied that a person’s fantasies could become reality. They also enticed the Overton and other members of the public to drink Anheuser-Busch’s products. Anheuser-Bush knew its products were potentially dangerous because they could lead to addiction and other health problems. Overton was seeking more than $10,000 in damages for physical and mental injury, and financial loss.

The court did not fall for Overton’s claims and ruled in favor of Anheuser-Busch. It determined that the images in the ads didn’t constitute fraud but were simply puffing. The court went on to find that the brewery had no duty to warn the plaintiff since the risks of alcoholic beverages are widely known.


Ice Cold?

In 2016, a man in California attempted to initiate a class-action lawsuit against the caffeine pimping titan Starbucks. The lawsuit stated that Starbucks was misrepresenting the amount of liquid contained in its cold drinks. The man alleged that Starbucks cheated its customers by adding ice to cold beverages, thereby reducing the amount of liquid contained in the cups. He sought damages for numerous offenses, including breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of Cali’s unfair competition law.

A federal judge dismissed the case contending that “no reasonable consumer would think (for example) that a 12-ounce iced drink., such as iced coffee or iced tea contains 12 ounces of coffee or tea and no ice.


Dexter Is Too Scary

A woman sued the MTA in New York as well as the cable network Showtime in 2014 for an injury she sustained in a fall triggered by a scary movie poster. The woman claims that she was on a staircase in the Grand Central Terminal when she spotted an ad for the TV show “Dexter.” The ad featured a photo of Michael C. Hall, who plays a serial killer on the show, with his face covered in cellophane. The woman alleged that the image was so disturbing it caused her to fall down the stairs, sustaining a broken ankle and a head injury. The ad also caused her to have nightmares that necessitated visits to psychiatrists.

At a March 2018 hearing in Manhatten, the presiding judge did not show the plaintiff much sympathy. According to the New York Post, he stated that negligence suits based on scary things are a “slippery slope.” While he didn’t issue a final ruling, he indicated he would likely dismiss the case. Otherwise, he would “let the floodgates open.”


I Want To Sue Me

In 1995, Robert Lee Brock, a Virginia prison inmate, decided to take a new approach to the legal system. After filing a number of unsuccessful lawsuits against the prison system, Brock sued himself. He claimed his civil rights and religious beliefs were violated when he allowed himself to get drunk. After all, it was inebriation that created his cycle of committing crimes and being incarcerated. He demanded $5 million from himself. However, since he didn’t earn an income behind bars, he felt the state should pay. Needless to say, the case was thrown out.


Wait, What?

In 1997, Larry Harris of Illinois broke into a bar owned by Jessie Ingram. Ingram, the victim of several break-ins, had recently set a trap around his windows to deter potential burglars. Harris, 37, who was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, must have missed the warning sign prominently displayed in the window. He set off the trap as he entered the window, electrocuting himself. The police refused to file murder charges. Harris’s family saw it differently, however, and filed a civil suit against Ingram. A jury originally awarded the Harris family $150,000. Later, the award was reduced to $75,000 when it was decided Harris should share at least half of the blame.

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