Many people decide to sue businesses in the hopes of making a lot of money. Many times these endeavors are justified, however, there are also many times in which they are entirely frivolous. Here are six of the most senseless lawsuits against businesses.
Overton Vs. Anheuser-Busch
Richard Overton expected a bit too much out of drinking a six pack of Bud Light. When his beer session didn’t evoke visions of a tropical paradise filled with beautiful and scantily clad women (as per their commercial) he decided to file suit against Anheiser-Busch for $10,000. The reason for his lawsuit was that the company had engaged in false and misleading advertising.
The $10,000 was in fact for personal damages, specifically emotional distress.
Predictably, the case was dismissed out of hand. However, in a later interview in 2007, Richard Overton explained his resentment at his popular image being “a sexually frustrated guy who drinks Bud Light so he can find pretty girls.”
Richard Overton was in fact a sober man, married for three decades, with three children. What inspired the lawsuit was seeing a Bud Light ad and how his young children had respond to Spuds MacKenzie, a dog popularly used in their commercials. The vision of his children being drawn into Bud Light commercials alcohol culture is what triggered him into filing the lawsuit.
Aitken Vs. NBC
Austin Aitken was watching an episode of Fear Factor in which contestants were engaged in a “rat-eating challenge”. This involved the contestants eating “rat smoothies” – yes, smoothies made from rats being processed in a blender.
Disgusting? Yes. However, for Austin Aitken, this was enough to cause him to become disoriented, so much so that he vomited and could not see his way to the bathroom thus running into a wall.
Aitken later sued NBC for 2.5 million dollars. This lawsuit was also dismissed out of hand. The point of the lawsuit, according to Aitken, was a statement against the overly graphic nature of modern TV shows.
Chiscolm Vs. Bank of America
Maybe this one qualifies less as “senseless” and more as “facetious”. This one involves a man named Dalton Chiscolm, who sued Bank of America for 1,784 billion, trillion dollars. What’s more, he also demanded an extra $200,164,00 just for his troubles.
The lawsuit was thrown out due to the fact that not only was this more money than could be paid and thus there was no federal cause of action, it was also more than the entire planet’s gross domestic income.
Protecting Your Business From Lawsuits Both Serious and Frivolous
As a business owner, there are plenty of times in which your business is at risk of a lawsuit. Not only can it be difficult to keep up with all of the ins and outs of business law, but you never know when someone is going to file suit for a situation that’s totally unjustified. This is why it’s so important to have a professional business attorney on hand to protect your business if it gets sued.