The strangest lawsuits

There are often unimaginable suits in the courts, and during the process you have to answer very tricky questions. In Britain, consideration of such cases is not unusual, but the local newspaper The Times was able to identify the 20 most amazing lawsuits in the history of the entire judicial system. As we see, to defend their rights, even the most incredible, love not only in England and America.

The strangest lawsuits


In 2004, a resident of the township of Funde du Lac, in the US state of Wisconsin, sued one of the television companies. Timothy Dumushelle accused her of the fact that through the fault of television his wife became fat, and the children were lazy and only able to switch channels. The American said: “I believe that I drink and smoke every day, and my wife suffers from overweight because of the fact that over the past four years we watched TV every day.” In America at the time there were more than a million lawyers, of course, there was a couple of them who took up this unusual affair. However, the case to the Supreme Court never came to pass.


Unusual hearings were held in 2005 in Brazil. There, a 31-year-old resident of the town of Jundiai sued her lover. The reason for the claim was the fact that the man does not provide her with an orgasm. In the statement, the woman indicated that her 38-year-old partner is finishing her sexual intercourse before she reaches the heights of pleasure. Although the high-profile case started quite promising, but in court a woman was waiting for unpleasant lime – the court refused to accept the case for consideration.


In 2004, in Germany, a lawyer Jürgen Gref got an extremely strange affair. He had to protect the interests of an old retiree from the town of St. Augustine, which is near Bonn. The tax service issued a woman order to pay taxes amounting to 287 million euros, despite the fact that her annual income was 17 thousand euros. The problem was solved by Gref rather quickly – he wrote just one standard letter to the state authorities. But the country’s laws allow a lawyer to obtain payment of a fee based on the reduction of the claim amount. That’s put an enterprising lawyer account for 440 thousand euros. However, the state itself paid for this fee. History is silent whether Gref wrote a letter of thanks to the tax authorities.


In 1972, Yorkshire Wakefield Court also heard a strange case. Reginald Sedguic was accused of stealing … Cleckheaton train station! The defendant was the head of the company, who acted as a contractor for the scrapping of buildings. She, with illegal aims, destroyed the abandoned and abandoned station building, taking 24 tons of debris from this place. Sedguyk confessed to the crime he committed, explaining that he acted on behalf of a third person, who never managed to establish. However, the defendant had a fine lawyer who easily defused the prosecution’s arguments and obtained from the court an excuse for his subordinate.


In 2005, a hearing was held in the Massachusetts Court of Appeal, during which it was necessary to find out whether a certain posture was dangerous during sexual intercourse. One morning a man and a woman, long-term sexual partners, engaged in mutual consent with love. In the midst of sexual intercourse, the woman suddenly turned so, without asking her partner’s permission, that he had an injury to his sexual organ. As a result, even the intervention of the surgeon was required. The court decided that imprudent actions during sexual activity may be taken as grounds for bringing to justice, but simple negligence on such grounds can not be made. As a result, the claim of the man was rejected.


In 2005, NASA received a lawsuit from the Russian astrologer Marina Bai. The woman claimed compensation of 200 million dollars for the fact that the agency violated the natural balance of power in the universe. She claimed that NASA, by launching the space probe Deep Impact, literally committed a terrorist act.The fact is that the apparatus was to collide with a comet and take samples of the substance after the explosion. One of the Moscow courts decided that the case falls within the jurisdiction of Russia, even hearings were held on this case. But in the end the claim was rejected.


There was a wave of strange lawsuits and India. There in 2007 the local court had to figure out what the vibrating condom is – a “sex toy” or a contraceptive. Such unusual devices are equipped with a mechanism working from batteries, and are produced under the brand name “Crezendo”. However, not all the idea was in the nature, the fact is that there were experts who say that this is mainly a sex toy, and in fact their sales in the country are banned! The manufacturer insisted that the main function of the products was contraception and health improvement of the population.


Problems with the law appeared in one young resident of Jiaxing City near Shanghai in 2006. The fact is that the guy, without consulting with lawyers in advance, put his soul to auction at one of the online auctions. As a result, the lot was prudently removed from the auction by the administration of the site, the seller was told that the application for sale would be restored only in case of permission to sell the soul from the “higher authority”.


In 2004, Frank D’Alessandro, a judicial officer, sued the city administration of New York. The fact that he was seriously injured after his toilet suddenly exploded, turning instantly into a pile of debris. The man demanded as much as $ 5 million in compensation. Frank is forced to perform every morning a whole complex complex of physiotherapy exercises, which he simply says: “It’s just some kind of hemorrhoids.”


In 2006, the Supreme Court of Nevada had to confirm the legality of one of the decisions taken sometime in Las Vegas. There it is forbidden strippers to caress their clients while they are performing a private dance on their knees. The suit said that the local law was formulated rather vaguely, so that it could be used in practice. The dispute was caused by the following vague phrase: “none of the assistants or service providers has the right to caress or iron any client with the intention of causing him sexual arousal.” Lawyers with their usual meticulousness figured out whether the friction of the dancer’s buttocks on the man’s knees is caressing or it’s just stroking. Is the law violated if the girl’s breasts touch the client’s face? As a result, the court upheld the ruling in the previous force. The verdict stated that law enforcement officers would be able to determine affection or stroking, based on personal experience. This was reminiscent of the famous case when the judge at the hearing stated that he could distinguish pornography from erotica, only to see it.


In 1964, the Court of Appeal of Canada was engaged in, among other things, determining whether it is possible to deduct from the costs of the girls’ agency on a call an amount for organizational and operating expenses when calculating income tax. The hostess of the institution and her seven employees, who were the very girls on call, were eventually brought to justice and found guilty by the court. As a result, the culprits were sentenced to imprisonment, obliging them to pay taxes. As a result, girls were allowed from the total amount of expenses for ordinary business services, for example, utility bills. But all the other items of expenditure had to be deleted, since the agency could not produce any receipts. They included an amount of $ 2,000 allegedly spent on alcohol for local government officials or $ 1,000 paid to “several men who have great physical strength and deftness enough to help a girl out of a predicament.” This is exactly what the articles of expenditure said. So, doubtful spending was not taken into account, and they had to pay taxes from them.


In November 1884, a fairly scandalous case was made by Captain Thomas Dudley and a certain Edwin Stephens. Men were accused of having killed the junior Richard Parker. They sailed together on a ship from Southampton to Sydney and, after a shipwreck, were in one boat 1,600 miles away from the nearest piece of land. To survive, after 3 weeks of drift, Stephens and Dudley were forced to kill Parker, who at this time was sleeping. They ate a liver of the unfortunate, and drank blood instead of water. But only after 4 days the sailors were picked up by a German ship. The court of the city of Exeter acknowledged the men guilty of deliberate murder, sentencing them to death. Cannibals tried to justify their actions with extreme need for the purpose of preserving their own lives, the authorities eventually found such arguments legitimate enough, and then a decision was made for mercy. As a result, the unfortunate escaped with a half-yearly imprisonment.


Once on the Buxton radio, a Renault Clio car was played live. The main prize with a portion of indescribable joy went to 26-year-old Cathy McGowan. After all, it was she who answered all quiz questions correctly. What was her desperation when in the studio of the radio station she was given only a model of a machine 4 inches high. The woman decided to achieve justice and filed on the radio in court in 2001. A judge from Derby County ruled that the radio station had entered into a legal contract with the trainee, and therefore its owners are obliged to pay the plaintiff £ 8,000 for the purchase of this car. Now the radio station has already ceased to exist.


In Romania in 2005, a lawsuit was filed against … God. Prisoner Mircea Paul, sentenced to 20 years in prison, sued the Supreme Court, accusing him of violating the terms of the contract. The plaintiff stated that when he was baptized into Christianity, a treaty was concluded between him and God. According to him, the Most High in exchange for payments in the form of prayers had to protect Mircea from various troubles. The criminal directly accused God of fraud, abuse of trust, corruption and the use of administrative resources. Since the defendant himself lives in heaven, he was supposed to represent the Orthodox Church. But the court rejected Paul’s claim on the grounds that God is not an object of law and is deprived of his place of residence.


In May 2004, a hearing was held in Connecticut that was unusual as it turned out. A certain Hester Spesialski was accused of having killed Neal Esosito. The prosecution claimed that the man was thrown from the car behind the wheel of which was Hester at the time when the vehicle lost control and crashed. In her defense, the defendant claimed that she could not be behind the wheel, because she was at the time of the accident on the passenger seat, engaged in oral sex with Esposito, who was driving. Although the man was found with his trousers down, the prosecution considered that he simply could, while sitting in the passenger seat, show his buttocks in the window or even urinate. As a result, the jury found Spesealski innocent of the murder attributed to her inadvertently. In the case of proof of her guilt, she could be imprisoned for 25 years.


In 2003, in the Adelaide World Court, Australia, the judge angrily said to the defendant: “You are a drug addict and you die in a ditch, that’s the path you chose.” I do not believe in this nonsense with social workers. your mother, hurting her, you can decide for yourself what to expect, nothing stops you from getting a job, we, seven million Australians, work, and fourteen million people like you, stay at home and watch television series, and at the same time smoke crack. “I’m fed up with the fact that you’re ripping us off like a stick.” At the end of the ardent speech, the judge added: “If you want to be a drug addict and die in a ditch, it’s up to you.” Everyone does not care whether you’re alive or how, but you’re driving a woman who gave birth to you, damn you. “As a result, the woman was sentenced to prison, but soon it turned out that under the law such a penalty for her deeds is simply not provided. The verdict was quickly appealed by appeal. It’s not for nothing that Themis is portrayed with a bandage in front of her eyes – the excessive emotionality of the judge led him to violate the law.


In the 19th century, it happened that judges judged themselves. So, in 1874, Francis Evans Cornish, acting magistrate in Canadian Winnipeg, was considering a case of his own drunken appearance in a public place. An honest judge pleaded guilty, fined $ 5 and paid court costs. True, he immediately ordered the following to be added to the record: “Francis Evans Cornish, Considering that in the past you behaved in a respectable manner, the fine is canceled.”


In 1980, a curious decision was made in the UK Court of Appeal concerning the intimate life of citizens. Lord Judge Dunn, Lord Judge Ormrod and Judge Arnold, considering the case of a woman from Basingstoke, decided that she had the right to ration her sexual relationship with her husband. The lady did not agree to make love with her husband more than once a week. Curious journalists after the announcement of this verdict attempted to interview the comments of the wives of all the judges who were analyzing this unusual case.


One Chinese man asked the court to name his son “@”. However, in this request he was denied, because there is a law according to which children should have such names so that they can be translated into the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language.


In September 2004, Judge Patabandinge from Sri Lanka sentenced one man to the year of jail for contempt of court. The victim named Agit acted as a defendant during the hearing, but in the course of it stretched and yawned, which was immediately noted by the judge. He immediately in a fury and made such a verdict.

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