Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013


A group of Idaho inmates’ lawsuit blaming eight brewers for causing their lives of crime tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013, announced today. ILR also released a highlight video running down each lawsuit on thelist.

“Whether cringe-worthy or laugh-out-loud ridiculous, ask yourself: ‘is this really what we want our legal system to look like?’”

“Whether cringe-worthy or laugh-out-loud ridiculous, ask yourself: ‘is this really what we want our legal system to look like?’” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “Abusive lawsuits both big and small take a collective toll on our society and our economy. We should resolve to make 2014 a year where lawsuits are a last resort, not a firstreaction.”

ILR announced the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013 from votes cast throughout the year by visitors The lawsuits were selected from those featured in the website’s monthly polls for 2013. The Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign is ILR’s public awareness effort created to highlight the impact of abusive lawsuits on businesses, communities, andindividuals.

The Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013are:

1. Inmates’ suit blames a life of crime on beercompanies (ID)

2. Ohio teacher claims fear of children in suit againstdistrict (OH)

3. Student kicked off school track team for absences, Dad sues county for $40million (NJ)

4. Woman suing over “severe and permanent injuries” still able to completehalf-marathon (WV)

5. Lawsuit claims ‘footlong’ sandwiches come upshort (NJ)

6. Grown man sues parents for their “indifference” to hisproblems (NY)

7. Customer sues restaurant over hostess’ rudecomment (WV)

8. Grad student who received free tuition sues school overgrade (PA)

9. Two years to toss suit from robber who sued shopowner (AZ)

10. Man sues Apple for his pornaddiction (TN)

Links to the full news stories from which these were drawn and the complete results of the poll can be found at

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and locallevels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industryassociations.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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