The courts often get simply unthinkable claims, and during the process you have to answer very tricky questions. It is not uncommon in Britain to deal with such cases, but the local newspaper The Times was able to identify 20 of the most surprising lawsuits in the history of the entire judicial system. As you can see, they love to defend their rights, even the most incredible ones, not only in England and America.
1. In 2004, a resident of the town of Fond du Lac, in the US state of Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit against one of the television companies. Timothy Dumouchel accused her of the fact that, through the fault of television, his wife became fat, and the children were lazy and only able to change channels. The American said: "I believe I drink and smoke every day, and my wife is overweight precisely because we have watched TV every day for the past four years." In America at that time, there were more than a million lawyers, of course, there were a couple of them who took up this unusual case. However, the case never reached the Supreme Court.
2. An unusual hearing took place in 2005 in Brazil. There, a 31-year-old resident of the town of Jundiai filed a lawsuit against her lover. The reason for the lawsuit was the fact that the man does not provide her with an orgasm. In a statement, the woman indicated that her 38-year-old partner finishes her sexual intercourse before she reaches the heights of pleasure. Although the high-profile case began quite promising, but in court the woman was awaited with unpleasant news - the court refused to accept the case for consideration.
3. In 2004, in Germany, the lawyer Jurgen Gref got a very strange case. He had to defend the interests of an old pensioner from the town of St. Augustine, which is not far from Bonn. The tax office issued an order to the woman to pay taxes in the amount of 287 million euros, despite the fact that her annual income was 17 thousand euros. The problem was resolved by Gref rather quickly - he wrote only one standard letter to government agencies. But the laws of the country allow a lawyer to obtain payment of fees based on a reduction in the amount of the claim. So an enterprising lawyer issued an invoice for 440 thousand euros. However, the state itself paid for this fee. History is silent as to whether Gref wrote a letter of thanks to the tax authorities.
4. In 1972, an unusual case was also heard at the Wakefield Court in Yorkshire. Reginald Sedguick was accused of stealing ... Cleckheaton train station! The defendant was the head of a company that had acted as a demolition contractor. For illegal purposes, she destroyed the abandoned and abandoned station building, taking out 24 tons of debris from this place. Sedgwick confessed to the crime he committed, explaining that he acted on the order of a third party, which was never identified. However, the defendant had an excellent lawyer who easily smashed the arguments of the prosecution and got the court to acquit his subordinate.
5. In 2005, a hearing was held in the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, during which it was necessary to find out whether a certain position was dangerous during sexual intercourse. One morning, a man and a woman, long-term sexual partners, made love by mutual agreement. In the midst of sexual intercourse, the woman suddenly turned around, without asking permission from her partner, that he had an injury to his genitals. As a result, the intervention of a surgeon was even required. The court decided that careless actions during sexual activity can be taken as grounds for prosecution, but simple negligence cannot be such a basis. As a result, the man's claim was rejected.
6. In 2005, NASA received a lawsuit against the Russian astrologer Marina Bai. The woman demanded $ 200 million in compensation for the fact that the agency upset the natural balance of power in the universe. She claimed that NASA had literally committed a terrorist act by launching the Deep Impact space probe. The fact is that the apparatus was supposed to collide with a comet and, after the explosion, take samples of the substance. One of the Moscow courts decided that the case fell within the jurisdiction of Russia, and even hearings were held in this case. But in the end, the claim was rejected.
7. The wave of strange lawsuits has not spared India either. There, in 2007, a local court had to figure out what a vibrating condom is - a "sex toy" or a contraceptive. Such unusual devices are equipped with a battery-operated mechanism and are produced under the brand name "Crezendo". However, not everyone liked the idea, the fact is that there were experts who claim that it is mainly a sex toy, and their sales are prohibited in the country! The manufacturer insisted that the main function of the products is contraception and the improvement of the population.
8. In 2006, a young resident of Jiaxing, near Shanghai, faced legal problems. The fact is that the guy, without first consulting with lawyers, put his soul up for auction at one of the online auctions. As a result, the lot was prudently withdrawn from the auction by the administration of the site itself, while the seller was told that the sale order would be restored only if the "higher authority" gave permission to sell the soul.
9. In 2004, Frank D'Alessandro, a court official, was sued by the City of New York. The fact is that he received serious injuries after his toilet suddenly exploded, instantly turning into a pile of rubble. The man demanded as much as $ 5 million in compensation. Frank is forced to do a whole complex of physical therapy exercises every morning, about which he simply says: "It's just some kind of hemorrhoids."
10. In 2006, the Nevada Supreme Court had to confirm the legality of one of the rulings once passed in Las Vegas. There it is forbidden for strippers to fondle their clients while they perform a private lap dance. The lawsuit stated that the local law was formulated rather vaguely so that it could be applied in practice. The controversy was triggered by the following obscure phrase: "none of the assistants or service providers has the right to caress or stroke any of the clients with the intention of causing him sexual arousal." Lawyers, with their usual meticulousness, found out whether the friction of the dancer's buttocks on the man's knees was affection or was it just stroking. Is it a violation of the law if a girl's chest touches a client's face? As a result, the court upheld the ruling. The verdict was that law enforcement officers would be able to determine caress or stroking based on personal experience. This was reminiscent of the famous case when a judge at a hearing stated that he could distinguish pornography from eroticism only by contemplating it.
11. In 1964, the Court of Appeals of Canada was involved in, among other things, determining whether a call-girls agency could be deducted from the costs of a call girls agency for operating and maintenance expenses. The owner of the establishment and seven of her employees, who were actually the very same call girls, were eventually brought to justice and found guilty by the court. As a result, the perpetrators were even sentenced to imprisonment and ordered to pay taxes. As a result, the girls were allowed out of the total to spend on ordinary business services, such as utility bills. But all the other items of expenses had to be deleted, since the agency was unable to present any receipts. Among them was the sum of $ 2,000, allegedly spent on alcohol for local officials, or $ 1,000 paid to "several men who have great physical strength and dexterity to help a girl out of a difficult situation." This is exactly what the expense items said. So the dubious expenses were not taken into account, and taxes had to be paid from them.
12. In November 1884, the rather scandalous case of Captain Thomas Dudley and a certain Edwin Stephens was sorted out. The men were accused of having killed the cabin boy Richard Parker. They sailed together on a ship from Southampton to Sydney and after the shipwreck ended up in the same boat at a distance of 1,600 miles from the nearest piece of land. To survive, after 3 weeks of drifting, Stephens and Dudley were forced to kill Parker, who was sleeping at the time. They ate the liver of the unfortunate man, and drank blood instead of water. But just 4 days later the sailors were picked up by a German ship. The Exeter court found the men guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to death. The cannibals tried to justify their actions by extreme need in order to save their own lives, the authorities eventually considered such arguments quite legitimate, and a decision was immediately made on mercy. As a result, the unfortunates escaped with a six-month sentence in prison.
13. Once on the Buxton radio, a drawing of a Renault Clio car was held live. The main prize with a portion of indescribable joy went to 26-year-old Katie McGowan. After all, it was she who correctly answered all the questions of the quiz. Imagine her despair when in the studio of the radio station she was handed only a model car 4 inches high. The woman decided to seek justice and filed a lawsuit on the radio in 2001. A judge from Derby County ruled that the radio station entered into a legal contract with the listener, and therefore its owners are obliged to pay the plaintiff £ 8,000 to purchase a real car. Nowadays the radio station has already ceased to exist.
14. In Romania, in 2005, a lawsuit was filed against ... God. Prisoner Mircea Pavel, sentenced to 20 years in prison, murder filed a lawsuit against the Almighty, accusing him of violating the terms of the contract. The plaintiff stated that when he was baptized into Christianity, an agreement was concluded between him and God. According to him, the Almighty, 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 use of administrative resources. Since the defendant himself lives in heaven, he was to be represented by the Orthodox Church. But the court dismissed Paul's claims on the grounds that God is not an object of law and is deprived of a place of residence.
15. In May 2004, an unusual hearing was held in Connecticut. A certain Hester Spesialski was accused of killing Neil Esosito. The prosecution argued that the man had been thrown out of the car that Hester was driving at the moment the vehicle lost control and crashed. In her defense, the defendant argued that she could not be behind the wheel, since she was in the passenger seat at the time of the accident, having oral sex with Esposito, who was driving the car. Although the man was found with his pants down, the prosecution considered that he could simply, while in the passenger seat, show his buttocks out the window or even urinate. As a result, the jury found Spesialski not guilty of the alleged inattentional murder. In case of proof of her guilt, she could go to jail for 25 years.
16. In 2003, at the Adelaide Magistrates' Court, Australia, a judge angrily said to the defendant: “You are a drug addict and you will die in a ditch, this is the way you have chosen. I don’t believe in this nonsense with social workers. her pain. You can decide who you are. Nothing prevents you from getting a job. We, seven million Australians, work, and fourteen million people like you sit at home and watch TV series, and at the same time injecting and smoking crack. I'm sick of you ripping us off like sticky. " At the end of the ardent speech, the judge added: "If you want to be a drug addict and die in a ditch, that's your business. Nobody cares if you are alive or what, but you will drive the woman who gave birth to you into the coffin, damn you." As a result, the woman was sentenced to prison, but it soon turned out that, according to the law, such a punishment for her actions was simply not provided. The verdict was quickly challenged on appeal. It is not for nothing that Themis is portrayed with a blindfold on his eyes - the judge's excessive emotionality led him to violate the law.
17. In the 19th century, it happened that judges judged themselves. So, in 1874, Francis Evans Cornish, acting magistrate in Winnipeg, Canada, considered the case of his own drunken appearance in a public place. An honest judge pleaded guilty to a $ 5 fine and ordered legal costs to be paid. True, he immediately ordered the following to be entered into the protocol: "Francis Evans Cornish! Considering that in the past you have behaved with integrity, the fine is canceled."
18. In 1980, an interesting decision was made in the UK Court of Appeals concerning the intimate life of citizens. Lord Justice Dunn, Lord Justice Ormrod, and Justice Arnold, in the case of the Basingstoke woman, decided that she had the right to ration her sexual relationship with her husband. The lady did not agree to make love to her husband more than once a week. After the announcement of such a verdict, curious journalists tried to interview the wives of all the judges who were examining this unusual case with comments.
19. One Chinese man went to court to name his son "@". However, this request was denied, since there is a law according to which children must have such names so that they can be translated into Mandarin Chinese.
20. In September 2004, Judge Patabendinge from Sri Lanka sentenced one man to a year in prison for contempt of court. A victim named Ajit was the defendant during the hearing, but stretched and yawned during the hearing, which was immediately noted by the judge. He was immediately furious and passed such a verdict.