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Judge Dismisses Starbucks Suit, Says Even Kids Would Get This

California man's case alleging misleading beverage sizes: done

(Newser) - If you don't assume that ordering an iced drink at Starbucks could include an ample amount of ice in that drink, and that said ice will count toward the stated liquid volume of that beverage—well, you're not smarter than a fifth-grader. That's basically the gist of... More »

1-Star Review for Overfed Betta Fish Nets $1M Lawsuit

Never fear, Gordy recovered; common sense, not so much

(Newser) - In what amounts to much ado about a Betta fish, Ars Technica picks up the case of a Texas couple who went on vacation last year, and did what many traveling pet owners do: They hired a pet-sitting service, a simple act that has now resulted in "numerous death... More »

Monks Don't Brew Leffe. A Man Is Suing Because of It

It's not exactly brewed in smaller quantities, as Henry Vazquez believed it to be

(Newser) - In the year 1240, Leffe came into being , brewed by Belgian monks at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe. The French Revolution put an end to the brewing in the 1790s, but the reestablishment of the abbey in 1929 was followed, 23 years later, by its restart, though no longer at... More »

Man Accused of Killing Ex Sues NYC Subway

Cops say he tried to kill himself, but he blames MTA

(Newser) - A man who was hit by a NYC subway train last October and lost both feet is suing the New York City Transit Authority—which may sound reasonable, except for the fact that prosecutors say he threw himself on the tracks in a suicide bid after stabbing a New Jersey... More »

Man Sues Actress for Staring at Him Through TV

Frivolous lawsuit takes advantage of lax new law in China

(Newser) - Zhao Wei, one of China's most famous actors, has an intense stare in her role as domineering matriarch in the TV show Tiger Mom. In fact, she's so intense that a viewer is now suing her, claiming he has suffered "spiritual damage" from the evil eye she'... More »

Court: Yes, Sizzling Skillet Is Hot; No, You Can't Sue

Patron sued when he got burned while praying over skillet

(Newser) - A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet. The ruling made public today upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed his lawsuit. The man claimed a waitress didn't warn him... More »

Baseball Fan Busted Napping Sues ESPN

Andrew Rector also suing Yankees, MLB, 2 announcers for defamation

(Newser) - There's no napping in baseball. When 26-year-old Yankees fan Andrew Rector fell asleep during a game against the Red Sox on April 13, an ESPN cameraman lingered on his snoozing face and two announcers launched into a diatribe that included the words "stupor, stupid, fatty, and unintelligent"—... More »

NY Man Sues for Every Penny on Earth

...and then some

(Newser) - Anton Purisima is a man who knows how to think big. The New Yorker has filed a 22-page handwritten suit in a Manhattan court for two undecillion dollars. The sum, written as two followed by thirty-six zeros, is likely a record for a demand in a lawsuit, the New York ... More »

Coach Sues Little Leaguer for $600K

But now says he'd drop the suit for an apology

(Newser) - A former California Little League coach is backpedaling after suing one of his players for more than half a million dollars. Alan Beck's suit claims that the 14-year-old "carelessly threw his helmet" while rounding the bases after a walk-off hit in March, KCRA reports. Beck says the helmet... More »

Pianist Faces Jail Over Incessant Practicing

Neighbor says it caused psychological damage

(Newser) - Spanish prosecutors want to send a young pianist to jail for more than seven years after a neighbor accused her of causing psychological damage and noise pollution. The plaintiff—identified only as Sonia B.—claims she suffered from noise contamination between 2003 and 2007 owing to the five-days-a-week, eight-hour... More »

How Smoking Ban Increases Bowling Shoes Lawsuits

Bowlers go outside to smoke, then fall; but New York state is on the case

(Newser) - It has to be the granddaddy of unintended effects of New York state's 10-year-old ban on indoor smoking: more lawsuits from clumsy bowlers. As the Albany Times-Union explains, bowling centers have seen a spike in lawsuits in recent years from bowlers who step outside for a smoke while wearing... More »

Faulkner Estate Sues Over Midnight in Paris Quote

Incredibly common quote said with attribution

(Newser) - Maybe you've heard William Faulkner's famous quote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Well, don't you dare repeat it. Because Faulkner Literary Rights, a company that owns the rights to many of the literary giant's works, is suing Sony Pictures... More »

Credit Cards Hit Clients With 'Robo-Signed' Lawsuits

Courts flooded with cases based on slim or falsified evidence

(Newser) - Looks like mortgage foreclosures aren't the only things banks "robo-signed." A glut of credit card lawsuits is revealing that card issuers have the same tendency to use shoddy, incomplete, or erroneous documents against clients, the New York Times reports. Companies like American Express, Citigroup, and Discover have... More »

Kanye, Kim Sued ... for al-Qaeda Ties

Entire Kardashian Klan involved, claims Jonathan Lee Riches

(Newser) - As if you didn't already have enough reasons to hate Kanye West and Kim Kardashian , now a man is suing them for alleged ties to al-Qaeda. Jonathan Lee Riches—who, you will certainly not be surprised to hear, holds the Guinness World Record for "World's Most Litigious... More »

Man Sues Hospital for Circumcising Him as Baby

Dean Cochrun only recently learned he had undergone procedure

(Newser) - A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.... More »

Woman, 83, Sues Apple After Walking Into Glass Door

Evelyn Paswall wants $1M

(Newser) - "Apple wants to be cool and modern" with its nifty glass front doors, says the indignant lawyer for an 83-year-old woman who was foiled by those very doors, "but they have to realize that the elderly generation are their customers, too." Evelyn Paswall, the octogenarian in question,... More »

NH Woman Plants Flowers, Gets Sued

Kimberly Bois battles her condo board

(Newser) - The grounds around Kimberly Bois' condo are filled with daisies, bearded irises, lavender, and hydrangeas … a piece of floral serenity that's getting Bois sued. The Atlantic Pointe condo association wants her to pull up the perennials, and since Oct. 24 has been fining her first $25 per day... More »

Jersey Shore Hit With 15th Lawsuit

Woman claims drunk cast members knocked her down

(Newser) - This has got to be some sort of record: Jersey Shore and its cast members have now racked up 15 lawsuits in two years. The latest, courtesy of Courthouse News Service : A woman celebrating her niece's birthday at a bar in Seaside Heights, NJ, claims that drunk Jersey Shore... More »

Actress Suing IMDb Over Age Must Reveal Her Name

'Jane Doe' must re-file suit under real name or drop case

(Newser) - A bizarre celebrity lawsuit takes an amusing twist. The actress suing Amazon.com for $1 million because the Internet Movie Database, which Amazon owns, revealed her real age, must reveal something of her own: her name. The Hollywood Reporter explains that a US District Court judge yesterday ruled that "... More »

Transgender Woman Sues Khloe Kardashian

Claims reality star beat her up at club in 2009

(Newser) - Khloe Kardashian's shining moment as the reasonable Kardashian might have hit an abrupt end: Seems Kim and Kourtney's kid sister is being sued by a transgender woman who claims Khloe started a catfight at a club in 2009, reports TMZ . Chantal Spears, also known as Ronald Spears, says... More »

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