December 21, 2015

Lawsuit on Behalf of Monkey Tops Poll of Year’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An animal rights group suing on behalf of a monkey for the copyright ownership of his “selfies” tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the “Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015,” announced today. Along with the list, ILR also released a highlight video spotlighting each of these outrageous lawsuits.

“These stories will make you laugh, but sadly, frivolous lawsuits are all too common,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “As a society we’re too quick to sue, and issues that could be settled outside of the courtroom result in expensive and unnecessary litigation and wasted time.”

The Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015 are the year’s ten most popular stories featured in monthly polls on – ILR’s public awareness campaign created to highlight absurd and ridiculous lawsuits against businesses, families, and communities across America.

The “Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015” are:

  1. Animal Rights Group Sues on Behalf of Monkey for Ownership of “Selfies” 
  2. Armed Bank Robber in California is Suing Over Injuries Incurred While Fleeing the Scene
  3. 8-year-old New York Boy is Sued by His Aunt for a “Careless” Hug 
  4. Pennsylvania Nursing Student Fails a Course Twice and Sues the School for Not Helping With Anxiety
  5. Two New York Women File $40 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Like, Five or Six Scratches’ They Received From a Gas Explosion Blocks Away 
  6. Colorado Inmate is Suing the NFL for $88 Billion Over the 2015 Cowboy’s Playoff Loss 
  7. Florida Woman is Suing FedEx for Tripping Over a Package Left at Her Doorstep 
  8. An Officer in North Carolina is Suing Starbucks for $750,000 Over Hot Coffee
  9. Missouri Woman is Claiming Injury From a Flying Dinner Roll
  10. California Woman Allegedly Fakes Coffee Burns and Then Sues McDonald’s


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 local levels.

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 industry associations.

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