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January 12, 2011

Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month Poll — The Wild Card Weekend Edition

This past weekend brought us one of the most unexpected football victories in recent playoff memory as the Seattle Seahawks knocked off the defending champs, as well as a thrilling last second victory by the New York Jets. Granted, the Jets and Seahawks are still long shots to make it to the Super Bowl, and that might be a good thing considering what happened the last time the teams squared off.

Flashback to 2008: the New York Jets had just lost their season finale to the Seahawks in snowy Seattle. As the Jets players were walking off the field, the Seahawks fans met them with a barrage of snowballs (nobody was injured; luckily the game wasn’t in Philadelphia). Jets player Shaun Ellis was in no mood for that, so he grabbed a chunk of snow and tossed it in the crowd. An innocent snowball fight – no harm, no foul, right?

Not according to Seattle fan Robert Larson. Larson is now suing Ellis, after realizing (two years after the fact) that he “suffered physical injury, humiliation, mental distress, pain and wage loss from the incident.” Larson is also claiming he was targeted by Ellis because he was waving a pro-Seahawks sign.

Ah, but check out the video embedded in the article. Keep an eye on the only fan with a sign (Larson, presumably). He absorbs the snowball thrown by Ellis like an all-pro, and then starts celebrating with it like he won the Heisman. He looks very humiliated indeed!

So is this the most ridiculous lawsuit of the month? Or is one of these more deserving of the title?

–Man illegally brings gun into bar, gets injured in a fight, then sues bar for not searching him for a weapon 
–Mother sues McDonald’s claiming Happy Meals’ toys act as ‘bait’ to get children to eat unhealthy food 
–Woman sues restaurant over toilet paper dispenser which allegedly broke her hand
–Teenage boy accused of brutally beating girl sues over education he’s receiving in jail

Cast your vote at FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org.

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