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September 10, 2010

September Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Poll — The ‘All the Tea in China’ Edition

Not content with merely suing for all the tea in China, a Las Vegas man recently brought a lawsuit against a law firm for $38 quadrillion dollars.  For those keeping score, only $24 trillion is in current circulation … not just in the U.S. but in the entire world.  So, regardless of the merits of the case, one plaintiff in this month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Poll is literally suing for more than all the money in the world.  

But let’s quickly take a look at the lawsuit itself.

Not content with merely suing for all the tea in China, a Las Vegas man recently brought a lawsuit against a law firm for $38 quadrillion dollars.  For those keeping score, only $24 trillion is in current circulation … not just in the U.S. but in the entire world.  So, regardless of the merits of the case, one plaintiff in this month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Poll is literally suing for more than all the money in the world.  

But let’s quickly take a look at the lawsuit itself. 

The plaintiff was a consultant with a minor contractual dispute with a mining company, which had defaulted on a loan and was being sold by a capitol property group.  But before it could be sold, the plaintiff put a lien on the property for back payment of 16 months of consulting work.  The amount of the lien?  A cool $918 billion.  

How did he get to that number?  The Daily Herald reports that the plaintiff “said the property has been valued $36 billion and asked for 12.5 percent of that value, $4.5 billion. He also asked for additional compensatory damages of four times that amount and punitive damages of 200 times the amount, which added up to $918 billion.”  But when the capitol property group filed a lawsuit to remove the lien, the plaintiff then “filed a second complaint for $38 quadrillion, having multiplied the $918 billion complaint by 204 two times.”

The perplexing math in this lawsuit might make it the most ridiculous of the month.  But before voting, check out the other nominees:

  • An addicted video game player sues a game maker for his inability to function in the real world;
  • A lawsuit in California wants to prohibit minors from “liking” any Facebook pages, pictures, comments or ads without parental approval;
  • An upset teenager who intentionally crashed her car into oncoming traffic in a suicide attempt sues the estate of the pregnant woman whom she killed;
  • A self-proclaimed “anti-feminist lawyer” sues nightclubs for violating his civil rights by charging men more than women on “ladies nights.”

Go to FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org and cast your vote before the month is up.  And while you’re there, check out last month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit winner: the burglar who sued the men who captured him, claiming a rough citizen’s arrest.

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