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September 30, 2010

September Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Poll — The Suing the Victim Edition

Some ridiculous lawsuits are funny.  Others are anything but.

After a fight with her boyfriend, a teenage girl sent him several text messages, including ones that said “Good bye … My last words …” and “If I won. I would have you. And I wouldn’t crash my car.”  She then proceeded to drive her car into oncoming traffic at 85 mph, killing a 35-year-old pregnant woman and the woman’s 13-year-old son.

The teenage girl, on the other hand, survived – and is now suing the estate of the woman she killed and the construction company which built the overpass where the collision occurred. Yes, you read that correctly: a girl driving 85 mph into oncoming traffic with the intent of causing a fatal accident is suing the family of her victims.  According to her lawsuit, she’s seeking unspecified damages since she’s dealing with permanent injuries, mental pain and suffering, a loss of income, and past, present and future medical expenses.

While this experience was doubtless very traumatic for her, it’s nothing compared to the husband of her victims, who not only has to deal with the tragedy of losing his family but is now listed in her lawsuit as the representative of his wife’s estate.  Completely reprehensible doesn’t even begin to describe her actions.

This lawsuit is one of the candidates for this month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Poll.  The four other – less tragic – nominees are:

  • Man in property dispute sues for $38 quadrillion, despite only $24 trillion in circulation worldwide
  • Addicted gamer who is “unable to function” sues video game maker
  • Facebook sued for allowing minors to “like” content without parental permission
  • “Anti-feminist” lawyer sues nightclubs for gender discrimination on “Ladies’ Nights”

Go to FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org and cast your vote today. And while you’re at it, check out last month’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit winner: Burglar sues men who captured him, claiming rough citizen’s arrest.

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