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Some lawsuits are tragic, egregious or just plain silly--you be the judge!

A multiple-choice quiz by sally0malley. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
sally0malley
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
368,847
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Teunis Tenbrook, a philosophy student, sued Erasmus University in the Netherlands for expelling him. In 2009, he won his case and was permitted to return. What was the odious reason for his expulsion? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 2005, Marina Bai sued NASA for allegedly "disrupting the balance of the universe." At the time, NASA had just fired the Deep Impact space probe into the comet Tempel 1. Bai claimed that her business was adversely affected as a result. What was her profession? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Queen Elizabeth II sued the UK newspaper "The Sun" for breach of copyright twice.


Question 4 of 10
4. Who tossed a hotdog into the crowd at a Kansas City Royals game resulting in a spectator getting hit in the eye and an ensuing lawsuit? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. An Illinois woman sued the estate of a man killed by a train, claiming the man's flying body parts hit her and caused injuries.


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1964, Gloria Sykes was injured after the cable car she was riding on malfunctioned and careened down a hill. She filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the city claiming the accident triggered a "demonic sex urge" in her and trauma led to her developing nymphomania. Her attorneys successfully argued that she had developed a bizarre form of which mental disorder? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What was the subject of the 1996 Kellogg vs Exxon lawsuit? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After denying her claim for damages resulting from an explosion Judy Rodrigo entered a six year legal battle with State Farm Insurance. What did she claim was the cause of the explosion? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Who did Robert Lee Brock, an inmate in the Indian Creek Correctional Center, sue for violating his religious beliefs? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In 2009 Jonathan Lee Riches, known for filing over 4000 suits in U.S. District courts, sought an injunction against "The Guinness Book of Records", seeking to stop them from naming him as the most litigious individual in the history of mankind.



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1. Teunis Tenbrook, a philosophy student, sued Erasmus University in the Netherlands for expelling him. In 2009, he won his case and was permitted to return. What was the odious reason for his expulsion?

Answer: smelly feet

Tenbrook's professors and fellow students said it was impossible to concentrate due to the odor. A judge ruled that having smelly feet is no excuse to prevent a student from continuing his studies. Upon delivering his verdict the judge stated, "Our considered opinion is that the professors and other students will just have to hold their noses and bear it."
2. In 2005, Marina Bai sued NASA for allegedly "disrupting the balance of the universe." At the time, NASA had just fired the Deep Impact space probe into the comet Tempel 1. Bai claimed that her business was adversely affected as a result. What was her profession?

Answer: astrologist

Bai sued for damages and "moral sufferings" alleging that the comet and "the natural balance of forces in the universe" would never be the same thus affecting her astrology business. She sued for over $300 million, which was roughly the same as the space mission's total budget, but her case was eventually rejected after a physicist argued that the probe had no real effect on the comet's trajectory.
3. Queen Elizabeth II sued the UK newspaper "The Sun" for breach of copyright twice.

Answer: True

The first time was in 1988, when the paper published a stolen photograph showing Sarah, Duchess of York and her daughter, Princess Beatrice, which the royal family had planned to use on their Christmas card that year. The second time was in 1993 when the paper published a leaked text of the Queen's Christmas broadcast. Both times out-of-court settlements were reached and payment was given to charity.
4. Who tossed a hotdog into the crowd at a Kansas City Royals game resulting in a spectator getting hit in the eye and an ensuing lawsuit?

Answer: Sluggerrr the Team's mascot

Apparently Sluggerrr is well-named! John Coomer sustained a detached retina from the hotdog hit requiring surgery. The defense argued the hotdog toss is a usual practice at the Royals games and the risk is the same as getting hit with a ball! Originally the jury ruled against Coomer and the Missouri Appellate Court later reversed the decision.

As of 2013, Sluggerrr and his counsel were considering an appeal.
5. An Illinois woman sued the estate of a man killed by a train, claiming the man's flying body parts hit her and caused injuries.

Answer: True

The case stems from a horrific accident in 2008, when a train traveling more than 70 mph struck and killed an 18-year-old man, Hiroyuki Joho, who was running across the tracks.

At the trial his mother maintained that he did not know the approaching train was a high-speed train. The impact flung the man's body about 100 feet, and flying body parts knocked Gayane Zokhrabov, then 58, to the ground. She hurt her shoulder, and broke her leg and wrist.

A lower court dismissed the suit, finding Joho could not have anticipated the woman's injuries. But an Illinois appeals court disagreed, and said "it was reasonably foreseeable" that a train accident could send Joho's flying body parts into crowds of waiting passengers.
6. In 1964, Gloria Sykes was injured after the cable car she was riding on malfunctioned and careened down a hill. She filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the city claiming the accident triggered a "demonic sex urge" in her and trauma led to her developing nymphomania. Her attorneys successfully argued that she had developed a bizarre form of which mental disorder?

Answer: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The case made headlines in the Bay Area when it went to court and many called it one of the most egregious abuses of the legal system in history. After Sykes' attorneys successfully argued that she had developed a bizarre form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder she was awarded $50,000 in damages.
7. What was the subject of the 1996 Kellogg vs Exxon lawsuit?

Answer: trademark infringement

Kellogg sued Exxon Mobile, claiming that the Exxon tiger looked too similar to Kellogg's Frosted Flakes spokesperson "Tony the Tiger". Both tigers had been emblematic of their respective brands for more than 30 years. Kellogg argued against Exxon's use of the tiger in relation to food products inside the "Tiger Mart" convenience stores claiming that children might mistake Exxon's tiger for their beloved "Tony the Tiger".

In the end, the court ruled that Exxon did not violate Kellogg's trademark. Kellogg later appealed and the court again ruled in favor of Exxon, citing the oil giant consistently used the tiger cartoon images in its marketing materials for more than 32 years.
8. After denying her claim for damages resulting from an explosion Judy Rodrigo entered a six year legal battle with State Farm Insurance. What did she claim was the cause of the explosion?

Answer: a neighbor's decomposing body

Apparently, bodily fluids from the decomposed body of a neighbor leaked into Judy Rodrigo's condo and she characterized the damage as an "explosion". Rodrigo lost her suit against State Farm when Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal sided with State Farm and ruled, for insurance purposes, a decomposing body was not an insurable explosion.

Prior to the trial State Farm did offer Rodrigo a settlement payment but she refused it.
9. Who did Robert Lee Brock, an inmate in the Indian Creek Correctional Center, sue for violating his religious beliefs?

Answer: himself

Brock claimed that his crime was committed while he was under the influence of alcohol which was a violation of his religious beliefs. He sued himself for $5 million but to make matters worse, he claimed that the state should pay as he was behind bars and without an income.

The case was deemed "innovative" but dismissed!
10. In 2009 Jonathan Lee Riches, known for filing over 4000 suits in U.S. District courts, sought an injunction against "The Guinness Book of Records", seeking to stop them from naming him as the most litigious individual in the history of mankind.

Answer: True

Riches has earned the nicknames "Johnny Sue-Nami", "the Litigator Crusader" and "the Patrick Ewing of Suing".

Targets of his over 4,000 lawsuits have included George W Bush, the Somali pirates, NASCAR, NFL quarterback Michael Vick, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Martha Stewart, and Steve Jobs.

Riches has even attempted to sue historical figures such as Plato, Nostradamus, and Che Guevara, as well as inanimate objects including the Eiffel Tower, the Lincoln Memorial, and Plymouth Rock.
Source: Author sally0malley

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