SUE FOR INSURANCE BENEFITS AFTER BEING DENIED COVERAGE FOR DAMAGES THEY CAUSED TO NEIGHBORING BUILDING
Michigan men set an arson fire in their store with the hope of collecting insurance money. They admitted that they
intended to simply have a small, smokey fire that would damage their inventory, which apparently wasn\'t selling
very well, so they could collect on their insurance policy. However, when the fire spilled over into the adjoining
store, the men sued the insurance company. They argued that they set the fire in their own store, but that the fire
next door was accidental and therefore they should receive coverage for the damage to the other building. A panel of
the state Court of Appeals amazingly reversed the trial court\'s decision to dismiss this ridiculous case, but the
Michigan Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, eventually reversed the Court of Appeals and ruled that the fire
\"cannot be characterized as an accident.\"
DRUNKEN PARTIER SUES POLICE
FOR NOT ARRESTING HER
After a police
officer decided not to take an intoxicated woman into custody, she sued him. She admitted that she could not
remember most of the events that night, only that she was too drunk to drive (she also admitted that she was too
drunk to rely on any promises possibly made by the officer). This case was dismissed by a lower court, and the
Appeals Court agreed, ruling that the police officer had no duty to place her in protective custody.
BLAMES STATE FOR HIS
FLATULENCE, THEN SUES
According to a Michigan Assistant Attorney General testifying before
the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee, frivolous prisoner lawsuits are overburdening state and federal courts. In
Case No. 9650302, a prisoner sued the state blaming the food in prison for his flatulence problem. The Attorney
General\'s Office estimates the annual cost of defending the state against frivolous prisoner lawsuits to be
several million dollars, all paid for by the state taxpayer.
SPILLED COFFEE LEADS TO LAWSUIT AGAINST POPULAR
MICHIGAN TRAVEL STOP
Oasis Truck Stop, a popular travel stop located at the intersection of M59 and US23 in
Hartland, was sued by a customer who spilled coffee on herself. The makers of the coffee machine and coffee mug were
also sued. The customer\'s lawyer claimed the coffee was too hot, yet the temperature of the coffee was shown to
be exactly what it should have been according to accepted industry standards. Amazingly, a panel of \"objective\"
mediators appointed by the court suggested a settlement that would have rewarded the customer with $62,500. Later, a
jury found the defendants not guilty of any negligence and awarded zero dollars, but only after considerable cost to
WOMAN SUES CHILD AFTER ICE SKATING COLLISION
A 12 year old girl was skating at a public ice
rink in Berkley, Michigan when she ran into another skater and knocked her down causing a knee injury to the fallen
skater. The injured woman sued the girl. The trial court dismissed the case saying that the child\'s manner was
not reckless. The trial court stated that the accident occurred during an open skating session at the ice rink and
that there are certain risks that must be assumed by participants in recreational activities, especially on ice
which is in itself dangerous because of its slippery and hard nature. Sadly, a panel of the Court of Appeals
reversed the trial court decision and allowed the case to go to trial. Fortunately for the girl and her family, the
Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals stating that \"When one combines the nature of ice with the relative
proximity of skaters of various abilities, a degree of risk is readily apparent...\"
\"THIS DUST IS TRESPASSING!\"
A Michigan couple sued the owners of a nearby business claiming that dust,
noise and vibrations invaded their property and therefore were trespassing. A jury actually found in their favor,
but a Court of Appeals panel overturned the jury\'s verdict. The Appeals court stated that noise, vibrations and
dust are intangible objects and can not be considered as trespassers.
HOMEOWNERS SUED BY CLEANING LADY WHO
MISTAKES FIRECRACKER FOR A CANDLE
A woman from Grand Haven, Michigan filed a lawsuit for more than $25,000 after
she was injured by a firecracker she took from a condominium that she had cleaned. While dining later with friends
at a restaurant, the woman lit the firecracker claiming that she mistakenly thought it was a decorative candle. The
explosion resulted in severe injuries to the woman. She sued the owners of the condo for leaving the firecracker
behind without a warning on it. The condo owners said that they had placed the device, which looks like a \"huge
firecracker,\" in a cupboard to keep it away from the children after someone left it at their house after a
BOWLER\'S LAWSUIT IS A REAL TURKEY
A woman sued a bowling alley claiming she slipped and fell on an
icy pothole which resulted in a disc herniation. She claimed no previous back problems, but her medical records
showed numerous lower back problems over the past 10 years, and she was diagnosed with lumbar radiculitis the
previous year. Bowling alley league records proved that she completed the remaining 14 WEEKS of the season after the
alleged fall. In addition, a meteorologist testified that weather conditions for that day could not have formed ice.
A jury determined that the bowling alley was not at fault.
COLLEGE STUDENT INJURED BY
JOCK SUES THE COLLEGE
A college student who was attacked by a student-athlete sued the dean of judicial affairs for negligence. The
student-athlete had previously attacked two other people and, because of this, the victim claimed that the dean
should have known of the athlete\'s violent tendencies. The Appeals Court ruled that the trial court was correct
in dismissing the case because there is no existing special relationship between athletes on scholarship and an
associate dean of student judicial affairs. The Court stated that the defendant was entitled to costs and attorney
fees since the victim\'s lawsuit was \"vexatious and without any reasonable basis for a belief in its
PASSENGER ON CITY BUS TRIES TO
CASH IN AFTER MINOR ACCIDENT
In Detroit, a passenger on a city bus
sued when the bus was rear-ended by a van, causing only a cracked taillight and split hose. The woman claimed she
was thrown about the bus and injured. However, the bus driver testified that the air brakes where on and that the
passengers boarding the bus did not move at the time of the collision. A Wayne County Circuit Court jury found no
BASKETBALL PLAYER TRIPS ON
ROCKS, SUES HOMEOWNER
During a pickup basketball game, a man tripped and
fell over decorative rocks along a driveway where the basketball net was located. He then sued the homeowner. The
injured man\'s friend testified that he had not only noticed the rocks but also pointed them out. The man denied
seeing the rocks but admitted that if he had looked up he would have seen them. The trial court judge found that the
property owner was not at fault since the rocks were open and obvious. The Court of Appeals agreed.
WHEELCHAIR ROLLS INTO PARKING GATE, BUT HER LAWSUIT GETS WHEELED
OUT OF COURT
While an employee of Hutzel Hospital
was being pushed in a wheelchair through an entrance ramp that was not intended to be used by people in wheelchairs,
she was struck in the head by a parking gate. The woman sued the makers of the gate for causing her closed head
injuries and shoulder and neck pains. Other employees of the hospital stated that the ramp was not meant for
wheelchairs and that there was a walkway next to the parking lot that accommodated wheelchairs. The jury found the
maker of the gate not to be at fault.
TRESPASSER TRIPPED UP IN COURT
When a man let his two dogs out of his
house, they began chasing something and ran across neighbor\'s property. When the dog owner chased his dogs over
the neighbor\'s property, he injured himself when he stepped into a snow-covered fence post hole and fell. He sued
the property owner for negligence. The Appeals Court agreed with the lower court\'s decision to dismiss the case
saying that since the man was trespassing, the owner of the property was not required to make sure his property was
safe from people falling in the snow-covered hole.
SWINGSET MANUFACTURER SUED
AFTER 20-YEAR OLD SWING
A six year-old plaintiff was awarded nothing from an Oakland County jury for his lawsuit against a swing
manufacturer that he alleged had a faulty design. The child allegedly fell off a swing at a public park because the
seat was wobbly and loose. However the manufacturer testified that the swing was over twenty years old and that it
had been altered, in particular the lock washers that kept the seat stable were missing.