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Never a shortage of ridiculous lawsuits in U.S. courts

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 15, 2013

After his 12-year-old son — yes, 12 — was sued last year by a woman who got conked by the boy's errant throw at a Little League baseball game, Bob Migliaccio of Asbury Park, N.J., told his local newspaper he wasn't shocked because “people sue every day.” Do they ever.

Like the inmate in a Michigan prison who sued that state's corrections department claiming he had been denied toothpaste, resulting in him losing a tooth. The man only had five of his adult teeth when he was locked up in the first place.

Or like the woman in Nassau County, N.Y., who had an affair with a police officer and then threatened to sue the county and the police department for $10 million — because they didn't keep the officer from visiting her while on duty. As a result of this alleged dereliction, “claimant has suffered and sustained severe and substantial emotional damages,” the notice of claim said.

We're not making this stuff up. Indeed the website provides a month-by-month breakdown of some of the most incredible lawsuits filed around the country. The site is a product of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, which recently announced its 10 most ridiculous suits from 2012. Topping the list: a lawsuit by a driver in Florida who pleaded guilty to DUI in a fatal accident, then sued a victim.

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