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The G.O.A.T. of Frivolous Lawsuits?

No one keeps records for bizarre, frivolous lawsuits. Why would they? Still, Jonathan Lee Riches must be in contention for the U.S., or even the world, record. His pride in being a serial litigant was seen in a dispute with Guinness World Records. After claiming (incorrectly) that Guinness was going to name him the world’s […]

Loco Lawsuits: God v. Chrissie Hynde

As noted in a prior post, sometimes litigants claim to be God. There’s one such lawsuit I didn’t mention in that post because it’s one of my favorites. And, once again, it’s from a Pennsylvania federal court.

“Joseph Mallon, God” filed 11 separate lawsuits in 1992. The defendants included Harvard Law School, the People of […]

Loco Lawsuits: Satan in Court

As noted in the last installment of Loco Lawsuits, incorporeality makes it difficult to haul deities into court. But, as one aphorism maintains, “Where there’s a will there’s a lawsuit.”

Adrian Moon, a California prison inmate, is well known to the Central Division of Califonia’s U.S. District Court. He’s filed plenty of challenges to his […]

The animal trials of the Middle Ages

In 1386, a large, diverse crowd gathered in the public square in Falaise, Normandy, France. They were there to witness the execution of a prisoner convicted of murder after mutilating the face and arms of a child. The prisoner wore a new suit of men’s clothes and even the hangman provided himself with a new […]

Loco Lawsuits: God in Court

Not surprisingly, one of the things taught first-year law students is how to actually get someone into court. Two of the most fundamental principles are that the court has to have jurisdiction over the defendant and the defendant has to be served with notice of the suit. These can be stumbling blocks when a deity, […]