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Loco Lawsuits: Untrustworthy Hostages

Audaciousness can occasionally be part of a criminal’s arsenal. Yet Jesse Dimmick’s brassiest act may have come while already serving a sentence for kidnapping.

Dimmick, a Denver area native, was one of two men sought in connection with a September 7, 2009, homicide in Aurora, Colo. Authorities arrested the other man but Dimmick remained at […]

Loco Lawsuits: Quit Creating Fantasies

Appealing to consumer emotion is part and parcel of advertising in America. Even back in 1962, Don Draper was saying, “You, feeling something — that’s what sells.” But some television ads can create adverse reactions. That seems to have been the case when a Michigan man sued Anheuser-Busch in 1991.

Richard Overton claimed that some […]

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 […]