20 Strange & Fascinating Lawsuits You Never Knew About


11Juraj Herz

Juraj Herz

Slovak filmmaker Juraj Herz wanted to sue Steven Spielberg for Schindler's List but he couldn't come up with the money to fund it. According to him, the scene where a group of women confuses a shower for a gas chamber was taken directly from his own The Night Overtake Me (1986) shot for shot.

12Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

In 1998, a group of cattle ranchers sued Oprah Winfrey after she made disparaging comments about beef. About 13 states in USA have food libel laws which allow companies to sue people who speak badly about their food.

13Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

American actress Lindsay Lohan attempted to sue Rockstar Games stating the character Lacey Jones in GTA 5 was based on her.

14Robert Lee Brock

Robert Lee Brock

In 1995, an inmate named Robert Lee Brock tried to sue himself for $5 million because he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He then asked the state to pay because he had no income in jail.



Two boys tried to sue Nintendo in 1999 alleging that Pokémon caused their gambling addictions.

16Ben Edelman

Ben Edelman

In 2014, a Harvard business school professor named Ben Edelman in Boston threatened to sue a Chinese restauran



In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to sue farmers who tested their cattle for Mad Cow Disease on the grounds that it "might create the false impression that beef that is not tested is unsafe."

18Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp

In 2003, Creed fans sued the band over their notoriously poor performance during which frontman Scott Stapp allegedly appeared drunk, had trouble singing and passed out. The suit asked the band to refund ticket and parking costs for all 15,000 fans who attended, at a cost of about $2 million.

19Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison

A former employer of dating website Ashley Madison tried to sue the company because she hurt her wrists and forearms typing up 1,000 “fake female profiles” for their site over a few weeks for a new Portuguese-language version of the site.

20Troy Walker

Troy Walker

A guy named Troy Walker once tried to sue SpongeBob creators for $1.6 billion for copyright infringement of a character from a 1991 comic strip Bob Spongee, the Unemployed Sponge.