5. He’s Not Allowed To Look Like Me
Some people in the world would give anything to look like an A-list celebrity.
However, Allen Hecklar wasn’t one of those people. He deserves a spot on the list for having one of the craziest court cases of all time. The general public often confused him for the basketball legend Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan won 6 championships and appeared in 14 NBA All-Star games during his incredible career.
Despite being eight years older and six inches shorter than Michael Jordan, Mr Hecklard was receiving overwhelming amounts of attention. He decided he would sue the NBA star as well as the co-founder of Michael Jordan’s sponsor, Nike. He demanded a whopping $832 million (£647 million).
The court dropped the case of this crazy civil court case when Mr Hecklard had no reasonable explanation for demanding such a massive pay-out.
4. The Advert Is A Lie!
In 1991, Richard Overton sued the brewery company for Budweiser. Mr Overton sued the company for $10,000 (£8,000) after claiming the company had falsely advertised a scene of attractive women and men enjoying themselves while drinking beer.
Mr Overton was disheartened when he took the first sip of his beer and a party didn’t suddenly commence like the ad showed. As you can probably imagine this strange civil court case didn’t last long as the judge didn’t hang around when dismissing this case.
2. Court Addict
Johnathan Lee Riches takes the crown for the most strange civil court case ever brought to court. He even appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most litigious person in history. Hilariously, Mr Riches even sued the Guinness Book of World Records for his feature. He has conducted over 4,000 lawsuits on almost everyone and everything from Britney Spears to the former planet, Pluto.
I’m sure it won’t even be too long until this blog is also on his hit-list!
Intentions around these strange civil court cases have been questioned for some time. The motive of this cases became less about the judicial system and more about the fame Mr Riches was receiving. Ironically, Mr Riches ended up being sued by the US Attorney’s Office in Kentucky and convicted for wasting judicial resources.