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A picture can be worth—a thousand burns? Selena Edwards of Victorville, CA claimed that hot McDonald’s coffee spilled on her right hand, resulting in second-degree burns. However, after an investigation by state insurance officials, it was discovered that “the photos and medical documents Edwards provided to bolster her case came from the Internet.” Edwards now…

Lifetime Products, a California company that makes basketball hoops, has paid out more than $1.3 million in a class action lawsuit over the hoops’ “Made in the USA” label. The basis of the suit?  The company imported bolts and the net packaged with the hoop were apparently made in China. The suit was filed under…

Mexican fast-food chain Rubio’s sends employment-related, non-marketing text messages to its employees. When one of the restaurant’s former employees’ cell phone was lost, however, the number was “repossessed” and ascribed to a new user. The company was under the impression that it was texting an employee — but that didn’t stop the number’s new owner from…

In 2011, Gibson Guitar, an icon in American music, became the federal government’s victim. In what some have called an excessive and unwarranted raid, federal authorities descended on the Nashville manufacturer with guns drawn. “I got a call that Homeland Security was raiding our factory and at first I thought it was a joke. And it wasn’t a joke….

A plaintiff in a pending disability lawsuit being caught on video knocking over a large, historic boulder tops our list Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014. This list features the year’s ten most popular stories featured in our monthly polls. The Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014 are: Plaintiff in Pending Disability Lawsuit Topples…

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