6 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

The following lawsuits exemplify the lighter, and sometimes bizarre, side of the legal world.

Salt Snafu

Talk about pouring salt in a wound. A Grand Blanc, Mich. woman is suing Wal-Mart and Morton Salt after suffering an injury allegedly caused by a defective bag of salt. Judith Custer says she was shopping for a 40-pound bag of Morton salt rust-remover pellets at a local Wal-Mart when the bag’s handle snapped, causing her to hit herself in the right eye. As a result, she claims she suffered injuries including temporary loss of vision, a possible retinal tear and detachment and a partial vitreous detachment.

Sammy Squabble

At first, it sounds like a sad but standard story about a pair of exes waging a bitter custody battle. But Scott Smith and Anna Camara aren’t fighting over a child—they’re fighting over custody of their dog’s website.

Airport Anguish

Faulty Fluids

A novelty beverage maker is suing several packaging companies, claiming that their errors rendered its popular products unfit even for the undead. Harcos Labs says that its Blood and Zombie Blood drinks, red and green fluids packaged in IV bags, initially “met with a phenomenal success” and “virtually flew off the shelves at such retailers at Hot Topic.” But in August 2010, customers began to complain that Zombie Blood tasted like yogurt and that Blood pouches smelled bad and spontaneously exploded.

Restaurant Row

In 2003, restaurant reviewer Matthew Evans fumed over the $50 entrees at a Sydney, Australia eatery. Little did he know that his publisher, John Fairfax Publications, could eventually shell out out much more than that in a subsequent defamation suit with the restaurant.

Banned Beer

First came “Five Wives” vodka. Now a Maryland brewery has landed in hot water for its purportedly offensive beer labels. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Flying Dog Brewery introduced a Belgian beer called “Raging Bitch,” advertising the brew as “Two inflammatory words…one wild drink.” It sold the beer in 27 states, but ran into some trouble in Michigan when the state’s Liquor Control Commission (LCC) initially refused to license the beverage, saying that the label was degrading to women and “detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public.”

Alanna Byrne

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