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6 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

A grandma loses her parking spot, a bachelor party turns violent and four more strange lawsuits in the news

Perilous Pole

It wasn’t cold feet that cast a pall over Patrick Gallagher’s nuptials—but rather a ruptured bladder. In November 2010, the Lansdale, Pa. resident was celebrating his bachelor party at the Penthouse Club, a gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia. As part of his “Bachelor’s Package,” the club’s dancers allegedly invited him onstage and told him to lie on his back underneath a stripper pole. From there things went badly awry, when a dancer climbed the pole, and reportedly “from a great height…launched herself down onto [Gallagher’s] abdomen.”

Prized Poodles

Falling Fan

It’s raining basketball fans in Oklahoma City, according to one Tulsa resident and OKC Thunder supporter who allegedly suffered injuries when a fellow spectator fell on him during a game. According to David Jones, he was attending the Thunder’s preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 12, when “an individual from the balcony level above…fell out of the balcony on to the plaintiff, causing him injuries.”

Cake Conundrum

Two Pennsylvania women are suing a state representative after a local cake-baking competition didn’t end as sweetly as they’d hoped. Last month, LaShae Robinson won $100 for her homemade pineapple upside down cake at a competition hosted by Rep. Jake Wheatley in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The problem, according to Robinson and her mother, is that fliers for the contest had advertised a $200 prize.

Parking Problem

New Yorkers take their parking spots seriously, as exemplified in the case of one 93-year-old grandmother, who is suing her co-op for allegedly ousting her from her spot of more than 30 years. Virginia Rubino says she housed her sea-foam green 1967 Cadillac Coupe convertible in the Seward Park Housing Corp.’s parking garage from 1987 until May of this year, when her son, Richard, took the car for repairs. When Richard tried to return the car, he found that the co-op had given the spot to someone else. According to the co-op’s management, the building removed the vehicle because it had not been moved for two years and because its license and registration were expired.

Harvard Hoopla

Most parents would be thrilled if their children attended any elite college, but evidently not Gerald and Lily Chow. The Hong Kong couple filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an education consultant who allegedly falsely promised to get their sons admitted to Harvard University. The Chows paid consultant Michael Zimny and his company IvyAdmit $2.2 million over two years, after he reportedly told them that his tutoring services and well-placed connections would earn their children a spot at the elite school.

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