6 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

An early morning wake-up call, an offensive phone book listing and four more strange lawsuits in the news

Aggravating Alarm

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man stressed out, cranky and litigious? That’s apparently the case for one disgruntled vacationer, who is suing a cruise line for subjecting him to an early morning wake-up call. According to David Bookbinder, he and his 86-year-old brother were on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise, when the ship’s staff told passengers they would have to be ready by 5 a.m. one morning so they could clear immigration prior to docking in Israel’s Eilat port.

Misleading Met?

It’s no secret that New York is an expensive city. But one attraction that locals and tourists alike can enjoy for free is the Metropolitan Museum of Art—if they read the fine print, that is. Two museum members, Theodore Grunewald and Patricia Nicholson, are suing the famed institution, claiming that it has tricked millions of visitors into paying admission fees, even though entry is free five days a week.

Roadkill Restaurant

Few words in the English language are more unappetizing than “animal carcass removal.” So when restaurant owner Hunter Lacey saw that a phone book company had listed his establishment, Bar 3 Bar-B-Q, in that section, he was understandably upset.

Miffed Manager

“Giving birth” is not part of your typical job description, but one New York woman is suing her supervisors for allegedly forcing her to deliver her baby while on the clock. Tara Tan, who worked as a manager at New York’s The Standard Hotel for four years, says that her bosses denied her maternity leave, regularly forced her to work 80 hours a week and berated her for her age and weight.

Fairway Fracas

It’s raining golf balls for one Montana couple, who sued a local country club after one too many balls landed on their lawn. Robert and Katherine Brady, who own a house along Hamilton Golf Club’s 18th fairway, say that their yard was pelted by nearly 1,300 golf balls in one season. They sued the club and Ravalli County, Mo. for trespass, nuisance and breach of duty, arguing that the course’s layout virtually guarantees that errant balls will land on nearby properties.

Not Natural?

Goldfish crackers may be the snack that smiles back, but it’s a safe bet that maker Pepperidge Farm isn’t too happy about a new lawsuit over its claims that the snack food is all natural. Colorado resident Sonya Bolerjack is suing the company for $5 million, claiming that it advertises the cheddar-flavored crackers as “natural,” even though they contain genetically engineered soybeans.

Alanna Byrne

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