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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

“Poisoned” supermarket pizzas, a New Year’s possum drop and three more strange lawsuits in the news

Poisonous Pizzas

What toppings do you like on your pizza? Pepperoni? Veggies? Toxic carcinogens? A California woman says that the latter is an ingredient in Nestlé S.A.’s frozen pizza brands, and she’s suing the company for $5 million for allegedly “placing profits over public health.”

Erotic Exercises

A tough workout is enough to make almost anyone seriously uncomfortable, but one Dallas woman is suing her gym for personal training sessions that allegedly caused her psychological—not physical—distress.  Jamie Johnson claims that two separate personal trainers at LA Fitness forced her to do “sexually suggestive” exercises, and that one sent her an explicit text message.

Dangerous Dancing

Talk about having two left feet. A New York public relations executive is facing a lawsuit after his dance moves allegedly sent an unwilling partner to the hospital. Cassandra Elmi says that she was attending a party at a New York bar when James Monahan grabbed her while she was en route to the bathroom and forced her to dance with him. Then, in an attempt to dip her, she says, Monahan “slammed her head violently against the marble countertop.”

Racist Rabbit

A San Diego family is suing Disneyland after an allegedly racist park employee dressed as—what else?—the White Rabbit refused to interact with several of the children in their group. According to Annelia Black, the “Alice in Wonderland” character refused to hold her nephew’s hand, or let the boy hug him or sit on his lap. The rabbit then allegedly tried to pull his hand away from her nine-year-old son. The plaintiffs, who are black, claim that the costumed employee later gave hugs and kisses to Asian and Caucasian children.

Poor Possum

Every New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans gather to watch the famed Times Square Ball drop. And for the past several years, a (presumably smaller) number of people have gathered in the small town of Brasstown, N.C. to watch its annual Possum Drop, in which an opossum was suspended in a clear box, lowered to the ground at midnight and subsequently released.

Alanna Byrne

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