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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

Garth Brooks turns down “Twister,” Hooters fires a waitress over her hair, and three more strange lawsuits in the news

Freaky Fast

Jimmy John’s is known for touting its “freaky fast delivery,” but that claim could land the company in hot water following a ruling by an Illinois appeals court. Robert Reynolds sued the company and one of its franchises, claiming he broke his leg after a Jimmy John’s driver failed to yield to traffic and crashed into his motorcycle.

Wig Woes

As if we needed more proof that Hooters cares more about its employees’ looks than their brains, a former waitress is suing the restaurant chain for allegedly firing her after she had her head shaved for a craniotomy. In July 2012, Sandra Lupo got a buzz cut when surgeons had to remove a large mass from her brain.

Singed Suspect

A Pennsylvania trooper will have to face charges from a man who caught fire after being tasered during a traffic stop. In August 2008, troopers Justin LeMaire and Peter Burghart pursued plaintiff Allen Brown after they saw him driving an unlicensed scooter—sans license plates or helmet—down the Schuylkill Expressway. The chase ended with Brown falling off his scooter, which began leaking gas onto him.

Blasphemous Beverages

A former Louisiana assistant football coach is suing his one-time employer for allegedly firing him after he bought a daiquiri shop. Michael Gardner says that he alerted the principal of his Baton Rouge, La., high school that he intended to purchase Twisted Daiquiris. He even offered to donate proceeds from the store to Central High School’s athletic department, according to his lawsuit.

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetsen

Garth’s Goofs

Garth Brooks is a successful country singer, but it’s his acting aspirations that are landing him in legal trouble with his ex-business partner. Lisa Sanderson, who worked with Brooks at Red Strokes Entertainment starting in 1994, is suing the star for $425,000, claiming that his poor business decisions cost the company millions of dollars.

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