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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

An injured NBA player, a shy bladder and three more strange lawsuits in the news

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Aching ACL

Many Chicago Bulls fans are none too happy about star point guard Derrick Rose’s continued absence from the basketball court—playoff heroics from backup guard Nate Robinson notwithstanding. But not everyone’s ire rises to the level of Illinois resident Matthew Thompson’s. Thompson is reportedly suing D-Rose for missing the entire 2012-2013 season with an ACL injury, even though team doctors cleared him to play last month.

Bladder Blues

An Iowa woman is suing a hospital that allegedly denied her a job because of excessive shyness. But it isn’t her personality that’s at issue—it’s her bladder. Jennifer Conner claims that she successfully interviewed for a job at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The job offer, however, was contingent on Conner passing a drug test.

Barney Brawl

“Barney and Friends” creator Sheryl Leach and her 27-year-old son Patrick aren’t a happy family, according to a lawsuit filed by Patrick Leach’s neighbor. Eric Shanks is suing the mother-son duo after Patrick allegedly shot him in the chest during an argument over a “trespassing issue.” The younger Leach is currently awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Toilet Trouble

A Virgin America passenger is suing the airline after crew members allegedly had him detained for not flushing a lavatory toilet. Flight attendants on a 2012 Philadelphia-to-San Francisco flight claim that Salvatore Bevivino refused to place drink orders through his seat’s touch screen, and instead directly pestered crew members to bring him drinks. After he had problems ordering a drink, the man allegedly went to the bathroom, “came back out with a smile on his face and began using profanities.” Another passenger reportedly saw that Bevivino had left the toilet unflushed. Federal agents detained Bevivino upon arrival in San Francisco.

Soap Scuffle

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