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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

A nose job gone terribly awry, a case of mistaken identity and three more strange lawsuits in the news

No Nose

A New York man hoping to reduce the size of his nose got more than he bargained for when he went in for plastic surgery. Vishal Thakkar sought out Tulsa, Okla. surgeon Angelo Cuzalina, who serves as president of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, for his first nose job in 2006. When the procedure allegedly left Thakkar with breathing problems, he returned for more than a dozen corrective surgeries over the next several years.

Mistaken Identity

Reduced Riches

Most people would be thrilled to appear on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires. But Prince Alwaleed bin Talel, a Saudi Arabian businessman, was evidently more offended than honored when the magazine ranked him as the planet’s 26th richest billionaire in its annual “Rich List.” The publication pegged Alwaleed’s fortune at $20 billion, but the prince argues that his real fortune is actually worth closer to $30 billion.

Botched Burial

A Michigan woman is suing a cemetery for a burial mistake that allegedly denied her parents the chance to rest in peace together. Following Alfred Phillips’ death in 1989, his wife Marion visited his plot—marked with a headstone reading “Together Forever”—until she passed away 12 years later and was buried in the same spot. For another 10 years, the couple’s family continued to visit the gravesite, until they discovered in 2011 that Alfred had not been laid to rest under the headstone, but in another family plot in the Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Dry Driver

When the police stopped Arizona resident Jessie Thornton for drunk driving late last year, they impounded his car, suspended his license and ordered him to take a class for drunken driving. The problem, Thornton says, is that he was completely sober at the time. Officers pulled Thornton over when he crossed a white lane marker and accused him of driving drunk because of his supposedly bloodshot eyes.

Alanna Byrne

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