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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

Amelia Earhart's plane, a controversial advice column and three more lawsuits in the news

Successful Search?

The 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the world’s great unresolved mysteries. Now, a new lawsuit alleges that the mystery was actually solved years ago, but the answer was then kept secret for monetary reasons.

Slip & Scald

In a case that gives a whole new meaning to the term “freezer burn,” a Long John Silver’s employee is suing the restaurant after allegedly suffering serious burns while melting ice in a walk-in freezer. Joshua Shepard says that in early 2011 the walk-in freezer at one of the chain’s West Virginia locations sprung a leak, coating the freezer floor with ice. Instead of fixing the leak, restaurant supervisors reportedly asked Shepard to melt the ice with 200-degree water.

Deaf Discrimination

A group of deaf customers are suing Starbucks Corp., claiming that the coffee shop’s employees denied them service and repeatedly mocked them because of their disability. One of the 12 plaintiffs, for instance, claims that when he attempted to place a written order at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations, a worker told him that the store would not serve deaf patrons.

Abolished Advice

What would Dear Abby say? For decades, John Rosemond has written a nationally syndicated parenting column, known for recommending tough love tactics and conservative, often faith-based principles. But the advice columnist has now come under fire from the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, which sent Rosemond a cease-and-desist letter after he published a column that purportedly “constituted the practice of psychology.”

Devastating Diagnosis

Herlinda Garcia got some good news and some bad news at a 2011 doctor’s appointment. The good news: She didn’t have cancer. The bad news: She had undergone seven months of unnecessary chemo-therapy treatment after a doctor allegedly misread her lab results. Garcia underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from her breast in 2009, but just a month later Dr. Ahmad Qadri diagnosed her with terminal breast cancer.

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