5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

Cheerleader litigation, Prince's IP attack, and three more strange suits in the news

Cheerleader 

 

Give me an L! Give me an A!...

For those attending a pro football game, if you’re not focused on the game itself or the roughly 967 video boards around the stadium, chances are you’re taking a glance at the cheerleaders. But despite an NFL cheerleader’s high profile, one former Oakland Raiderette identified as Lacy T. claims that the team did not treat her like a regular employee. With $5-an-hour wages, unreasonable travel costs and fines, and an irregular pay schedule, Lacy T. said that the Raiders violated federal labor and employment law.

Lacy T. filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court as a proposed class action for herself and the 39 other Raiderettes. According to SFGate, the cheerleader said she hopes other NFL cheerleaders will follow her example as well and fight for equal pay. “I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams," Lacy T. said in a statement. “I hope cheerleaders across the NFL will step forward to join me in demanding respect and fair compensation.”

 Prince

 

Little Red Lawsuit

The artist currently known as Prince likes to keep his secrets. So much so that he has allegedly has filmed music videos for unreleased songs that will never see the light of day. He often stays holed up in his Minnesota mansion for long periods at a time. And if you dare violate the sanctity of his concert performances by videoing them and posting them to Youtube… I’d suggest you hire a good defense lawyer immediately.

In a lawsuit filed on Jan. 16, Prince sued 22 different individuals for hosting concert pictures and videos that the artist claims are copyrighted. Prince says in his suit that two individuals who run a Prince fan page as well as 20 unnamed bloggers “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The artist says that the defendants are causing irreparable damage through “an interconnected network of bootleg distribution,” as well as costing him revenue by encouraging fans to download illegally. Prince seeks $22 million in total — $1 million from each defendant named in the suit.

Prince photo via Wikipedia

Police 

 

Jaywalking prevention gone wrong

When the New York Police Department wants to cut down on jaywalking, nobody can say that they don’t take the job seriously. In fact, 84-year old Manhattan resident Kang Chun Wong believes the NYPD takes their jobs a little too seriously — he claims in a New York Daily News article that police officers knocked him unconscious in the street, handcuffed him upon arrival to an emergency room, and charged him with a litany of criminal offenses when they suspected he was jaywalking.

In response, Wong has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the city for damages related to his ongoing medical bills and humiliation that occurred with the incident. “I didn’t commit any crime,” Wong told the Daily News. “It was excessive how they (the police) did it to me. If I did something wrong, I could understand, but I didn’t.” The NYPD did not respond to the Daily News’s request for comment.

Basketball

 

From basketball court bench to courtroom bench

Getting benched on your high school basketball team can be a traumatic experience (and one that this author has unfortunately endured). However, there are multiple ways to deal with a benching: work harder to gain your starting spot back, accept the reduced role to help the team, focus your efforts on other activities instead… or do as one suburban Chicago girl did and sue the school for recruiting outside players.

The high school girl sued Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, claiming that Head Coach Anthony Smith recruited six different girls he had previously coached to come play for him at Homewood-Flossmoor. Recruiting is forbidden in Illinois high school athletics, but Illinois High School Athletics claimed that they checked out the girls’ transfer requests, and all six were granted eligibility. The lawsuit asks for Smith’s removal as well as the ineligibility of all six girls who transferred to the school. Smith denies the charge, saying to the Southtown Star, “That is not true, that is definitely not true,” Smith said. “That’s something that I’m not thinking about or not worrying about because that’s just not true.”

Faucet

 

Holy water

Jury selection begins this week in Phoenix over dispute concerning a resident’s utilities in Colorado City, Ariz. But Ronald and Jinjer Cooke claim that their utilities were not connected by the city not because of unpaid dues or environmental concerns, but rather because the couple does not belong to The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). Colorado City, and sister-city Hildale, Utah, are primarily populated by FLDS church members, one of the largest fundamentalist Mormon denominations.

In the lawsuit, the Cookes say they moved to the area in 2007 and immediately applied for electricity and water services. However, the suit says, the city refused to provide electricity until 2010, and even then, still would not provide water. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the core of the case centers around the control the FLDS community has within municipal government. As part of their suit, the Cookes have submitted letters sent from city officials to imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, as well as details of a surveillance network that was allegedly shaped by city officials and FLDS leaders in conjunction.

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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