That’s Outrageous: 3 Lawsuit Stories You Won’t Believe Are True
Planning a trip? Make sure you don’t confuse champagne for sparkling wine — and always keep an eye out for Sasquatch!
Not the “Champagne Service” He Wanted
Everyone deserves a break, so in November 2016, Quebecker Daniel Macduff booked a vacation to Cuba, treating himself to a Sunwing “champagne service” package. After Macduff received sparkling wine instead of bubbly, he reacted as any reasonable passenger would: by filing a class-action lawsuit against Sunwing, which should be heard in two to three years’ time. In a statement, the airline said that “champagne service” refers to the quality of its accommodations, not to the beverages offered onboard. Stay tuned to see whether the courts decide this excuse flies.
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A Lawsuit to Protect Sasquatch
In January, Crestline, Calif., resident Claudia Ackley launched an ambitious lawsuit against the state, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Natural Resources Agency. Her goal? To raise awareness about a long-contested creature: the sasquatch. Ackley hoped it would protect the mythical beast and allow Californians to operate “legitimate sasquatch-related businesses,” such as hiking expeditions. While Ackley has temporarily dropped the suit in order to rewrite it with the help of legal counsel, it’s clear the sasquatch community is putting its big foot down.
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A Failed Windows Update
Six hundred million dollars. That’s how much Albuquerque, N.M., resident Frank Dickman Jr. tried to claim in damages from Microsoft in February after an update to his laptop failed. The device’s manufacturer upgraded his operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After the install, Dickman’s laptop stopped working—a problem he felt would have been avoided had Microsoft done the work. Dickman eventually received another disappointing update: his case was dismissed after he filed it in the wrong district.