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Craziest Lawsuits of 2015
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Jaime Edmondson sued a nudist report for using her photos in their advertisements. Photo courtesy of Rant Sports.

Summary: From farting lawsuits to claiming animals own the rights to their photos, 2015 is the year of strange lawsuits.

Pork roll factory worker fired for farting

  
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No clue what the inside of a pork roll factory smells like, but apparently farts make the working environment unbearable. In October, we reported that a woman filed a lawsuit for her husband claiming the factory where they both worked fired him for flatulence. The suit claims the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. For the full story: https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/10/05/suit-claims-man-fired-for-flatulence-foul-stench/


Priest sued by parishioners for embezzling money for gay sex romps

New York parishioners were unhappy that their Catholic priest was using their collection money to pay for a gay BDSM master. Rev. Peter Miqueli was sued along with his church and the New York Archdiocese for $1 million. Church goers claim Miqueli was a gay sex slave and paid $1,000 for each sex session with his BDSM master. They say he also used church money to buy a house and to pay for his master’s apartment. For the full story: https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/12/15/priest-sued-for-using-tithes-to-pay-for-gay-sex-romps/

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BDSM master Keith Crist and Rev. Peter Miqueli. Photo courtesy of New York Post.


Bald ladies sue WEN hair care line



WEN, the pricey hair care line that has numerous celebs endorsing it on well lit informercials, caused an internet uproar in December when 200 women signed on for a class action lawsuit that originated in Texas. The women claim the products caused hair damage and baldness and numerous users posted their horror stories on social media. For the full story: https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/12/16/upset-bald-women-sue-wen-hair-products/

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Playmates, models sue nudist resort

A Florida nudist report used various models to advertise their hedonistic events, but the models claim they were never were paid or gave their permission for use of their likeness. In November, models such as Jaime Edmondson and Alana Campos filed a lawsuit against the resort for $1.6 million. For the full story: https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/11/17/playmates-models-sue-tampa-nudist-resort/


Casino wins rights to control waitress’ weight

Fat shamers win this one. In September, an appeals court upheld a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Atlantic City waitresses who claimed they faced sexual harassment, hostile work environment, disparate treatment, disparate impact and gender stereotyping from their employer, a casino. The casino had rules that waitresses were not allowed to gain more than 7% of the baseline of their hiring weight, and the court ruled that the appearance mandate was allowed because the women agreed to it before employment. For the full story: https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/09/22/watch-out-weight-fluctuations-can-be-reason-for-termination/


PETA says animals have intellectual property rights

PETA doesn’t monkey around. The animal rights group filed a lawsuit earlier this year arguing that animals can own intellectual property rights. After a monkey took a selfie using a photographer’s camera, the photographer published the image. PETA then took it upon itself to act for the monkey. It sued the photographer and his company for copyright infringement. https://www.jdjournal.com/2015/09/24/monkey-selfie-case-may-set-new-legal-precedent/

PETA has filed a lawsuit against a photographer, alleging that a photograph a macaque snapped should be its own property.

The “monkey selfie” that may have ruined one man’s life.



 

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