Sued by a Monkey?! – 5 Bizarre Court Cases

Posted September 7th, 2018 by inCase Web Team

  1. ‘It wasn’t me…it was my shoes!’

(Clardy v Nike, Inc, 381 P.3d 1100)

In early 2013, 25 year old sex trafficker Sirgiorgo Clardy was convicted of assault after he stamped on the head of a man who left a hotel in Oregon,USA without paying a prostitute. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 36 years.

However, in ridiculous fashion, Clardy then sued clothing manufacturer Nike, accusing them of failing to provide a warning that the Nike Jordan shoes he was wearing could be used as a dangerous weapon.

Unsurprisingly, the case was thrown out of court.


  1. Sued by a Monkey?!

(Naruto vSlater, No. 16-15469 (9th Cir. 2018))

If you take a trip to the Tangkoko Reserve, located on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, it would not be uncommon to come across a Rare Crested Macaque Monkey.

But the chances of a Rare Crested Macaque Monkey snatching your camera and taking a ‘selfie’ are pretty slim. However, that’s exactly what happened to photographer David Slater in 2011.

Four years later, animal charity PETA decided to sue Slater over the picture, claiming that the copyright belonged to the monkey!

They sought control over financial proceeds from the photo but judges in the USA ruled that the monkey was ineligible to hold copyright of the image.

After two years in court, the judges sided with Mr. Slater, but as a keen animal rights activist himself, he pledged to donate 25% of all future income generated by the photo to dedicated Macaque protection charities.


  1. Radio show in deep water

(McGowan v Radio Buxton 2001)

Identifying a Geri Halliwell song, and winning a brand new Renault Clio for your answer?

It might sound like a dream, but this dream quickly turned into a nightmare for 26 year old Catherine McGowan in early 2000.

Derbyshire radio station Radio Buxton advertised a brand new Renault Clio as the prize in a competition ran by DJ Chris Constantine.

But when Catherine turned up to collect her prize, she was humiliated by the radio show and presented with a tiny 4-inch model of the car.

Initially the host Chris Constantine promised her that she would soon be presented with a real Clio, but that also proved to be a joke.

Distraught, McGowan sued Radio Buxton for £8,000 (the value of a new Clio).

McGowan won her case.




  1. ‘Man sues boss, claims his job caused his depression’


There are quite a few people in the world who have found themselves in a job they’re not overly enthusiastic about. Frederic Desnard, 44, sued his boss for £300,000 in 2016, claiming that over four years of having to carry out menial tasks at work had left him clinically depressed.

He claimed that this caused him to leave his posts, and blamed his employers for setting him on ‘a slow descent into hell.’

He told French TV: ‘I left for work each day with a desperate, sinking feeling.

‘Then when I arrived I would often break down in tears. But no one noticed because no one really cared whether I was there or not.

‘I was left depressed and ashamed of being paid for doing nothing.’

The case was adjourned in March 2018 and has still not been settled.


  1. ‘Your hot dog detached my retina! ’

(SC93214, John Coomer vKansas City Royals Baseball Corporation)

John Coomer, an American man from Kansas, USA claimed he suffered a detached retina after Kansas baseball mascot ‘Sluggerrr’ threw a hot dog into his eye.

The hot dog throwing tradition had been in place for over three years, and they were normally fired vertically with an air gun. Coomer alleged that unlike normally, the mascot had thrown the hotdog with his hand, directly into his face.

Coomer was sat six rows from the front, and the mascot had climbed onto the dugout in order to get a better angle to throw the hot dogs to the fans.

The court ruled that Coomer was not entitled to compensation as he had attended hundreds of Kansas games and was well aware of the ‘Hotdog Launch’ that took place every match. Incredibly, after appealing to a higher court, he got his verdict overturned- the new Judge ruled that:

‘The risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game’



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