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25 Really Weird Lawsuits You Wouldn't Believe Were Ever Filed

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Man wants to legally change his age
> Year: 2018
> Result: Plaintiff lost

A 69-year-old Dutchman wanted to legally change his age in order to avoid ageism. Emile Ratelband claimed he felt discriminated against because his real age was affecting his job prospects as well as his chances of success on Tinder, a popular dating app. The judge explained that many rights and obligations are age-based, and that changing the legal age could cause many complications.

Woman shocked jelly beans contain sugar
> Year: 2017
> Result: Case dismissed

Sugar has 61 different names, so it stands to reason that some people may not recognize the ingredient when reading nutrition labels. This happened to a California woman, who sued jelly beans maker Jelly Belly for using the term “evaporated cane juice” instead of the word “sugar” in its jelly beans’ food label. Jessica Gomez of San Bernadino County alleged fraud, claiming the company was misleading consumers about how much sugar the snack actually contained — even though the total grams of sugar per serving was clearly displayed. The case was dismissed.

Man sues date for being on her phone
> Year: 2017
> Result: Lawsuit dropped

Many people have a story about a date gone wrong, but most would forget about the whole ordeal as soon as it was over. A 37-year-old from Austin, Texas, however, could not let go of his bad experience and sued his date. He was so offended that his date spent the time they were at the movies watching “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” texting on her phone. He claimed her behavior was breaking theater rules and affected his movie-watching experience. She agreed to pay him the $17.31 for her cinema ticket, if he left her alone. Soon after he withdrew the lawsuit.

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Footlong sandwich is not a foot long
> Year: 2016
> Result: Case was settled

It started in 2013, when a teenager measured his Subway footlong sandwich. It turned out to be only 11 inches, an inch too short. Fast forward three years, and the company was settling a class-action lawsuit in court, promising to make its rolls 12 inches. The only people to benefit from the lawsuit were the attorneys, who were about to receive $520,000 in fees. The judge agreed with activist and legal writer Theodore Frank that this was not fair and dismissed the settlement and the entire case.

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Empty space in Junior Mints boxes
> Year: 2018
> Result: Case dismissed

Biola Daniel and Abel Duran of New York and Trekeela Perkins from Mississippi believed Tootsie Roll Industries Inc tricked people by underfilling Junior Mints boxes. They sued the company because more than a third of the mints’ box was empty. The judge who dismissed the case wrote in a 44-page decision that a reasonable customer can expect some empty space.