We seem to be living in the era of litigation. I'm always hearing about crazy lawsuits that take me by surprise. Who could forget about the case in the 1990s where a woman sued McDonald's for her coffee being too hot? The jury shockingly awarded the plaintiff almost $3 million in punitive damages.
Some might hear of a case like this and take their shot at filing a lucrative lawsuit. You're not going to believe the details behind the latest frivolous lawsuit.
What led to a teenager suing his own mother?
The latest surprising case in the headlines deals with a 15-year-old boy and his mother in Spain. The mother wanted her son to put away his phone and focus on homework for school. The boy refused, so the mother confiscated the phone.
In a shocking turn of events, the teen filed a lawsuit against his mother, accusing her of mistreatment. Not only was the boy asking for payment of his legal costs, but he also wanted his mother to serve a nine-month jail term.
The good news is that sanity prevailed in this case that actually made it to court last week.
The judge ruled in favor of the mother saying she was well within her rights to take the phone. In the ruling, the judge said, "She would not be a responsible mother if she allowed her son to be distracted by the mobile phone and fail to study."
Even though this case was in Spain, frivolous lawsuits are becoming commonplace in the U.S. It's estimated that over 15 million civil cases are filed in the U.S. every year. Hopefully, commonsense is the prevailing factor in any future cases.