What are some of the most ridiculous things anybody has been sued for?
This was epic.
On December 23 1985, 20 year old James Vance and 18 year old Raymond Belknap, after a night of heavy drinking and drug usage, decided to enter into a suicide pact. They took a sawed off 12 guage shotgun to a park, placed it under their chins and pulled the trigger. Belknap died instantly but Vance survived for a time, erasing only his face.
Three years later Vance died as well, from what may or may not have been an intentional overdose. Before he died, he stated the suicide pact was the result of a subliminal message in the song “Better By You, Better Than Me”, by the English heavy metal rock band Judas Priest, telling them to “do it”.
The trial, which lasted over a month, was laughable, as experts in various fields debated the legitimacy of the claim.
In August of 1990, the 6.2 million dollar lawsuit against the band was dismissed after determining the subliminal message was nothing more than lead singer Rob Halford exhaling.