Question of the Week

What's the Most Ridiculous Case a Client Has Ever Asked You to Take?


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We saw last month that Reddit asked its lawyer readers to post the details of the “stupidest” cases that their clients have ever put before them.

One of the favorite anecdotes on the site concerned a reader’s story about a would-be client whose next-door neighbor had displaced some dirt and pebbles while gardening on the line that separated their properties. She asserted that some pebbles trespassed on her property and some of her dirt was stolen and wondered if she could sue her neighbor.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: What’s the most ridiculous case a client has ever asked you to take? And, assuming you did not take this case, how did you explain your reasoning to the would-be client? And how did the would-be client take the news?

Answer in the comments.

Read answers to last week’s question: Have You Ever Taken Legal Action Against a Retailer? Or Left Negative Feedback on a Review Website?

Featured answer:

Posted by Luke Reynolds: “Back around 1999, my relatively new cellphone developed a problem. I took it back to the major retailer I purchased it from for warranty service. Week after week went by where the retailer said it would be ready next week. After several months, I gave up … and filed a small claims action against them. They settled before trial for the amount of my claim. I assumed that they must have lost it but didn’t want to admit it. Ironically, a few years later, that retailer chain went bankrupt and out of business.”

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