One of the “fun” parts of studying tort law is to look at frivolous lawsuits. Frivolous lawsuits lack legal merit and are almost always quickly dismissed by a judge. If a lawyer files such a lawsuit on behalf of a client, the lawyer will likely be sanctioned by the judge and fined. For that reason, the majority of frivolous lawsuits are filed pro se. “Pro se” is a Latin legal term that means “on one’s own behalf.” In the course of reviewing my personal sports law library, it was a challenge to label a single case as the most frivolous. But I persevered. See below:
There is a link in the news article to the actual (handwritten) complaint filed by a South Carolina inmate against Michael Vick. Look at the plaintiff’s last name. He is in jail for wire fraud. Funny.
Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself. Also note the six inch height difference. The following quote by the plaintiff is classic:
“Even when I go to the gym I’m being accused of playing ball like him (Jordan),” said Heckard.