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Strange Halloween Law Suits

Community Involvement General  

A house light shines through the foggy woods in the dark.

The Halloween season has a way of bringing out a new round of personal injury cases – ones with an entirely different, somewhat-spooky nature. With kids and adults alike dressed in costumes, pretending to be masked vigilantes or mystical characters, it can be very difficult to know what’s real and what isn’t. It can also make it more difficult to determine whether or not a situation is safe.

We’d like to encourage you to stay safe this Halloween as you’re out trick-or-treating or at a party. Be especially careful on the roads – remember people will be dressed in costumes which might reduce visibility. 

In the meantime, here’s a couple strange, but real, Halloween lawsuits that have incurred over the years.

  1. Little Bo Peep Burnt Her Sheep
    On a Halloween night 27 years ago, Susan and Frank Ferlito attended a Halloween party dressed as Little Bo Peep and her sheep. Frank, desperate for a smoke break, went outside to light up. However, the cigarette wasn’t the only thing he lit up – his adorable sheep costume caught on fire, leading to a gutsy lawsuit between him and Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturing company. His reason – the packaging didn’t say the cotton balls were flammable. 
     
  2. Why Did the Chicken Run Away?
    Chicken Farmer and restaurant owner, Joe Watkins, decided to play a prank on his employees – one filled with blood and gore. His idea involved a puddle of fake blood with him lying in it. His joke would have been all in fun, had a restaurant guest not seen the prank first. Running away screaming, she called 911. Watkins prank ended with him being charged instead of chuckling – he was charged with having caused a woman to file a false police report.
     
  3. Home is Where the Ghosts Are
    This case dates back several years (that we know of). Mrs. Ackley, a colorful woman, made claims that her home was haunted for several years. Her assertions were taken to the local newspapers and even published in Reader’s Digest. Upon selling the house, the buyer was unaware of it’s “haunted” history. After finding out, he sued to have the sale of the house rescinded. Read more about this spooky tale here.

This is just a sample of some of the strange types of injuries and accidents that can occur during the Halloween season. Again, our office urges you to stay safe and be smart. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, don’t hesitate to call your local police department. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer in South Bend or Fort Wayne, you can contact our office.

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