A national business lobbying group issued a year end report of its “most outrageous” lawsuits filed in 2011.
Included on the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's list is a woman who sued for $5 million because she was cheated out of an 80-cent refund; kids who sued their mother for not including gifts or cash with birthday greeting cards and an obese man who sued a burger joint because he couldn't fit into a booth.
That's a good list but it would have been great if it had included Orange County's Stacy C. Harris, who filed 15 crazy lawsuits between Dec. 6 and Dec. 23 last year.
According to court records reviewed by the Weekly, Huntington Beach resident Harris sued:
—Green Girls Saloon,
a popular Westminster bar, for $25,000 in “damages” because she
entered the establishment, heard two cuss words, saw scantily-clad women
having a good time with male customers, who were–hold your
–Her own husband for $11,000 in damages because he “fucked” Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and “had a thing with Adam Sandler“;
Little Saigon used car sales business for $17,000 because she believes
it employs “a young boy” and the sales staff accused her of trying to
steal a car when she test drove a vehicle for a ridiculous lengthy period of time out of the city;
–A Westminster bar
for $11,000 because she heard a customer say, “Everybody's fucking
everybody” and the establishment's popcorn bowls were “unwashed”;
–A local doctor for $550,000 because he called her “a liar”;
–A friend for $2 million because he “wrote a check” while she was incarcerated;
–A male acquaintance for $27,500 because he admitted that he is spying on her for Hanks;
–And another friend for $25,000 because she said he called her “delusional.”
Claiming she's indigent, Harris has gotten to file her lawsuits without paying a single fee, a California gift to the poor.
maintains in her court pleadings that one day in 2008 Hanks drove up to
her, got out of his “old beige, Honda-style vehicle” and asked her, “Do
you know where Magnolia is?” He also asked for a hug and said, “You're a
pretty girl,” she claims.
Harris has a message for her doubters:
Her courthouse ramblings “are NOT (her emphasis) unresolved psychotic
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.