The Most Bizarre Lawsuit You Might Ever See

from the someone-please-explain dept

Eric Goldman knows I sure do love wacky and ridiculous lawsuits against various tech and media companies, but the latest case he sent over may set a new standard. At least in the past, those lawsuits were something close to understandable — if totally unbelievable. But the latest lawsuit, Barboza et al v. Fox-32 WFLD-TV et al is simply incomprehensible. The plaintiff, which seems to be an individual, a film company, an advertising company and a psychic reading company (or perhaps all a single entity wrapped into one) is suing a whole bunch of tech and media companies, including News Corp., Google, MSNBC and a bunch of radio and TV affiliates of CBS, ABC and others. For what? I have absolutely no clue and would appreciate some help trying to decipher it. There’s something about sexual harassment. Some other stuff about copyright or potentially patent infringement, and then a whole bunch of gibberish. Oh yeah, and something about human brain telepathy.

You can basically pick your spot at random to get a sense of the utter oddity of the lawsuit. There are words there, but they’re sorta thrown out at random:

For this, he’s demanding $450 million. The lawsuit will, of course, be thrown out in no time flat (if it hasn’t already been tossed), but it’s posted here for your enjoyment (or bewilderment).

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Ron (profile) says:

And ...

… he apparently either lays claim to the EEG, bluetooth, broadcaster’s headsets, advertising, a cellular phone number, text messaging, his autobiography, the concept of freedom for all, and an incomprehensible style of writing, or maybe just to improvements on them. I note he also quotes from the Constitution and Bill of Rights (although his inclusion of the 5th ammendment is puzzling unless he feels that answering to the court for any of his accusations would constitute self incrimination). Can we get a video of him explaining his lawsuit? That should be entertaining.

Yakko Warner says:

That hurt.

And I think the attempt may have “mentally damaged [my] brain”. Ow.

I think in paragraph 30, he just said the accused saw something was about to happen that they didn’t want to happen, but they didn’t stop it, and in the process, it hurt this guy.

I think, in paragraph 31, a Blackberry might’ve been involved.

The next two paragraphs might have something to do with broadcasting his life story on TV, where someone can record it with a VCR, which apparently violates the DMCA.

That’s as far as I got before my brain went on strike, protesting something about oppressive working conditions…

Chronno S. Trigger says:

Thanks for the headache

I can’t think vary well any more after reading that but it seems as if the plaintiff is suing fox (and others) for stealing source code for a thought powered operating system, a blue tooth EEG cochlea implant, something about a phone to brain converter, and even sexual harassment. Shouldn’t the sexual harassment part be another suit in itself?

I think my head is about to explode.

GeneralEmergency (profile) says:

The door is ajar on the loonie bin...

Claim 81: (excerpt)
“Your honor, the brain chip reads the plaintiff’s mind sends a radio frequency signal to the cochlea implants left ear and right ear.”

OK….Mind reading brain chips passing data to his PC which forwards that on to some AI software on a website somewhere that is designed to create voices and arguments designed to torture him which is sent back through to his brain chips.

Helpful link:

Now…we just need to get this guy on George Noory’s show.

Petréa Mitchell says:

The heart of it

The story really starts at item 70. He believes a local new anchor stole his brain-computer interface and sold the details to all sorts of people, with the result that big corporations are not only controlling his mind, but infringing on his intellectual property while doing it.

The basic story of government, corporations, or celebrities remote-controlling a person’s brain is non uncommon among paranoid delusions. The narrative of IP infringement is a new one on me, but you can see how someone would get the impression that throwing that in would make it easy to get a big-money award.

Poobah says:

More fun from the same guy.

“Hello everybody my name is Juan Louis Barboza, I am not an attorney, but, I will try my best to explain my grievances. These events are the truth, and are the facts without a doubt to prove that my software package is being used, (At the local radio stations,) and (At the local television stations,) in Chicago Illinois.”

and it goes on and on…

another mike says:

trade secret

mr barboza seems to be suing over (mostly) copyright infringement on his telepathically or maybe bluetooth operated operating system, called human rights for all, and his software AI, called the karaoke man. the defendants are every media outlet in the greater chicago metro area plus google.

in looking for claims to sue over, it looks like he threw darts at a law textbook and just wrote down all the words that a dart landed on. i think he used the same dart trick on a stack of consumer electronics spec sheets when he was describing his OS.

interesting that he didn’t name microsoft, except as msnbc, since he’s suing over an operating system.

definitely schizophrenic.

Ray says:

Believe this, if he can get the judge to listen to his gibberish, he’s gonna win. After a half hour of reading, I find this to be exactly what courts like to have presented to them, they can’t figure it out, so it must be right. Award this guy a couple million to get rid of him, out of court would be nice. But, get rid of him.
At the very least, the publicity will get him a room in a very nice, comfortable sanitarium.

Anonymous Coward says:

Not only should the case be thrown out of court this man should be fined for wasting tax payers money through the time spent by court employees and the judge involved. I’m sure he was just hoping to settle out of court for a quick extortion payoff. The courts need to fine these people who are abusing the court system, if enough of them are made examples of it might curb the number of ridiculous lawsuits that are filed. If lawyers can be disbarred for these kinds of suits there needs to be some type of punishment for stupid individuals too.

Guy with melting brain says:

As a testament to the amazing level of weird here, IE7 initially crashed when I tried to read all of this. It appears that the plaintiff’s thoughts are being beamed to my computer in order to stop my expected derision of his lawsuit, thus mentally damaging my brain.

This guy should date that Miss Teen South Carolina (dated reference, I know), imagine the dinner conversations:

“My unregister EEG bluetooth media player, video player, Life Story has been stolen and I want a half-billion dollars.”

“In my opinion, such as, the Iraq toaster hemisphere colitis spackle dumptruck, such as, some people don’t HAVE unregister, Quaalude ergonomic turkey stuffing. Thank you.”

Willton says:

Unfortunately, this is not the most bizarre complaint I’ve seen. As a judicial intern, I had to deal with a complaint where the guy was suing a hotel room (not the hotel itself; just the room), and another where the guy sued many different agencies in New Jersey while also claiming each one as a co-plaintiff. The latter was the worst, as it went on for over 50 pages making claims of conspiracy, fraud, and other weird allegations. The worst part of it was that the text of the complaint varied erratically in font, style, and size. I felt like taking a nap after reading 3 pages of it.

EEJ (profile) says:


For a bit there, I got confused with his liberal use of the word “novel”, and thought that maybe he wrote a book that included (as part of the plot or setting) these inventions, and now wants to be paid for companies who went out and made them into products.

Alas, it’s much worse than that….

You would think with a $450,000,000 payout, at least a few lawyers around the country would be willing to represent him, but of course, he would have to be able to explain the lawsuit in english, which it doesn’t appear he is able to do.

Gracey says:

um, I found his website (Website?)…maybe, it reads about as weirdly as this lawsuit.

Like everyone else reading the suit…I couldn’t stop the laughter from rolling out when I realized what he really was complaining about…

…so why isn’t he suing Nasa (he mentions them on his website), Microsoft, Apple, and just about anyone else who has ever had a hand in this stuff. I also wonder why he isn’t suing every parapsychologist he can….mmm perhaps even the world of health…cochlear implants actually do exist and are used to correct some forms of deafness.

…brain chips, I don’t know about.

hahahahaha, oh sorry…but I needed a good and entertaining read today.

Doug says:

The man without a life

Maybe this man needs to see a parapsychologist, because this lawsuit makes no sense and it is a waste of time and money. If the person involved wants to make a difference, why doesn’t he donate the money he is spending on said nonsense on something like charity or research (or will he sue the charities because they stole his ideas of medical research?). Anyway, it was an entertaining read that did not make much sense to me logically, but it did show how much a person can wander away from sanity.

CoJeff says:


Wow what a website! I can hardly even understand his site because of his grammar and font changes.

“The software is my to keep and do with as i please, currently, i have owner ship, 3-30-2003 it was stolen from me with the broad of eduction number 99 when I was in the cartoon Author on WTTW 11 PBS”

What the heck is this guy talking about?? I almost laughed out loud when I read his software was stolen from his brain while in a cartoon. I didn’t know we had the technology to put a person in a cartoon.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Thanks Mike

The first thing that came to mind was that some spamming software had become self-aware and started sending out C&D letters made up of randomly chosen words…

But reading on it became clear to me that the guy is obviously ill. In which case let’s just all move on, shall we? It’s not in good taste to make fun of the mentally challenged like this…

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