Guy Sues Guinness For Naming Him The Most Litigious Person In The World

from the just-to-prove-the-point... dept

If you spend much time online reading about weird and wacky news, you're probably already quite familiar with Jonathan Lee Riches, a guy who's in prison for wire fraud, but whose real claim to fame is filing a ton of wacky pro se lawsuits. In fact, via Mathew Ingram, we find out that the Guinness Book of World Records has given JLR the world record for "most lawsuits filed," which he celebrated by promptly filling a lawsuit against Guinness. He's claiming that they're going to print false info about the number of lawsuits he's filed, though in the lawsuit itself, he seems quite proud of all the lawsuits he's filed, stating:
"I've filed so many lawsuits with my pen and right hand that I got arthritis in my fingers, numbness in my wrists, crooked fingers... I flush out more lawsuits than a sewer."
So you would think he'd be proud of getting the world record...


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    Weird Harold's former #5 fan, May 26th, 2009 @ 11:17am

    Don't worry. He'll soon be filing a suit against Techdirt for linking to the story.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), May 26th, 2009 @ 11:20am

    Cushion

    I'm sure he just wants to make sure his title is secure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2009 @ 11:23am

    Hey, once you have a record, you gotta try to improve on it.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), May 26th, 2009 @ 11:34am

    Miscounted

    Of course! Once he starts a new lawsuit the number in the Guinness book will be wrong. Maybe they should have put a "as of (current date here) JLR had (#####) lawsuits filed." statement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2009 @ 11:53am

    I think he's motivated more by the chance to exhort money from someone than any damage to his 'reputation'.

     

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    Tgeigs, May 26th, 2009 @ 12:08pm

    "Guy Sues Guinness For Naming Him The Most Litigious Person In The World"

    And really, why the hell not? That's like doing a shot to commemorate your graduation from AA...makes perfect sense to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2009 @ 12:23pm

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    He is in prison, what else does he have to do?

     

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    KevinC, May 26th, 2009 @ 12:23pm

    Sorry

    sorry, but I think that's just awesome.
    What did they expect though. It would be like calling the worlds most violent person a sissy in a crowded bar.

     

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    DJ, May 26th, 2009 @ 12:24pm

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    The REALLY sad thing about this is he's probably got a way to make the lawsuit stick....

     

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    NullOp, May 26th, 2009 @ 1:28pm

    OK

    This space intentionally blank on advise of our lawyers.

     

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    GHynson, May 26th, 2009 @ 1:53pm

    Prison Suits

    I wonder if he's gonna sue all the inmates that rape his @$$ in prison?

     

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    TW Burger (profile), May 26th, 2009 @ 2:42pm

    Only in America or You can cut the irony with a knife

    This is filed under: "So absurd no one could have made it up".

     

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    bob, May 26th, 2009 @ 3:15pm

    To Funny For Words

    LOL just LOL

     

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    VRP, May 27th, 2009 @ 7:11pm

    Re: To Funny For Words

    Not funny at all, but very poor reporting.
    Judges routinely ban people from filing pro se lawsuits where such pltfs have a record of frivolous lawsuits. That he hasn't been banned can only mean one thing -- his suits aren't frivolous.

    Why are such details conspicuously omitted from the article?

    VRP

     

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    Overcast (profile), May 29th, 2009 @ 7:22pm

    That he hasn't been banned can only mean one thing -- his suits aren't frivolous.

    That or it could be that the legal system just sucks....

     

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