The unpleasant details of a recent cruise aboard Carnival's ship Triumph painted a shocking picture of just how badly things can get at sea when things go very wrong. It should come as no surprise, then, that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Cruise Lines alleging failure to provide a seaworthy ship.
Few who are familiar with the squalid conditions that those passengers endured would begrudge them their right to sue. However, there have been instances in class-action history of lawsuits based on grievances that range from the questionable to the bizarre. Here are just a few.
(Read more: Triumph Passengers Bring Class Action Against Carnival)
The Angry Inch
An Australian teenager recently made headlines when he uploaded a photo to the Internet which showed him holding a ruler against one of Subway's signature Footlong sandwiches. It measured only 11 inches, one inch shy of "footlong" status, and it may have inspired two current lawsuits against the Subway sandwich chain in New Jersey and Illinois.
The plaintiff in the Illinois case, Nguyen Buren, bought a Footlong at a Chicago Subway outlet that he alleges measured less than one foot. He is seeking more than $5 million in damages. His attorney, Tom Zimmerman, is currently trying to coordinate with attorneys in the New Jersey case to combine the suits into one class action, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Subway did not comment on the suits, but it issued a statement saying it would dedicate itself anew to achieving greater uniformity of sandwich length. "Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide," the statement said.