16 Actual Supreme Court Cases with Hilariously Ridiculous Names


Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for US v. Hobby Lobby. The stakes of this case are high, as it challenges the contraception mandate of the Affordable Health Care Act on the grounds of religious freedom.

But more importantly, “Hobby Lobby” is a kinda funny name, no?

In honor of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case, here are the names of 16 actual Supreme Court cases that 1) Are real, 2) Were actually heard before the Supreme Court, and 3) Yes, they are real:

Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co. 210 U.S. 405 (1908)

United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola, 241 U.S. 265 (1916)

United States v. Ninety-Five Barrels, More or Less, Alleged Apple Cider Vinegar (1924)

One 1958 Plymouth Sedan v. Pennsylvania 380 U.S. 693 (1965)

United States v. 12 200-ft. Reels of Film, 413 U.S. 123 (1973)

Young v. American Mini Theatres, 427 U.S. 50 (1976)

Lying v. Northwest Indian CPA, 485 U.S. 439 (1988)

Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781 (1989)

Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc., 510 U.S. 517 (1994)

Demosthenes v. Baal, 495 U.S. 731 (1990)

United States v. X-Citement Video, Inc., 513 U.S. 64 (1994)

Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298 (1995)

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. v. McDonald, 546 U.S. 470 (2006) (In which a man named John McDonald sued Domino’s for breach of contract)

Schmuck v. United States, 489 U.S. 705 (1989)

Two Pesos, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc., 505 U.S. 763 (1992)

Lee v. International Soc. for Krishna Consciousness, Inc., 505 U.S. 830 (1992)

BONUS: These cases never made it before the Supreme Court, but imagine if they were. Just imagine. [Via Lowering the Bar]

The California Coalition of Undressed Performers et al v. Spearmint Rhino et al. (C.D. Cal. Jan. 29, 2009)

UNITED STATES v. APPROXIMATELY 64,695 POUNDS OF SHARK FINS, Defendant-Appellant (9th Cir. 2008)

Easter Seals Society for Crippled Children v. Playboy Enterprises, 815 F.2d 323 (5th Cir. 1987).

Death v. Graves, CGC-06-451316 (San Francisco Super. Ct. filed Apr. 17, 2006)

Batman v. Commissioner, 189 F.2d 107 (5th Cir. 1951), cert. denied 342 U.S. 877 (1951).

I Am The Beast Six Six Six of the Lord of Hosts in Edmond Frank MacGillivray Jr. Now. I Am The Beast Six Six Six of the Lord of Hosts IEFMJN. I Am The Beast Six Six Six of the Lord of Hosts. I Am The Beast Six Six Six of the Lord of Hosts OTLOHIEFMJN. I Am The Beast SSSOTLOHIEFMJN. I Am The Beast Six Six Six. Beast Six Six Six Lord v. Michigan State Police (W.D. Mich. July 12, 1990).

That last one would have made for a stellar SCOTUS case.

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