Court Dismisses Two Undecillion Dollar Public Accommodation Discrimination Lawsuit

Here’s the recent Order dismissing the lawsuit filed by pro se plaintiff Anton Purisima seeking two undecillion dollars – that’s a 2 followed by 36 zeroes – arising (in part) from plaintiff being bitten by a rabid dog bite on a city bus and being overcharged by Au Bon Pain. Mr. Purisima sought relief under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation.

The court dismissed the case under the “frivolous or malicious” provision of the in forma pauperis statute, 28 U.S.C. §1915(e)(2)(B)(i). Plaintiff “allege[d] no facts suggesting that the alleged incidents that he describes were in any way motivated by animus based on his race or national origin”, and the court was unable to infer retaliatory intent since plaintiff alleged no causal connection between defendants’ actions and another lawsuit filed by plaintiff.

Over at xkcd, Randall Munroe puts the mind-blowing amount of the lawsuit’s “demand” into perspective: “Even if Au Bon Pain conquers the planet and puts everyone to work for them from now until the stars die, they wouldn’t make a dent in the bill.”