An Ohio woman will likely see her lawsuit against the city of Columbus thrown out after a judge found her claims too frivolous to entertain.
Michelle R. Mathis sought $500 billion from the city after her car was impounded and sold while she was in the hospital recovering from a traffic accident, according a court document obtained by thenewspaper.com.
The claim seems valid enough – Mathis said the impound lot never notified her that her car was taken – but it’s when she pins part of the blame on two hip-hop moguls that things get strange.
“Plaintiff’s Complaint also contains references to human trafficking and musicians Shawn Carter (“Jay-Z”) and Sean Combs (“P. Diddy”),” Justice E.A. Deavers writes in his recommendation to dismiss the suit. “Although Plaintiff believes that these musicians may be involved in the seizure of her vehicle, these allegations do not support her attempt to state a facially plausible claim.”
We got our hands on the original complaint, in which Mathis says Diddy and Jay-Z “are known to have government influence” and claims she’s a victim of human trafficking. The entire complaint is written by hand (see an except below).
Mathis also claimed the impound lot only sold her car because workers there held a grudge against her for prior complaints. Apparently, another car of hers had been damaged after it was towed by the same company, according to the report.
“The mere fact that Plaintiff had poor experiences with the towing of a vehicle she previously owned is not enough for the Court to reasonably conclude that the City of Columbus has adopted an implicit custom or policy that encourages its employees to violate Plaintiff’s federal rights,” Deavers writes.
In a nutshell, the judge dismissed the suit on grounds that it’s frivolous and would unfairly put the public on the hook for any award in Mathis’ favour.
Based on this excerpt from her complaint alone, we can’t say we blame him: