We would have had an early candidate for 2010's stupidest California lawsuit of the year, but it turns out this one was filed on December 29, 2009 so it's competing in a larger pool. Thanks to SF Gate's Andrew Ross, we can report that renowned flight pioneer General Charles "Chuck" Yeager is suing Virgin American Airlines. The basis: using the following copy in an e-mail ad: "Not unlike Buzz Aldrin or Chuck Yeager, you have the opportunity to be part of a monumental moment in air travel," in touting its in-air Wi-fi service. As Ross reports, the General alleges that "At no time did Gen. Yeager give his permission to defendants" to use his name - worth "a substantial sum" - which Virgin America used "maliciously, oppressively and fraudulently," so he wants compensatory damages, punitive damages, blah blah blah.
Happy New Year everybody, and have a great weekend. More substantive posts resume next week.