ooh that one's good. I also enjoy this one. In New York, a man contracted to purchase a house for $650,000. He later found out that the house was haunted by a poltergeist and sued to have the contract dissolved. Here's what the court had to say:
"While I agree with the Supreme Court [i.e., the trial court in New York] that the real estate broker, as agent for the seller, is under no duty to disclose to a potential buyer the phantasmal reputation of the premises and that, in his pursuit of a legal remedy for fraudulent misrepresentation against the seller, plaintiff hasn't a ghost of a chance, I am nevertheless moved by the spirit of equity to allow the buyer to seek recission of the contract of sale and recovery of his down payment. New York law fails to recognize [this...] therefore, the theoretical basis for granting relief, even under the extraordinary facts of this case, is elusive, if not ephemeral.
'Pity me not but
lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold'
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene V. [Ghost])
In the interest of avoiding such untenable consequences, the notion that a haunting is a condition which can and should be ascertained upon reasonable inspection of the premises is a hobgoblin which should be exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest."
-- Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, 1991