Looking forward to Thanksgiving? Are you sure you should be? The combination of sometimes-hotheaded family members and turkey, a foodstuff uniquely suited to the potential for food poisoning, can lead to litigation marring the day.

A real estate website, Estately, has even gone so far as to rank which states have the potential for the very worst Thanksgivings, using an admittedly subjective ranking system that takes into account the potential for: salmonella poisoning, binge drinking, political fights, people with dietary restrictions, and how likely it is that your favorite NFL team will lose. (In case you’re wondering, Ohio is apparently the very worst state for Thanksgiving. Buckeye state residents, beware.) While you gear up for this year’s holiday, here are some past lawsuits and mishaps that can serve as cautionary tales.

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