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March 28th, 2016

9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week overruled a lower court’s perfectly sound dismissal with prejudice of a food labeling class action against Chobani yogurt . . . → Read More: 9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

February 4th, 2016

PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

For the second time in a week, the litigious animal rights activists at PETA have had a specious lawsuit tossed out of court . . . → Read More: PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

January 25th, 2016

Goya Strikes Back at ‘Serial’ Plaintiff in California Food Fight

In litigation first reported here two years ago, defendant Goya Foods is fighting back against a serial plaintiff and her bogus, no-injury claim that seeks to exploit California’s Prop 65 labeling requirements . . . → Read More: Goya Strikes Back at ‘Serial’ Plaintiff in California Food Fight

June 9th, 2014

7th Circuit Serves Harsh Ethics Lesson on Chicago Shyster, Father-in-Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit tossed out a “scandalous” settlement stemming from a Pella window consumer protection class action suit that would have paid the plaintiffs’ attorneys $11 million up front, with $2 million going to the ethically-challenged lead counsel. It’s just one more example of how state Consumer Protection Acts are abused . . . → Read More: 7th Circuit Serves Harsh Ethics Lesson on Chicago Shyster, Father-in-Law

March 13th, 2013

Plaintiff-Friendly Federal Court in Northern California Now Derisively Known as the ‘Food Court’

California’s leading journal for legal news has published a worthwhile story about the growing wave of preposterous consumer class actions that target the packaging and marketing of various food and beverage products, and which have found a welcoming embrace in the arms of judges comprising the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California . . . → Read More: Plaintiff-Friendly Federal Court in Northern California Now Derisively Known as the ‘Food Court’

February 27th, 2013

‘No-Class’ Class Action Demands Bigger Bud Buzz

The federal District Court for the Northern District of California, known increasingly for its plaintiff-friendly embrace of preposterous food and beverage consumer class actions, is where apparently alcohol-obsessed litigants have filed a new, multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch, alleging that the actual alcohol content of various beers is marginally lower than labels indicate . . . → Read More: ‘No-Class’ Class Action Demands Bigger Bud Buzz

September 7th, 2012

Texas Two-Step: Starbucks Sued, Shyster Screwed

Despite all the tort reform progress that has been made in the Lone Star state during the past decade, parasitic personal injury lawyers and their personal responsibility-shirking clients persist in their conniving and scheming efforts to get rich at someone else’s expense . . . → Read More: Texas Two-Step: Starbucks Sued, Shyster Screwed

September 4th, 2012

Food Class-Actions by ‘Fake Imbeciles’ Seek to Mislead, Manipulate Courts

Joining cookie-cutter lawsuits in California, a new nationwide class action filed in Minnesota names two plaintiffs — one from New York, the other from New Jersey — to represent millions of presumptive imbeciles who want our courts to believe they are incapable of reading and understanding federally mandated nutrition labels on boxes of granola bars . . . → Read More: Food Class-Actions by ‘Fake Imbeciles’ Seek to Mislead, Manipulate Courts

August 20th, 2012

Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

With the record Tobacco Settlement in the books, opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys are now looking for their next big payday and it seems they have their target set on food manufacturers. More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases aginst industry players like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani. . . . → Read More: Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

August 15th, 2012

Washington State Ruling Expands Liability for Asbestos Injuries

On August 9, 2012, in what was a sharply divided decision, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that makers of respirators designed to prevent asbestos exposure can be held liable for failing to warn of the contaminant’s risks. This decision unfairly opens up safety product manufacturers to more lawsuits over asbestos-related injuries. . . . → Read More: Washington State Ruling Expands Liability for Asbestos Injuries

July 27th, 2012

Two Lying and/or Dimwitted Consumers Lead Latest Preposterous Class Action in California

Two women who are either lying, dimwitted or both, claim in the latest preposterous consumer class action in California that they’ve been misled by the brand name and promotional labeling of a popular granola bar . . . → Read More: Two Lying and/or Dimwitted Consumers Lead Latest Preposterous Class Action in California

July 23rd, 2012

The Trial Bar Burns on With a Blitz Attack

As reported this week by the Wall Street Journal, Blitz USA- the nation’s No. 1 consumer gasoline-can producer, based in Miami, Oklahoma, has filed for bankruptcy due to an abusive attack of frivolous lawsuits led by the trial bar. . . . → Read More: The Trial Bar Burns on With a Blitz Attack

June 1st, 2012

Kentucky Legislators’ Failure to Pass Tort Reform Drives Major Nursing Home Provider from State

This past week, a major nursing home chain said it will no longer operate in Kentucky because of increased litigation and the 2012 General Assembly’s failure to pass a law making it more difficult to file lawsuits against nursing homes. . . . → Read More: Kentucky Legislators’ Failure to Pass Tort Reform Drives Major Nursing Home Provider from State

May 8th, 2012

Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

On Monday, May 6, 2012, a Jenkintown-based law firm filed a ridiculous consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of the Philadelphia Flyers, on behalf of all 2011-2012 full season ticket holders. . . . → Read More: Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

April 30th, 2012

Potato Chip ‘Labeling’ Suit Latest of Ridiculous Consumer Class Actions in Northern California

Wilson v. Frito Lay is the latest food-related class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, adding to the growing wave of ridiculous consumer class action lawsuits filed there . . . → Read More: Potato Chip ‘Labeling’ Suit Latest of Ridiculous Consumer Class Actions in Northern California

April 24th, 2012

Welcomed Signs of Fairness in Former ‘Judicial Hellhole’

Last week, Merck & Co. successfully defended itself against a claim involving its drug, Fosamax. This was the company’s fifth win in six such cases that have gone to trial. The cases were heard in the Atlantic County Superior Court by Judge Carol Higbee, a court that has consistently been targeted by our Judicial Hellholes report. . . . → Read More: Welcomed Signs of Fairness in Former ‘Judicial Hellhole’

April 5th, 2012

Siding with Hamburger and Toy Lovers, Judge Dismisses Incompetent Parents’ Class Action

In a big win for lovers of hamburgers and cheap toys, and in a stinging defeat for incompetent parents who can’t control the acquisitive impulses of their young children, a San Francisco judge yesterday thankfully disposed of another crazy California consumer class action — this one targeting McDonald’s — like a garbage bag full of stale buns . . . → Read More: Siding with Hamburger and Toy Lovers, Judge Dismisses Incompetent Parents’ Class Action

September 26th, 2011

Caveat Emptor, for Crying out Loud!

American Tort Reform Association communications director Darren McKinney fired up a comment to an online UPI story he sees as too sympathetic to trial lawyers and class actions . . . → Read More: Caveat Emptor, for Crying out Loud!

August 9th, 2011

Trial Lawyers Plaguing California Small Businesses

If it’s not with phony wheelchair access claims or absurd consumer protection lawsuits, California plaintiffs lawyers also extort money from small businessmen and women by exploiting an environmental law that’s ripe for reform . . . → Read More: Trial Lawyers Plaguing California Small Businesses

February 18th, 2011

‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together

As reported by the New York Daily News, a New Jersey woman who tried to perpetrate a coupon con on a department store has conspired with a personal injury lawyer relative of hers in Queens, N.Y., to gin up a class action because, she alleges, she’s owed 80 cents. . . . → Read More: ‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together