Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week 2020

October 5-9, 2020

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is about shining a light on the injustices plaguing our civil justice system. Join us as we highlight abuses and misuses of our courts and help us open a dialogue on why education surrounding lawsuit abuse is much needed. 

Ridiculous Lawsuit Examples

  • Blueberry Bagels: A December 2019 complaint filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York alleged a Panera blueberry bagel purchased in Manhattan did not contain blueberries but instead “dyed lumps.”  The complaint argues that the bagel’s advertising breached the New York Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices law, among others.  
  • Vanilla Vigilante: Infamous Long Island attorney Spencer Sheehan, nicknamed the “Vanilla Vigilante,” sued Whole Foods for $5 million claiming the vanilla soy milk is flavored with ingredients in addition to vanilla. 
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Bars: A May 2020 lawsuit contends that Haagen-Dasz milk chocolate coated ice cream bars should be labeled as milk chocolate and vegetable oil coated chocolate bars.  The company says vegetable oil is used as an ingredient to help overcome the difficulties of applying a coating of chocolate to ice cream; the oil is not otherwise included in milk chocolate.  
  • Potato Skins: A lawsuit against a snack food manufacturer alleges the potato skin snacks do not contain potato skins, and instead, contain potato starch and potato flakes.  The snack food producer sells “potato skin snacks” in supermarkets and uses TGI Friday’s logo and name.  In June 2020, New York federal judge Katherine Polk Failla allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

Vote for the most ridiculous lawsuit!

As we face the effects of COVID-19 and adjust to our “new normal,” ridiculous lawsuits should not be a worry right now. Unfortunately, a wave of them is expected to come. According to a recent study, there has been a reported increase in lawsuits stemming from COVID-19 starting back in March, including 72 class action lawsuits.  

Lawsuits are not the answer – join the conversation online using #LawsuitAbuseAwarnessWeek.

The American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on the worst abuses of the civil justice system across the country.

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week occurs the first full week of October each year. Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week highlights abuses and misuses of the American civil justice system by highlighting specific instances of lawsuit abuse and encouraging public discourse and education surrounding lawsuit abuse. Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week 2020 is October 5-9, 2020.