Absurdity In Our Overly-Litigious Society

by Sal on June 10, 2009

in Culture,Judicial Watch,Law

It is no secret that America has become an overly-litigious society.  People have brought forward and won many stupid lawsuits that should never even see the light of day.  Thankfully, one frivolous lawsuit was thrown out yesterday in a federal court in California.

A federal judge in California has dismissed a complaint filed by a San Diego woman who had bought “Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries” for four years believing the cereal contained real berries.  Janine Sugawara cried fraud when she learned the “berries” were only colored cereal balls flavored with strawberry concentrate. She sued the manufacturer on behalf of all crunchberry-eating Americans.

Even more hilarious was the court’s ruling throwing out the case:

This Court is not aware of, nor has Plaintiff alleged the existence of, any actual fruit referred to as a “crunchberry.” … A reasonable consumer would not be deceived into believing that the Product in the instant case contained a fruit that does not exist. … So far as this Court has been made aware, there is no such fruit growing in the wild or occurring naturally in any part of the world.  Plaintiff did not explain why she could not reasonably have figured this out at any point during the four years she alleged she bought Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries in reliance on defendant’s fraud.

The fact that such a lawsuit would even be brought by someone is an illustration of how our overly-litigious society has promoted the bringing of frivilous lawsuits.  Even though the suit was thrown out, it is likely that the manufacturer of Cap’n Crunch, Quaker Oats, had to retain and pay counsil and spend dollars responding to this lawsuit before it was thrown out.  A “Loser Pays” system would help to weed out these frivolous suits.  It will be interesting to see what Sugawara will try next — apparently, she had previously sued the manufacturer of “Froot Loops” because they did not contain real loops made from fruit.  I think we all know who the real “Froot Loop” is here.

H/T: Moonbattery

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