Food lawsuits pop up all the time and, more often than not, they are dumb, if not downright ridiculous. (Looking at you under-filled-candy-box-guy.) So we went ahead and rounded up some of the craziest, most bizarre, head-scratching-est food lawsuits out there for you to enjoy.
1. The Fruitless Froot Loops Lawsuit
We’re coming out of the gate swinging with this logic-defying lawsuit in which Froot Loops-maker Kellogg was sued by a consumer who felt he had been misled by marketing to believe the cereal contained “real, nutritious fruit.” It’s unclear where he thought the fruit was hiding or why he didn’t check the ingredients (a laundry list of sugars and flours). The kicker? He’s far from the only person to bring this lawsuit against Kellogg.
2. The 'Greek Yogurt Isn't Made In Greece?' Lawsuit
Everybody knows that all Italian sausage has to be made in Italy, all Belgian waffles come from Belgium, and all French fries are made by the French. Right? Oh, what’s that? Sometimes things have names that refer to a style of product, not where/who produces it? Tell that to Allen Chang and Barry Stoltz, a pair who tried to sue Chobani by saying it wasn’t "Greek enough" to label itself ‘Greek Yogurt” because it isn’t produced in Greece or by Greek people.
Because that's what Greek yogurt means, obviously.
3. The McDonald's Single Napkin Lawsuit
How much is one napkin worth? Maybe $1.5 million, according to a man in California who is sued the golden arches for “undue mental anguish” after receiving only one napkin in his bag. The man claims that when he asked the manager for more napkins to clean off a table he was refused, which escalated into an arguing match and this outstanding quote via Huffington Post: “‘I should have went to eat at the Jack In The Box, because I didn’t come here to argue over napkins,’ he says in his suit. ‘I came here to eat.’”
4. The 'Fast Food Made Me Fat' Lawsuit
An obese man filed a class-action lawsuit in the state of New York claiming that KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy’s had caused his obesity by not properly disclosing the content of their food. The 270-pound man claimed he used to eat at fast food restaurants four to five times a week, even after suffering a heart attack, because fast food restaurants didn’t make it clear how much fat, sugar, and cholesterol their menu items contained. The case was eventually dismissed.
5. The 'I Didn't Know Jelly Beans Contained Sugar' Lawsuit
We’ve written about this one at length, but it’s so ridiculous we have to repeat it: there is sugar in jelly beans. Jelly beans are made of sugar. If you buy jelly beans, even “fitness jelly beans” (whatever the f*** those are), they’re going to have sugar in them. You cannot sue over this. Or you could. But it’s not going to go well for you.
6. The 'I Was Robbed of Nutritious Doughnuts' Lawsuit
It’s so amazing that doughnuts are not only delicious, but also packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients! Or at least that’s what one person (allegedly) thought when he filed a lawsuit against Krispy Kreme. Jason Saidian sought $5 million dollars in damages when he found out that Krispy Kreme’s fruit-flavored doughnuts, such as raspberry and blueberry, didn’t contain real fruit. According to Fortune: “the lawsuit claims that by misleading customers about the presence of these ingredients, Krispy Kreme has essentially robbed them of certain health benefits that they may have expected from the glazed doughnuts.” If you’re expecting health benefits from a doughnut, you’re beyond help.
7. The 'Nutella Isn't a Health Food?' Lawsuit
Speaking of “thinking something is healthy that is obviously not healthy:” a California mother sued Nutella after she says the product’s packaging led her to believe it was a healthy breakfast choice to serve her four-year-old daughter. She cites marketing that claims the spread is part of a balanced breakfast when combined with milk, orange juice, and whole wheat bread, but considering each serving contains 200 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat, we're not sure why common sense didn’t prevail. Either way, a payout is a payout—Nutella’s parent company Ferrero agreed to pay consumers up to $4 for every jar of Nutella purchased since August 2009.
8. The 'Where's The Steak?' Lawsuit
PSA: If you pay $3.99 for a "steak" sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts, you shouldn''t have a reasonable expectation that a fine piece of strip steak is going to be making its way into your order. But a Queens man is currently suing the coffee chain over their Steak, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, claiming the meat of the item is in fact just angus beef—not steak. The plantiff said his expectations for steak come from the product's commercial which focuses on customers "celebrating with steak," though it feel important to point out that the end of the commercial explicitly says, "Dunkin’s Steak and Egg Sandwich is oven-toasted and made with angus beef." Should've just ordered a bagel with butter instead.
9. The Not-Quite-a-Foot-Long Footlong Lawsuit
Give a man an inch and he’ll take a…lawsuit to your door. That’s what a pair of plaintiffs from New Jersey did after measuring one of Subway’s infamous footlongs revealed the sandwich was actually shy of a full 12 inches. The duo, with apparently a lot of time on their hands, drove to 17 different stores to order subs and found not one reached the full footlong mark. Dumb as it may be, a judge eventually ruled in their favor, and they each walked away $500 richer (after court fees).
10. The Icy Iced Coffee Lawsuit
You want ice in your iced coffee, for sure. (Well...maybe not.) But you also don’t want too much ice. So what’s the right amount? Apparently not however much Starbucks is dishing out. A California suit tried to argue that Starbucks was misleading its customers by advertising iced drinks as 12 ounces and 16 ounces, when in fact ice was accounting for a portion of the space in the cups. The court fortunately dismissed the claim entirely, writing, “If children have figured out that including ice in a cold beverage decreases the amount of liquid they will receive, the court has no difficulty concluding that a reasonable consumer would not be deceived into thinking that when they order an iced tea, that the drink they receive will include both ice and tea and that for a given size cup, some portion of the drink will be ice rather than whatever liquid beverage the consumer ordered.”
Well put, your honor.
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