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These Are the Most Ridiculous Food Lawsuits of 2018 — From McDonald's to StarKist to Kind Bars

That feeling when you didn't want the cheese McDonald's gave you, so you sue for $5 million.

By Alesandra Dubin

It's Friday before the Christmas holiday weekend. It's kind of a Christmas miracle you're at work at all — and it will be another one if you can make it until lunchtime without dipping into that bottle of bubbly on your desk with a bow. You know what? Screw it — pop that bottle and get tipsy. It's time.

For your mid-day holiday happy hour fodder, we present you with something appropriately frivolous: the most ridiculous food-related lawsuits of 2018.

Specifically, the official list of the top "10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018" comes from, a public awareness effort created by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to highlight absurd and ridiculous lawsuits across America and around the world. And while the selection wasn't specifically limited to food lawsuits, wouldn't you know that eight of the top 10 were connected to restaurants, groceries, and other culinary curiosities?

Behold the eight food stories that scooped up this year's dubious distinctions, as described by the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign: 

  • A man sues Starkist Tuna because its cans have the American Heart Association’s Heart Checkmark logo. He claims the logo tricks people into thinking their tuna is healthier than other brands.
  • A woman sues Canada Dry Ginger Ale for fooling customers because the soda doesn’t contain real ginger… even though the ingredients are listed on every can.
  • Two customers sue McDonald’s for $5 million because they wanted a DISCOUNT for their burgers after asking for no cheese! That’s enough to buy over 1.3 million Quarter Pounders.
  • Paradise-obsessed customers sue Kona Brewery because they thought ALL their beer was brewed ONLY in Hawaii, even though the packaging clearly lists its brewing locations in boring, old Oregon and New Hampshire.
  • A French waiter in Canada sued his employer after being fired for his rude and disrespectful attitude. He says rudeness is a trait of his culture, and he is being discriminated against.
  • A hangry woman sued Tootsie Roll Industries claiming Junior Mints boxes have almost as much air as candy, even though the amount of candy is listed on the packaging.
  • The makers of Kind Snack Bars are being sued for putting “chemical-sounding terms like ascorbic acid” in their bars, which is literally another name for vitamin C.
  • Trial lawyers sued coffee companies under California’s Prop. 65 law. Now your daily fix could come with a warning label — just like all your other hazardous vices.
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