October 17, 2005, - 4:40 pm

The Ludicrous Litigeratti: Class Action Over “Low Carb” Candy

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Last week, pages of USA Today contained the usual ads over the settlement of class action lawsuits.
The latest was particularly important: a class action lawsuit against the Russell Stover candy company for the “crime” of candy labeled as “low carb” that contained more carbohydrates than advertised.
Doesn’t this sound like a hilarious “Seinfeld” episode about “low-fat” frozen yogurt? Yes, it does. And that’s where absurd class action lawsuits like this one belong–in the sitcoms, not our real-life court system.
Reading the settlement ad is like reading a comic book: “A refund of thirty cents ($.30) for each purchase of a “low carb” candy, up to a maximum of 5 purchases.”
Wonderful. Marvelous. Lucky you could get up to a buck and a half, while lawyers James H. McFerrin and James Stirling of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of McFerrin, Stirling & Hood collects gazillions in legal fees for their “heroic” litigation on behalf of low-carb warriors everywhere.
I can hardly wait for the movie, starring Camryn Manheim.

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2 Responses

Class action lawsuits, initially thought a good idea, but have been turned into a mafia business for ‘lawyers.’ Of course to get that $1.50, you gotta fill out a form, spend .37 cents to post it, then you gotta deposit the $1.50 check you eventually get. Such a deal.

John Sobieski on October 17, 2005 at 5:28 pm

Idiots. Oh, I didn’t know Russel Stover was fattening?

KOAJaps on October 18, 2005 at 6:41 pm

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