October 17, 2005, - 4:40 pm

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

By Debbie Schlussel
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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