Customer Sues Burger King & Military Over Needle-licious Triple Stacker

Customer Sues Burger King & Military Over Needle-licious Triple Stacker

Back in 2010, an Army sergeant in Hawaii was chowing down on food bought from an on-base Burger King when he claims he chomped into some needles that were definitely not on the nutritional info for the sandwich. Now, after years of negotiating a settlement have proved fruitless, he’s suing both the fast food chain and the Army and Air Force Exchange that sold him the burger. [More]

EA To Pay College Athletes Up To $951 Each For Stealing Their Likenesses

EA To Pay College Athletes Up To $951 Each For Stealing Their Likenesses

What are you worth? Or rather, how much would you want to be paid to have your likeness used in a wildly popular and profitable sports video game? According to video game giant (and two-time Worst Company In America winner) Electronic Arts, the price tag for a college athlete’s face is just shy of one thousand bucks. [More]

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You Can Make Your Own Aereo At Home, But Is It Worth It?

While cord-cutters around the country wait impatiently for the Supreme Court to make up its mind about the legality of Aereo — the subscription service that collects local over-the-air broadcast TV feeds and streams them to paying users over the Internet — we’ve been looking into what it would take to replicate something close to Aereo that couldn’t be shut down by SCOTUS. [More]

L.A. Sues JPMorgan Chase For Pushing Minorities Into Cruddy Mortgages

L.A. Sues JPMorgan Chase For Pushing Minorities Into Cruddy Mortgages

After filing similar suits against Well Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America, the city of Los Angeles is now going after JPMorgan Chase for allegedly pushing minority loan applicants into riskier and less-affordable mortgages than they were eligible for. [More]

Federal Appeals Court Tells Porn Copyright Trolls To Just Stop It Already

Federal Appeals Court Tells Porn Copyright Trolls To Just Stop It Already

While you may — and probably do — hate your cable and Internet provider, a number of these companies have been doing one thing right over the last few years, by refusing to hand over user information to copyright troll lawyers looking to extort money out of people for allegedly sharing porn over the Internet. Yesterday, a federal appeals court handed down a ruling that could send a number of these trolls back under the bridges whence they came. [More]

Hotel Files $74,500 Defamation Suit Against Anonymous TripAdvisor Reviewer

Hotel Files $74,500 Defamation Suit Against Anonymous TripAdvisor Reviewer

The relative anonymity of online review sites makes it tempting to vent one’s anger toward a company in an over-the-top way, but does the use of a screen name prevent you from being held liable for making knowingly false claims? One hotel in Oregon says no, and is suing an unknown TripAdvisor reviewer to prove that point. [More]

KlearGear Defends $3,500 Non-Disparagement Fee, Says Court Ruling Doesn’t Count

The KlearGear Terms of Sale still have this ridiculous Non-Disparagement Clause, though you first have to find a link to these terms on the company's Help page.

Last week, a federal court in Utah issued a default judgment in favor of consumers who had been slapped with a $3,500 “non-disparagement fee” from e-tailer KlearGear.com because they wrote something negative about a failed transaction online. The company failed to show up to court to defend itself, but now claims it will fight that judgment because mail about the case was sent to the wrong address. [More]

Georgia City Sued Over Law Requiring Prescription To Buy Sex Toys

Georgia City Sued Over Law Requiring Prescription To Buy Sex Toys

A man and woman in Georgia have filed a lawsuit against the city of Sandy Springs, GA, attempting to challenge a city ordinance that requires a consumer get a prescription from a doctor in order to purchase sex toys. [More]

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Former iPhone User Suing Apple Over Unreceived Texts After Switching To Android

If you wouldn’t mind casting your mind back to Wednesday, we learned that many former iPhone users who’d made the switch to an Android phone have been having problems receiving text messages from iPhones, if they got them at all. And now one consumer is taking that seemingly unaddressed issue all the way to a lawsuit seeking class-action status. [More]

Court Rules Company Can’t Collect $3,500 “Non-Disparagement” Fee For Negative Online Review

The KlearGear Terms of Sale still have this ridiculous Non-Disparagement Clause, though you first have to find a link to these terms on the company's Help page.

For months, we’ve been telling you about KlearGear.com, the online retailer that was trying to collect a $3,500 fee from unsatisfied former customers over a negative review because of a “Non-Disparagement Clause” inserted into the site’s Terms of Sale after the customers made the purchase. The customers have been trying to fight the ridiculous anti-consumer fee (which shouldn’t apply to them anyway, as they never agreed to it at the time of purchase), and finally sued the company after having their credit tainted by a bogus debt. Now a federal court has sided with the couple and tossed out the $3,500 fee. [More]

Blue Buffalo Files Lawsuit Accusing Nestle Purina Of Propagating A “Smear Campaign”

Blue Buffalo Files Lawsuit Accusing Nestle Purina Of Propagating A “Smear Campaign”

We’re not going to claim that Consumerist is psychic, but last week we did predict that a cat fight was on the horizon between Blue Buffalo and Nestle Purina. Now, hot off the heels of Purina’s lawsuit alleging Blue Buffalo lies about the ingredients in its dog food, the natural dog food manufacturer has responded in kind with a lawsuit of its own. [More]

Baby-Carrier Maker Is ‘Company Doe,’ Tried To Litigate In Secret To Save Reputation

Baby-Carrier Maker Is ‘Company Doe,’ Tried To Litigate In Secret To Save Reputation

For the past couple of years, we’ve been telling you about “Company Doe,” a manufacturer of some kind who had successfully convinced a federal court to allow it to sue the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in secret, keeping its name and all relevant details of the case shielded behind black boxes of redacted text. Last month, an appeals court recognized how ridiculous this idea was and ordered that Company Doe be unmasked. And yesterday it was finally revealed to be Ergobaby, the company behind Orbit baby carriers. [More]

POM Wonderful Tries Again To Convince Court Its Ads Aren’t Misleading

POM Wonderful Tries Again To Convince Court Its Ads Aren’t Misleading

For the last few years, the Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly spanked the makers of POM Wonderful beverages for making unsubstantiated advertising claims about the health benefits of its pomegranate juice products. But today in a federal appeals court, POM argued that the FTC went too far in regulating the ads in question. [More]

State Sues Kickstarter Project That Earned $25K But Failed To Deliver

State Sues Kickstarter Project That Earned $25K But Failed To Deliver

In what is believed to be the first consumer protection action taken by a state involving Kickstarter project, the attorney general for Washington state has filed suit against a company that raised $25,000 on the crowdfunding site but has allegedly failed to deliver anything to its backers or offer refunds. [More]

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Honking Conspiracy? Couple Suing 40 People Over Claims Of Incessant Beeping At Their House

Getting honked at even once is annoying enough, but one Ohio couple claims there’s a veritable conspiracy at work dedicated to beeping at their house over 5,000 times in the last seven years. They’re suing 40 people over it, saying their town has now turned against them. [More]

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Yankees Fan Gets $1.5 Million After City Rejected His “Buck Foston” Sports Bar

Sports rivalries can be so funny! It’s like why would Red Sox fans care if a Yankees fan wanted to start a bar named after a deer named Buck Foston — oh. Clever, right? Or not, but a jury said a club owner had the right to name his bar Buck Foston’s Road House and also gave him $1.5 million. [More]

GM Asks Plaintiffs To Pretty Please Hold Off On Ignition-Related Lawsuits

GM Asks Plaintiffs To Pretty Please Hold Off On Ignition-Related Lawsuits

General Motors has already asked a federal bankruptcy court to put an end to the spate of recently filed lawsuits related to an ignition defect that has resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people, but the carmaker is now asking the plaintiffs in those suits to voluntarily back off. [More]

49ers Fan Sues NFL For $50 Million For Letting Teams Sell Locals-Only Tickets

49ers Fan Sues NFL For $50 Million For Letting Teams Sell Locals-Only Tickets

During the most recent NFL playoffs, some teams opted to only allow people in certain areas to buy tickets. The idea was to make sure as many home team fans had access to these important games as possible, but some claim it’s an illegally discriminatory practice. [More]