A California lawsuit that may lead to warning labels on coffee ranked as the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Faces of Lawsuit Abuse Campaign’s “Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2018” in an annual list released today.
“These individual lawsuits may be good for a laugh, but the collective impact of excessive litigation on society is no joke,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “Our tort system costs every U.S. household more than $3,300 each year, on average.”
The top lawsuit was brought by lawyers who sued under California’s Proposition 65 law, which requires warning labels for dangerous chemicals. The lawyers pointed to a substance that is naturally produced in the roasting process as a chemical that requires such a label. Other lawsuits that make up the Top 10 include suing over unwanted cheese, a man trying to legally change his age for his online dating profile, beer brewing locations, and more. The full list can be found on the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse website here.