A blog post from Reason says “greedy lawyers” are to blame for the rise of class action litigation against food companies.
The post points to a few Illinois cases as prime examples of frivolous food litigation, including a recently dismissed class action lawsuit over allegedly under-filled candy boxes and the infamous Subway ‘footlong’ lawsuit settlement, which was also rejected by the courts. Judges should have “skepticism” when examining such lawsuits, the writer says.
Last year, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released a report documenting the rise of food litigation. In 2008, there were only 20 new related federal class actions filed or removed to federal court. In 2016, there were at least 170 such new class actions.