Consumer Protection


Magnetic Underpants Questioned

Lobatoz v. Dream Products Inc., No. BC463269 (Cal. Super. Ct., filed June 10, 2011). Putative California-only consumer class action filed against Dream Products Inc. in California Superior Court (Los Angeles County) alleging deceptive marketing of the defendant's "Magnetic Slimming Panties."…


The Taco Bell Approach to Class-Action Defense

This isn't new, but I'm doing a presentation on class actions and was reminded I had been meaning to post it here: As you may surmise from that, Taco Bell aggressively defended that lawsuit, in court and in the media,…


Woman Sues Adidas After Fall She Blames on Sticky Shoes

Please be advised that certain new shoes may pose a tripping hazard, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Adidas. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (via the ABA Journal) that a woman is alleging she was injured in 2010 because her…


Fire in the Hole! More About Ear Candling

I briefly reported last month that a woman had filed a lawsuit alleging she was injured by hot candle wax that got into her ear, although it turned out it got there because she paid somebody to stick a lit…


Iraqi Treasury Gets Partial Refund on Magic Wands

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry reportedly said it had recovered the equivalent of $20 million that the government lost due to corruption. Unfortunately, that's only a fraction of the amount it lost to people who duped it into buying…


Buy Some of Bernie Madoff’s Stupid Crap This Weekend

The U.S. Marshals Service has announced it will be holding a large auction of the remaining belongings of Bernie Madoff, on account of he will not be needing any of this stuff for the next 150 years or so. The…


McDonald’s Ordered to Pay Fat Manager

Via the Law360 service I learned that a judge in Brazil has ordered McDonald's to pay a former manager $17,500 based on his allegations that he gained 65 pounds during his years with the company, due to such dastardly corporate practices as offering employees…


Witch Regulation Moving Forward In Russia

The question of whether Russia or Romania has more powerful witches has now been settled, or at least the question of which set of witches has more powerful lobbyists. Just a couple of weeks ago, Romanian lawmakers refused to pass…