Consumer Protection

Harvard Grad Threatens Legal Action Over $4 Charge

According to Boston.com, Ben Edelman graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, got a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is now an associate professor at Harvard Business School. And yet he remains…


U.S. Pat. No. 8605152: Method for Filming a Yoga Class

"The yoga community went into uproar," says the Electronic Frontier Foundation, after companies that offer online fitness classes got letters from a competitor, YogaGlo, saying that it had applied for a patent on the "method and technique" involved. The method and…


“The Super Bowl of Fortuneteller Fraud Cases”

That's how the New Times describes a trial beginning today in West Palm Beach. Prosecutors say that Rose Marks, "the 62-year-old matriarch of a local gypsy family," cheated clients out of $25 million over a 20-year period. Seventeen million of that…



I Can’t Play NHL 2008 Online Forever, Plaintiff Complains

Well, the ever-roiling, always-turbid waters of California consumer law have just coughed up yet another ridiculous creature whose slowly decomposing corpse will stink up the once-pleasant beach that is the federal docket for the next several months. (Previous sentence ©2013…


Here Come the Other “Happy Birthday” Lawsuits

Here we go: according to a press release I just got, two more plaintiffs have filed "Happy Birthday" lawsuits—not meaning that they sued somebody on his or her birthday but they are jumping into the litigation over whether "Happy Birthday…


New York Considering Bowling-Shoe Warnings

You know those shoes they make you rent when you go bowling? The special shoes that are so ugly that people won’t steal them and so slippery that they won’t hamper your bowling? But are also so slippery that they…



This Product Contains 100% Something!

A reader noticed this label on a carpet: More specifically, this: My first thought was, how do they know? What if I can identify one of the fibers? Can I sue because I was promised a mystery rug? It turns…


WARNING: Peanut Shells May Contain Peanuts

Here's how utterly ridiculous this story is. In the UK, unshelled peanuts are called "monkey nuts," as depicted here, but although this story therefore involves people being "warned not to eat roasted monkey nuts," THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH BY…