Less than four minutes.
That’s how long Starbucks estimates it takes for one of its employees to log out and lock up the store each day at closing.
But former Starbucks shift supervisor Douglas Troester is the lead plaintiff in a class action case now before the California State Supreme Court.
The lawsuit alleges the company should pay him for the time it takes to lock the doors after clocking out at closing.
“This case is, at bottom, about the de minimis doctrine. That’s what the California Supreme Court has taken on and is going to decide,” said attorney Blaine Evanson, an expert on wage-and-hour lawsuits. “If an employee works a couple seconds, or a couple minutes, after his scheduled work time, we’re not going to require the employee to pay the employee for that amount of time, if it’s just practically impossible to record that time, or to track it over time.”
If Troester’s suit is successful, Starbucks argues, it will overturn decades of precedent and open the floodgates of what it calls “absurd” lawsuits.
It will also likely earn Troester’s plaintiffs’ attorney team millions of dollars . . . and, of course, also be one more cost to your morning cup of joe.
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Many people who have been through the experience of a lawsuit might describe the experience as “hell.” But for one particular lawsuit, that description takes on a whole new meaning.
Several former members of the Swedish doom metal band Ghost have filed a lawsuit against the group’s lead singer, arguing that the “unabashed dishonest, greed, and darkness” of the group wasn’t just confined to their dark, heavy music.
The group Ghost performs entirely in costume with the lead singer, known publicly as Papa Emeritus, in the garb of a satanic priest. The other band members – known only as “Nameless Ghouls,” dressed in costumes and mouthless, horned masks.
Part of the bands mystique was that their true identities were completely hidden from the public. Completely hidden, that is, until a lawsuit filed by some of the Nameless Ghouls revealed their identities to the world.
The litigious Ghouls contend that frontman Papa Emeritus, whose real name is Tobias Forge, “forced them to clean his musty costumes, clashed with them while on tour and financially shortchanged them.”
Forge contends that the Ghouls were only musicians for hire, and thus were never a crucial part of the band.
The Ghouls are seeking unpaid compensation of $22,000.
Expecting to enjoy the delicious treats that former President Ronald Reagan loved so much, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the Jelly Belly company after she accidentally consumed the company’s Sport Beans product.
Sport Beans are an exercise supplement produced by Jelly Belly, advertised as containing “electrolytes and vitamins.” But California resident Jessica Gomez says she was deceived about the sugar content of the product, with it containing more sugar than she was expecting.
The response from Jelly Belly? They called the lawsuit “nonsense.”
Gomez’s lawsuit claims that the product contains “evaporated cane juice,” which Gomez contends is nothing more than a substitute term for sugar used to deceive well-meaning health nuts who still want to eat their Jelly Beans.
But, Jelly Belly contends that Gomez couldn’t have possibly read the “evaporated cane juice” on the ingredient list without also observing the nutritional information that discloses total sugar content.
Gomez’s suit alleges “negligent misrepresentation and violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, False Advertising Law and Unfair Business Practices Law. She is seeking a trial by jury, damages, restitution, attorneys’ fees and injunctive relief.”
“Bad first date” stories are very common — but what about stories about first dates that end in a lawsuit?
Brendan Vezmar of Austin, Tx., sued a woman who joined him on a first date to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 because she was texting during the film. The suit sought the cost of the movie ticket … a whopping $17.31.
“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. Only a short while into the film, the date began texting on her phone, which Vezman described as “like one of my biggest pet peeves.”
According to Vezmar, she used her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to text and check her messages. After he asked her to stop, and she refused, the woman eventually left the theater without Vezmar, leaving him to find a ride for himself.
When Vezmar called the woman and asked her to reimburse him the $17.31 cost of the movie ticket for providing him with such a disappointing first date, she at first refused.
The CEO of the movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse, even offered a gift certificate for the full cost of a ticket to settle the lawsuit.
In the end, the woman decided to reimburse the man for the cost of the movie.
”The date just didn’t work out and I would love to give you your $17.31 if you can just leave me alone,” she told the man.
The man accepted the apology — and the $17.31. But is clogging up the courts with ridiculous suits like these a way to get revenge for a bad first date?