Lawsuit claims Garden Veggie Straws have no veggies

Garden Veggie Straws claim to have less fat than potato chips, but a lawsuit in federal court against the snack’s maker contends there’s something else Veggie Straws has less of — vegetables.

Two plaintiffs are seeking class action status on behalf of everyone who has purchased Veggie Straws in the last six years.

They allege that the snack contains potato starch and flour, corn starch, tomato paste, and spinach powder.

The suit seeks monetary relief and an injunction against the so-called misleading advertising of Veggie Straws.

Until this ridiculous lawsuit is heard in court, we won’t know if the plaintiff’s case can celery the judge on the merits or if the judge will tell them to … beat it.

 

Judge tells “vexatious litigant” she’s no longer welcome in court

A judge in Ontario, Canada, has told a woman known for filing frequent lawsuits that she’s no longer welcome in court.

One-time beauty queen, Althea Reyes, has been declared “a vexatious litigant” for her abuse of the court’s process and waste of judicial and public resources.

According to the Toronto Star, Reyes has sued at least 30 people, companies, and organizations since 2011, including men she’s had relationships with, a school board, bank employees, a pawn shop, a dry cleaner, and lawyers who opposed her in court.

Even complete strangers aren’t safe.

She sued one of those, too.

She even tried to sue the Toronto Sun to stop a journalist covering her story from contacting her.

The “vexatious litigate” designation means Reyes now needs to seek the court’s permission before filing any lawsuits.

Survey: Florida’s Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation’s Worst

Florida is ranked #46 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States survey, falling two spots from its already low 2015 ranking.

Florida scores poorly in all of the key element categories, but particularly with regard to the competence and impartiality of trial judges—where it ranked 48th.

Watch the video above to learn more.

Missouri’s Leaders Work to Improve Lawsuit Climate as New Survey Shows State’s Ranking has Slipped

Missouri’s lawsuit climate fell to 49th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The low ranking comes at the very time that Missouri’s governor and legislature have passed significant legal reforms designed to fix the problem that the survey highlights.

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States surveyed senior business executives on their experiences with state lawsuit environments. The survey was in the field in the spring before the new reforms passed, and therefore reflect Missouri’s long-running problems with its lawsuit climate rather than the positive impact of its new laws.

The emphasis on tort reform by Governor Greitens and other political leaders comes at a critical time. An all-time high 85 percent of survey participants said that a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company’s decisions about where to locate or expand.

“Missouri’s lawsuit climate is in a state of transition, and Gov. Greitens and the state legislature deserve credit for rolling up their sleeves and working hard to turn things around,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “That’s a tall order given the poor legal environment that developed under past leaders, but the state is now showing a new determination to be known as the ‘Show-Me State’ rather than the ‘Sue-Me State.’”

Missouri’s reforms include keeping “junk science” out of state courts, reining in “gotcha” lawsuits against insurers who tried to pay a claim in good faith, and allowing juries to know whether a plaintiff already received compensation for the injury over which they’re suing.

More reforms are slated for next year’s legislative session, giving Missouri optimism that its ranking will improve in future surveys.

Survey: Louisiana’s Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation’s Worst

For the first time, Louisiana’s lawsuit climate ranked 50th – the worst in the nation – according to a national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

Louisiana had ranked 49th in the four previous surveys.

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States surveyed senior business executives on their experiences with state lawsuit environments.

Watch the video above and click here to learn more.