Deceived by jelly beans, woman files lawsuit against Jelly Belly

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.”

OMG: Man sues date for texting during movie

“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?

NBA fan sues because Warriors player inujured Spurs star

Some people take sports very seriously.  But perhaps no one takes it more seriously than San Antonio Spurs fan Juan Vasquez.

Vasquez was so incensed that Golden State Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia injured the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard in game 1 of the teams’ Western Conference Finals matchup that he’s filed a lawsuit seeking $73,000, and for the court to put a stop to Pachulia’s defensive closeout techniques.

If the court even has the ability to govern basketball defensive formations, that is.

According to Vasquez’s attorney,

“All we are asking from the court is that this type of behavior, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio,” said Alfonso Kennard, Jr., lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

The Spurs’ were swept in the series 4-0.  No idea yet if this ridiculous lawsuit will be swept out of court, but it’s far from a slam dunk.

Stemming the Tide of Hailstorm Lawsuits in Texas

As a lifelong Texan, Cynthia Leal has lived through a lot of hailstorms, but she’ll not soon forget the storm of 2014.

The day after the storm, so-called “runners” for plaintiffs’ law firms were knocking on doors in Cynthia’s neighborhood. These “runners” are a type of door to door salesman for plaintiffs firms, recruiting homeowners to sue their insurance companies.

“She (the runner) took me outside she said, you see there you see on your roof, that storm caused this,” explained Cynthia. “They showed me pictures of checks, of thousands of dollars. This guy went and he bought a motorcycle, this guy went and he put a pool in his house.”

Leal initially declined to participate, but after weeks of persistence she finally agreed to the lawyers offer to help her file an insurance claim. It wasn’t long before she find out she had been taken for a ride.

The law firm negotiated an $11,000 settlement — far less than the $40,000 Leal had been told it would cost to repair her roof.

For her troubles, Leal would only be offered a few hundred dollars.

“I felt like I was pushed into a corner, I didn’t know where to go, what to do, how to get out of it,” she said. “I was terrified.”

Texas hail storm litigation has exploded in recent years, with some estimates of more than 36,000 cases filed since 2012. The Texas Department of Insurance estimates a 1,400 percent increase in these lawsuits between 2012 and 2015.

Hail is just one type of storm-related litigation. Similar cases are brought after tornadoes and other natural disasters. That’s why Texas has a new law to stem the tide of these storm chase lawsuits — to stop plaintiffs’ lawyers from using homeowners like Cynthia as settlement pawns.

“I don’t know if it’s the lawyers, the adjusters, who it is exactly, but something is wrong with the system,” said Cynthia. “I mean if you go from $40,000 to giving the homeowner $600, I mean, where is it going to?

Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017: Episode 2

15 Year Old Sues Mom for Confiscating his Phone

It’s not uncommon for a concerned mother to take certain steps to ensure her child buckles down on schoolwork. That may include taking away television privileges, grounding the kid from going out with friends on the weekend or, these days, confiscating a smartphone.

But that latter action landed one Spanish mom in court recently, as her 15 year old son sued her – accusing her of “mistreatment” after she confiscated his phone to make him study. FoxNews.com reports that a Spanish judge sided with the mom, ruling that she was “well within her rights” as a mother to confiscate the phone.

Woman Sues Restaurant After Falling off Popular Donkey Statue

The donkey statue at El Jalisco restaurant in Tallahassee, Florida is a popular feature for patrons at the Mexican restaurant.

It’s so popular, in fact, that patrons have organized a “For the Donkey” Facebook campaign to save the popular statute after one local woman sued the restaurant after she hopped up on the statue and reportedly fell and injured herself.

Massachusetts Man Files Class Action Lawsuit over ‘Fake Butter’

Is so-called “fake butter” on your bagel worthy of a lawsuit? A Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts customer seems to thinks so

He ordered a bagel with what he thought was real butter, but discovered the butter wasn’t actually from a cow. So, he filed two lawsuits, even seeking class action status for any other customers who might have similar issues with their buttered bagels.