If a restaurant provided you with so-called “fake butter” on your bagel after you ordered real butter — would you simply ask for new bagel, or would you file a costly lawsuit?
That’s the very choice that faced Jan Polanik of Worcester, MA after he ordered a bagel with real butter at Dunkin Donuts. Polanik, however, chose to file two lawsuits — accusing more than 20 Dunkin Donuts franchises in the state of “putting a butter substitute on his bagels when he ordered real butter.”
Interestingly, Polanik’s own attorney hinted at the ridiculousness of Polanik’s decision, telling the Boston Globe that, “Candidly, it seems like a really minor thing, and we thought twice or three times about whether to bring a lawsuit or not.”
But that didn’t stop them from suing the businesses, dragging them into costly litigation.
The class-action suits represented any customer who “ordered a baked product, such as a bagel, with butter, but instead received margarine or butter substitute between June 24, 2012, and June 24, 2016.”
The franchises and Polanik have reportedly reached a settlement, but details of that deal have not been reported.
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.
In August 2015, Kimberly Bonn visited the restaurant and voluntarily climbed up on the donkey statue, which she says was “smooth and slick,” causing her to fall.
She’s now suing El Jalisco, reportedly seeking damages of more than $15,000, saying that the restaurant owner encourages patrons to ride the donkey and that the statute lacks “safety features, such as a steps, a ladder, or a non-slip saddle.”
Supporters of the restaurant — and the donkey — have made it known they think Bonn’s lawsuit is ridiculous, with their Facebook campaign page stating:
“Just because you are an a*s doesn’t mean you should be treated like one! Join us in standing up for this poor donkey from El Jalisco Restaurant here in Tallahassee as he prepares for the fight of his life against a powerful legal entity who is “for the people” – Share the page and pictures here using #ForTheDonkey.”
The “For the Donkey” theme, of course, is a playful swipe at the plaintiffs’ firm representing Bonn, Morgan & Morgan, which uses the phrase “For the People” as its tagline.
Twelve years ago, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Grant Ledyard and his wife hosted a birthday party for their son. During that party, apparently channeling the Hanson Brothers from the classic hockey movie, Slap Shot, a child “swung a plastic golf club and struck 11-year-old Brianna Fasanello, splitting her lip and knocking out a front tooth.”
No word on whether the child spent any time in the penalty box for the infraction.
The Ledyards felt bad about the incident and the next day “went over to the Fasanello home with gifts and a get-well card.”
“Jacob felt bad that Brianna had had her tooth knocked out at our house, and we went over the next day to just say ‘hello’ and check on her and make sure she was okay,” Elizabeth Ledyard said.
The Ledyards thought the incident was in the past.
But in 2012, Brianna Fasanello — who who is now a 23-year-old woman — sued the Ledyards over the incident, as well as the mother of the then-4-year-old who allegedly swing the plastic club. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing in the whole world,” the boy’s mother said of the lawsuit, according to a court record.
In September, a judge dismissed the lawsuit against the boy’s mother, but allowed the suit against the Ledyards to move forward.
What do you think — is Fasanello’s lawsuit ridiculous, unsportsmanlike conduct?y swing the plastic club. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
I received a notice of a class action. For not being paid overtime for 5 years, I was offered a total of $300 in the settlement. The legal fees payable to the attorney were over $130,000.
I worked for 5 years for the same company. During this time I worked overtime, but I was compensated for business generated.
Recently, I received a notice of a class action. For not being paid overtime for 5 years, I was offered a total of $300 in the settlement. The legal fees payable to the attorney were over $130,000.
I don’t care what anyone says. This is outright legal extortion on the backs of working people. This is casa nostra. Where are the state attorneys general now? They go after the working people trying to make a living, yet the lawyers have free reign.
I am a quadriplegic living on Social Security disability and a modest pension.
I am a quadriplegic living on Social Security disability and a modest pension. I live in my own handicapped adapted home and receive health care from a local visiting nurse agency.
A nurse familiar with my home and its facilities claimed that she slipped over a chair in my room while my back was to her. This was a chair she was familiar with, but she said she walked backwards away from my bed during my care. She hopped within my view claiming an injury to her knee. She called her agency and reported that she couldn’t continue the remainder of her visits but did stay with me to complete my care, which was noncritical.
She claimed a disability leave from work under workman’s compensation, returned to work in light duty and was eventually laid off. Later, I was sued by her lawyer, who claims that she suffered a “career ending injury” from a “spinal cord injury,” although her original claim was for her knee. She is not satisfied with the limits of my home owners insurance and is pursuing all my assets including my home.