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The nationwide massage chain, Massage Envy, is being targeted by a class action lawsuit estimated at $117 million. What’s the rub? Well, the lawsuit itself for starters. Massage Envy customers sign a contract, which “states that when a member cancels or stops paying, all outstanding prepaid massages are ‘summarily and irreversibly forfeited’.” Gail Hahn filed her lawsuit in California…

Investor’s Business Daily‘s “Capital Hill” column highlights ILR’s “Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014,” noting, “in our litigious nation, frivolous and abusive lawsuits have become commonplace.” “If we had to choose a favorite,” continues the article, it would be “the case of a man who had filed a personal injury lawsuit claiming he had ‘serious, permanent…

A picture can be worth—a thousand burns? Selena Edwards of Victorville, CA claimed that hot McDonald’s coffee spilled on her right hand, resulting in second-degree burns. However, after an investigation by state insurance officials, it was discovered that “the photos and medical documents Edwards provided to bolster her case came from the Internet.” Edwards now…

Lifetime Products, a California company that makes basketball hoops, has paid out more than $1.3 million in a class action lawsuit over the hoops’ “Made in the USA” label. The basis of the suit?  The company imported bolts and the net packaged with the hoop were apparently made in China. The suit was filed under…

Mexican fast-food chain Rubio’s sends employment-related, non-marketing text messages to its employees. When one of the restaurant’s former employees’ cell phone was lost, however, the number was “repossessed” and ascribed to a new user. The company was under the impression that it was texting an employee — but that didn’t stop the number’s new owner from…

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