Sugary Sports Beans, Uber Divorce Claims Among Chamber’s ‘Most Ridiculous’ Lawsuits of 2017

December 28, 2017

A lawsuit by a woman claiming she was deceived about the amount of sugar in an exercise supplement called Sport Beans tops the list of what a top U.S. business lobby sees as the “most ridiculous” lawsuits of 2017.

Jelly Belly advertised its Sport Beans as as containing “electrolytes and vitamins.” California resident Jessica Gomez sued for false advertising, claiming she was deceived over how much sugar was in the product by the label’s use of the term “evaporated cane juice,” which she said is the same as sugar.

The case is among those on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) list of the “Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017.”

The ILR also cites a case in France where a husband sought $48 million in damages from ride-hailing app Uber for allegedly ruining his marriage. The plaintiff claimed that Uber continued to provide his wife with notifications of his pick-ups and drop-offs after he once logged into the app on her phone. He said that’s why she filed for divorce.

The list includes a case where a woman was injured when she fell off a donkey statue at a poplar local restaurant in Florida.

“Lawsuits like these may be a dream come true for late night comedians, but the toll that abusive litigation takes on our society is no joke,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement.

The ILR’s “Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017” are:

  1. ‘Deceived’ by Jelly Beans, Woman Files Lawsuit Against Jelly Belly (San Bernardino County, California)
  2. Man Sues Uber for Ruining His Marriage (France)
  3. ‘Time Clock’ Lawsuit Filed Against Starbucks (California)
  4. Man Trips Over Christmas Tree, Sues (New Milford, New Jersey)
  5. Negligent Handshake Leads to Lawsuit (Palm Beach County, Florida)
  6. Woman Sues Restaurant After Falling Off Popular Donkey Statue (Tallahassee, Florida)
  7. Class Action Lawsuit Over ‘Fake Butter’ (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  8. Man Sues Date for Texting During Movie (Austin, Texas)
  9. 15-Year-Old Sues Mom for Confiscating Phone (Spain)
  10. Woman Sues U.S. Government Over Nacho Cheese Burn (Wichita Falls, Texas)

The Chamber said its list is based on the 10 most popular stories featured on ILT’s FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org.