You know, a couple posts down, we ran Cheryl Miller's item about Republican would-be-governor Tom Campbell and his voter-pandering appeal against trial lawyers: Charge people for filing frivolous lawsuits. The headline (my fault, not Cheryl's) takes particular aim at this elitist and undemocratic idea.
And today, it miiiiiiight be time for a reassessment. Via the indomitable BoingBoing, we find Lowering the Bar's item about a woman who, in the Eastern District of California, sued the maker of Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal (PepsiCo — who knew?) because she'd been buying it for years and had recently realized it contains no berries! None! In fact, there's no such thing as a "crunch berry"!
From Lowering the Bar:
Judge Morrison England Jr., who surely had better things to do in the dispensing of justice category, ruled against Ms. Sugawara and her attorney, Hal Hewell, on the grounds that her suit was dumber than a DVD gift set of "So You Think You Can Dance" (translated from the legalese; hey, I'm not a lawyer).
While the suit looks as frivolous as nail polish on a rhinoceros,* I'll tell you this: I would've paid a reasonable admission fee to see this argued. Unfortunately, according to the dismissal, linked at LtB, England seemed to feel it wasn't worth taking time on orals. This bodes ill for the claim I'm working on. Apparently there's no bulls — of any color — in Red Bull! Intererested lawyers, call me!