The Law

The Law

Campbell's Soup Trademarked the Word 'Chunky' Because Everyone Made Fun of It

Campbell referenced parodies from The Simpsons, Family Guy, and even Ghostface Killah in its trademark application.
Jelisa Castrodale
2.7.19
The Law

Inside the Fight to Sell Home-Cooked Food in California

“We’re trying to create a viable economic opportunity for stay-at-home parents, first-generation immigrants, and low income people of color."
Lauren Rothman
8.24.18
beer

In-N-Out Burger Sends Dad-Joke-Filled Cease-and-Desist Letter to Craft Brewery

In-N-Stout was inspired by the Neapolitan shake on the West Coast burger chain's secret menu.
Jelisa Castrodale
8.15.18
lawsuit

Why In-N-Out Burger Is Suing a Dry Cleaning Business in Kansas

The Irvine, California-based chain was alerted to the copycat logo by disappointed customers who allegedly thought that one of its restaurants was opening in Kansas.
Jelisa Castrodale
2.9.17
Street Food

How This Elotero Is Dealing With Gentrification

A street corn vendor in Highland Park is now accepting debit and credit cards through the Square app, something that was previously unheard of for LA’s street vendors.
Javier Cabral
9.12.16
The Law

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Complaining About the Ice in Starbucks Iced Drinks

“If children have figured out that including ice in a cold beverage decreases the amount of liquid they will receive, [then] a reasonable customer would not be deceived [by the ice],” the judge wrote.
Jelisa Castrodale
8.24.16
The Law

Frivolous Lawsuit of the Day: Three Moms Mad That Cheez-Its Aren’t Healthy Enough

In an anti-carb world, it was only a matter of time until even the most innocuously wheaty little snacks would be under fire. Like, say, the squares of joy known as Cheez-Its.
Hilary Pollack
5.20.16
The Law

Disney World Is Being Sued for Allegedly Paying a Waitress Less than Minimum Wage

Jasmine Sandoval’s suit claims that she spent more than 20 percent of her working hours doing untipped work like washing dishes, but received the lower minimum wage of $5.04 that is meant to be implemented for workers who also receive tips.
Wyatt Marshall
3.3.16
The Law

Why Potluck Dinners Are Still Illegal in Arizona

In the great state of Arizona, throwing a potluck dinner can land you on the wrong side of the law.
Alex Swerdloff
2.9.16
Health

A Woman Got Out of a DUI Because Her Body Produces Its Own Alcohol

The condition, known as “auto-brewery syndrome” or “gut fermentation syndrome,” is rare, but it gets those who have it quite literally drunk even when they haven’t been near a bar.
Wyatt Marshall
1.4.16
Pizza

Pizza Ovens Are Under Fire in This Polluted Italian Town

The mayor of San Vitaliano has issued an ordinance banning the usage of wood-fired ovens in restaurants and bakeries for the next three months unless they’re equipped with pollution-reducing filters.
Hilary Pollack
1.4.16
The Law

Trader Joe's Is Being Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Milano Cookies

Will Pepperidge Farm reign victorious in their quest for cookie retribution? It’s hard to say for sure, but at least we now know that you can totally sue someone for making a cookie that is too similar to your own.
Alex Swerdloff
12.7.15
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