2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part II of II) - The Chicago Personal Injury Law Blog

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2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part II of II)

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The remainder of our Top 10 most popular stories of 2012 continue with a freak show of litigation, including mice swimming in soda, bad gas, and finally, a celebrity sex tape ... maybe.

6. Pepsi Defends Mouse in Mountain Dew Lawsuit

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Guy goes to a vending machine, cracks open a can of Mountain Dew, and tastes a rotting mouse. Yeah, it's gross. And according to Pepsi, it's absolute baloney. Their expert argues that Mountain Dew is so acidic that by the time Roland Bell drank it, more than a year after the production date, the mouse would have been an unrecognizable glob of dissolved jelly. DO THE DEW!

7. OMG! Groupon Deal, Yelp Review, Defamation Lawsuit

A Groupon deal gone bad leads to a Yelp! review, hurt feelings, and a defamation lawsuit? Cecilia Groark purchased a Groupon from Bottled Grapes in Albany Park. Unhappy with the way it worked out, she posted a negative Yelp! review. The business owner responded to the complaint by questioning her maturity and allegedly starting a blog where the author, writing as Groark, admitted to being a prostitute and a drug addict. She's now suing the owner of Bottled Grapes for defamation. This post explores the difference between negative opinions and false facts. One is grounds for a lawsuit. The other -- not so much.

8. CDC Attacks (Defames?) Fast Food With Questionable Stats

We're lawyers with a bit too much experience with fast food. So when the CDC published an infographic that claimed that the average size of a soda had increased to six times its size from the 1950s to today, we were skeptical. We looked at the numbers, pointed out their false statements, and discussed locally headquartered McDonald's chances in a potential defamation lawsuit against the CDC.

9. BP Has Bad Gas: Lawsuits Filed Over Broken-Down Cars

Dirty gas led to a number of disabled vehicles in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, after BP refilled their stations with foul fuel. The gas clogged fuel systems and led to a recall and another publicity nightmare for BP. We told drivers what steps they could take in the short term, such as contacting BP, and what long-term legal steps were available, like a class-action lawsuit.

10. Carly Rae Jepsen: Sex Tape, Maybe?

You can't talk about 2012 without mentioning Carly Rae, who's song "Call Me, Maybe" was played ad nauseam throughout the summer and parodied to death on the Internet. In July, Perez Hilton posted screen captures from what appeared to be the young pop star in the throes of lovemaking. Jepsen denied that she was the person on the tape. If it really is a mislabeled tape, could the damage to her good-girl reputation be sufficient for a defamation lawsuit?

That's all for 2012. Curious about 2013? Our legal predictions include more lawsuits from the Boy Scouts' perversion files and potentially more lawsuits against the Chicago police. Stay tuned.

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