Fooled by Crunchberries

This case sounded so stupid to me that at first I thought it had to be a joke, but here's the actual ruling, Sugawara v. PepsiCo, Inc., so apparently it's true.

Janine Sugawara filed suit against PepsiCo, maker of Cap'n Crunch's CrunchBerries, alleging she had been deceived by their marketing into believing that crunchberries were real fruit, only to learn, to her dismay, that the product contained "no berries of any kind."

The judge threw the case out, noting, "The survival of the instant claim would require this Court to ignore all concepts of personal responsibility and common sense."

Sugawara is a serial litigant (pun intended). She had previously filed suit against the maker of Froot Loops for similar reasons. Link: Lowering the Bar


Posted on Sat Jun 06, 2009


This is insane. I cannot believe that some woman would try to sue saying that she thinks crunch berries are real fruit. This is a much further stretch than anything I have ever heard and the lawyer that took the case should be hung.
Posted by Dr. James Special  on  Sat Jun 06, 2009  at  11:15 AM
So she sued the makers of Froot Loops because it doesn't contain any Froot?

Grape Nuts had better beware. Grape Nuts cereal contains neither grapes nor nuts.

Then there's Frankenberry ceareal ... oh, wait, maybe it really does contain frankenberries.

I'm thinking of suing the makers of Lucky Charms, because as far as I can tell, the charms in that cereal aren't all that lucky.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Sat Jun 06, 2009  at  11:47 AM
Presumably, Janine doesn't eat Hotdogs...
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Sun Jun 07, 2009  at  01:46 AM
The cereal makers should now sue her and her attorneys for the costs incurred in defending this nonsense. 😠 A few more of those kind of fees might discourage stupid people from filing stupid lawsuits. But I doubt it.... :shut:
Posted by daveprime  in  Deep in the sticks...*yay internet!!*  on  Sun Jun 07, 2009  at  12:54 PM
And Mars bars are made right here on Earth. What a scam!
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Sun Jun 07, 2009  at  10:02 PM
But Captain Al, perhaps they're made on the soundstage upon which the lunar landings and Martian rovers have been filmed!

Posted by Accipiter  on  Sun Jun 07, 2009  at  10:37 PM
Just wait until she finds out that Count Chockula isn't listed in Burke's Peerage.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Jun 08, 2009  at  01:12 AM
This kind of innanity seems to come up with monotonous regularity. And it isn't always handled so sensibly.

Such as the manufacturer of "Welsh Dragon" sausages who was told to withdraw them from sale by the Trading Standards Institute because they didn't contain actual dragon.
Posted by Dumbfounded  on  Mon Jun 08, 2009  at  04:57 AM
"The survival of the instant claim would require this Court to ignore all concepts of personal responsibility and common sense." Pity that thinking isn't used more often by many.
Posted by Charles  on  Mon Jun 08, 2009  at  09:10 AM
I must admit to being very disappointed by popcorn chicken, I was expecting a crispy crunch bite with my chicken. It never struck me that I should sue though.
Posted by Eric T Cat  on  Wed Jun 10, 2009  at  06:50 AM
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