A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 21-27.


Man Sues Satan for Ruining His Life

David Pescovitz | BoingBoing

Weird Universe alerts us to the curious case of Gerald Mayo, who in 1971 filed a class action lawsuit in the Western District of Pennsylvania against Satan “and his staff.” According to the suit, “Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff’s downfall” and “deprived him of his constitutional rights.”

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Chipotle Lawsuits Could Lead to ‘Greater Scrutiny’ of Companies’ GMO Claims

Taryn Phaneuf | Legal Newsline

Another lawsuit filed against Chipotle over its decision to keep away from genetically modified ingredients could trigger more complaints against other companies making similar claims.

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

Hilary Pollack | Vice

The demonization of carbs in the modern era has gone so far that we’re hoarding gluten-free products without even knowing why, and salivating over online photos of pasta—the forbidden fruit—as though we’re looking at porn. And then, to make matters even more complicated for Paleo-be-damned carb-lovers, there’s the total opacity surrounding what constitutes “all-natural” and healthy food, especially when it comes to labelling. Even the Food and Drug administration is still figuring all of that out. So 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.

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Litigation Over ‘Made in USA’ Claims is on the Upswing

Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal

Consumers who say they were misled by false “Made in USA” labels are increasingly resorting to the courts, according to a lawyer who represents food and beverage companies.

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