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White Castle Fan Sues Chain Over Uncomfortably Small Booths

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 8 comments

290-pound White Castle fan Martin Kessman filed a lawsuit against White Castle after they "repeatedly broke promises to make the booths in his local eatery bigger," reports New York Post. He made his first complaint to White Castle about the uncomfortable booths at the location in Nanuet, New York, over two and a half years ago—booths that he says violates the civil rights of people who are fat, pregnant, or handicapped—but nothing has changed since then. White Castle spokeswoman Jamie Richardson told the Post, "Kessman could have approached a store manager and asked for a regular chair." More

In-N-Out Is Suing Copycat Grab-N-Go in Aberdeen, MD

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 17 comments

Does Grab-N-Go's logo remind you of anything? ...Yeaaah. Nice try, Grab-N-Go, but In-N-Out isn't okay with the similar name, color scheme, and logo design. The AP reports that In-N-Out filed an infringement lawsuit against Grab-N-Go this week due to the similarities, claiming that "customers could be led to believe that the Aberdeen, Md., burger joint Grab-N-Go is related to In-N-Out." But Grab-N-Go isn't just similar to In-N-Out; looking at Grab-N-Go's photos on Facebook there's a definite Five Guys resemblance as well. More

Video: In-N-Out Threatening to Sue Copycat Restaurant Burger Express in Boise

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 12 comments

Does the logo for Burger Express in Boise, Idaho, look a bit familiar? Red, bold, sans-serif type surrounded by a pointy, yellow shape? The video from KTVB shows a few more similarities in menu and restaurant design, and In-N-Out isn't happy about it, saying they'll file a lawsuit if Burger Express's manager Larry Squillace doesn't make changes to his restaurant's look—estimated to cost over $35,000—by August 5. Squillace acknowledges the similarities, but isn't budging; "I don't feel I did anything wrong," he told KTVB. He had stronger words in his interview with Idaho Statesman: "This goliath company just wants to pop our bubble and take all our dreams and smash 'em." More

Pusser's Rum Discovers the Cost of Trademarking Drink Recipes

Drinks Paul Clarke 25 comments

It's hard to imagine that fruity, freewheeling rum drinks would be something to get too worked up about. But in the past week, news of a settlement in a lawsuit over one such drink has been resonating through the bar world, and the public-relations disaster the lawsuit has prompted could have repercussions for years to come. More

Burger King Franchisees Sue Over $1 Burgers

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

Burger King's $1 Double Cheeseburger may be a great deal for consumers, but franchisees say they're losing as much as 10 cents per burger and are suing the parent company for making them set the low price. In their response,... More

Pez Sues Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

Adam Kuban 1 comment

Photograph from What I'm Seeing, which has a nice piece on the California museum. Laughing Squid points to a story in the San Mateo Times detailing the copyright-infringement suit that Pez has brought against the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. The giant Pez dispenser that Gary Doss and Nancy Yarbrough Doss created that got them into Guinness World Records is at the heart of the lawsuit: Attorneys for Pez Candy Inc. argue that the 7-foot, 10-inch dispenser, which is topped with the head of a snowman, and other uses of the company's trademarked products by the Dosses "deceive the public into thinking that the museum is operating under the authority of Pez."... More

Serious Eats Cited in Trader Joe's Lawsuit Against Gristedes New Trader John's

New York Erin Zimmer 17 comments

From left: Trader Joe's storefront in Union Square. Photograph from ianqui on Flickr; Trader John's on 14th St. between 5th and 6th Ave. Photograph from the Shophound Just three blocks from the bumpin' Union Square location of Trader Joe's,... More

Tom Colicchio Sued by Former Waitress Over Pay

New York Robyn Lee 2 comments

New York Times' City Room reports that celebrity chef Tom Colicchio was sued by a former Craftbar waitress in Federal court on Thursday. The waitress, Nessa Rapone, is accusing his company of "misappropriating employee tips, withholding some overtime pay and... More

Judge Rejects Man’s Lawsuit Against Movie Theater for Popcorn Tooth Injury

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Photograph from karen2754 on Flickr When Steve Kaplan of New York City fractured his tooth after biting on an unpopped popcorn kernel at an Upper West Side movie theater, he demanded that the theater pay his $1,250 dental bill. Civil Court Judge Matthew Cooper denied the claim, saying that unpopped kernels were unavoidable: Until such time as the same bio-engineers who brought us seedless watermelon are able to develop a new strain of popping corn where every kernel is guaranteed to pop, we will just have to accept partially popped popcorn as part and parcel of the popcorn popping process. To prevent potential tooth fractures, Cooper suggested eating the popcorn one by one or avoiding popcorn and just eating candy.... More

Maryland Man Suing Applebee’s, Weight Watchers for Being Too Fatty

Adam Kuban 6 comments

According to the Kansas City Star, "The suit says that Applebee's Weight Watchers Cajun Lime Tilapia is advertised as having 6 grams of fat and 310 calories but when tested was found to actually contain more than twice as much fat (14.3 grams) and 25 percent more calories (401) than advertised." [via Washington City Paper]... More

Sprinkles Cupcakes Sues Over 'Stolen' Use of Dot Design

Robyn Lee 11 comments

Photograph of Sprinkles cupcakes from Noonch on Flickr California-based Sprinkles Cupcakes filed a lawsuit against competitor brand Famous Cupcakes over the cupcakery's improper use of the Sprinkles trademarked "modern dot" design. All this over a dot? Yes. The double concentric circle design is officially registered by Sprinkles. Though Famous Cupcakes doesn't seem to use the dot look on their actual cupcakes—just on their logo background—the iconic resemblance is not fine by Sprinkles. [via Eater LA]... More

Roscoe’s vs. Rosscoe’s: Battle of the Fried Chicken and Waffle Restaurants

Robyn Lee 1 comment

Does the name Rosscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in Chicago sound a little too similar to that of the long established Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles in Los Angeles? Just a tad, perhaps. Besides the extra "s," other similarities include their logo designs and names of their menu items. The Chicago Tribune says that the original Roscoe's is sueing the Chicago imitator and gives some of the history behind the chicken and waffle restaurant.... More

Nutraloaf: An Unappetizing Form of Punishment

Robyn Lee 4 comments

What do you get when you combine whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk, and dehydrated potato flakes? A block of Nutraloaf! If you haven't heard of it before, it might be because it's only served in prisons and is apparently so disgusting that Vermont inmates filed a suit against the Department of Corrections, saying that being served Nutraloaf is a form of punishment and that they would rather go hungry than eat it. [Thanks, Amy!] Editor's note: I didn't mean to overlook the Talk topic from last week with a recipe for the Nutraloaf. Recreate the magic in your own kitchen!... More

Daniel Boulud Settles Bias Lawsuit

New York Ed Levine 2 comments

According to the New York Times: Daniel Boulud, one of New York’s most celebrated chefs, agreed yesterday to settle a federal lawsuit that accused him of discriminating against nonwhite employees, charges that have led to two years of demonstrations at... More

A New Kind of Foodfight: OpenTable Sued

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Savory New York reports that OpenTable, the online reservations system used by 7,000 restaurants across the country, is being sued for patent infringement by a Texas-based company. This comes at an inopportune time for OpenTable, which is rumored to be eyeing a public offering.... More

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