Washington, D.C.— A lawsuit claiming Tootsie Rolls are unhealthy because the candy has sugar and trans fats takes the number one spot on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) list of the Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2021.
“Lawsuits over candy, coffee, butter, and fruit filling make for funny videos, but frivolous lawsuits are serious concerns for both consumers and businesses of all sizes,” said ILR President Harold Kim. “At last count, the U.S. spends over $3,000 per household on its tort system, while small businesses are paying more than half—$182 billion—of the commercial liability costs. The only winners are the plaintiffs’ lawyers and litigation funders. The more frivolous lawsuits they file, the more they get paid.”
This year’s list includes lawsuits over the amount of butter in a frozen pie, how much coffee is in a canister, and the fruit filling in a popular pastry. ILR also released a series of highlight videos running down each lawsuit on the year-end list.