The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) “Faces of Lawsuit” abuse campaign has chosen to highlight a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago against national coffee chain Starbucks.
In that case, the plaintiff, Stacy Pincus, alleges that Starbucks puts too much ice, and not enough coffee, in its iced coffee drinks.
ILR has launched a new video highlighting this and another lawsuit, filed against Starbucks over the amount of steamed milk contained in the coffee chain’s lattes.
The video features an interview with John Beisner, head of the Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation Group at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
“Lawyers are the ones who are driving these lawsuits. They’re the only ones who have any prospect of making any money off this,” says Beisner in the video. “If the company incurs costs in defending the litigation, that’s going to get passed on to consumers. If if any change is made in the product that is served to consumers as a result, and it costs more money, that’s going to be passed on to the consumer, as well.”
Well-known conservative blogger David Burge, tweeting under his Twitter handle @Iowahawkblog, wrote of the lawsuits, “Dear plaintiffs: put your too-hot McDonalds coffee in your too-icy Starbucks coffee. Problem solved.”
ILR’s new video can be viewed at FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org.