Tag Archives: Lawsuits

Couple Sues Starbucks Claiming Their Daughter Drank a Frappuccino Tainted With Barista’s Blood

Source: Grub Street NY

This is not what you want to find in your latte. A California family claims that Starbucks served them coffee containing a barista’s blood, and is now suing the chain on grounds that it inflicted “stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, anxiety, worry, and shock.”

Amanda and Louis Vice say …

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Records Show Years of Sexual-Misconduct Complaints at Applebee’s and IHOP Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY

Since 2010, at least 60 employees from eight different states have sued Applebee’s and IHOP for sexual harassment. According to court documents discovered by Vox, this group of employees — some of whom were still teenagers — describes a pattern of groping, catcalling, and sexual propositioning that stretches for …

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5 Women Have Sued Monster Energy, Alleging a Culture of Abuse

Source: Grub Street NY

The energy-drink industry is getting its first taste of #MeToo: Monster, whose shtick never seemed particularly female-friendly, has been accused by former employees of allowing male bosses to discriminate against and even abuse women, sometimes violently. HuffPost says five women have filed lawsuits alleging that Monster’s …

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Former Beatrice Inn Staff Push Back After a Glowing Times Profile on Chef Angie Mar

Source: Grub Street NY

Yesterday, the New York Times published a profile on the Beatrice Inn‘s chef and owner Angie Mar, who purchased the restaurant from Graydon Carter in 2016. The story, written by Tejal Rao, describes Mar creating an ideal kitchen culture, writing, “As reports of abuse and sexual harassment …

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The Joe’s Pizza Copycat in Brooklyn Gets to Keep Its Name

Source: Grub Street NY

For the time being, Park Slopers get to keep eating their version of Joe’s Pizza. Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan ruled yesterday that while the lawsuit filed by New York’s top slice joint made several valid points about the poseur’s “confusingly similar” look, the famous pizzeria’s rival …

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Alon Shaya Wants to Permanently Remove His Name From John Besh’s Restaurant Group

Source: Grub Street NY

The fallout continues at disgraced chef John Besh’s restaurant group. Alon Shaya, formerly the company’s biggest not–John Besh star, has “abandoned his efforts” to purchase Shaya — the hot Israeli restaurant in New Orleans that carries his name — from Besh Restaurant Group, and decided to file …

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5 Female Kitchen Workers Sue McCormick & Schmick’s for Sexual Harassment

Source: Grub Street NY

A group of five Boston McCormick & Schmick’s employees have filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against the seafood chain, equating working alongside the men in their restaurant’s kitchen to “being treated like a prostitute.” Their complaint, written by the legal groups Fair Work and the Lawyers’ Committee for …

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Sushi Nakazawa Sued for Mishandling Tips

Source: Grub Street NY

Sushi Nakazawa has been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed by Maimon Kirschenbaum, the lawyer who has sued everyone from Mario Batali to Keith McNally over labor and wage issues. The lawsuit (view it here) — which Kirschenbaum sent to Grub — names co-owners Alessandro Borgognone and chef …

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Walmart Has to Pay $7.5 Million to Shopper Who Broke His Hip Buying a Watermelon

Source: Grub Street NY

A Walmart shopper who broke his hip buying a watermelon can, if he wants, hire a butler to lift the supermarket’s fruit from now on: AL.com reports that Alabama resident Henry Walker will be receiving $7.5 million of the company’s money for injuries he sustained back in 2015, when …

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New York’s Best Slice Shop Is Suing Copycat Pizzerias

Source: Grub Street NY

Joe’s Pizza, the city’s preeminent slice shop, isn’t happy one of its former employees is running a knockoff chain over in Brooklyn that could definitely fool even some seasoned New Yorkers. Victor Zarco spent 17 years at Pino “Joe” Pozzuoli’s famous pizzeria, but departed in 2004 to open …

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Cat Cora Sues Meatpacking Restaurant Fatbird for Using Her Recipes Without Paying

Source: Grub Street NY

Iron Chef Cat Cora has already had a falling out with Fatbird, her four-month-old restaurant in the Meatpacking District. She says her business partner, Sugar Factory‘s owner Charissa Davidovici, hasn’t paid a dime yet for the use of Cora’s name, likeness, and recipes. She filed a lawsuit …

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Very Particular Passenger Sues Airline for Serving Sparkling Wine Instead of Champagne

Source: Grub Street NY

A man in Quebec has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming a Canadian airline inflicted actionable damages by serving him a free glass of sparkling wine that wasn’t Champagne. A skimpy pour isn’t what outraged Daniel Macduff on his Sunwing flight to Cuba for a holiday getaway — it was …

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Lawsuit Claims Danny Meyer’s No-Tipping Movement Is a Plot to Overcharge Customers

Source: Grub Street NY

Several of New York and San Francisco’s top restaurateurs have been hit with a class-action lawsuit that argues that their no-tipping policies are actually part of a “conspiracy” to charge higher prices for food. Filed in a California court, the plaintiffs’ complaint says Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, …

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Jamie Oliver Sued Over His Recipes’ Gluten-Free Labels

Source: Grub Street NY

Jamie Oliver’s website features more than 900 gluten-free recipes, about four times the number available on Gluten.org. But according to a new lawsuit that TMZ dug up, the Gluten Intolerance Group, a nonprofit that owns the “GF” logo seen on food packaging (as well as Gluten.org), …

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California’s Coffee Could Soon Carry Cancer Warnings

Source: Grub Street NY

A lawsuit underway in California is just one step away from forcing Starbucks and other coffee sellers in the state to warn customers that they’re guzzling venti cups of “probable human carcinogens.” It’s the work of a tiny consumer group, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, that’s …

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Instagram-Famous Raw-Cookie-Dough Shop Sued for Allegedly Making People Sick

Source: Grub Street NY

Maybe it’s not so “worry free” after all. Dō — Greenwich Village’s jam-packed shop that peddles raw cookie dough — has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit arguing that its Über-Instagrammed sweets are causing food-borne illnesses. This is unfortunate in a “Death Wish Coffee might actually cause …

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Black Workers at Trump Hotel Steakhouse Allegedly Told It’s ‘White America Time’

Source: Grub Street NY

There is yet another lawsuit against President Trump’s D.C. hotel. Three BLT Prime employees have filed a civil complaint accusing both the steakhouse and the Trump Organization of discriminating against black workers. This puts them in the company of celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian, the …

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Federal Court Says San Francisco Can’t Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

Source: Grub Street NY

A federal court has killed San Francisco’s controversial soda-ad warning labels, ruling in a unanimous decision yesterday that forcing brands to put them on advertising violates the First Amendment. In their decision, judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals argued that free speech gives soda-makers the …

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Ex-Employee Claims Shake Shack Let Sick Workers Serve Food

Source: Grub Street NY

A disgruntled ex–Shake Shack employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that one of the chain’s New York locations repeatedly turned a blind eye to workplace-safety violations, and that he got fired for asking his manager about this. Derrick Via worked for the company from 2012 to 2017, and transferred …

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Chefs Aren’t Happy Federal Judges Upheld California’s Foie Gras Ban

Source: Grub Street NY

The future’s not looking great for foie gras in California. Fans of the controversial delicacy got dealt a new blow on Friday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it was okay to reinstate a ban, first passed in 2004, that a lower court first overturned in …

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Jessica Biel’s ‘SoHo House for Kids’ Accused of Stealing $430,000 in Tips

Source: Grub Street NY

Workers at Au Fudge — Jessica Biel’s kid-friendly West Hollywood restaurant where elites can park children in front of food while they go enjoy a $14 “MILF” cocktail — are suing the restaurant for a variety of labor violations, the worst of which is allegedly $430,000 worth …

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GrubHub Has Never Been a Food-Delivery Company, Executive Swears

Source: Grub Street NY

GrubHub is currently being sued for its practice of calling its delivery people “independent contractors.” The consequences of the trial, which began last week, could be big — and not for the food-ordering platform alone, but for all companies that rely on the gig economy (Uber, Lyft, Postmates, …

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Colorado Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex Cake Gets Justice Department’s Support

Source: Grub Street NY

Trump-administration lawyers want Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to know they’ve got his back. Few plain civilians will remember Phillips, who has run a small bakery in Denver’s suburbs for nearly 25 years, but there’s an excellent chance they remember the drama caused by his refusal to bake …

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Colorado Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex Cake Gets Justice Department’s Support

Source: Grub Street NY

Trump-administration lawyers want Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to know they’ve got his back. Few plain civilians will remember Phillips, who has run a small bakery in Denver’s suburbs for nearly 25 years, but there’s an excellent chance they remember the drama caused by his refusal to bake …

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Judge Throws Out Dozens of Lawsuits About the Wood Pulp in Parmesan

Source: Grub Street NY

The news last February that grated Parmesan cheese contains more wood powder than you probably bargained for understandably got angry consumers up in arms. They filed dozens of lawsuits, arguing they’d been cheated by deceptive labels suggesting the products sold by Kraft Heinz, Walmart, and others were definitely …

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