What Lexmark, off-brand printer cartridges and an ice cream parlor have in common has become the subject of a United States Supreme Court debate. The debate is centered around how to determine who can bring about false advertising claims under federal law.
Of all the consumer products in the typical American house, one that few people would pinpoint as being potentially hazardous is popcorn -- as a choking hazard maybe, but not as something that could induce illness. But that's just what a man in Colorado claimed -- and a jury agreed with him. He was awarded more than $7 million this week in a business litigation case against the maker of the popcorn and the store that sold him the snack, which he consumed at the rate of two bags every day for a decade.