Of course, it was going to be a big story, the $5 million class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court alleging Taco Bell doesn't sell real beef in its tacos. And most stories focus on the Alabama-based law firm representing plaintiff Amanda Obney: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Mehvin, Portis & Miles. But no one has yet noted the specialty of the other law firm involved, the San Diego team of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon: filing class-action lawsuits against food companies it claims make false boasts of products.
Last year, the firm reached
a $7 million settlement with Wrigley gum after the lawyers proved in federal court that the company lied when boasting in ads that its Eclipse gum and mints brand killed germs that caused stank mouth because of the “natural ingredient” “magnolia bark extract.” It is also part of another class-action lawsuit, this one against General Mills, targeting the breakfast behemoth's claims that some Cheerios reduce cholesterol levels and the chances of people contracting heart diseases and even cancer. And there are more cases hinted at on the website.
Blood Hurst & O'Reardon: the epitome of horrible trial lawyers, or
brave defenders of consumers against multinational liars? Gentle
readers, what do YOU think?