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General Mills Completes Its Reversal on Arbitration Terms

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In the final chapter of a brief three-part exercise in damage control, General Mills has completed its 180-degree reversal on a failed plan to prevent future class action lawsuits by forcing consumers to resolve complaints via private arbitration.

After refusing to comment on a New York Times story that speculated as to whether the new terms would have forbidden all fans and followers from filing suit, the company attempted to clarify before dumping the effort entirely.

Over the weekend, GM’s director of external communications issued a statement in the form of a blog post which nicely demonstrates the difficulty of turning legal terms colloquial.

Key quotes and our translations after the jump.

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Chipotle May Need to Unwrap Its Crisis Plan for Unlawful Termination Lawsuit

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Chipotle is one of this nation’s most admired brands because of its dedication to natural food, catchy headlines, and eco-responsibility. To wit, you rarely hear about any drama in the house of the fatty (burrito).

Until now…

Meet Natasha Velez, 27, from Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She was a dedicated burrito aficionado until she was fired for allegedly recovering from domestic abuse and had “too many issues outside of work.”

Yeah, that’s the perception police on the white courtesy phone.

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N.J. Atheist Sues for Reverse Religious Discrimination

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It’s New Jersey: not even the last notch in the Bible Belt

For years, Christians — the ardent, serious ones, not the “fruits, nuts, and flakes” cereal crowd — have espoused that the only legal prejudice left on earth is against them. Anyone is allowed to hate on the Church, but let someone hate on [insert your alternate house of worship here] and it’s national news.

Fair? Another topic for another day.

This story, however concerns religious freedom and the right to not care to exercise it. So, there’s this woman who wanted the license plate above, and was denied by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission. Concerned about that, she typed in “B-A-P-T-I-S-T” on the NJ MVC website, and it was accepted.

Annnnnnd then she called her attorney.

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General Mills: If You ‘Like’ Cheerios Then You Can Never Sue

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General Mills is, of course, no stranger to controversy regarding the ingredients and health properties of its products. Just add an “O” to the end of the acronym if you need to refresh your memory.

That said, we have a feeling that the company’s latest attempt to protect itself in the legal sphere will, in the immortal words of the late Keith Moon, “go over like a lead balloon.

…and there will be plenty of terrible press in the process.

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Yelp Going to the Virginia Supreme Court for its Fake Reviews

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It seems like it was just March 21 when we brought a #PRFail editorial about Yelp and its fake reviews. In the post, we brought three lawsuits to your attention under the premise of Yelp’s plight of “free speech debate” could cause some serious drama for the ubiquitous ratings and reports website.

Whelp, we should have called Vegas because Yelp is in the news about its reviews. You know? Again. And this time, they are visiting the highest court in the land cloaking itself in the warm embrace of the First Amendment. (Well, highest court in Virginia, but you get the point. The s#!t is about to hit the fan.)

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Katherine Heigl Goes Litigious Over Duane Reade Twitpic

In a headline custom-made for the tabloids, everyone’s favorite fake doctor Katherine Heigl wants a cool $6 million in compensation from Duane Reade for the sharing of this pic last month:

You don’t really need to ask why, do you?

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THIS JUST IN: ‘Office Space’ Actor Just Lost His Flair

THIS JUST IN 2Does the name Todd Duffey ring a bell?

Yeah, I didn’t think so. He’s a blogger and a bit actor. Still nothing? I got it. What about that brown nosing troll with 37 pieces of flair in the classic movie ‘Office Space.’

OH YEAH! That guy. 

Well, “Brian” as he is known to all of us who live in PR cube farms, isn’t collecting the checks like he used to do, so he considered another way to make a quick buck.

So, he sued 20th Century Fox. Wait, what?

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Common Yelp Lawsuits May Cause Serious #PRFail

hateyelpIn the land of the free to sue anyone they want and home of the brave lawyers with no scruples to take their money, frivolous lawsuits are no stranger to the U.S. Justice System. Much to the detriment of good legal beagles out there, these lawsuits kill the reputations of so many things.

And now, they may kill Yelp all together.

The crowdsourcing website for reviews, scorn, honesty, and trolls has been in the courts of ‘Merica one too many times. However, these last few cases may have legal experts reconsidering how review websites are beneficial when so many people abuse them.

For example…

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The Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Settle Their Differences

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The biggest pop culture intellectual property story of late 2013 is over: GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys have settled.

A company spokesperson explained the details to Rolling Stone. The settlement includes:

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Hockey Fans Sue Over Fake Beer Sizes Because the Economy

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We know. You’re not drunk. You’re from Wisconsin, or Idaho, or who cares. 

People are litigious by nature because cash grabs are fun. That, and the American Justice System needs some serious reform, but that’s another blog post somewhere else.

There’s the woman who sued (and beat) McDonald’s for having the nerve to serve hot coffee. There’s this guy who sued Anheuser-Busch for beer not giving him delusions of naked women (really). And then there is a class-action lawsuit from the state of Idaho suing for — wait for it – beer fraud.

God bless America, indeed.

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