Over the years, we’ve discovered that major food and drink companies are seemingly always lawyering up and heading for the courts. Perhaps it all started with the McDonald’s hot coffee case, which was derided at the time as a frivolous consumer lawsuit but was actually, as we later learned, a legitimate legal action against the company’s alleged negligence (more on that later). Regardless of your feelings on the details of that case, in the years since we’ve seen lawsuits that span the length of the litigious spectrum.
There are certain brands that seem to have set themselves up to be a target—we’re looking at you and your tuna, Subway!—while other companies aren’t afraid to go on the offensive and so some suing themselves. Either way, these cases have helped steer the course of history. Here are 18 of the most intriguing lawsuits brought against food and beverage brands.