Judge tosses exploding-snail case

by Walter Olson on December 16, 2010

The complainants never established what the restaurant did wrong, or how it breached a legal duty, in the unfortunate episode of squirting garlic butter. [Marin Independent Journal, earlier]


1 Frank 12.17.10 at 10:34 am

In a decision “laden with legal precedent and Latin jargon” I am somewhat surprised that the judge allegedly wrote that there is “reasonable expectation of the presence and, thus potential personal injury, due to hot grease in orders of escargot which are prepared and served with ‘hot garlic butter.'”

2 Bill Poser 12.17.10 at 5:21 pm

I wonder if anyone has looked into the question of whether the plaintiffs were shills for the manufacturers of hoi sin sauce or Chinese restaurants? The snails used in the Chinese dish “snails in hoi sin sauce” are safer since they are not stuffed with butter and have a hole drilled in the shell to make it possible to suck them out. :)

3 Stephen 12.19.10 at 8:24 am

I’m disappointed this didn’t go further: it’s time for a new Donoghue v Stevenson

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