So, because of too many frivolaus lawsuits, this guy thinks "we're now living in a world where you can't make a living at all."
Look, people have to quit bitching about frivolous lawsuits. Equal protection under the law along our access to the courts is what separates free countries from dictatorships. It's the price we pay for liberty.
There will always be frivolous lawsuits. That's the beauty -- these things get duked out in the courts, and the judicial decision can be appealed if necessary. And if you can prove that the plaintiff deliberately wasted your time/money with a frivolous, unwinnable case, then you can countersue. Sometimes bad decisions are made, of course, but limiting access to the courts is not the solution at all.
Regarding this case, I looked into it. (Fox News is a joke. You can never get the full story. Just synopsis spin bits.)
It turns out that it Applebee's wasn't being sued by "a customer." It was a class action lawsuit charging Applebee's lying about fat content in its meals. ABC news tested "low fat" Applebee's meals in seven different cities and found that the fat content was double or triple what was advertised. In one meal, the content was advertised as 6g of fat, but contained 18g.
If you knowingly lie about your product or service, this constitutes fraud, and you should be tried in a court of law.
This was food found in the low calorie weight watchers section of their menu. These section is aimed at people concerned/conscious of watching their caloric intake.
If a protein powder advertised to have 20 grams a scoop and turned out to only have 5, would you be right to file suit? You damn well would be. I would hope you win, too. Anyone who says you are a suer and not a doer for this is full of shit. Helping enforce laws against fraud is definitely "doing." Especially when it applies to a corporation that effects the lives of many people.