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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lawsuit Settled Alleging Mouse in Mountain Dew

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

As bizarre lawsuits go, it was the case that kept on giving. In 2009, Ronald Ball of Granite City sued PepsiCo, claiming he'd gotten sick from drinking a can of Mountain Dew.

It wasn't the soft drink, though, that caused him to vomit up the neon green beverage. It was the mouse he says he found inside the can.

Ball later sent the can -- and the mouse -- to PepsiCo for investigation. But on getting the contents back from PepsiCo, he dropped the lawsuit, claiming that the soft-drink company had spoiled the evidence so that it was no longer useable in court. But, according to PepsiCo, it would be difficult not to spoil the evidence. In fact, as the company's expert testified, any mouse drowned in a can of Mountain Dew would disintegrate and turn into a "jelly-like" substance after 30 days. Mountain Dew-flavored gummy mice anyone?

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