Warning: Avoid Death

By December 12, 2007Briefly Legal

From Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch:Avoid_Death_warning_label.jpg

“A label on a small tractor that warns, “Danger: Avoid Death,” has been chosen as the nation’s most obvious warning label in M-LAW’s annual Wacky Warning Label Contest.

“The Wacky Warning Label Contest, now in its eleventh year, is conducted by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, M-LAW, to reveal how lawsuits, and fear of lawsuits, have driven the proliferation of common-sense warnings on U.S. products.”

Thanks to the American Justice Partnership for the e-mail alert of this year-end fave. And here are some of the other fine admonitions.

  • The $250 second place award will be split by Carrianne, Jacob and Robby Turin of Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a label they found on an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns: “Do not iron while wearing shirt.”
  • The $100 third place prize goes to Richard Goodnow of Lancaster, Massachusetts for a label on a baby-stroller featuring a small storage pouch that warns, “Do not put child in bag.”
  • Honorable mention goes to Cyndi LaMonde of Traverse City, Michigan for a warning label on a letter opener that says: “Caution: Safety goggles recommended.”
  • Another honorable mention goes to Ann Marie Young of Fillmore, New York for a warning she found on Vanishing Fabric Marker which cautions users: “The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents.”
  • WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh has a slide show of the warning labels. Pretty darn funny.

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