January 28, 2009

Indian Court Sets Aside Punitive Damages for Condom in Pepsi Bottle

According to this story from India PRWire, the Delhi States Consumer Disputes Redression Commission has issued an opinion setting aside a punitive damages award of 100,000 rupees in a case in which the plaintiff claimed he became ill after drinking a bottle of Pepsi that had a condom in it. The Commission affirmed the compensatory damages award of 23,000 rupees.

If I understand the exchange rate correctly, 100,000 rupees is equal to about $2,000.

Perhaps the plaintiff would have been better off if he found a mouse in his bottle of Elsinore beer.