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qlPills.jpgM-Law is the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, which describes itself as “a non-partisan, grassroots organization [which] serves as a public watchdog over our court system.” One of the things the group does in furtherance of its watchdog role is run an annual “Wacky Warning Label Contest.” The purpose of the contest is to point out the stupidest, most obvious warning labels that have started showing up on products because companies are worried about lawsuits.

This year’s winner was a laundromat washing machine which bore the label: “Do not put any person in this washer.” My personal favorites, however, were the second place winner and one of the third place winners (there was a tie): a personal watercraft has a warning that one should “never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel,” while a cell phone came with a label warning “don’t try to dry your phone in a microwave oven.”

Now some would argue that the need for these stupid labels is simply the latest pain-in-the-ass thing to come out of our society’s ever increasing litigiousness. But the good folks over at Above the Law would like to point out that “there may be an upside to our culture of litigation.” The upside? Worried about potential lawsuits, the former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America has said that there would never be a ban on skinny models in New York. Says Above the Law:

And who’d want to be on the receiving end of such a class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of every runway model with a sub-18 BMI? If liability is established, damages could be astronomical. As Linda Evangelista famously quipped, those girls “don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”