The Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach, California, seemed to be on the fast track toward going out of business.
While facing a lawsuit from Muslims calling for discrimination, the restaurant refused to lie down and took an aggressive approach by filing a countersuit that may open doors to expose future fraudulent discrimination claims.
“This lawsuit claiming religious discrimination is a fraud and a hoax on the courts and the media,” said Urth Caffe’s attorney, David Yershalmi, in a statement to the online organization LawNewz.
“It is nothing short of an abuse of process to extort public apologies and other accommodations from my client, Urth Caffe,” he added.
The restaurant says that the lawsuit has an “underlying agenda” that has nothing to do with justice and because of this, the suit should be dismissed. Giving even more credibility to this case was the fact that the co-owner of the restaurant was Muslim.
If accepted by the court, the argument that some discrimination cases could be considered abuse of process could turn future incidents into public relations nightmares for people who file them.
With more and more people calling discrimination in an attempt to receive fortune and fame by pretending to be humiliated by a business that didn’t react to their lifestyle appropriately, the outcome of this case could be much more significant than it initially seems.
This argument is similar to the one that called for banning red light cameras and saying that such cameras have nothing to do with justice or safety, but instead everything to do with creating tax revenue.