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   Italian Wins Lawsuit Over Coffee Price

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1/19/2004 12:00 am

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Associated Press

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Entered 1/19/2004, Updated 1/19/2004

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Italian Wins Lawsuit Over Coffee Price Meddle with an Italian's cappuccino and expect a furious froth. Since the 2002 introduction of the euro currency, Italians have grumbled about pricey pears and groused over costly cucumbers. But when a cafe rounded up the price of the morning Java, it proved too much to bear. In the first ruling of its kind, a justice of the peace found that a cafe in a seaside town near Rome overcharged a retired man 23 euro cents for his liquid breakfast after the currency conversion. The coffee bar was ordered to refund the price increase - about 30 U.S. cents - plus the man's legal costs. The decision raises the prospect of a flood of similar lawsuits. "The cappuccino's vendetta!" the Codacons public-advocacy group declared in a celebratory statement. Thousands more citizens want to file complaints, the group said.


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