The proof that the fight between Alex Beigelman and UBS had descended into absurdity was the dispute over the granola bar. It was the fifth day of arbitration hearings, and a lawyer for UBS, the financial conglomerate where Beigelman had worked, seemed to be having some windpipe trouble. “I tried to eat a Kind bar really quickly,” the bank lawyer said. “And I have all of that granola crunchy stuff stuck in my throat.”
“TMI,” answered Linda Friedman, the civil rights attorney who was representing Beigelman.
“I’m sorry, Linda, if you think that’s too much information,” the bank lawyer replied.
In front of the three arbitrators who would decide the case, Friedman challenged the opposing counsel’s familiarity with snack food. “It’s not,” she said, “a Kind bar.”