June 23, 2003

Advocates meet to plan Big Mac attack on fat

With much the same methods and claims that were used to sue tobacco companies, social engineering and interventionism is about to reach the fast food industry:

"Trial lawyers, public health officials and consumer advocates chewed the fat yesterday about how to successfully sue and regulate the fast-food industry for serving unhealthy foods.
At an obesity litigation conference in Boston, about 120 attendees discussed planned lawsuit methods similar to ones used to sue tobacco companies. Those methods included using guerrilla lawsuits - several types of unexpected filings - against food companies, fast-food chains and restaurants, and pushing the envelope with cases that appear "frivolous" to get bigger results and larger settlements."