Lawyers meet to discuss War on Obesity

An obesity litigation conference was held in Boston this past weekend to plan how best to sue the food industry successfully in the same manner that tobacco companies have been sued. Here are some choice quotes from the article:

"Remember, many social movements were kick-started by litigation," such as civil rights, environmental, sexual discrimination and tobacco laws, said John Banzhaf III, a conference speaker. [...]

"There is no one lawsuit that will solve the obesity problem that has become an epidemic," said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit health advocacy association. "It's going to take a whole lot of lawsuits to make a difference in public policy that will affect the dietary habits of the thousands that suffer obesity-related disease," he said.

"It's white males who love freedom versus moms who care about what their kids eat," Mr. Joseph told the crowded room yesterday afternoon.

"There is an overabundance of food in this country ... most people eat more than they should because of it," Ms. Nestle said.

It is clear that these lawyers see law not as a discovery procedure by which disputes are resolved, but rather as a coercive tool by which the arm of the state can be used to extract money from corporations.

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Why don't lawyers just begin

Why don't lawyers just begin a war on all of the 7 deadly sins. They claim advocacy but in reality they just need someone's money to keep all 700,000 of them working.