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Florida House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Fast Food From Lawsuits

Eat too many Big Macs, get fat, then sue McDonalds. The final step in that progression is what a bill making its way through the...
February 18, 2004

Eat too many Big Macs, get fat, then sue McDonalds. The final step in that progression is what a bill making its way through the state legislature in Florida is trying to prevent. Florida's House Judiciary Committee has taken a pre-emptive step by unanimously approving a bill (HB 333) that would keep people who blame their weight problems on eating too much fast food from being able to sue the fast food industry. No one is known to have won such a lawsuit in Florida. But people have sued in other states seeking to have the industry held liable for the weight-related health effects of their products. The biggest was a federal class-action lawsuit that blamed McDonald's for obesity, diabetes and health problems in children. That suit was dismissed a year ago. "This is legislation that emphasizes personal responsibility," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. David Simmons (R). "It assures that we are not deluged with frivolous lawsuits."

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