Lawyers poised to sue US junk food manufacturersBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7351.1414 (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1414
- Fred Charatan
The first lawyer to sue the tobacco industry is predicting a series of similar suits against the fast food industry for its role in the obesity epidemic.
Professor John Banzhaf of George Washington University, Washington, DC, said that successful lawsuits mounted against tobacco companies have set a precedent for suing the fast food chains and snack food companies for their part in the increasing obesity epidemic in the United States.
“As we're getting more and more figures saying just how dangerous …