Ed Driscoll


THE MAN WHO SUED THE WORLD: There’s a new Website, called John Banzhaf Watch, aimed at monitoring “the trial lawyer who dreamt up the tobacco lawsuits that drained billions of dollars from a legal industry and made lawyers like JB billionaires. That’s billionaires with a B!” Their homepage goes on to say:

JB is the head of a new troubling movement that believes there is no such thing as PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! Recently at a debate in Washington, D.C. he said before hundreds of disbelievers that personal responsibility was “crap!”

At stake is not only the abrogation of personal responsibility, but also the future of the $115 billion fast-food industry — and perhaps the entire food industry. A potential flood of obesity-related lawsuits could cost the restaurant industry hundreds of millions of dollars, legal experts say. Industry executives say that could result in job losses and restaurant closings.

And this is just the beginning.

What’s next? Will he sue car makers for making cars that potentially kill? Will he sue cereal companies for making Lucky Charms so darn tasty and thus potentially addictive? Will he sue his mother for not teaching him better eating habits as a youth?

Whatever his next target, we’ll be watching. In the meantime, stay tuned for more information about the progress of his obesity litigation. Already, he’s helped win over $12 million from McDonald’s in the first obesity lawsuit. Next, he’s going after all six of the major fast-food chains — McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

They suggest some ways to fight back, as well.