MAN WHO SUED THE WORLD UPDATE: Last June, we wrote:
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!”
Today, Jacob Sullum of Reason writes:
But now that Congress is considering a ban on lawsuits that blame food makers and sellers for making people fat, Banzhaf admits he may have exaggerated a bit. In a press release issued yesterday, he says the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act “is surely premature, because there has been only one obesity lawsuit, and it was dismissed by a federal judge.” Before Congress passes legislation like this, he says, “there should be a real history of abuse which must be corrected, not orchestrated panic based upon one failed lawsuit and some quoted-out-of-context rhetoric.”
Having orchestrated the panic and provided the rhetoric, Banzhaf knows whereof he speaks.
Meanwhile, in other legal news, The New York Times is threatening Bloggers. I guess if you can’t beat ’em, beat ’em.