Can Lawyers Beat Big Food? Fat Chance

You can file a lawsuit over anything, but that doesn’t mean you’re likely to win.
Can I get a lawsuit with that? Photographer: Jordan Siemens via Getty Images

One of the very first things I ever wrote as a journalist was an article on whether we could sue fast-food companies for making us fat, the way people sued tobacco companies. (The conclusion I reached: You can file a lawsuit over anything, but that doesn't mean you're likely to win. The challenges facing such a lawsuit are probably overwhelming.) Right on schedule, a few months after I wrote the piece, someone filed such a lawsuit, and it was quickly dismissed.

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