Friday, December 16, 2005

They'll be suing frito-lay next

Companies peddling vices that people want, beware labeling your product as "low fat" or "light"; although presently approved by the powers that be, you might find yourself faced with a mammoth lawsuit down the road, just like Philip Morris:

The decision in favour of Altria's Philip Morris USA division was a major victory for the tobacco industry, which has been successful in overturning a number of the massive judgments imposed in recent years.

In a 109-page decision, the court dismissed the case on the grounds that the US Federal Trade Commission had specifically authorized tobacco companies to characterize their products as "light" or "low tar and nicotine."

The class-action suit representing 1.4 million smokers was unusual in that it did not seek damages for physical harm.

Instead, it argued the smokers had been defrauded by the false claim that the "light" or "low tar" cigarettes promoted at that time were no safer than regular cigarettes and, in fact, could be more harmful.
The people want to be deceived, which is reflected in market spending habits and unfortunately, voting tendencies. Many people don't want to take responsibility for their choices and when the gamble doesn't work out in their favour, promptly attempt to pass the cost and the blame onto the once cherished supplier. These people are encouraged and supported by legislators and regulatory boards who control the fate of merchants and producers, contributing to general hysteria and subsequent unwarranted lawsuits.