November 28, 2006
Tobacco, Lead Paint, Trans Fats
Interesting Christian Science Monitor piece on the current status of trans fats in the legislative and public health arenas. It doesn't explicitly make the link to tort law, but one can't avoid noticing that the other two products in the title -- lead paint and cigarettes -- have more than a passing acquaintance with the courthouse.
(Yeah, it's a little weird to describe lead paint or cigarettes as having an acquaintance with anything.)
In any event, I'm not sure I buy that trans fats fits in the same box as lead paint and tobacco, and it seems probable that the trans fats issue will largely resolve itself through voluntary action -- but it's fun (if you have a broad definition of "fun") to think about the litigation issues.
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