Press Release

Award-Winning TV Ad Takes Swipe at Trial Lawyers and Obesity Lawsuits

Washington – As President Bush calls for an end to junk lawsuits during his State of the Union speech this evening, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) airs an award-winning television ad that takes aim at trial lawyers seeking to cash in on the nation’s so-called “obesity epidemic.” The 30 second spot airs as trial lawyers, led by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf, are planning a wave of lawsuits trying to turn food companies and restaurants into their next cash cow.

The humorous ad is set in a courtroom, where a slick-looking attorney argues before a puzzled jury that the “reckless cookie baking business” of a mystery defendant has made his client fat. The lack of warning labels, he argues, along with “pretty pictures” on the cookie box, prove the defendant’s liability for enormous financial damages.

With a skeptical judge looking on, the lawyer peers over the stand and says with disgust: “You make them taste good on purpose, don’t you?” The mystery defendant is then revealed to be a doe-eyed girl in a scouting uniform, who replies: “I guess so.” A voice-over tells viewers to learn more about lawyers cashing in on obesity at

“Obesity lawsuits are the poster child for tort reform,” CCF executive director Richard Berman said. “Lawyers are plotting to make the over-hyped ‘obesity epidemic’ their next payday. Instead of slimming down Americans, these frivolous suits will only fatten attorneys’ wallets.”

The 30-second ad will air nationally on Fox News Channel immediately before and after the President’s State of the Union speech on Wednesday, February 2nd.

To view the Center for Consumer Freedom ads or to learn more about the facts behind the so-called “obesity epidemic,” visit

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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