Illinois Commonsense Consumption Act
Having dealt with weight issues since college, I’m sympathetic to most with health problems as a result of obesity. But taking a restaurant chain (say McDonald’s) or a manufacturer (say Nabisco) of a food product to court “for making you obese” is just ridiculous. Geez! All fast food restaurants now provide nutritional information for items on their menus. The same is done for all fatty and potentially “addictive” junk food found in the grocery store. Granted serving portions have gotten larger, but it’s up to the individual to exercise some self control. Furthermore, people (myself included) need to take responsibility for what we put in our mouth. If I fall for all the marketing ploys and overindulge on the food and then get fat, that’s my fault. That’s not the company’s fault. More importantly, suing is not the answer. With all this litigation, no wonder everything in this country is getting more expensive. Thankfully, the Illinois legislature passed a bill earlier today that will stop these ridiculous obesity law suits in state court. Other states have similar legislation under consideration. Here’s hoping the Governor signs the bill.
Illinois General Assembly
House Bill 3981
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Illinois Commonsense Consumption Act. Provides that no person shall bring a qualified civil action in State court against any manufacturer, seller, or trade association of a qualified product. Defines “qualified civil action” to include a civil action brought by any person against a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product, or a trade association, for damages or injunctive relief based on a claim of injury resulting from a person’s weight gain, obesity, or any health condition that is related to weight gain or obesity. Makes exceptions to the limited liability.