Washington, D.C. – This Thanksgiving, the Center for Consumer Freedom wishes the nation a guilt-free turkey day filled with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and all the trimmings. But with a cornucopia of trial lawyers seeking to make obesity lawsuits their next cash cow, those hosting a holiday feast should consider having their guests sign a legal waiver – our Thanksgiving Liability and Indemnification Agreement.

This liability waiver includes an agreement not to haul your host into court on the basis of:

1.   Failure to provide nutritional
information including calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, and trans fat;

2.   Failure to warn of potential for
overeating because food tastes too good and is provided at no cost;

3.    Failure to offer “healthier
alternatives” or vegetarian “Tofurky”;

4.   Failure to provide information about
other venues serving alternative, “healthier” Thanksgiving meals;

5.   Failure to warn that dark meat
contains more fat than white meat; and

6.   Failure to warn that eating too much
may lead to obesity.

With this waiver, Thanksgiving dinner hosts can keep the nutritional puritans out of their dining room. They can also protect themselves from over-stuffed lawsuits filed by attorneys who threaten to sue restaurants, food companies, school boards, doctors, and even parents for the nation’s extra pounds.

During this season when food cops, public health zealots, and trial lawyers are promoting hysteria about the nation’s expanding waistline, the Center for Consumer Freedom believes that Thanksgiving should remain a holiday for giving thanks, carving turkey, and indulging in a bountiful harvest.

“Dinner hosts should be able to serve that second helping of turkey and stuffing and offer a bigger slice of pumpkin pie without the fear of being sued,” said Center for Consumer Freedom senior research analyst J. Justin Wilson. “From New York to California, cities across the country are forcing restaurants to label their menus with nutritional information. Mom’s thanksgiving dinner table could be next.”

Wilson concluded, “with this signed form, you can leave the trial lawyers and ‘food police’ out in the cold. That’s something we can all enjoy this Thanksgiving.”