For self-described “legal terrorist” John Banzhaf, everything, nothing, and anything in between is a source of legal liability for American businesses. Banzhaf’s response to the government’s decision to require the labeling of “trans fats” on packaged foods is no surprise. He was quoted by Obesity Policy Report saying:
“This new rule proves that customers are interested in the amount of trans fat in the foods they eat, and that knowing it can protect their health. Therefore, failure to disclose the huge amounts of trans fat lurking in many fast food items — which many customers are totally unaware of — could provide a new basis for legal liability.”
Actually, all it proves is that the federal government is interested in trans fats. Nobody really knows whether average consumers will care. Despite Banzhaf’s plans to go jury shopping, we doubt he’ll be able to find anyone who buys into this new theory.