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McLibel 2 winners in USA

Posted by: Sven Siylak on June 22, 1997 at 12:41:48:

In Reply to: Who were the real winners? posted by Paul Nicholls on June 20, 1997 at 10:58:56:

Although the US laws allow "freedom" to employers (I am one) as no European or developed Far East nation does while ignoring the mere concept of employees' rights, many US corporations are very responsible. Many do things they are not required to do by law and quite a few do more for their employees than European or Japanese companies (required by law) do. Quite a few American companies are very environment-friendly or at least try to be.

McDonald's is not among them. McDonald's employmemt practices, attitude toward customers, advertising are a subject of constant jokes. However, as far as I know, there was no case comparable to the McLibel in the US (for many reasons, including US Constitutional, strongly defined freedom of speech). What did MCLibel folks achieve? - well they got on the first pages of the New York Times and most major American newspapers. The reaction to the end of the trial was very much anti-McDonald's. May be they lost in Britain, but they won in the United States.

Sven Siylak, IBIA

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