Marcel Berlins

The Guardian December 5, 1995

ON Friday, or perhaps next Monday, the trial in which McDonald's is suing two unemployed environmental campaigners for libel becomes the longest civil trial in English legal history. On its 199th court day, it will break the record set earlier this year by the case of Graham v Rechem International, in which a Scottish couple unsuccessfully sued a chemical company they claimed had polluted their farm. The ludicrous McLibel case, which has already cost the hamburger company at least $ 10 million - and they've admitted that even if they win, they'll never recover any money from the penniless defendants - is expected to go on until next spring or summer.

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