Pierce Hollingsworth

The growing public debate over obesity—and who is to blame—is shaping up to be highly visible, very expensive, and rancorous. It may even be a watershed, or Waterloo, for trial lawyers and their propensity for massive actions against massive problems by creating massive villains and charging massive fees. And while it will cost a fortune, the whole process probably will do little to shrink America’s waistline.

Extreme? Not when you consider the confluence of forces rapidly coalescing around the i…

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