Alcoholics Sue Booze Companies


July 22, 2003, 10:35 AM
OK, yeah it's Britain. But does anyone doubt that after fast food, beer is next in this country?


Addicts bid for legal aid

ALCOHOLICS are attempting to make legal history by suing the drinks industry for failing to warn them of the dangers of addiction.

Twelve addicts, aged between 18 and 60, claim their lives have been destroyed by the demon drink and that they were not warned of the risks.

Lawyers said the group will become the first in Britain to launch a legal challenge against the multi- billion-pound drinks manufacturing industry.

Experts from Glasgow solicitors Ross Harper believe they can use the arguments employed in successful prosecutions against huge American tobacco companies in 2000 to win their case.

Lawyer Jim Price said he will apply for Legal Aid and then take the test case before the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

He said: "Any litigation would have to be based on whether or not the product causes harm and whether or not the producer has a duty of care to customers.

"The purported illnesses our clients suffer follow the same pattern as the smoking arguments did."

The group will claim alcohol caused health problems, loss of jobs, relationship breakdown and adversely affected their quality of life. They believe drinks manufacturers should have warned them of the dangers.

In America, legislation forcing the drinks industry to carry health warnings was introduced 10 years ago and similar moves are being proposed in Ireland.

Price added: "Alcohol is now promoted the same way as cigarettes were in the 1950s.

"The manufacturers want us to believe that drinking alcohol is sexy and trendy. "

The move comes after thousands of smokers in Florida won £100billion in a class action against manufacturers in 2000.

Lung cancer victim Betty Bullock, 64,won £28million from tobacco giants Philip Morris last year.

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July 22, 2003, 11:12 AM
What fries me here in the good ole US of A is how alcoholics and drug addicts collect disability---and the "disabilty" is a direct result of the drinking or drugging. Someone I was acquainted with (a friend of a friend type thing) was told that if he did not stop drinking that he would likely die. Well, he didn't die, but had alcohol-induced seizures which caused a stroke. He collects disability from the trouble he has walking after the stroke....GRRRRRRR!

July 22, 2003, 11:26 AM
More "compassion" run amuck. Soak the healthy and make 'em pay
for the weak and unhealthy. Eventually the healthy will get sick--
of paying.

Standing Wolf
July 22, 2003, 03:57 PM
All over the world, the looter class never seems to lack assault lawyers.

Carlos Cabeza
July 22, 2003, 04:02 PM
Uhhh, can I sue Jack Daniels for all them ugly women I woke up next to ?:barf:

Personal Responsibilities.....aye, there's the rub.

July 22, 2003, 04:09 PM
Arrested for DUI? No problem, blame the damn booze company too.... :rolleyes:

July 22, 2003, 06:28 PM
"Uhhh, can I sue Jack Daniels for all them ugly women I woke up next to ?" :D :D

This is not surprising at all. Years back, when the first tobacco lawsuits were introduced, my brother suggested this route, albeit as a joke. He's a full-blown alcoholic who will probably die from drinking. But he was spot on when he joked about suing Miller Brewing for his problems.

rock jock
July 22, 2003, 06:42 PM
One day soon there will be millions of newly minted conservatives who sue the Democratic Party for rotting their minds and ruining their character.

Well, I can hope, can't I?

July 22, 2003, 06:43 PM
Hey, sue the Govt.! They license all the booze producers, so aren't they saying the stuff is ok?

July 22, 2003, 06:51 PM
Why don't we save time and just start suing God. If he hadn't created man, whatever the subject of the lawsuit is wouldn't have occured. Of course, churches would have to pay the damages. The percent each denomination would have to pay would be based on their membership numbers.

rock jock
July 22, 2003, 07:18 PM
Why don't we save time and just start suing God.
Don't think the trial lawyers haven't thought of that. They just can't figure out who would hear the case.

July 22, 2003, 08:02 PM
edit: Chicago Sues God :D

July 22, 2003, 09:04 PM
I wonder who the American lawyer is advising the Brits. You just know there is a trial lawyer crawling around through the chum.

July 22, 2003, 09:21 PM
Further proof that Trial lawyers who make such lawsuits should be shot!

THis one is REALLLLY a joke... many hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of years has booze been known to be a health hazard and addictive if abused?

This person needs to look in the mirror and see who caused it all.

Stupid sheep

July 23, 2003, 10:27 AM
Where ever you find assaults on our rights, the desire to control all those around them, the blaming of large industries for personal problems... find a deplorable lack of a concept of 'individual responsibility'. Whatever happened to mommies and daddies teaching wee ones that they are wholly responsible for the actions and choices they make? I suppose it's now taught that when something bad happens in your life, look around for the person/object/belief that can be blamed. It's always the fault of somebody (or something) else!


July 23, 2003, 11:36 AM
I'll drink to that!

Marko Kloos
July 23, 2003, 11:53 AM
Same pigs, different trough every couple of years.

When all the profitable industries are milked for litigation money, these people will sue their parents for subjecting them to the pain and suffering of existence without their consent.

July 23, 2003, 01:42 PM
Marko, it's already being done. It's called a "wrongful life" lawsuit, and usually involves a disabled child suing his/her parents for allowing the pregnancy to continue and subjecting the child to the trauma of a less than perfect life. So far, I don't think any of the cases have been successful but that's not to say some plaintiff won't find a moronic judge/jury.

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