Full Title Name:  McLIBEL

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David J. Wolfson Place of Publication:  Animal Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law School Publish Year:  1999 Primary Citation:  5 Animal L. 21 (1999) 0 Country of Origin:  United States
Summary: In 1991, McDonald's sued two pro se defendants in England for defamation in relation to, among other things, allegations that McDonald's was culpably responsible for cruel common farming practices. The case took seven years and the appeals still continue, Though McDonald's spent over $16 million on legal representation and had significant legal advantages, it lost major portions of the case, including the issue of animal cruelty. Mr. Wolfson discusses the background and holding of "McLibel" in relation to cruel common farming practices, its unique legal context, and the impact of the holding on animal law in general and state anti-cruelty laws in the United States. In addition, he explores the contradiction that McLibel exposes: the fact that a common farming practice can be found to be cruel in the view of a reasonable person while legal pursuant to an anti-cruelty statute.
Documents:  PDF icon McLibel.pdf (2.55 MB)
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