McDonald's loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the "McLibel Two" represented themselves against McDonald's £10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation's business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald's tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise - especially the British Government. ...
The postman and the gardener who took on McDonald's
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The original case lasted nearly ten years which, according to the BBC, made it the longest-running libel case in English history. See more
What about the finding that McDonalds targets children?
I don't recall that.
Written, performed & produced by Guy Jackson See more
20 May 2005 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $1,821,
12 June 2005
Gross USA: $4,337
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $7,234
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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