MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama House has passed a bill that would prevent people from filing lawsuits against their favorite
restaurant or grocery store because the food they purchased made them fat.
The House voted 75-20 in favor of the bill by Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.
Jones said his bill is aimed at protecting small "mom-and-pop" restaurants from what he called "frivolous lawsuits." He said such a lawsuit could sink a small restaurant financially, even if the suit was eventually thrown out of court.
Opponents said the bill takes away the right of citizens to go to court. Others said there was no precedent for the bill since there have apparently been no such lawsuits filed in Alabama.