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threatened to sue at last fifty British publications and organizations, including Channel 4, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, student
publications, a vegetarian society, and a Scottish youth theater group. The tactic worked, prompting retractions and apologies. The cost of
losing a libel case, in both legal fees and damages, could be huge.
The London Greenpeace activists being sued by McDonald’s had not written the leaflet in question; they had merely handed it to people.
Nevertheless, their behavior could be ruled libelous. Fearing the potential monetary costs, three of the activists reluctantly appeared in court
and apologized to McDonald’s. The other two decided to fight.
Helen Steel was a twenty-five-year-old gardener, minibus driver, and bartender who’d been drawn to London Greenpeace by her devotion
to vegetarianism and animal rights. Dave Morris was a thirty-six-year-old single father, a former postal worker interested in labor issues and
the power of multinational corporations. The two friends seemed to stand little chance in...
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- Spring '08