Bill banning obesity suits against restaurants clears House

The House voted 276-139 in favor of a bill that would protect restaurants from class action lawsuits from consumers alleging the restaurants contributed to their weight problems. The measure, which has an unclear future in the Senate, was sponsored by Florida Republican Ric Keller, who said consumers should use "common sense" in eating, instead of turning to legal action. Some of the bill's opponents say they do not support suing restaurants, but think the bill caters to special interests rather than focusing on health issues.

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