No fair trial in McDonald's libel case, court rules

…were also deprived of free speech by the 1997 ruling…

The Toronto Star
February 17, 2005

No fair trial in McDonald's libel case, court rules

Two Britons found to have libelled McDonald's after the longest court case in English legal history did not have a fair trial, the European Court of Human Rights rules in Strasbourg yesterday. Helen Steel and David Morris, whose 1984 pamphlet accused the U.S. firm of starving the Third World, destroying rain forests and selling unhealthy food, were also deprived of free speech by the 1997 ruling, it said.

The court ordered Britain to pay the pair $56,000 and offer them a retrial. Britain has three months to appeal


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