I came across a reference to the McLibel 2 in Fast Food Nation and I’m glad to see that, three years after I wrote a piece of them for a college magazine, they’re still fighting. The McLibel 2, for those not up on British court cases, were two members of London Greenpeace who distributed a nasty little pamphlet outside a British McDonald’s, accusing the company of all sorts of bad labor, environmental, and health practices. McDonald’s took advantage of Britain’s strict libel laws and sued the individuals distributing the pamphlet for libel. Unfortunately for the company, two of the people they sued just wouldn’t cave; they had gotten their jaws into McDonald’s leg, they wouldn’t let go, and the case just kept going on and on in a public relations nightmare for Mickey D’s. In British libel law, the burden of proof is on the defendent, and a number of statements were found to be libelous. But a number of statements in the pamphlet were found to be true, and information the two (untrained and underfunded) defendants wormed out of documentary evidence and cross-examination was just amazing — everything from details about McDonald’s techniques in dealing with union organizations to the fact that McDonald’s had sent corporate spies (with help from the police) to infiltrate London Greenpeace. Apparently, there’s a book on the original trial (which lasted from 1994 to 1996) — I think I’ll see if the library dig up a copy for me. None