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McCarriage of Justice

How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, revoke their charter?

Fast food giant McDonald’s has just been handed a stunning defeat by a Malaysian high court in an epic trademark dispute. The ruling ended an eight-year battle in which the megacorporation attempted to prevent a small curry restaurant from using the prefix “Mc” in its name. McCurry (which stands for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”) argued that it had every right to use the two consonants and that McDonald’s claim that the two restaurants could be confused was unfounded. McCurry offers an Indian menu (including, among other things, fish head curry) while McDonald’s sticks to arguably less palatable “Western” fare. In addition to granting McCurry the rights to the disputed prefix, the court ordered McDonald’s to pay all legal costs incurred by the defendant. McDonald’s has a history of attacking anyone who dares string the two letters together: the company has previously brought legal action against a curry restaurant in Jamaica and the Oxford English Dictionary for listing the definition of “McJob.” Hopefully having its McAss handed to it by Malaysia’s highest court will end the corporation’s global monopoly on the two letters, allowing small business owners and a good part of Scotland to breathe easy.

But what can we do to prevent bullying megacorporations from treating the world like one giant school yard? For every Malaysian McCurry there are untold numbers of little guys slain by corporate Goliaths. For every staggering judgment (like Pfizer’s recent $2.3 billion settlement with the FDA) there are a slew of shady backroom deals in which corporations make a mint at the public’s expense. How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, are allowed to revoke their charter? What are some effective ways for civil society to fight back against corporate power?

Sarah Nardi

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McAnonymous

I love this kind of comment - so symptomatic of this puerile, impotent, victim culture you have going here. McDonald's makes people fat. The "people" have absolutely no choice in the matter. Automaton slaves to the golden arches, they're lured into restaurants that strip their soul of the human spirit and leaves them destitute on the street. That is the business model of McDonald's. The little fantasy world you people live in would be very amusing to view from a distance - everyone suckling at the public teat, worshipping the state and its elite - but the tragedy of it is that I have to live amongst you. Worse yet, sheep like you tend to vote en mass for the same type of moron, fascist-type leaders that would regulate the rest of us down to your level. When you have something of value to offer - with some thought and logic - please reply. That will be fun.

McAnonymous

I love this kind of comment - so symptomatic of this puerile, impotent, victim culture you have going here. McDonald's makes people fat. The "people" have absolutely no choice in the matter. Automaton slaves to the golden arches, they're lured into restaurants that strip their soul of the human spirit and leaves them destitute on the street. That is the business model of McDonald's. The little fantasy world you people live in would be very amusing to view from a distance - everyone suckling at the public teat, worshipping the state and its elite - but the tragedy of it is that I have to live amongst you. Worse yet, sheep like you tend to vote en mass for the same type of moron, fascist-type leaders that would regulate the rest of us down to your level. When you have something of value to offer - with some thought and logic - please reply. That will be fun.

Lloyd Pitcher

McAnonymous, finally there is someone on this board who agrees with me! Someone who believes in freedom and personal liberty. Let the fat slobs eat there Big Macs and fries to their hearts' content. Just don't let me pay for them or feel sorry when they need a quadruple bypass and have diabetes. I don't feel sorry for them in the least. It is idiotic to think that people don't know they will get fat and unhealthy by eating Chicken McNuggetts everyday.

This being said, I do believe that it is the job of government (and of McDonalds) to ban some of the hidden chemicals or outright unnatural ingredients in some foods. These are the ingredients that the idiots that go to McDonalds can't contemplate when they suck down their Pepsis or Dr. Peppers. GMO foods should be banned, along with high fructose corn syrup and meat that is laden with steroids and other weird chemicals. Any thoughts?

Lloyd Pitcher

McAnonymous, finally there is someone on this board who agrees with me! Someone who believes in freedom and personal liberty. Let the fat slobs eat there Big Macs and fries to their hearts' content. Just don't let me pay for them or feel sorry when they need a quadruple bypass and have diabetes. I don't feel sorry for them in the least. It is idiotic to think that people don't know they will get fat and unhealthy by eating Chicken McNuggetts everyday.

This being said, I do believe that it is the job of government (and of McDonalds) to ban some of the hidden chemicals or outright unnatural ingredients in some foods. These are the ingredients that the idiots that go to McDonalds can't contemplate when they suck down their Pepsis or Dr. Peppers. GMO foods should be banned, along with high fructose corn syrup and meat that is laden with steroids and other weird chemicals. Any thoughts?

Anonymous

Thank You THANK THANK YOU....this comment is exactly how I feel!!!! There shouldn't be regulations on corporations just make sure what they are producing isn't toxic, and if it is just inform, thats all. We do have choices and its ridiculous to think that people are forced to go to McDonalds.

Anonymous

Thank You THANK THANK YOU....this comment is exactly how I feel!!!! There shouldn't be regulations on corporations just make sure what they are producing isn't toxic, and if it is just inform, thats all. We do have choices and its ridiculous to think that people are forced to go to McDonalds.

Dr. Wilbur larch

To McAnonymous,

These courts you speak of are leveraged themselves and the big and powerful generally will win even as they pay a small fine as in the cases of Pfizer, Eli Lilly and thousands more. These are the reasons to celebrate, even if only in hyperbole the victories against corporations. It is a small fire in the stomach that will catch on and that will, hopefully, ensure a final justice.
So McDonalds loss in Malaysia (a country not famous for justice) aught to be shouted out from the rooftops, its great conversation, hyperbole isnt enough.
I agree with you on one thing though McAnonymous, expansionist philosophy is the virus that strikes the corporate and the not-for -profit alike and can mar the difference, lets hope not with Adbusters.

Dr. Wilbur larch

To McAnonymous,

These courts you speak of are leveraged themselves and the big and powerful generally will win even as they pay a small fine as in the cases of Pfizer, Eli Lilly and thousands more. These are the reasons to celebrate, even if only in hyperbole the victories against corporations. It is a small fire in the stomach that will catch on and that will, hopefully, ensure a final justice.
So McDonalds loss in Malaysia (a country not famous for justice) aught to be shouted out from the rooftops, its great conversation, hyperbole isnt enough.
I agree with you on one thing though McAnonymous, expansionist philosophy is the virus that strikes the corporate and the not-for -profit alike and can mar the difference, lets hope not with Adbusters.

McAnonymous

I'm sorry Doctor - I'm looking for a little clarification on a few things. 1. How are the courts "leveraged?" Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system in the U.S. (aka Patrick Fitzgerald) and the extreme tilting of the playing field in favour of the prosecution. If I had the latitude to charge you with literally hundreds of offences, I can guarantee that at least one or two would stick. In Canada, it's a little more convoluted in the sense that if you're cozy with the "natural governing party" of the country, you pretty much have a standing get-out-of-jail-free-card. 2. How exactly would you define your "final justice?" (either an accidental or Freudian slip there - depending on your point of view. Eerily close to "final solution.") Is it where I don't have the choice of buying a Big Mac should I so desire? 3. What would your "solution" be to expansionist philosophy? It surely can't be socialism/centrally organized economy - THAT's been shown over and over to be the worst of ideas.
By the way - not to worry about adbusters. They may or may not have expansionist plans, but they're devoid of just enough thought and intelligence to never gain much traction - despite what must be their self-loathing behaviour of slick pop-culture-marketing.

McAnonymous

I'm sorry Doctor - I'm looking for a little clarification on a few things. 1. How are the courts "leveraged?" Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system in the U.S. (aka Patrick Fitzgerald) and the extreme tilting of the playing field in favour of the prosecution. If I had the latitude to charge you with literally hundreds of offences, I can guarantee that at least one or two would stick. In Canada, it's a little more convoluted in the sense that if you're cozy with the "natural governing party" of the country, you pretty much have a standing get-out-of-jail-free-card. 2. How exactly would you define your "final justice?" (either an accidental or Freudian slip there - depending on your point of view. Eerily close to "final solution.") Is it where I don't have the choice of buying a Big Mac should I so desire? 3. What would your "solution" be to expansionist philosophy? It surely can't be socialism/centrally organized economy - THAT's been shown over and over to be the worst of ideas.
By the way - not to worry about adbusters. They may or may not have expansionist plans, but they're devoid of just enough thought and intelligence to never gain much traction - despite what must be their self-loathing behaviour of slick pop-culture-marketing.

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