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McDonalds Victory Ends McLibel Trial IT WAS the fast-food chain McDonalds who won the 314-day trial when Mr Justice Bell proclaimed 835660000 in damages against two London Greenpeace campaigners Dave Morris and Helen Steel on June 19 1997 Mr Justice Bell who has been the judge for this trial which is the longest in English legal history ruled that the leaflet published in 1986 was not true apart from three of the allegations after hearing evidence given by 180 witnesses The writs that were issued on September 20 1990 came to an end when Mr Justice Bell read a 45 page summary of his judgement in the trial that lasted for two hours He found that only three allegations were true which were exploitation of children low pay rate to workers and cruelty in the rearing of some of its animals Mr Justice Bell indicated that the accusation of McDonalds being responsible for the starvation of the third world was neither true nor destroying vast areas of Central America rainforest However he also stated that McDonalds advertising of its nutritional benefit and recycling was ambiguous rather than lying In addition to that the judge also found that although wages are low they are not discriminatory against specific ethic gender or age group Mr Morris 43 and Ms Steel 31 both with a combined income of less than 83567500 a year was sued by McDonalds Corporation and McDonalds Restaurant Ltd 835630000 each for the damages they had done Ms Steel however was responsible for 835627500 as her involvement is shorter than Mr Morris Ms Steel when was asked about their vain effort said that they both do not regret for what they have done in those seven empowering years If I had known how long it was going to last - over seven years from the writs - how much work was involved how daunting it was going to be
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