Video slots as next-tobacco?

by Walter Olson on December 12, 2013

We haven’t reported on the doings of Prof. Richard Daynard for a while, but here’s this Oregonian item about his institute at Northeastern University:

Mark Gottlieb, executive director of the Boston-based Public Health Advocacy Institute, said a handful of groups are looking at the potential for a broad product liability lawsuit over the addictive nature of the machines. …

“There are some similarities [with tobacco],” Gottlieb says. “We are talking about a product that is engineered to make people do something that is basically destructive and causes an economic injury.”

Portland attorney Greg Kafoury says he is part of “a team of national lawyers” looking at a potential class-action suit. He wouldn’t go into detail but called it “a major, long-term project.”

There is nothing new, however, about lawyers’ yearning to crack open this particular well-guarded vault. See our reports from May and September 2002, for example. Hope springs eternal?

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1 TexJudge 12.12.13 at 6:21 pm

This is ludicrous. What’s next? Will carmakers find themselves sued by frustrated males who think they will be chased by hot females if they buy a fancy sports car but still can’t find a date ? Will states be sued by frustrated lottery ticket buyers?

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