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January 1st, 2010

US Chamber of Commerce Wins Golden Turkey Award

A hearty congratulations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on this New Year’s Day. They won my prestigious Golden Turkey Award for the most ridiculous and hypocritical lawsuit of the year, after many hours of super-secret deliberations. The vote was unanimous, after I cast the sole vote just moments ago.

The competition was stiff, with the Chamber railing against everyone else bringing lawsuits but forgetting that they brought one of their own.

While I mentioned it’s suit in my Halloween-themed Blawg Review, the suit really does deserve to shine separately.

In October a group called the The Yes Men staged a fake news conference to pretend they were the Chamber and they had seen the light (angels and hosannas flow through background), and that they were reversing course on their opposition to climate legislation.

Not happy about being parodied, mocked and ridiculed, they sued the The Yes Men in a suit that is no doubt destined for the trash heap of hypocrisy, apparently forgetting about that First Amendment thingie.

Some posts on the subject here:

  • Chamber Suing Yes Men For “Commercial Identity Theft” (TPM-Muckraker)
  • EFF to represent Yes Men in Chamber of Commerce lawsuit (Boing Boing)

Congrats to the Chamber on their fine work, and welcome to the growing stable of tort “reform” hypocrites. We can always count on them to shoot themselves in the foot with over-the-top conduct.

My Golden Turkey, of course, is not to be confused with the book by that name about the worst movies in Hollywood, or any other Golden Turkey awards, of which I imagine a few others might exist. With a last name like mine, I claim squatters rights. Or something like that.

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