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Afternoon Delight: Dallas Attorney Makes ‘The Colbert Report’

by Jerome Weeks 16 Jan 2013 12:58 PM

The face flashes on the TV screen — next to Stephen Colbert’s — and you think, Hey, I know that guy. He’s a Dallas lawyer!


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Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to knuckle down to work. Check back weekdays at 1 p.m. for another one.

On Monday’s episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert took to his tongue-in-cheek ramparts to defend one of his sweetest sponsors, the Coca-Cola Company. In a lawsuit against the Coke product Vitaminwater — a lawsuit that’s actually been going on for three years — The Center for Science in the Public Interest argues that the bottled beverage makes “deceptive and unsubstantiated” claims about being good for your health. It has only a “penny’s’ worth of vitamins” against “33 grams of sugar” — almost as much as a can of Coke.

In particular, Colbert took umbrage against a, um, ‘salty’ statement made by CSPI lead litigator Stephen Gardner. Turns out Gardner is a Dallas attorney — and no stranger to court battles against big food companies. In London in the ’90s, he testified against McDonald’s in “McLibel” — the longest court case in British history.