The International law firm of Steptoe and Johnson has, at least for now, forced D.C.-based burger joint Rouge States out of business. Steptoe says that exhaust from the burger place’s grill — located just four blocks from Heartland’s D.C. office — caused “nausea, headaches and general annoyance.”
I’ve only skimmed the legal complaints and I don’t know who is right. What’s important, interesting, and sad is that this ever ended up in court. There must, literally, be more than 1 million workplaces in the United States with a food-server nearby. The negative externalities they cause can be dealt with in any number of ways. The only reason that something like this ends up in court is because both sides are utterly recalcitrant. And that’s, what I’d guess happened here.