The US House of Representatives has passed the so-called ‘cheeseburger bill’, which will help protect fast food companies from litigation bought by obese customers. The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act was passed by 306 votes to 120. Scott Vinson of the National Council of Chain Restaurants praised the House for "denouncing frivolous obesity lawsuits brought by plaintiffs seeking to blame restaurants for making them overweight". James Sensenbrenner, The Republican chairman of the House judiciary committee, said of consumers: "It is not the place of the law to protect them from their own excess."