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Happy Meal Lawsuit Dismissed

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The Judicial Update

April 15th, 2012

California: McDonald's Happy Meals will still include the toys after a class-action lawsuit that wanted to stop the McDonald's Corporation from supposedly using its toys to market its Happy Meals to children.[1]

California mother of two, Monet Parham, and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, filed the lawsuit late in the year of 2010. Both Parham and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., claim that McDonald's violates consumer protection laws in using their toys to lure children to want to eat nutritionally unbalanced meals.[1]

"I object to the fact that McDonald's is getting into my kids' heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat," said Monet Parham.[1]

San Fransisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, which means that the plaintiffs are not able to file any amended complaints.[1]

While the lawsuit did not seek any damages, The Center for Science in the Public Interest stated that it would have to discuss whether or not it would appeal the case.[1]

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