Judge Throws Out Obesity Suit Against McDonalds

Published September 4, 2003

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday threw out a refiled lawsuit
against McDonald’s Corp . blaming the fast food restaurant chain for obesity
and health problems in children.

U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the suit that accused McDonald’s
of misleading the plaintiffs through advertising and other publicity that its
food products were nutritious. Sweet had thrown out an earlier version of the
suit, but had allowed the plaintiffs to refile the case with new information.

However the judge held that nowhere in the new complaint had the plaintiffs
said they had seen any of the advertising cited in the suit.

He also said the plaintiffs failed to show an adequate connection between their
consumption of McDonald’s food and their alleged injuries.


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