PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A California mother and The Center for Science in the Public Interest have sued McDonald’s Corp. trying to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports From Hollywood

The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco on Wednesday morning.

They claim McDonald’s decision to markets its meals directly to young children violates several consumer protection laws because it exploits a child’s vulnerability.

McDonald’s is facing increased scrutiny for the practice. San Francisco recently became the first city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that don’t met nutritional guidelines. A similar ordinance was passed Santa Clara County.

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Comments (3)
  1. Smokey says:

    More wack job folks trying to control the rest of society. This mother probably is unable to control her own children who ask for Happy Meals so she abdicates her responsibility by sueing to have the Happy Meals ended. She can then tell her kids that “sorry they don’t have them anymore.”

  2. Anthony M. Rond says:

    Really? Are you kidding me? Who are these people? Sounds like a form of sensorship to me. So they think they know what is best for our kids? If they do not like the marketing ad’s, or the establishment initself, do not go there, stay home. So you are going to waste my tax money in court….SHAME ON YOU!!

  3. Disgruntled Citizen says:

    So… all of these busy parents with tight budgets are going to stop feeding their kids McDonald’s fast food if there aren’t any toys in the Happy Meals?

    Yeah right.

    If you want to make an actual impact, sue the Federal government for driving up food costs through continued ethanol subsidies and mandates. If those end, maybe food prices will drop to a level where parents with tight budgets can afford fresh food.

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