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Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Happy Meal Toys

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The item that sets a Happy Meal apart from any other meal can stay, a California judge has ruled.

That item would be the toy that comes with a McDonald’s Happy Meal, which the Centers for Science in the Public Interest and a San Francisco mother claimed compelled kids who don’t know any better into eating unhealthy food, contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports.

The Washington DC-based advocacy group and the mother, Monet Parham, sued McDonalds in 2010, saying that the fast food giant was violating consumer protection laws, undermining parents and causing rifts in families.

But a judge in San Francisco dismissed the class-action lawsuit and McDonalds says it stands by its 30-year track record of providing a fun family experience.

The plaintiffs say they were not seeking monetary damages and are considering whether to appeal.

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