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Busy Parent Briefing: California Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Against McDonald's Happy Meal Toys

Happy Meal

Happy Meal toys will live to see another day in California

It’s a happy day for some kids in California today — and a sad one for some parents and health experts — as a judge has dismissed a proposed class action suit that attempted to stop McDonald’s from using toys to market Happy Meals to kids, according to Fox News.

A law in San Francisco had gone into affect in December 2010 mandating that restaurant kids’ meals couldn’t give away toys unless they met specific nutritional guidelines.

The lawsuit did not seek damages.

A mother of two had filed the suit in late 2010 along with the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest claiming McDonald’s was “violating protection laws by using toys to lure kids to eat nutritionally unbalanced meals.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has not decided yet whether to appeal.

A ban on Happy Meals toys had picked up some steam over the past few years, with some other cities proposing similar measures. McDonald’s in the UK recently started giving out books with Happy Meals instead of toys, although that move was also criticized by some for what they said was continuing to ignore the childhood obesity epidemic.

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