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    here's your sign Tubby!!!
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    Obesity Suit Against McDonald's Dismissed

    By Gail Appleson

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a major victory for the fast food industry, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a widely watched suit in which McDonald's hamburgers and French fries were blamed for children's obesity.

    U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet said the plaintiffs, including a 14-year-old girl who is 4-foot-10 and 170 pounds, failed to show McDonald's Corp.(NYSE:MCD - news) products presented a danger unknown to consumers. He also cited concerns the case could "spawn thousands of similar 'McLawsuits"' against all types of restaurants.

    "This opinion is guided by the principle that legal consequences should not attach to the consumption of hamburgers and other fast food fare unless consumers are unaware of the dangers of eating such food," Sweet said.

    "If consumers know...the potential ill health effect of eating at McDonald's, they cannot blame McDonald's if they, nonetheless, choose to satiate their appetite with a surfeit of supersized McDonald's products."

    Although the judge threw out the suit in it's entirety, he ruled the plaintiffs could refile claims in Manhattan federal court within certain limits.

    Sweet also said McDonald's had rightfully pointed out that the case was the first of its kind to reach this stage in federal court and could result in thousands of copycat cases.

    The suit was brought on behalf of overweight children who ate at two McDonald's restaurants in the Bronx borough of New York City. The plaintiffs sought unspecified damages, blaming McDonald's for health problems that included diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.

    The suit was one of at least four cases filed against McDonald's and other fast food chains over the obesity issue. At least two cases have been dropped and another is dormant.

    The judge noted that Americans spend more than $110 billion on fast food each year, and cited studies showing that on any given day in the United States, almost one in four adults visits a fast-food restaurant.

    "The potential for lawsuits is even greater given the numbers of persons who eat food prepared at other restaurants in addition to those serving fast food," Sweet said, citing reports that show almost half of the American food dollar is spent on food eaten away from home.
    I'll post, You argue.

  • #2
    I hate McDonald's and haven't been in one for years but I agree with the judge on this one. If they get fat from eating McDonald's food they can stay away. No one forces them to go in. We need to draw a line on these stupid lawsuits somewhere. Sooner or later, whether we like to admit it or not, we have to face the results of our own actions. Instead of that, we like to find someone else to blame so we can sue them. That gives us more money to spend on our bad habits in the future.

    As to presenting an unknown danger, we have been told for years that the fat content in hamburgers and other foods is bad for us. Either the parents of these fat kids forgot to tell them or the kids didn't listen.

    [ 01-22-2003, 02:58 PM: Message edited by: Snoopy1 ]

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    • #3
      The judge is correct.

      Nobody with a brain looks at a Big Mac and thinks it's health food. Ditto with a Whopper etc.

      Aside from that, any McDonalds, BK etc. that you go into will provide nutrition info on request and many have it posted near the counter.

      Why do I bet the plaintiff wasn't ordering the salad or yougart parfaits that McDonalds sells?

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      • #4
        i was watching something on the news last night about how people probably gain more weight at home than eating out because most restaurants have a "fixed" size portion compared to eating at home where it's "all you can eat" for the most part.

        so i am going to sue my wife for always having food available. that'll teach 'er!!

        I'll post, You argue.

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        • #5
          of course it may only be a matter of time before jesse, naacp, etc. will get involved because, if i'm not mistaken, all of the defendants in these particular cases were black. so i'm sure someone will try to find a way to play the race card here.

          i can hear johnnie cockroach now:
          "if his *** is fat, then a check is where it's at"
          I'll post, You argue.

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          • #6
            This ruling may actually help Bushmaster with their HCI harrassment suit. Think about it...

            MacDonalds makes/markets a LEGAL product. MacDonalds CANNOT be held responsible for its misuse. Bushmaster also makes/markets a LEGAL product, and likewise CANNOT be held responsible for its misuse.
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            • #7
              I despise McDonalds (they are the evil empire of commercialism along with Starbucks) but I agree with the judge. Stupidity or feigning ignorance should not guarantee you a hefty settlement.

              Any idiot with half a brain would and should know McDonald's is vastly unhealthy.
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              • #8
                quote:
                Originally posted by Niteshift:
                The judge is correct.

                Nobody with a brain looks at a Big Mac and thinks it's health food. Ditto with a Whopper etc.

                Aside from that, any McDonalds, BK etc. that you go into will provide nutrition info on request and many have it posted near the counter.

                Why do I bet the plaintiff wasn't ordering the salad or yougart parfaits that McDonalds sells?

                Hey, what do you mean McD's isn't health food!!?

                Where do I sign up for this lawsuit?

                Then right after that I'm suing all my old teachers for the bad grades I always got.
                Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

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                • #9
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by nickg:
                  i was watching something on the news last night about how people probably gain more weight at home than eating out because most restaurants have a "fixed" size portion compared to eating at home where it's "all you can eat" for the most part.

                  so i am going to sue my wife for always having food available. that'll teach 'er!!


                  Yeah, but the "portions" in restaurants are getting HUGE. My wife and I have actually split one meal on occasion. Unfortunately, people usually look at us kind of strangely.

                  [ 01-22-2003, 05:28 PM: Message edited by: Chief Wiggum ]
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                  • #10
                    We went to a very ritzy restaurant last week. There was so much food on my plate, I couldn't possibly eat it all.
                    My husband said, "Aren't you feelig well?" I told him that the amount of food they gave me was enough for 2 people. I took what was left and had it for lunch the next day.
                    Should have seen the day I walked up behind my husband as he was eating a Whopper. He battles high cholesterol. I just stood there just by his shoulder.He finally looked around slowly and I said, "BUSTED!" He tried to explain he only has one a month. Yea, right!
                    I got a salad and sat and glared at him. He was so funny, so sheepish.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah! It's about time to start being accountable for what you put in your mouth and not blame everyone but yourself.

                      Good ruling and I hope it sets precedent for other stupid lawsuits like this one.
                      "It is easier for a king to have a lie believed than a beggar to spread the truth."---Robert Strecker

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                      • #12
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by nickg:
                        i was watching something on the news last night about how people probably gain more weight at home than eating out because most restaurants have a "fixed" size portion compared to eating at home where it's "all you can eat" for the most part.

                        so i am going to sue my wife for always having food available. that'll teach 'er!!


                        Last nite on CNN they had a story about the HUGE restaurant portions, fast food included, and that they give you about double what you should be eating for one meal. They said that people at home are now making their meals huge because of the sizes they get used to when eating out.

                        Does anyone remember a SMALL soda? i dont think any fast food places serve them, and even the medium size is giant! if i ever do go to those places, i order a kids meal.

                        I dont agree with suing them tho, nobody forces people to eat all the food or drink all the soda. And McDonald's is gonna go out of business anyway
                        "You did what you knew how to do...and when you knew better, you did better." ~~Maya Angelou

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                        • #13
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by RachelR:
                          I despise McDonalds (they are the evil empire of commercialism along with Starbucks) but I agree with the judge.

                          DITTO on the Mickey D's & BK.
                          I've never been to a Starbucks so when a co-worker asked if I wanted anything I said "Sure, a tea, black with sugar". He returns... How much I owe you?,.. $2.25!!?? [Eek!] I honestly thought he was joking...
                          " Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words." - Calvin

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                          • #14
                            actually i hate restaurants that skimp on portions. cracker barrel is a good example. since so many old people like to eat there they think everyone is happy with 3 peas and a dollop of mashed potatoes on their plate.

                            give me a nice BIG steak, a LARGE baked potato, a salad that is bigger than a coffee cup and if i get fat then it's MY OWN damn fault.
                            I'll post, You argue.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, I too agree with the judge.
                              Maybe I should try sueing Dell for my headaches I get from staring at this computer screen all day.
                              "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
                              Thomas Jefferson

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