Judge Dismisses McDonald's Obesity Suit

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New York--A federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of New York children that claimed McDonald's food caused them to suffer health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. "If consumers know (or reasonably should know) the potential ill health effects 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," U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet said in a 65-page ruling. "One necessary element of any potentially viable claim must be that McDonald's products involve a danger that is not within the common knowledge of consumers...Plaintiffs have failed to allege with any specificity that such a danger exists." -Associated Press

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