Food Police Heartache: Judge Dismisses Happy Meal Lawsuit


I think I’ll grab a Big Mac this afternoon to celebrate:

A San Francisco judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit that sought to stop McDonald’s Corp. from using toys to market its meals to children in the Golden State. The suit had been filed in late 2010 by Monet Parham, a California mother of two, and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

The suit had claimed that the world’s biggest hamburger chain was violating consumer protection laws by using toys to lure them to eat nutritionally unbalanced meal. The lawsuit did not seek damages.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest said in a statement that it will discuss whether to appeal the case.

A little background on the “concerned mother” who the Center for Science in the Public Interest used as a front for the lawsuit:

Much of the interviewing press was happy to treat Monet Parham as a random (if oddly well-informed) California mom, but it didn’t take the blogosphere long to discover that she is apparently anything but random. Ira Stoll, who blogs at Future of Capitalism and used to put out the New York Times-tweaking, soon discovered (via a commenter) that she is in fact the same person as Monet Parham-Lee, who is a “regional program manager” on the state of California payroll for child nutrition matters.

Specifically, she works on a federally funded program that campaigns to exhort people to eat their vegetables and that sort of thing.

Just a mom who can’t control what her kids eat? Nah, it was just another attempt to give the government more power and control, which is why the CSPI exists — pencil-neck buttboys for The Nanny State.

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