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Sanity Prevails

Sanity has prevailed:

For a second time this year, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday that alleged McDonald's Corp. misled consumers into believing its food was nutritious and part of a healthy diet.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet said the plaintiffs failed to adequately support allegations that McDonald's violated New York's consumer protection laws and made no allegations that they witnessed any deceptive advertising on the part of the fast food chain.

The Manhattan judge noted in particular that the lawsuit, brought on behalf of two New York children, failed to back allegations that any injuries suffered resulted from McDonald's representations about its French fries or hash browns.

In January, Sweet tossed out an earlier version of the lawsuit that claimed McDonald's food caused health problems in children.

In that ruling, he said, consumers "cannot blame McDonald's if they, nonetheless, choose to satiate their appetite with a surfeit of supersized McDonald's products."

"If a person knows or should know that eating copious orders of supersized McDonald's products is unhealthy and may result in weight gain ... it is not the place of the law to protect them from their own excesses," Sweet wrote at the time.

On Thursday, Sweet rejected a request that the plaintiffs be permitted to file a new version of the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The full text of Judge Sweet's ruling can be found here.


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Dang! Now I can't sue Krispy Kreme!

my god, a judge that actually throws out frivilous lawsuits! has hell frozen over?

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