Toys will continue to accompany burgers, fries, and sodas at California fast-food restaurants. So says a judge.
A judge in San Francisco threw out a lawsuit filed against McDonald's Corp. that sought to halt the fast-food purveyor from using toys to market its edibles, according to the Associated Press. A California mother joined The Center for Science in the Public Interest in filing the suit.
The suit alleged that McDonald's violated consumer protection laws and exploited children's vulnerability when it lured them "to eat nutritionally unbalanced meals that can lead to obesity."
The suit, filed in 2010, was dismissed by Judge Richard Kramer on Wednesday.
McDonald's recently began replacing its French fries with apple slices. "We are proud of our Happy Meals and will vigorously defend our brand, our reputation and our food," company spokeswoman Danya Proud said in a statement. "We stand on our 30-year track record of providing a fun experience for kids and families at McDonald's."