Those ironically named McDonald's Happy Meals are in the news again.
A Sacramento mom named Monet Parham is filing a class-action lawsuit "aimed at stopping McDonald’s use of toys to market directly to young children," according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is aiding the suit.
Here's the suit, which will be filed in San Francisco today, CSPI says.
Northern California is fast becoming a hotbed of anti-Happy Meal activism. Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law, over Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto, requiring that meals dished out with promotional toys meet certain nutritional requirements. I'm not sure if the city's Healthy Meal Ordinance mentions McDonald's by name, but I'm pretty sure the legislation wasn't aimed at Gary Danko's.
According to the FTC, big food companies, including fast-food restaurants like McDonald's, spent $1.6 billon marketing to children in 2006.