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Wary Of Litigation, States Keep Cheeseburger Bills On Menu

Law360, New York (August 5, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT) -- In the mid-2000s, in response to a high-profile lawsuit against the food industry, a bevy of states passed laws barring consumers from suing companies for making them obese. Even with the suits now largely abandoned, some states are still scrambling to block them, worried the litigation will rise again — potentially in a slightly different form.

States rushed to enact so-called cheeseburger bills prohibiting the claims after two obese teenagers and their parents filed a proposed class action against McDonald's Corp. in 2003. The suit alleged McDonald's had tricked consumers into believing their meals were healthier than they were.

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