" The lawsuits began last year. The most prominent was filed in New York by several obese children, including Jazlyn Bradley, who weighs 270 pounds, and Ashley Pelman, who is 14 years old, 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
"Between the ages of five and twelve I used to go to McDonalds approximately 3-4 times a week," Ashley wrote in her affidavit. "I normally order the Happy Meal or sometimes a Big Mac." Jazlyn had more diverse tastes, attesting that she "would regularly order either breakfast, the No. 1 Big Mac meal, the No. 2 meal, chicken nuggets or the fish sandwich." Also, desserts, "including the apple pie."
But Judge Sweet invited the plaintiffs to try their suit again, offering what the Financial Times called "detailed guidance" for making it more effective. While Sweet agreed that consumers should be expected to know that hamburgers and fried chicken can make you fat, he suggested that restaurants like McDonald's put stuff into their dishes that turns them into something different and more dangerous from what people expect.