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McDonalds Settles 'Fat' Lawsuit for $8.5 Million

Fast food giant McDonald's has agreed to donate $7 million to the American Heart Association to settle lawsuits over the type of fat it uses...
February 23, 2005

Fast food giant McDonald's has agreed to donate $7 million to the American Heart Association to settle lawsuits over the type of fat it uses in its cooking. The chain will also spend $1.5 million to raise awareness of the unhealthy effects of trans fats, as part of the settlements reached over an action brought by a San Francisco Web site, bantransfats.com, and a separate nationwide class action suit.

Bantransfats.com brought its lawsuit against McDonald's because the food chain failed to live up to a promise it made in September 2002 to customers that it would reduce its use of trans fats. Health experts say trans fats meant to increase the shelf-life of cooking oil boost cholesterol levels considerably.

Plaintiffs claimed in the lawsuits that McDonald's did not take sufficient steps to inform the public that it had not changed the oil. The company said in a statement that it has been successful in reducing trans fat levels in many of its products and "continues to work hard on our initiative to reduce TFAs in our cooking oil."

McDonald's Settles Fat Lawsuit for $8.5 Million (Insurance Journal 2/15)