Case Number: No. 01-CH-9137

Practice Area: Consumer Protection

Case Status: Settled

Settlement Amount: $12.5 million

Court: United States District Court for the Illinois Circuit Court, Cook County

Berger Montague served as Co-Lead Counsel and obtained a settlement of $12.5 million with McDonald’s Corporation due to its failure to disclose the use of beef fat in its french fries. Berger Montague, led by Executive Shareholder Sherrie R. Savett and Michael Fantini, reached this important settlement on behalf of a class of persons having ethical, moral, health, and/or religious objections or concerns with respect to the consumption of beef or meat. The lawsuit arose out of McDonald’s misrepresentation that its french fries and hash browns were cooked in 100% vegetable oil, when in fact they contained beef flavoring and were not vegetarian. The plaintiffs alleged that McDonald’s conduct violated state consumer fraud statutes and common law prohibitions against unfair and deceptive business practices.

The settlement included that McDonald’s issue an apology that was published on its website and print publications, as well as the creation of an advisory board to make recommendations to McDonald’s regarding the vegetarian, non-beef, and non-meat eating categories of consumers, and applicable dietary restrictions.

If you have been the victim of consumer fraud or unfair or deceptive business practices, please contact Berger Montague.

About Berger Montague

Berger Montague is a national law firm focusing on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. For over half a century, Berger Montague has played lead roles in consequential, precedent-setting cases and has recovered over $50 billion for its clients and the classes they have represented. Berger Montague is headquartered in Philadelphia and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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