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McDonald's Happy Meal Toys At Center Of Lawsuit (VIDEO)

12/15/2010 11:59 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A California mother and The Center for Science in the Public Interest have sued McDonald's Corp. trying to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children.

The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco on Wednesday morning.

They claim McDonald's decision to markets its meals directly to young children violates several consumer protection laws because it exploits a child's vulnerability.

McDonald's is facing increased scrutiny for the practice. San Francisco recently became the first city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that don't met nutritional guidlines. A similiar ordinance was passed Santa Clara County.

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