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Calif. mom to sue McDonald's to end meal toys

December 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A California mother is teaming up with the Center for Science in the Public Interest to sue McDonald's.They want the world's largest burger chain to stop using toys to market meals to children.

Like many moms, Monet Parham wants to feed her daughter one thing, but 6-year-old Maya often wants something else.

Parham said Maya is so drawn to the toys, it's a fight she just can't win.

"I like that it's fun and exciting and surprises me," said Maya said.

Parham plans to sue McDonald's to force them to offer lower-calorie meals or get rid of the enticing trinkets.

Some question whether Parham is deflecting responsibility by blaming McDonald's.

"I can tell them no all day long, but then they see commercials that convince them you've really got to have this," Parham said.

Fast food companies have spent more than $520 million on advertising and toys for kids' meals.

McDonalds hasn't seen the lawsuit yet, but this summer when the legal buzz began, they said they do have lower-calorie Happy Meal options and "Couldn't disagree more with the misrepresentation of our food and marketing practices."

Parham said she's suing for her daughter and so many other kids who are no match for the fast food giant.