Overview of the McDonald's Lawsuit
The lawsuit against McDonald's
concerning beef in the french fries, a divisive controversy not only with
McDonald's but also within the vegetarian movement, is over.
On March 31, 2005, the Illinois Appeals Court upheld the distribution
of $10 million in the case. There were no further appeals and the
money is in the process of being distributed.
The articles below all relate to different phases of the story,
First published in the March / April 2004
issue of VegNews. This is the most complete account of the
entire case, though at the time it was written the conclusion of the
case was over a year away.
The five items above are related to the original VegNews article.
This brief article, which appeared in the September / October 2005
issue of VegNews, concerns the appellate court's decision and the
responses by some of the recipients as to how they are going to spend
This is the decision of the Appellate Court of Illinois, First
Judicial District, on March 31, 2005. Warning: this is a large
PDF file, 712 KB. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view
An earlier article published in Vegetarian Living, May/June
2003. This has some minor errors and I include it for historical
purposes to show my own opinions at the time. The VegNews article,
above, is the definitive history of the case.