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Judge Delays Ruling Another Month

February 25, 2003

The judge in the vegetarians v. McDonald's case delayed ruling on the allocation of settlement funds until March 25th.

During the hearing in a Chicago courtoom today, the judge complained about attorneys fee petitions submitted by some of the plaintiff lawyers and instructed them to resubmit petitions to help him determine how much fees he will award.

The judge also expressed discomfort that several of the proposed groups, including three listed under the "vegetarian" category, may not be 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, as called for under the settlement.

A consortium of a wide number of celebrated vegetarian individuals is forming which will likely appeal any decisions which are counter to the interests of the vegetarian class. Legal experts say an appeal under Illinois law would add another two to three years to the litigation, meaning the case may not be fully adjudicated for several more years.

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