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Chicago Law Firm Representing Prominent Members of Vegetarian Community Appeals Disbursement of $6 Million in Settlement Funds in McDonald's French Fry Case
June 18, 2003 - Michael B. Hyman, principal with Chicago law firm Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C. announced today that several prominent members of the vegetarian community filed a notice of appeal on Monday related to a suit against fast food giant McDonald's. At issue in the appeal is a recent court ruling that allows the allocation of $6 million in settlement funds to be directed to groups which do not uphold the values of vegetarianism, as required by the settlement agreement. The suit attacked McDonald's use of beef by-products in the preparation of McDonald's French fries and hash browns.
These prominent members of the vegetarian community (appellants) are not appealing the settlement itself, but assert that the $6 million distribution subverts the spirit and the letter of the settlement agreement by improperly directing funds to non-vegetarian groups, groups hostile to vegetarianism and groups in limited size and geographical reach.
"This distribution is like getting a Happy Meal without the food," Hyman said. "The settlement, on its face, seems to be fair to the vegetarian community, but you open up the box and what you're expecting just isn't there." A "vegetarian" is a person who does not eat meat, fish, fowl or any food derived from the flesh of animals.
The distribution of attorney's fees to plaintiffs' lawyers is also being appealed.
It is expected
that the appeal could take more than two years to be argued and
a decision rendered.
Shelist and Michael B. Hyman