Federal Court Rejects Claims That McDonald’s Food Packaging Harms the Environment
A federal court in Illinois has reportedly dismissed on standing grounds the pro se claims of an individual plaintiff who alleged that the food packaging materials used by McDonald’s Corp., when discarded by consumers, pose a threat to the environment. Gencarelli v. McDonald’s Corp., No. 11-5573 (N.D. Ill., decided August 19, 2011). The plaintiff filed his complaint under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Toxic Substances Control Act and National Environmental Policy Act. According to the court, he lacked standing to sue because he alleged “a generalized grievance” only. To establish standing, the plaintiff was required to show a “concrete injury in fact, causation, and redressability,” which the court apparently found he failed to do. See BNA Daily Environment Report, August 24, 2011.