Since it was filed in 2002, the lawsuit filed by a putative class of teenagers alleging obesity-related injury purportedly caused by reliance on deceptive advertising for fast food has been appealed twice to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and is now before its third trial court judge. Pelman v. McDonald’s Corp., No. 02-7821 (S.D.N.Y., filed Sept. 30, 2002). The case was reassigned to Judge Kimba Wood on February 27, 2009. Judge Wood was one of former President Bill Clinton’s picks for attorney general, but withdrew from consideration after questions were raised about the immigrants she had hired as household help. Nominated to the federal court bench in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, the Harvard-educated jurist has served as chief judge of her district since 2006.

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