Byron Allen’s $10 billion McDonald’s discrimination lawsuit is thrown out



Media entrepreneur Allen accuses the fast food chain of racial discrimination for not advertising with Black-owned media


A US judge has dismissed a $10 billion lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp by the media entrepreneur Byron Allen, who accused the fast food chain of racial discrimination for not advertising with Black-owned media.

US District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles wrote on Tuesday, November 30 that two companies owned by Allen did not offer enough factual evidence to show that McDonald’s “intentionally and purposefully discriminated against them.”

According to Allen’s complaint, McDonald’s has refused to advertise with lifestyle channels owned by his Entertainment Studios Networks since their 2009 launch, or with The Weather Channel since Allen bought its parent Weather Group in 2018.

Allen also said McDonald’s spent just 0.3% of its $1.6 billion U.S. ad budget in 2019 with Black-owned media though Blacks represent 40% of fast food customers, an allocation that reflected “racial animus and racial stereotyping.”


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