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In New York, U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood ruled that Pepsi was not obliged to present a customer with a McDonnell Douglas fighter plane when he thought a Pepsi commercial was giving away Harrier Jets. The plaintiff, John D.R. Leonard, saw the ad and concluded that Pepsi was serious when it implied that 7 million points in its “Pepsi Stuff” merchandise campaign could be redeemed for one Harrier jet. He raised $700,000 to purchase points for 10 cents each and ordered the plane. The issue landed in federal court in Manhattan after Mr. Leonard sued Pepsi; Pepsi responded by asking the court for a declaratory judgment.

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