In litigation closely watched by the national restaurant industry, McDonald’s Corp. is seeking to consolidate about a dozen lawsuits alleging that the company provided misleading information to consumers that its french fries were not made of wheat-based proteins.

A multidistrict litigation panel is expected to determine next month whether to consolidate the cases, most of which are potential class actions. The consolidation request excludes several lawsuits filed in state courts in Florida and California.

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