Whilst the case is yet to be resolved, the man filing it demands punitive damages, attorney fees, a trial by jury, and any other damages that the judge deems proper, court documents show.
Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
In today’s instalment of bonkers food news, a man has sued Buffalo Wild Wings for serving him chicken nuggets when he asked for boneless chicken wings.
Yep, if you thought you’d ever been frustrated in a fast food action then think again…
This guy has only gone and filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that the chain’s boneless wings are actually made of chicken breast and are therefore closer to a nugget.
The lawsuit, filed by Aimen Halim was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday, and criticises “the false and deceptive marketing and advertising of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Boneless Wings”, in court documents obtained by Insider.
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The lawsuit against Buffalo Wild Wings is said to argue that the chain’s boneless wings are “not wings at all” seeing as they’re made from slices of chicken breast.
“Indeed, the products are more akin, in composition, to a chicken nugget rather than a chicken wing,” the document is reported to read.
It adds that the name wing suggests the product is an actual chicken wing, which “has simply been deboned.”
“This clear-cut case of false advertising should not be permitted, as consumers should be able to rely on the plain meaning of a product’s name and receive what they are promised,” the lawsuit goes on.
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It cites the fact that other fast food restaurants call sell boneless chicken, but make a point not to call a product wings when it isn’t.
It says Papa John’s “carefully” named its product “chicken poppers,” whilst Domino’s sells boneless chicken, made from “100% whole white breast meat.”
Buffalo Wild Wings’ boneless chicken wings are a popular choice for customers, first launching in 2003 and then getting a revamp in 2019.
“The chicken is first marinated in a blend of spices then coated in a savory new breading,” according to the eatery. “With over 30 percent less breading than before, the larger piece of marinated white chicken packs more flavor into every bite.”
A press release at the time said that the chain sold almost 100 million of them a year – so, it’s safe to say that most consumers aren’t too bothered by what they’re called.
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According to Insider, the same individual has also filed three other class-action lawsuits – one disputing the ‘natural’ label on Tom’s Wicked Fresh Mouthwash and another questioning the ‘high in fibre’ label on Kind Granola.
The third lawsuit suggested that Hefty shouldn’t call its bags as “recycling bags” seeing as they aren’t recyclable, but this was dismissed in August.