An Illinois man is filing a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings after accusing the chain of falsy advertising their boneless wings, which he claims are only chicken nuggets.
Plaintiff Aimen Halim filed the complaint last Friday with the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against both the restaurant chain and its parent company Inspire Brands. The complaint claims that the company “is responsible for the composition, preparation, advertising, marketing, and sale of ‘Buffalo Wild Wings’ product.”
The filing, which was obtained by WGN-TV in Chicago, shows that the class action lawsuit seeks to “challenge the false and deceptive marketing and advertising of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Boneless Wings, specifically, the name and description of the Products (i.e., as “Boneless Wings”) leads reasonable consumers to believe the Products are actually chicken wings.”
Buffalo Wild Wings offered a response courtesy of their Twitter account, stating, “It’s true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”
Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken.
Our hamburgers contain no ham.
Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.
— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) March 13, 2023
The reason for the lawsuit dates back to January 2023. Halim bought boneless wings from a Buffalo Wild Wings location in Mount Pleasant, Illinois under the assumption that the wings were deboned chicken wings. When he found out that they were not, in fact, debonded chicken wings, Halim stated that he would not have purchased them had he known the reality of what he was eating, or would have paid significantly less for them.
According to the lawsuit, “Mr. Halim suffered a financial injury as a result of Defendants’ false and deceptive conduct.”
Halim also referenced the popular pizza chains Papa John’s and Domino’s in the suit, stating that while both establishments carry boneless wings, they disclose that they are made from white chicken breast meat and not wing meat.
Halim also cited a 2009 New York Times article that reported on the practice of selling boneless “wings” that actually are not wings, due to the insanely high cost of actual chicken wings and the decline in chicken breast prices.
Halim plans to represent a nationwide class and Illinois class action lawsuit on behalf of himself, as well as other consumers. He is seeking whatever damages the court deems sufficient, whether that is injunctive relief, restitution, declaratory relief, or another type of damage.
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