We’ve covered our fair share of food related lawsuits. Remember the person who sued Pop-Tarts because their strawberry Pop-Tarts weren’t filled with real strawberry? How about the Subway tuna drama? Well, it’s time to add another one to the mix, this time with a case against Buffalo Wild Wings.
What’s the crux of this lawsuit? Well, one man is stating that the boneless wings the franchise is famous for aren’t really wings, they’re nuggets!
Yes, that’s right, it might be the case that those boneless wings aren’t made of wing meat but are instead, chunks of chicken breast. Aimen Halim is taking Buffalo Wild Wings to court for selling chunks of chicken that may not live up to their name. To be fair, there is a valid kind of argument in this.
If a chicken wing is in fact a wing that has the bone in it, then a “boneless wing” would seemingly be a wing without the bone. If it’s made from a completely different part of the chicken, can it truly be called a “boneless wing?”
Another valid criticism, as part of the lawsuit, is how the classification of a “boneless wing” can affect prices. A chicken wing can sell for higher prices than a nugget can; just go to Burger King or McDonald’s and see how much 16-20 nuggets will cost you. If a boneless wing is essentially a nugget, but being sold at roughly the same price as a chicken wing, there may be some legitimate gripe there. Then again, how do you actually define a chicken wing? After all, an order of “wings” often includes chicken legs in it as well, so it’s not like that definition has a firm “wings only” meaning to it.
The problem with this lawsuit is how it comes across as a money grab. Sure, there may be a degree of legitimate concern, but is it really enough to sue over, or is it just about hoping to get a quick payoff as part of a nuisance suit? Rarely is anyone going to be so adamant about writing a perceived wrong in the fast food market that they’re going to take something to court, unless they smell a payday. Maybe this isn’t the case for Aimen Halim, but it’s hard to see any sense of altruism in a lawsuit like this.