In a decade when the world has faced a global pandemic, the threat of nuclear war and the rising cost of living – a man in the US claims he has encountered yet another crisis that adds to the growing problems facing our species.
Aimen Halim is suing restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings for “false and deceptive marketing” after claiming their “boneless wings” are actually just chicken nuggets.
Mr. Halim, who filed the lawsuit in Illinois district court, said he bought “chicken wings” at a restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois, in January.
He added that he had the impression he was buying boneless wings because of the description on the menu.
However, his lawsuit states: “Unbeknownst to plaintiffs and other consumers, these products were not wings at all, but chicken breast slices fried like wings.
“In fact, these products are more similar in composition to chicken nuggets than chicken wings.
“If plaintiffs and other consumers knew that these products were not actually chicken wings, they would have paid less for them, or would not have purchased them at all.
“Thus, plaintiffs and consumers were actually harmed as a result of defendant’s deceptive conduct.”
Halim, of Chicago, is seeking “damages, injunctive relief, compensation, declaratory relief and all other remedies the court deems appropriate,” though the filing does not specify the exact amount.
The lawsuit points to the fact that other companies aren’t calling them “wings” when they sell similar products.
These include Domino’s Pizza, which has a menu item called “boneless chicken.” And Papa Johns, which has a similar menu item called “Chicken Poppers”.
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The lawsuit seeks to represent an estimated “thousands” of consumers across the country who, like Mr. Halim, bought the chain’s “boneless wings” at one of the chain’s more than 1,200 locations.
Defendants named in the suit include Buffalo Wild Wings and parent company Inspire Brands.
When contacted for comment, representatives for both companies pointed to a Twitter post on the official Buffalo Wild Wings account.
“It’s true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo,” the post said.