LONDON: In a decade where the world has faced a global pandemic, the threat of nuclear war, and a rise in the cost of living – a man in the US claims he has encountered another crisis to add to the mounting list of problems facing our species.
Aimen Halim is suing the restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings for “false and deceptive marketing” after claiming their “boneless wings” are actually just chicken nuggets.
Mr Halim, who filed his lawsuit at a district court in Illinois, said he purchased the “wings” at a restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois, in January.
He added he was under the impression he was buying deboned wings because of their description on the menu.
However, his lawsuit states: “Unbeknownst to Plaintiff and other consumers, the Products are not wings at all, but instead, slices of chicken breast meat deep-fried like wings.
“Indeed, the Products are more akin, in composition, to a chicken nugget rather than a chicken wing.
“Had Plaintiff and other consumers known that the Products are not actually chicken wings, they would have paid less for them, or would not have purchased them at all.
“Therefore, Plaintiff and consumers have suffered injury in fact, as a result of Defendants’ deceptive practices.”
Halim, from Chicago, is seeking “damages, injunctive relief, restitution, declaratory relief, and all other remedies the Court deems appropriate,” but the filing does not state an exact monetary amount.
The lawsuit points to the fact that other companies sell comparable products without referring to them as wings.
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
The lawsuit aims to represent an estimated “thousands” of consumers around the country who, like Mr Halim, purchased the chain’s “boneless wings” at one of the chain’s more than 1,200 locations.
The defendants named in the suit include Buffalo Wild Wings and parent company Inspire Brands.
Contacted for comment, a representative 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.