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Man Launched $9M Lawsuit Over “Boneless Wings”

A Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant

Chicken wings are a massively popular choice for millions of people every day in countless fast-food restaurants around the world.

Millions and millions of the tasty treats are consumed every day.

The desire of customers not to have to dissect their dinners and be left with a pile of bones has led the fast food companies to come up with "boneless" options.

However, it's a fact of nature that chicken wings have bones in, which means what the companies market as "boneless wings" are no such thing.

This seemed to incite the rage of a man called Aimen Halim, who took his grievance to court.

He had been eating in a branch of Buffalo Wild Wings.

Unsatisfied with his "boneless wing" meal, he decided the best course of action was to sue both Buffalo Wild Wings, and its parent company , Inspire Brands, for $9 million.

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His grievance was that his "boneless wings" were in fact processed breast meat molded and fried to look like wings.

He claimed this was false advertising and unfair business practices.

His lawsuit argued because "consumers understand and expect boneless wings to be a type of chicken wing," Buffalo Wild Wings was misleading customers by not offering a deboned version of the classic wing.

He claimed customers were buying glorified chicken nuggets and said customers "would have paid less for them, or not purchased them at all."

The suit led to an all-time moment of social media snark from Buffallo Wild Wings, which said: "It's true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo."

What Happened?

Like in a lot of lawsuits against fast food companies, the judge was not sympathetic and threw the case out in 2018.

The court found the term "boneless wings" was a generic descriptive term, rather than a specific promise of the cut of chicken used.

The judge added reasonable consumers wouldn't be misled into believing boneless wings were actual wings with the bones taken out.

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