A Class Action Reveals the Horrifying Truth: ‘Boneless Wings’ Are Breast Meat!
Last January, Aimen Halim visited a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois, where he bought an order of “boneless wings.” Unbeknownst to Halim, these were not “wings” at all: They were actually spicy, deep-fried chunks of chicken breast meat. That horrifying discovery was just the beginning of the Chicago resident’s ordeal, which is the basis of a would-be class-action lawsuit that he filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
It was bad enough that Halim paid good money for what he assumed was deboned chicken wing meat. Had he “known that the Products are not actually chicken wings,” the complaint says, he “would have paid less for them” or “would not have purchased them at all.” Worse, Halim is now living in a constant state of “uncertainty” regarding the nature of those products.
While Halim “currently believes the marketing and advertising of the Products are inaccurate,” the lawsuit says, “he lacks personal knowledge as to Defendants’ specific business practices, and thus, he will not be able [to] determine whether the Products are actually made of chicken wing meat. This leaves doubt in his mind as to the possibility that at some point in the future the Products could be made in accordance with the representations made regarding the Products.”
Halim is represented by Treehouse Law, a Los Angeles outfit that bills itself as the country’s “premier consumer class action firm.” His lawyers argue that Buffalo Wild Wings’ shocking scam violates the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and constitutes breach of express warranty and common law fraud. They propose a class action on behalf of Halim and “similarly situated” consumers across the country, who they say are “entitled to restitution, disgorgement, and/or the imposition of a constructive trust upon all profits, benefits, and other compensation obtained by [Buffalo Wild Wings] from its deceptive, misleading, and unlawful conduct.”
Instead of acknowledging its wrongdoing, Buffalo Wild Wings added insult to injury by mocking Halim’s claims. “It’s true,” the company tweeted this week. “Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”
The chain’s indifference to the suffering it has inflicted on consumers like Halim is part of a pattern, Halim’s lawyers note. It has been well aware of this issue at least since 2020, when a Lincoln, Nebraska, consumer “called out restaurants like Buffalo
Wild Wings for using the name ‘Boneless Wing'” in a “speech he made to his local city council.”
That brave man, Ander Christensen, did not hesitate to tell the plain truth: “Nothing about boneless chicken wings actually come[s] from the wing of a chicken. We would be disgusted if a butcher was mislabeling their cuts of meats, but then we go around pretending as though the breast of the chicken is its wing.”
In response, Buffalo Wild Wings condescendingly praised Christensen’s “passion” but rejected his complaint. “We serve boneless wings—our guests love
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